Writing Tips

Seven Steps to Improve Your Creative Habits

Chris Smith | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 25.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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.

Procrastination Is Not a Crime

Daley James Francis | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

Procrastination is not a crime. Embrace it and enjoy it, because soon you'll be agonising over every word of your novel, short story or screenplay. Procrastination should be enjoyed not endured, if only in small controlled bursts.

A Shining Example on How Not to Write a Novel?

Paul Carroll | Posted 09.02.2013 | Home
Paul Carroll

At a conservative estimate, King has sold over 300 million books, and what the hell do I know, but isn't writing a book without a clear plotline a bit like setting off in a car with a full tank of petrol and seeing where you end up? It may work out, but more than likely you're going to end up at the equivalent of the Overlook Hotel. In winter. Without a toothbrush.

Writing Tips: How To Pen A Thriller

Posted 27.01.2013 | Home

In the second of our four part 'Teach Yourself To Write' series, Matthew Branton, an author and writing coach, explains how to write thrillers like th...

Writing a Novel in a Month: Nanowrimo

Frank Brinkley | Posted 31.12.2012 | Home
Frank Brinkley

You fancy you have that book in you? Give yourself a chance to get it out