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This month learn how to give different points of view, get that novel off the ground with our useful planning top tips, read about what other students are up to, see if you can find a use for the useful websites and be inspired.

USEFUL SITES FOR WRITERS

According to “Red Dwarf” writer Rob Grant, comedy science fiction is a very ‘underpopulated’ field. If you are interested in knowing more about this rare genre here’s Rob’s Top 10 of science fiction comedy novels. You could then go to SFX - ‘the Earths greatest SF and fantasy magazine’- to see what kinds of science fiction books are out there at the moment. This site should provide you with all kinds of inspiration. If you want an introduction to science fiction radio dramas you should check out Science Fiction Radio Theatre. You can listen to radio dramas without any subscription fee and it features a plethora of famous authors.

If you think that this really could be your genre then you might want to submit some of your work for peer review on Great Writing’s comedy forum. In their words, “The idea behind Great Writing is simple; sign up, submit a piece of creative writing, and allow others to offer advice and constructive criticism”, which will enable you to cut your teeth on some sympathetic fellow scribes. If you then want to have your work assessed on a more professional basis Comedy Script Doctor is a good place to start. It also contains comedy writing book reviews and tips.

Remember, if you run a website that you think may be of use to our readers, let me know. If I like it, I’ll publish a link to it giving you a free plug. What could be better than that?