Reflections on the Process of Writing by Ann Merivale

Sep 28th, 2018 | By

Some people are ‘born writers’. No doubt you all know, or have heard of, people who have written for pleasure all their lives and maybe scarcely remember a time when they didn’t hope to make it their career. Others come into it later, sometimes pushed, or even forced, into writing through, say, their work, or

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An Excerpt from Life Writes – Suzanne Ruthven

Aug 1st, 2018 | By

  What the How-To Books Don’t Tell You Since creative writing became one of the largest growth industries in the hobbies market, there have been countless how-to books written advising new writers on the best way to get their work into print. So here’s a simple A-Z checklist of some of the do’s and don’ts

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Surfing the Rainbow – Visualization and Chakra Balancing for Writers by Sue Johnson.

Jul 2nd, 2018 | By

‘Surfing the Rainbow’ combines my passion for writing and yoga. The breathing and visualization exercises will help writers in other aspects of their life – for instance when facing an appointment at the dentist or a job interview. It also helps with bringing creative ideas into focus and shows pathways towards achieving your creative ambitions.

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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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