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Think Of Yourself As A Writer, Not A Beginner

November 22nd, 2021

I have been reading “Write ON! The Writer’s Help Book” by Adrian Magson recently and amongst  the excellent advice he offers throughout was this gem:

We’re learning all the time. It’s another fascinating aspect of life; that learning never stops. But there’s a point at which you have to put that learning to good use, rather than simply doing more of the same. And one way to do that is to think of yourself as a writer. Not merely a beginner.

Here at Writers Bureau we teach people many different types of creative writing: novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction books, poetry, copywriting…. So, we’re obviously really invested in the learning process but even I feel that there comes a point where you’ve got to throw caution to the winds and just get on with it. Writing for your own pleasure is wonderful but nothing beats the thrill of sending out work and having it accepted or even just getting positive feedback from other writers. So, if you’re putting off that moment, stop! What’s the worst that could happen? Actually, not a lot…the worst outcome is that it will sink without trace and nobody will be any the wiser. And the best? You’ll get the reassurance that you need to see yourself as a real writer – one BIG step closer to achieving your goal.

And what better way to do that – if you’re a fiction writer – than enter a free competition (no risk involved at all!) The Anansi Archive is a writing community committed to supporting all levels of literary endeavour. They say:

It’s a place where your writing can grow. Through our forum, through our competitions and through our advice, we aim to nurture and encourage the art of the written word.

You could be an absolute beginner – maybe someone who has been inspired to write by something you have read or experienced – or a hardy veteran, published or not, who seeks a fresh outlet for their work.

For everyone, here is a place to share your writing. And not just your writing. Help others with feedback on their work, tells us about your experiences as a writer and spread any great advice or news you might have.

Their competition deadlines are 1 December, 1 March, 1 June and 1 July and there are three categories in each competition: Poetry (500 words), Flash Fiction (500 words) and Short Story (3000 words). There are two prizes in each category: £20/£10 for Poetry and Flash Fiction; £50/£20 for Short Stories.

And finally, before I leave you, don’t forget our Writers Bureau Flash Fiction Competition which closes on 30 November. The prizes are a £300, £200, and £100 but there is an entry fee! The real bonus, though, for anyone who really wants to learn to be a writer is that all three winners also receive a Writers Bureau Course of their choice. So not only do you get cash to spend but you also get the chance to broaden your existing writing aims or move into a completely new field of writing. But get your skates on because the closing date is coming up fast!




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