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Writing a Comedy Routine

Jan 6th, 2016 | By

Get Your Act Together by Jenny Roche is a guide for anyone interested in branching out into the world of the stand-up comic and takes us into the esoteric world of writing and performing comedy routines.  As the author points out, stand-up comedy is perhaps the hardest form of performance entertainment there is but if

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THE EMOTIVE SUBJECT

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

Commitment and sincerity are not enough An emotive subject is one guaranteed to provoke strong reaction in a large number of the populace. When the non-fiction writer decides to tackle an emotive subject, s/he is faced with two major obstacles. The first is choosing the right approach that will encourage people to read the book

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Poetry

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

Wearing his poet’s hat Aleister Crowley wrote: “A poem is a series of words so arranged that the combination of meaning, rhythm  and rime [sic]  produces the definitely magical effect of exalting the soul to divine ecstasy.”  This is possibly one of the most erudite observations ever made on the subject because we find those

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The Writer’s DIY Store

Dec 9th, 2015 | By

There’s a lot of DIY motivation going on in a successful writer’s career and unfortunately we often don’t learn about these things until much further down the line.  Writing is all about promoting ourselves and ‘getting the name out there’ in order to sell more books, articles or short stories – and there are all

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Writing Lucrative Non-Fiction

Nov 27th, 2015 | By

Pursuing a career as a freelance writer producing a regular supply of non-fiction articles, features and interviews is often the way the majority of writers earn their living.  The serious writer focuses on a particular marketplace and gradually builds up their contacts, often generated numerous opportunities from a single idea.  The freelance non-fiction writer is

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TURN TO CRIME & CRIME WRITING

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

  Judging from the best-seller lists, turning to crime can indeed be a profitable venture. And a long lasting one too when you consider that books by Peter Cheney and Edgar Wallace are still bought from second-hand book dealers and that both were at the height of their popularity in the 1940s; not to mention

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NOVEL WRITING

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

Novel Writing – Step 1 Novel writing is a complex business and certainly not for beginners.  For that reason we have split our novels category into two sections: one dealing with the different components of the novel and the other catering for the different genres. Step 1: Technique Because of the feed-back taken from a

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Speciality Subjects

Nov 11th, 2015 | By

We all have a speciality subject we can write about but we have to know how to approach them at the different levels of expertise of the reader – and experienced writers in the genre show us how to do it, complete with practical exercises that can be turned into saleable articles and submissions. For

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HOOKED (OR SCARRED) FOR LIFE

Nov 5th, 2015 | By

HOOKED (OR SCARRED) FOR LIFE For most of us, the like or dislike of poetry and literature, is formulated during our school days. Forced to learn Cargoes by rote, it’s probably the only question to which the entire nation can respond when … ‘dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, chugging through the Channel

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Writing Fiction

Nov 5th, 2015 | By

The majority of beginner writers have their sights set on writing fiction – usually short stories, with the more ambitious ambition of producing a saleable novel. Unfortunately this is one of the hardest markets to break into because in the past twenty years with the passing of so many  ‘small press’ publications that catered for

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