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Grammar Tips

Aug 16th, 2017 | By

Copyeditors often come across commonly confused words. These can be because the author is genuinely confused or sometimes because of typing errors and they have been missed in the final edit. So be aware of the following: Advice/advise Advice (noun). She needs advice about her financial position. Advise (verb) is to offer a suggestion. I’d

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

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

Sep 13th, 2016 | By

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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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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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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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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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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