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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Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

Writing in the Flow by Melissa Unger In September of 2004, while on a walk around Paris, a single sentence popped into my head: Peter never ate. Insistent, it kept coming back again and again, in an effort to dissipate it; I put it to paper. The three words called out to me from the

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Voice and Point of View by Carolyn Mathews

Jul 29th, 2017 | By

So you’re sitting at your desk planning your novel. You know roughly what happens at the beginning and end and you’ll cross the bridge spanning the middle when the time comes. You know the sex, age and occupation of your main character and the challenges he or she will have to face. At certain intervals

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Choose your definition by Marie Yates

Jul 15th, 2017 | By

Working with young, and not-so-young people who have experienced the worst that life has to throw at them continues to take me on a fascinating journey. Learning from people who have quite literally turned their lives around is a privilege and has led me to question why some people choose to forge ahead while others

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Who is Tripping you up? Meeting your inner Figures by Judy Hall

Jun 28th, 2017 | By

Your creativity may well be affected by a figure that lives inside you and of whom you are probably not even aware – except when you hear its nagging voice and feel its fearful vibes. An inner saboteur, for instance, subtly obstructs your purpose or trips you up, an inner critic constantly criticises and tells

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