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Win Writing for Children Course!

October 8th, 2010

As you know, every month I ask one of our Writers Bureau tutors to provide a guest blog, to provide a bit of variety and a different viewpoint.  Next week it will be the turn of poet and competition adjudicator, Alison Chisholm, and she’ll be explaining why it’s so important to polish your poetry if you want it to stand the test of time.

Student Bloggers Wanted

In addition, I’d like to invite any Writers Bureau students out there who are already blogging to be my guest.  Just contact me dianan@writersbureau.com providing a link to your own blog, and we’ll move on from there.

Proofing your Work

I’ve just mentioned polishing your poems, but to be taken seriously as a writer you need to ensure that all your work is professionally presented and error-free.  Our Proofreading and Copy Editing Course is aimed primarily at people who want to set up in business as freelancers, working for publishers and other organisations that need work checking for grammatical and stylistic mistakes.  But it’s also of value to any writer who wants to learn the basic techniques so that they can be confident that their own work if just right before sending it off.

Halloween Flash Fiction Competition

And proofing your work isn’t the only thing you need to think about.  Some writers do tend to waffle (yes, I know, I hold my hand up…) and it’s important that you learn to cut your work ruthlessly to make it tighter, however attached you are to it.  So why not get some practice in.  You’ve still time to enter this month’s 21st Birthday Celebration competition  – write a children’s Halloween story in 50 words or less. The prize is a Writing for Children Course.   You won’t find it easy but it’s the perfect exercise in saying the most in the least number of words!

And finally, a quote from Amanda Ross, creator of the Richard and Judy Book Club:  ‘It takes the average person three weeks to get through a book, which can feel like a very long time with the wrong book.’  Exactly!  When I was younger I used to work on the principle ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish’.  But I’ve now decided that life’s too short and if a novel hasn’t grabbed me in the first half hour I don’t waste any  more time on it.

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