UK Writing

AI And The End Of The Human Author

Reuven Cohen | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

Seeking to make my life a bit easier, I recently set out to explore some new breeds of writing and grammar tools dedicated to making me a better writer. I've been a user of the Grammarly tool for a while and have had pretty excellent results.

Is It Legal To Buy An Essay?

Mary Walton | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Mary Walton

While it is currently not illegal to buy an essay online, the ethical question will always be there. A student needs to evaluate for themselves if this is the path they want to walk down, or if they want to put in the hard work, time and effort on their own - with the possibility of failure.

Why Do The Majority Of Budding Authors Not Complete And Publish Their Book?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Research has shown that the most popular time to start writing a book is at the beginning of the year, following the 'new year new me' trend. People t...

How To Write Your Memoirs And Get Them Published

Douglas McPherson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

They say everyone has a book in them, and what could you be more qualified to write about than your own life? Writing one's memoirs is a popular 'one ...

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

Confessions Of A Dyslexic Mother

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

I had subconsciously buried this teeny tiny fact once I had finished the gravy train of education. I sat my last exam at university, which I took in a separate room to my peers, just like I had taken all of my exams. We had extra time as well as a couple of helpful ladies ready and willing to assist us more needy students. This was the last time I really gave my dyslexia any thought.

Young People In Care Need To Have Their Stories Heard

Jenny Molloy | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Molloy

I was always writing when I was growing up in care. Not just creative writing, but also writing lots of letters to my social workers and to charities about my situation and what should be happening. I believe that all children in care want to write their story. It gives back some form of control, as when you're in care everything is written about you in your social services file which you don't always see. This builds a drive within to get our stories heard.

On Failure, Depression And Beating The Odds Through Creativity

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Just as vulnerability is helpful in the right doses, so is failure.

Freelance Creatives: Give Yourself A Promotion In 2017

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?

Reflections

Karl Knights | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Karl Knights

'Change or die'. When 2016 began this was the only thought passing through my foggy mind. I was at a friend's New Year's party, and all I can recall o...

How To Write A Bestseller

LJ Ross | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
LJ Ross

While the old saying goes that there's a book in all of us, how many of us will actually manage to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, let alone...

Ten Tips To Love What You Write

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Love the feedback. Good, 'bad', indifferent - it will all add to your development as a writer. Sometimes it's hard to accept open criticism, and I certainly would not advise putting up with anything personal or nasty. Be thankful that people are actually reading what you wrote and taking the time to connect.

Give A Diary This Christmas And Inspire A Child To Write

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

With Christmas around the corner, we're encouraging parents, families and anyone buying a gift for a child or young person to give the gift of a diary. You'll be giving them a platform to express themselves and the tools to become a better writer, which will help them now and long in to the future. And you never know - your child might just produce the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Authorship: A Misconception of Invention

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ben Greenhalgh

Fictional creativity is seen as similarly inventive as other art forms, but the great lie is that it's a profession that simply can't be as imaginativ...

Here's How You Could Become Amazon's Next Big Children's Author

Jo Carrigan | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you’ve ever thought of yourself as an aspiring children’s author just waiting in the wings, now could be your big break. From A Christmas Carol...

We Can All Help Children Unlock The Joys Of Writing

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

So, why does this matter? We know that children who enjoy writing and who write frequently outside the classroom do better at school. Our research showed that children and young people who enjoy writing very much were seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age, compared with those who do not enjoy writing at all

The Horrendous Insults I Hear As A Door Girl

Ann French | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Ann French

The the job that I do is basically a 'gate keeper' of sorts. I am the front of house for a venue, greeting people and making sure the venue only takes...

Magnificence By Howard Brenton

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the corridor outside. The auditorium has become a disused buil...

Could Keeping A Diary Really Help Combat Student Mental Illness?

Amy Fallon | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Fallon

Of course however, it's hard. As students we are not always blessed with ample amounts of spare time and the worst thing would be for guilt over neglecting your journal to constitute just another fountain of stress. To combat this, I would suggest following a few simple rules.

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.