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Be Prepared for Rejection

From Get Your Book Published by Katherine Lapworth Writing comes with a price – rejection. Every writer gets rejected at some point. If you meet an author who claims that they have never had a rejection, […]

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Five inspirational short story collections

Ah, the short story. It truly takes passion, drive, and understanding of the form to create a short story masterpiece. With a whole host of writing competitions around the corner, including the Bridport Prize and […]

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Ask an Agent – the dos and don’ts when approaching a literary agent

For those of you who missed the live Twitter Q&A session with literary agent Lucy Luck, here’s a quick catch-up. There are tips on writing, researching and submitting a novel, as well as some agent […]

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Black History Month: Top Five Literary Titans You Must Read by JM Holmes

Dear Internet, Black history month often focuses on, and rightfully so, the struggle for equality and justice, but this short post is a simple celebration of some black literary giants (at least in my eyes). […]

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Bringing Your Novel to Life: The Art and Craft of Description

The eyes are windows to the soul, and through artful description of what is seen (and felt, heard, touched, smelled) the writer can magically transport the reader behind those eyes directly into a character’s consciousness. […]

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Ten Tips for Short Story Writers

By Bret Anthony Johnston, winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017. Give your characters (certainly the main characters, but other ones, too) specific and tangible desires. This is very basic and probably painfully […]

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How Do I Outsmart Writer’s Block?

Use clustering to explore new avenues in your writing Snapshot: clustering Take a piece of paper and a pen – or a felt pen plus a huge wall or whiteboard can be great fun. Write […]

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‘I was conscious when writing my memoir that I wanted it to be accessible to everyone’

I recently had the opportunity to share my life experiences as a transgender woman in my memoir entitled The New Girl. My memoir is about as honest as you can get – I really don’t […]

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‘Use objects and settings to capture the potency of life’

Subplots and adding texture to your story   Sometimes people in grief do not wish to change the room that belonged to a person they have lost. A parent who has lost a child or […]

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How Do I Pick My Setting?

Make your setting feel as significant in the writing as it is to the story Pick up a travel book and find a passage which describes a town or part of a city which you […]

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‘On-the-ground research can inspire ideas for new stories’

How do you capture the atmosphere of a place? Creating a vivid world for your reader is essential and of course employing the five senses is one of the most effective ways to achieve that. […]

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