Creative Writing

Let's Talk Creativity

Roberta Verdant | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

In this post I want to talk about creativity. Do you believe yourself creative? Are you as creative as you'd like to be? What does the word "creativity" mean to you? Expressive people tend to be healthier, happier people (that's just my observation) and we all fare best when we feel seen and heard.

Five Secrets I Learned on Writing Retreat

Rachael Lucas | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Lucas

The main secret I learned was there's no escaping the fact that the key to getting a book written is hard slog. But if you're going to do it, you may as well do it with copious amounts of cake and good company. I'm already planning my next escape, even if it does mean working on another novel to justify it.

How to Boost Your Creativity: 10 Tips for Writers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roberta Verdant

This week I'm not housesitting. Here at home in South Devon I'm writing, creating, running creative writing workshops and musing on one of my favourite topics: creativity. In particular I'm thinking about inspiration for writers. Looking for some suggestions to free up your writing/creativity? Read on.

Three Easy Ideas For Brilliant Blogs

Claire Mitchell | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Claire Mitchell

There is an activity that goes on in the houses of women business owners around the world on a regular basis - it involves staring into space, wringing of hands, chewing of nails and various expletives and I'm pretty sure it's been the cause of a fair few grey hairs.

How to Create the World Book Day Authors of Tomorrow

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.

Why Love Letters Belong on Paper

Sue Moorcroft | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moorcroft

In the aftermath of the Second World War Tom had to return to his family after spending the duration in Polly's tiny rural village. Circumstances and parents didn't allow the young couple to meet for a year. It was their daily love letters on cheap lined paper torn from exercise books that kept their love alive.

Writing Exercises That May Help You to Become More Creative

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Writing should be a labour, but a labour of love. You should at least enjoy some degree of your writing so here are some quick exercises that may help you to become more creative. Find your writing space, wear whatever you're most comfortable in

Writing a Novel? The Big Lie

Tasha Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Smith

It's time. I sit at my laptop and I have nothing to do but write. The house is clean, all commitments have been met; I am free to write. Steam rises from a cup of tea to my left; I pick it up, sip and stare at the screen...

Going Low-Brow at the University of Kent

B.J. Epstein | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

Everyone knows that children's literature can't possibly be high quality, right? It doesn't count as proper literary fiction, does it? It can't make people consider big issues or challenge ideas of genre, can it? This week, the University of Kent's creative writing programme embarrassed itself by its advertising strategy, followed by a series of rather ignorant tweets.

What I've Learned From NaNoWriMo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

As November comes to an end, NaNoWriMo is also ending. People all across the world have been furiously writing and crafting their novels. For some this is their first novel and for others this is standard routine.

NaNoWriMo: What It Is and Tips to Help You Through the Challenge

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

So now that we're into November, a mass project has been taken up by people all across the globe. Yes, all over the world people will be picking up pens and opening up their laptops to whittle away some works of fiction. They say there's a novel in each of us and this is the time to prove whether you can get that novel out of you.

Starting a New Album: Fine Tuning the Process

Josephine | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Josephine

It's wonderful to have a collaborator. Sometimes as a musician, or writer, you spend hours at home alone just working on idea after idea, you never really know what's working, you don't know what's good, bad, or just plain terrible. And, I suppose that's why getting those ideas out in front of another human being can be so scary.

A Way With Words

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah C Dooley

Bland is one of those words that has its own taste. Saying it releases a mouthful of tapioca like sensation, thick on the tongue, fat with its one dull syllable. Bland is also the word used by one person to describe my last blog post. Bland, I mused, as I saw the comment, flinching a little at the obvious slur on my writing skills.

Author Ben Hatch: Cheese, Marriage and Qwerty Keyboards

Sara Bran | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Ben is a master of the kind of acute observation of family life that has you pondering the deeper significance of the type of breakfast cereal your spouse prefers.

Start From Cold: Writing a Novel in Finland

Richard O'Brien | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard O'Brien

But I hadn't come to Sysmä as a tourist, or even an accordion enthusiast. I had come to spend a month at the Villa Sarkia, a literary residency for young writers, with the deeply hubristic stated aim of making 'significant progress' on my debut novel.

Ways of Escape: Procrastination

Tom Ward | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Ward

Whether you're writing an essay, editing a novel, or just cleaning the flat, procrastination is always sure to rear its ugly head. Procrastination occupies the middle ground between work and play, but doesn't really count as either. Like watching an Adam Sandler film, you've got to work hard to pretend you enjoy procrastination.

Food for Thought

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Deborah C Dooley

We sat in the kitchen for our writerly discussion. He held a sheaf of A4 paper, covered in typescript while I was armed with my favourite pen and my kitchen reading glasses. I slid them onto my nose, squinting around the scratches and food smudges. Two mugs of tea and a plate of just baked flapjacks sat on the table between us.

Five Reasons You Are a Writer

Stefania Mattana | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stefania Mattana

Whenever you write something - anything- a crucial question may come up at some point, (regardless of whether you want to be published or not), that is: have you really got what it takes to be a writer? I will never be tired of repeating it: we are all born writers.

Writers Can Learn From Lance Armstrong

Daley James Francis | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Sport
Daley James Francis

Lance Armstrong is the ultimate inspiration for writers, and you can learn a lot about storytelling from his story over the last 20 years. He's an unreliable narrator and a great mix of hero and villain. When you're forming a story, this type of character is the most seductive of all.

How to Get a Job in a Creative Industry Without Leaving the House

Emily Buchanan | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Buchanan

When you graduate, you open a door. That door leads into a grey room and when you are inside that grey room, there is no turning back. This isn't adulthood, this is that limbolic period in between. You cannot see the walls past the hazy weariness inside your brain and you cannot make out the exit.

A Novel Written by Lunchtime?

David Prever | Posted 01.04.2013 | Home
David Prever

Gordon E. Moore's famous computing law - which sees processing power roughly doubling every two years - has pervaded every area of our lives. Nothing worthwhile is worth waiting for, which is a dreadful shame.

Writing an Action Script: Learning From the Masters

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

They don't clean up at the Oscars or make the critics swoon, but action movies make big money at the box office and when executed well, can often become a favourite amongst movie fans.

Literary Explorations with Neel Mukherjee

Ben Mirza | Posted 26.02.2013 | Home
Ben Mirza

Despite the apocalyptic prophecies of the literary world's grand old sage Philip Roth, who in 2010 said that the novel faces a future of denigration and dismissal by the masses, the novel continues to go from strength to strength, remaining steadfast as a source of much pleasure for society.

Why It's Madness to Confuse Writing with Therapy

Tasha Smith | Posted 21.01.2013 | Home
Tasha Smith

In the same way journalists have a responsibility to report facts, creative writers have a responsibility to convey the facts of a story, even if those facts are a total fabrication, pure fiction.

How To Write Good Dialogue

Posted 19.01.2013 | Home

In the first of our four part 'Teach Yourself To Write' series, Irving Weinman, a published writer and creative writing tutor explains how to write gr...