Be a travel writer

The Big World of Travel Features by Solange Hando

Guess how many English magazines are published around the world? Millions every year, with an average of 2600 copies sold every minute in the UK, according to industry data, spread across a huge range of titles, not counting newspapers and websites. Add North America, Australia, New Zealand, plus another 80 countries or so where English

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At the Edges of Historical Fiction by Autumn Barlow

It’s easy to define “historical fiction” – it has a setting in the past. That might be eighty years ago, or eight hundred, or more. Within that, there are subdivisions. Stirring military fiction – they have covers in red and black, with muscular men gripping swords, their square jaws set firm. Or tender Regency romances,

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The Lifestyle Writer – How to write for the Home and Family Market by Sarah Beth Watkins

Look around you. What does your life contain? Home, family, children, grandchildren, eating out, good health, holidays abroad? Or maybe it’s not so sunny and your life includes relationship issues, a lack of a decent holiday, imminent surgery and a clapped out car. Wherever you are in your life, whatever you are experiencing, you can

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Creating Characters by Jane Bailey Bain

Archetypal features make your characters more convincing So you’ve got an idea for a story. The plot is watertight, the dialogue flows well. Now you just need to work on the characters. Are they realistic? Are they interesting? Will your readers care enough to find out what happens to them? Developing believable characters is a

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Writing for Country, Regional & Rural Publications by Suzanne Ruthven

Most people enjoy reading about countryside, regional or rural affairs, and whereas women are acknowledged to be the readers of the majority of mainstream weekly and monthly publications, country magazines can also lay claim to having a large male readership. Farming publications are mainly concerned with the day-to-day requirements of earning a living off the

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Horror Upon Horror

Compass Points: Horror Upon Horror: A step by step guide to writing a horror novel by Suzanne Ruthven – author of Whittlewood, House of Strange Gods and Charnel House Blues.  This month’s Goodreads Giveaway –


Compass Points: The Pagan Writer’s Guide offers beginners advice on how to get their work published in pagan community magazines and mainstream MB&S publications.  Giveaway runs between 20th-30th July.

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Finding new markets

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

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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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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes. Pretend this is a race. Write as quickly as you can. Don’t stop to think. Concentrate on filling the space with words rather than on getting it ‘right.’ Don’t worry if some of your ideas are a little crazy. Don’t worry about perfect spelling or grammar. The tidying

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