Writing Tips

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 26.03.2015 | 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'.

Write Harder, Better, Faster, (Not) Longer - with Uri Bram

Mark Brewer | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Brewer

So, please, indulge me as I hitherto invent a new genre of literary criticism and thrust it upon your unwitting and uninterested eyes. I call it a "pre-review review". I hear your teeth grind as you call me a "wally" and slap the back of your own neck in the hope you'll hit that "off-button" sweet-spot. Why not simply call it a "preview", like a sensible person?

How to Get Your Play Produced

Michelle Douglass | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Michelle Douglass

It's almost impossible to be really happy with something you've done yourself. But does the script best represent your writing? Has it got passion? Are any boring, overwritten bits definitely gone? Have you had enough feedback and done enough re-writes to be confident that this is your best attempt?

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.

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?

How a Near Life Experience Changed My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Perhaps it was being put deep under by the anaesthesia, for I am told it really is a little like dying. Well the closest one comes to dying without actually... dying; when you are sedated enough for them to cut into you. Maybe it was that which dropped me deep into myself, enough to touch the stuff that really mattered. The debris hidden behind decades of conditioning shot to the top.

Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

Alix Long | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels.

What's It All About, Amazon? A Beginner's Guide to Kindle Publishing

Alex Mae | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alex Mae

If you're a debut author and not exactly awash with cash (like me), it's tempting to ask your friend's brother/sister/cousin who has a bit of experience with Photoshop to whip something up for you - but I'd avoid this. I worked with a graphic designer on mine and in the end we went for something fairly simple but striking

Are You a Woman? Are You Writing a Memoir? Great, Read This!

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

The popularity of women's memoirs is booming. Women from all walks of life are finding that memoirs are a way of communicating, shedding light on experiences that would go unnoticed, hidden in a world dominated by men and male preferences.

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.

Ten Point Strategy for Indie Authors

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

My writing straddles too many genres to be categorised. So I turned Indie. However, when my self-published, first novel made it to the Amazon bestseller list, I realised I had a niche: a group of readers around the world who liked what I wrote. They wanted to know what it meant to come of age in a complex environment like India.

Syntax, Semantics, and Naked Emperors: Lessons Students Can Learn From an Academic Hoax

Amir Dastmalchian | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Amir Dastmalchian

Research students at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a computer programme which automatically writes academic papers. ...

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Millionaire Author?

Stephanie J Hale | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie J Hale

Many people think it's down to chance which books sell millions and which don't. Experience tells me otherwise. Too many authors dash off books, plonk them on Amazon, then wonder when they don't sell. Or they get a handful of rejections from publishers and moan about how 'difficult' it is to sell books these days.

People and Things With Too Many Names

Neil Taylor | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

If you're young or workshy enough to follow us on Twitter (you'll find us @TheWriter, kids), you might have seen us debating what you call the thing that comes and takes the rubbish (or trash) away. Yes, it's The Great Bin Lorry/Rubbish Wagon/Refuse Vehicle Debate...

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.

Getting to the Depths of It - The Art of the Interview

Laura Collinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Collinson

As you progress through your career in journalism, you'll develop your own style, but by using the basic tricks of the trade you'll be ready to hit the ground running from your first assignment - straddling the needs of your editor and the readers sufficiently.

Effective Genealogy Writing: Tips to Attract Family Members to Family History

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While each family is unique and every writer has her/his favorite tips, I do believe there is an easy path to follow in order to attract more family members to our genealogy work: We need to write about our family histories by following my 'Four E's'.

Discovering Hope

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah C Dooley

Only his feet were left, abandoned by their predator, in the grass. I felt sad as I looked at them, remembering his loud and frequent voice, now hushed for ever. Gingerly I picked up the dismembered limbs, fighting nausea. How could this have happened? I wondered.

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.

Write What You Know

Henry Fosdike | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Henry Fosdike

The problem with blogging is that it's so much harder than essay writing. Yes, I know. "But how can it be when you can write anything?" Well, that's exactly the point. There's just so much to write about.

Exams: Time for a change

Sam Dix | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Dix

Exams are about as useful as placing a number of objects on a table, closing your eyes and getting a friend to move them a bit and then trying to guess what has changed. In what profession are you going to be required to remember bits of information which are then not available to you and then required to repeat it all in a timescale of a few hours?

Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

Sara Bran | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle.

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.