Creative Writing

Writers Block

Miriam Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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 07.05.2015 | 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.

Let's Talk Creativity

Roberta Verdant | Posted 14.10.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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.