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What’s My Motivation?

May 11th, 2018

I would imagine everyone who’s tried to produce something more than a coherent piece of writing remembers the event or reason which inspired them to make a conscious effort to give words to the ideas in their head. Until recently I thought I knew what prompted me to pursue my dream of being an author but it turns out things were far more complex than I realised.

I’d always wanted to write and over the years had made a few stabs at it, but nothing really serious; mostly attempts to entertain my family and amuse my friends.

It was the sudden and untimely death of my sister that finally gave me the jolt I needed to stop procrastinating and write.  She’d been a teacher for thirty-seven years and had given her life to the profession. I was following in her footsteps and had been teaching for seventeen years when she died. But education was changing.  What had started as an enjoyable and satisfying vocation focusing on pupils’ wellbeing had become all about targets and league tables.  This had been exacerbated for me because I was the Director of Humanities in a particularly challenging school. Read the rest of this entry »




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Never Give Up

July 14th, 2017

Writing is like everything else in life, you have to start somewhere. Just get writing, whether it’s on the computer or a notepad or even the back of an envelope. My best poem was written on the back of one as I was waiting for the breakdown recovery man.

Do you remember when you were at school, on your first day of term teacher asked you to write a story called ‘what I did on my holidays,’ how many of us wrote fiction or non-fiction? Looking through old school books is quite inspirational. Many stories seem to be quite interesting and certainly worth a rewrite and bringing up to date. Read the rest of this entry »




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Tips To Increase Your Online Visibility

January 18th, 2016

Sneha_Profile-Pic-blogAre you struggling to maintain online visibility? Are you finding it difficult to reserve your time for online visibility? Here’s an answer to your worries. As a writer, it is very important to complete your scheduled assignments. Yet, it is also important to be visible online – by online, I mean that you should be visible on LinkedIn, WhatsApp Messenger and email. While juggling with writing assignments, you can revive past contacts through these social networks. How? Please read on.

LinkedIn –

  1. Regularly update your profile photo and resume.
  2. Publicize your freelance writing services during any ‘dry phase’: you should survey your contact list for individual entrepreneurs, business start-ups, SMEs or professionals who would need a Freelance Writer. Then, send a personalized yet business-like message to these individuals.

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Choose Your Weapons

October 5th, 2015

Method-of-writing-pie-chartA funny thing’s been happening here at the Writers Bureau. As many of you know, students on our courses send in assignments either as typed manuscripts by post, or as RTF files attached to emails. Over the past few months though a number of people have asked to submit hand-written pieces instead.

Now, the main aim of all WB work is to GET YOU PUBLISHED, so we positively discourage the submission of hand-written script. No publisher, agent or writing competition would accept it, which means it’s vital to learn the presentation techniques our industry sees as ‘standard.’ Nonetheless, it’s been intriguing to get not just one, but several requests for hand-written work. Read the rest of this entry »




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Never Give Up On Your Dreams

August 27th, 2015

Sphinx-cover-shot.blogWriters are a lonely breed and when you are down on your luck it can seem the whole world is against you. But it’s amazing how at the very moment life looks at its bleakest –  you’ve had your favourite story rejected for the 18th time or an editor has been unimpressed with your article ideas –  something unexpectedly wonderful happens that has you dancing round the sofa.

That happened to me recently during a wet, miserable Summer Sunday afternoon. I was sitting watching the torrential rain bouncing off the ground, wondering if I could take the new barbecue back to the store for a refund. Feeling sorry for myself, I switched on the computer to check my email, expecting nothing beyond the usual notices urging me to switch my gas supplier, help mysterious international bankers shift ill-gotten money out of dictatorships, and find true romance with Author Harmony Dating. Read the rest of this entry »




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