Creative Writing

Nurturing Creative Writing in Children and Young People

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I hope that the support for young writers only grows and that we see writing becoming much more widespread for children and young people. I know I certainly am looking forward to reading the great writing of the next generation in the future.

The Magic of the Short Form

Irenosen Okojie | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Irenosen Okojie

The first short story collection I owned sat on my bookshelf for seven years. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it, except at that point, I'd been used to devouring novels, tomes I lugged about everywhere and could lose myself in...

A Mesmerising Book Series on Women of Beowulf

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Donnita L. Rogers' The Women of Beowulf is far from being a romanticised tale of a Danish princess in the world of Grendels. It is a mesmerising novel...

Shakespeare's Timeless Tragedy Inspires a New Novel

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Crime and Punishment overlapping this year - it is a beautiful time for such a novel. Macbeth, Macbeth is crying for a translation, and not only into Russian.

"I Can Write Better Than That..."

Bennett Arron | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

I'm often asked how I started as a sitcom writer - I think 5 times counts as 'often' - and why I think I'm able to teach others how to write them. I ...

Every Writer Has a "Day Two"

Amy Tucker | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amy Tucker

There is just one big problem with putting yourself out there and declaring "I am going to be a writer" and that is that you have to get on with it an...

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Annabelle Thorpe

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around 80,000 - 100,000 words), there's the enormity of having to create an entire world, peopled by characters that have come straight out of your imagination.

Unleash the Night: Dark Fantasy and Allegory

Hazel Butler | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

Dark Fantasy has always been my favourite genre. Whether I'm reading or writing, it is a genre I return to again and again. This is partly due to my l...

Why All the Best Heroes Are Called Jack

Hazel Butler | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

Jack as an archetype originated in Cornwall, but may have German roots originally. He's a stock character appearing in nursery rhymes and fairy tales dating back hundreds (potentially thousands) of years.

Colouring Pens Down, Heads Up

Joe Irvin | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

2015 was the year of the adult colouring book. Their popularity caused a spike in sales of physical titles as they sold in their millions, providing stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts nationwide. Bestseller lists remain full of them well into 2016: wild flowers, swear words, Jeremy Corbyn - you name it, you can colour it in.

"How Long Should My Book Be? What's the Best Length for a Novel or a Non-Fiction Book If You Want to Get Published?"

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

There's a reason why authors have been revered throughout the ages and held in high regard. It's because most books are seventy-thousand to ninety-thousand words long, and writing them takes unusually high levels of tenacity, persistence and perseverance. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

More Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Having been through the process of publishing his first book, I was interested to know whether James foresaw any differences in the way he would approach his second novel.

Writers Block

Miriam Brown | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Brown

Authors get writers block. They hit a wall, a creative blockage whereby they simply cannot write, no matter how hard they try. Journalists don't get writers block. How can they? Stories move too quickly, new things happen every day. Journalists have it lucky. There is too much to write about. Right?

The Unquenchable Fire in the Belly...

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

It can be difficult...this writing palaver. Like an unfulfilled childhood ambition, it pokes continually at one's resigned frame, asking the same ques...

Are Writers Certifiably Crazy?

Ellis Shuman | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

The symptoms are getting worse. I wake up at night, my mind racing at a frantic pace, the ideas flooding me with a tidal wave of creativity. Afraid th...

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...

Some Advice for Young Writers and Authors

Emma Leverton | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Emma Leverton

Although I am still a (very) young author and my first book has only been out for a couple of months, I think that I have acquired along my short journey some insights into the loosely termed 'writing industry'.

Writing Therapy.

Amber Bell | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

Throughout my life, writing has always been a fundamental mechanism to pull me out of the darker times. It's something about being able to write down the words that you struggle to say out loud; it's like the world's cheapest therapy.

Word Games

Caragh Little | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

We place ourselves on the blank canvas of others' judgment and opinions: longing to be liked, afraid of being hated, desperate for our words to find common ground with someone, even for a moment.

Seven Steps to Improve Your Creative Habits

Chris Smith | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Having worked with writers for many years and researched creative habits, we found there isn't one magic bullet to make you into a creative powerhouse. In fact there are seven - so here they are, seven ideas to tap into your inner muse and start creating on a regular basis.

In Praise of Secret Writers

Chris Smith | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Writers often hide behind a pen name or keep the very act of writing a secret from colleagues, friends or family. But what is it about writing that makes writers want to hide from view?

Why Writing Is Like Flossing

Chris Smith | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

As feverish NaNoWriMo writers across the globe step back from their overheated keyboards - some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less - how do they keep writing come December when there's no deadline to hit?

Sea Changers - Can Literature Change the World?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

On a cold November night I fought my way through the twisting lanes of Brighton to the Fisherman's Vestry, part of the beautiful St Paul's Church, to take part in an intimate literary event which aimed to explore the connections between creative writing and campaigning.

What Drives Writers to Write? This Is What Drives Me...

Liberty Forrest | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I want to write about writing. About the freedom that comes from opening up one's heart and allowing the secrets buried there to be exposed, to bring them out into the light so they can say "Look at me! I am not so scary after all."

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.