UK Writing

The Power Of The Written Word(s)

Iain Hunter | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Iain Hunter

Words are dead, right? I mean we're talking in characters now, aren't we? Or acronyms - save your reader valuable seconds, LOL. Or emojis - after all,...

Why It's A Good Thing Bob Dylan Won The Nobel

Leah Broad | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Leah Broad

The power of Dylan's lyrics comes from the fact that they are precisely that -- they are part of his songs. Awarding the prize to someone who is primarily a songwriter is a welcome move, as it appreciates that lyrics are literature too.

How To Write The Perfect Romance

Douglas McPherson | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Romance writers are often reluctant to talk about formula, for fear of cheapening the genre or making something creative sound mechanical. There is, however, a cast iron formula used by every one of them, from the best to the worst, and which will never let you down whether you're writing a magazine story, a Mills and Boon novella or a full length novel....

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?

The Pace Of Change

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Life changed again, deeply and irrevocably so, with the arrival of R's girls. They landed in Mombasa when the city was labouring under a simmering, sweltering heat. R's youngest daughter came running when she saw us. R held it together better than I did.

Five Tips To Overcome Writer's Block

Dilly Hussain | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

'Writer's block' is something nearly every blogger, journalist, academic, novelist, columnist of any worth has experienced at some point in their writing career - that irritating and frustrating period where you know you should be writing or want to write but fail to put pen to paper.

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.

Why It's Wrong To Say Creative Writing Courses Are Killing Creativity

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

I wanted to write about why, in my opinion, she is wrong and also about why I believe it's important to address the way the criticism of writing training for the reasons outlined in her blog is causing damage to the diversity of the writing industry.

Dear Readers - Have You Been White-Washed?

Ann Girdharry | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK
Ann Girdharry

I think it's about time the mainstream bookshelves reflected the mix and diversity that actually exists in society. I think it's time that diverse characters, with racially diverse backgrounds and parentage and histories, finally found their way onto our contemporary bookshelves in the 'main' sections.

10 Tips On How To Start Writing

Amani Omejer | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amani Omejer

If you want to try blogging, set up a blog. If you want to journal, journal. If you want to submit something to a magazine without much writing experience, do it! If you want to spend the next few years writing a book, do that. You don't need to be published to be a writer and you don't need to have been published in order to get published.

Killing The Creative - In Creative Writing Courses

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ravinder Randhawa

I'm genuinely filled with dismay by the number of writers flocking to creative writing courses, and ask, what's happened to their defiant confidence and independence? That burning intelligence and passion which produces originality, provokes thought, grips our hearts, points to truth and justice?

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

Nurturing Creative Writing in Children and Young People

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I hope that the support for young writers only grows and that we see writing becoming much more widespread for children and young people. I know I certainly am looking forward to reading the great writing of the next generation in the future.

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...

I Think We Need Trashy News

Tam Varcoe | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Tam Varcoe

People moaning about trash news really bores me. We need it. Yeah, I said it. Journalism needs it too. I'm also convinced that a lot of you people that moan about it secretly love it, especially that particular kind of prick that pretends not to know who anyone in Made In Chelsea is. You know who they are, I know you know, you know you know, just admit it

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

The Five Questions Creatives Should Ask Themselves Daily

Cat Neligan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

I've never considered myself 'intuitive' in any way - until the Myers-Briggs personality test told me I am in fact, far more intuitive than I reckoned. Up until then, intuition suggested someone who acts on instinct, and gets it right every time. I would consider myself way more cautious, and definitely a fact-checker - as well as an over-thinker.

It's All Fluff - What's Wrong With Being Commercial?

Lucy Dukes | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Dukes

There are a lot of bloggers, some that I am lucky enough to consider friends, that can write so beautifully about the issues of every day life, offer guidance and counsel, and sometimes persuade us all to take good hard looks at ourselves and the society that we live in, and to those people - I congratulate and solute you, and will continue to read your words in awe of your fabulousness and way with words, but I cannot do it. It's not for me. After all, what's so wrong with being commercial anyway?

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...

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

60 Postcards in Australia: The Relaunch

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Chadwick

I'm hitting Australia at the weekend for a 3-week trip, travelling around Melbourne, Adelaide, Cape Tribulation, Whitsunday and with a final night in Brisbane. There was absolutely no way I could head to the other side of the world for an adventure and not use this opportunity to scatter postcards as I go.

Picked Off The Floor By Muhammad Ali

Matt Whyman | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matt Whyman

For a second, I simply stared at Muhammad Ali before remembering to blink and then breathe. I looked around thinking perhaps he was trying to get someone else's attention, but it was so quiet at the time that the only other people in the store were grouped across by the till. Then Ali, one of the world's most celebrated living legends, beckoned me closer.

Why We Need a Writing Version of London Fashion Week

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

Most of the events are free and each year our aim is going to be to focus on a different theme/ form of writing with the overall aim of annually providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

We Created a Tool So Students Can Share Their Work Online to Help Inspire Tomorrow's Researchers

John Hammersley | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
John Hammersley

I'm delighted that a tool we built to help with our own research is now being used by others around the world, and our team is especially proud to have helped support the Nano Ninjas in their robot escapades.