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Sense of Place by Judy Hall

“Glastonbury is a gateway to the Unseen. It has been a holy place and pilgrim-way from time immemorial, and to this day it sends its ancient call into the heart of the race it guards, and still we answer to the inner voice….The poetry of the soul writes itself in Glastonbury.” ~Dion Fortune, Avalon of

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How to Improve Your Chances of Winning a Short Story Competition by Susan Johnson

Pick up any writing magazine and you will find dozens of short story competitions. If you are keen to hone your craft and learn more, the ones that offer critiques by established authors are definitely worth entering. Even if you don’t win, you may learn something that will put you ahead of the other entrants

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Creative Pathways for Writers – the 10 Secret Steps by Suzanne Ruthven

  There are more ideas locked away in your unconscious mind than you could ever write about in a whole lifetime – but how can they influence your creative writing. The secret is finding the key to access them. There is a story (article or poem) behind everything you encounter during your daily routine in

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First Appearances by Nicolas Corder

One of the hardest decisions a writer has to make is how much physical description to give about a character before the reader sees them in action. Does the reader need to know about height, hair or eye colour, weight and build? Do they want to see clothes, the way someone walks or if they’re

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How to Write a Synopsis by Suzanne Ruthven

It’s often said by writers that it’s harder to write a synopsis than it is to write a complete book. This is because the synopsis must encapsulate an entire story in order for a publisher or agent to judge whether they wish to see the full typescript. Nevertheless, a well-written synopsis, together with the first

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Sarah-Beth Watkins is an experienced freelance writer who has written for various publications over the past 20 years, she began her career writing for parenting magazines and has since gone on to write on many different subjects. Her experience ranges from feature articles, human interest and historical articles as well as short stories and book

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Handy Hints for Writers

The Compass Books Blog is always interested in receiving 500-word max handy hints, tips and nuggets that will be of interest to other writers such as time-saving tips, favourite reference books, displacement activities, reviews of Compass Books, useful blogs, etc.  Email me at publisher1@compass-books.net

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Grammar Tips

Copyeditors often come across commonly confused words. These can be because the author is genuinely confused or sometimes because of typing errors and they have been missed in the final edit. So be aware of the following: Advice/advise Advice (noun). She needs advice about her financial position. Advise (verb) is to offer a suggestion. I’d

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Sit in a café or shopping centre and focus on a pair of shoes. They may be in a shop window or on somebody’s feet. For five minutes write about those shoes. Don’t censor what you write or cross anything out. If they are in a shop window, think of the sort of person who

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