Writing Tips

How to Write Memorable Characters

Douglas McPherson | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Clever plots are fine, but it's the characters that bring a story to life. It's the characters that we get emotionally involved with, and which we are likely to remember most when the story's over. So how do you create characters that are memorable, feel like real people, and who stand out not just from those in similar stories but from their fellow cast members in the world they inhabit?

5 Tips When Writing Fiction For Women's Weeklies

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

With the women's weeklies collectively publishing dozens of stories every week, they provide a ready market for any aspiring fiction writer to get in print and earn decent fees while writing about whatever subjects turn them on. Writing for the womags isn't an easy option, however. They have exacting standards.

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...

Seven Essential Tips for Unpublished Authors

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

1. Write a great book. This is very hard and will take you a long time. See (3.). 2. Never refer to yourself as: budding novelist, aspiring novelist,...

How the Time Poor Manage to Write Books

Reneé Davis | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Reneé Davis

This week I finished draft one of my second book, a fiction novel clocking in at almost 80,000 words. Getting to this stage is a wonderful feeling, a...

Balancing Writing With Motherhood

Claire Copland | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

It makes me feel slightly uneasy, that in 2016 I can still find myself pondering the issue of balancing writing with motherhood - perhaps I should discuss writing and parenthood, as I'm sure there are many father's out there doing a similar juggling act. However, that is not my reality, so I'm going to address the issues I have encountered during the writing and publication of my first novel, Russian Redemption.

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.

How I Shaped My Life as an Introvert: Five Lessons for Developing Quiet Confidence

Tayana Simons | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

For many years I believed that I wasn't a very confident person. This was mainly based on the idea that I had of what confidence was. From school onwards we are taught that to be confident is to be the child that always puts their hand up in class, the one that volunteers to read the next chapter out loud in English lesson, or takes the lead in group activities.

13 Painful Realities of a Writer's Life

April Salchert | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
April Salchert

I don't think this post needs an introduction. People wouldn't read it anyway. They always skip down to the numbers. Don't think I don't know this. If you've read this far, I'm impressed.

Career Change - What Is the Biggest Challenge?

John Allen | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
John Allen

Many people see failure as a total negative, when it's anything but. A friend shared the photo below on my Facebook page a few months ago and it really struck a chord for me, because it's something I was taught at school.

"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.

How to Kick-Start Your Creativity With a Ritual

Tiu de Haan | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Tiu de Haan

The creative director of a global agency recently told me that when she gets stuck for ideas, she stands on her desk. "It literally gives me a different perspective," she says. "A bit rebellious, maybe. But it works for me."

Don't Quit - Plan! How to Get a Blogging Strategy

Chris Smith | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Smith

If you blog for the love of it and don't care how many reads you receive then don't let us stop you! But, if you blog with a purpose and want your blog to work for you in some way then a plan might well help. So, what does having a strategy actually mean?

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'.

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.