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Writing Young Adult Fiction, Going against fuddy-duddy opinions by Maria Moloney

May 31st, 2018 | By

In the past year or so, articles have been written and comments made that criticise adult readers and writers of young adult fiction in a way that makes both seem shameful or embarrassing to do. It seems, looking at Nick Hornby’s quote from his column in Believer magazine, things haven’t much changed from previous years:

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Writing Groups – Stronger Together by William Mitchell

Apr 29th, 2018 | By

 My career as a writer actually began thanks to a writing group. In 2004, the company I worked for added a set of general interest newsgroups to its intranet, a bit like internet forums for discussing hobbies and random chat over lunchtimes and coffee breaks. How they stayed running given the amount of time some

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Course You Can – Simon Whaley

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

Finding time to develop your writing skills isn’t always easy, but one great way to achieve this is to go on a residential writing course. It’s a great way to escape from the distractions of life at home, or work, and you can get expert tuition from a course leader. Courses take place across the

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Writing on the Wild Side by James Burkard

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

Writing is like jumping off a cliff blindfolded and trusting that you will land safely. At least that’s the way it is for me. When I started to write Eternal Life Inc., I had no idea where it was going, what characters would appear, or how it was going to end. I had only a

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Killing Your Darlings – Elen Sentier

Jan 29th, 2018 | By

This is something every writer has to learn to do and it’s the hardest thing. When you first write your story or book or whatever it all feels wonderful and you’re likely sure it actually is wonderful … or at least hope that it is! But it won’t be. There will be all sorts of

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Sense of Place by Judy Hall

Dec 18th, 2017 | By

“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

Nov 27th, 2017 | By

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

Oct 30th, 2017 | By

  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

Sep 29th, 2017 | By

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

Aug 31st, 2017 | By

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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