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Believe in the impossible
Writing a book is not really impossible. Hard work, challenging, and time-consuming, maybe, but not impossible when you are determined to succeed....
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5 reasons why you need CHEMISTRY between characters
Electrostatic attraction between ions is a powerful force as is the connection between people. Do the characters in your book bond and bring a positive charge to the story?...
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How to write a book that sucks up the 7 deadly sins
Hey, goody two-shoes, are you ready to show us your bad side? Your book needs to get greedy...
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What’s Wrong With Your Book? 7th September 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, £35.00. You’ve finished your book. Let the feedback begin! Asking your mum or best friend to “tell you what they think” is not what happens in the real world. You need an honest appraisal. In this workshop, nove...
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Writing about unforgettable characters
We all have sides: some good, some bad...
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Boring doesn’t belong in the book you are writing
How to write the book you would love to read...
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Advice on Writing a YA Thriller
If you’re writing about a teenage protagonist in a thriller genre, have a look at what Emma Haughton has to say on the subject. We particular love this gem of advice:  “…from the very first sentence, your reader must want to know what happens next. And having piqued their interest, whatever ...
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Why rejection hurts so much — and what to do about it
Some practical tips for soothing the sting of rejection...
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This is what Margaret Atwood has to say
Margaret Atwood's refreshing take on genre could easily be applied to writing too – not just reading...
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Your writing has to be as good as possible
No one ever has enough time. It's tempting to "rush" out a novel but will it be worth reading? Probably not...
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10 rules for writing fiction
These writing tips never get old. We particularly love: Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue ...
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Free sonnet writing competition – deadline 31 May 2016
Are you ready to write a sonnet inspired by Shakespeare? To commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, Writers & Artists have come together with The Arden Shakespeare and the Royal Society of Literature to offer a free sonnet writing competition. Good luck! On Shakespeare’s Sonnets...
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Grab a notebook and write now
It's been said that the greatest inspiration is a blank page. Bring on the words!...
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The Alexander McQueen approach to writing a book
Fashion designer and courtier Alexander McQueen could teach us a thing or two about writing a book, not just tailoring. He was a man who excelled at exuberant narrative. He understood that in order to sell clothes, you tell stories. McQueen threaded curiosity, anxiety, struggle and darkness throughout his ...
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Countdown to World Book Day
Book lovers rejoice! World Book Day is the perfect excuse to go head over heels for a good book! The date marks a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. What will you...
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Nerds rule when it comes to writing
The expression “nerd” has had something of a makeover in recent times. Like a beard or a bum bag/fanny pack, if something’s been around long enough, it will eventually qualify for a reinvention which, in turn, could result in hipster status. The nerd. No longer does it mean alone or outca...
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The magic of storytelling in Vogue
Coddington saw storytelling in every fashion shoot that she did. Her fashion narratives were always magical, fantastical and vivid...
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Use these writer prompts to kickstart stories
Has the writing taken a hit? Use these writer prompts to create a 2,000 word short story. Feel free to use these prompts as your own. It’s time to push the stories up the hill. The hard work is worth it.   1. Oh, Paris Marcella steps off the train in Paris but the station […]...
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Why you need to write more 100-word stories
Writing is not just about nailing imagination to the page, it is a learning experience. Writing demands structure, information, relevance and words that create intrigue not confusion. The more we write, the better we get. It’s as simple as that. Better still, if we write every day, it becomes habit-f...
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Live, experience, learn, write
If you think you’ve left it too late to write a book, think again. Watch this inspirational post from Lee Child who writes the wildly popular Jack Reacher series....