UK Writing

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.

Five Reasons to Self-Publish

Hazel Butler | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

If you've written a book, chances are you have at least considered self-publishing. There are many excellent reasons to self-publish, even if you have the chance to publish traditionally. Where self-publishing was once seen as the last recourse of the desperate, it has fast become valid method of publishing.

Lost for Words in the Age of the Emoji

Shaun Varga | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Tech
Shaun Varga

There was a time when people wrote letters to each other. Have you written a letter to a private individual (i.e. not a utility company, solicitor, etc) in the last five years? Do you know anyone who has? I thought not.

Five Reasons You Should Start a Blog

Catherine Balavage | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Tech
Catherine Balavage

Blogging is one of the most satisfying things that you can do. Get an idea, write it and then hit publish. Your thoughts are then out there for other people to read. When people read your blog and give positive feedback it feels amazing.

Three Steps to Rewrite Your Life As a Successful Writer

Rosanna Savone | Posted 02.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosanna Savone

You get that stories are what make up our lives, guiding us about everything that matters most to us - from love to war. You understand we're intertwined with them. There is no life without story or no story without life.

On Star Wars, The Craft of Writing and What Novelists Can Learn From 'The Force Awakens/

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

Star Wars surpasses genre and transcends viewing age. It is not a children's film. It's an adult film that happens to be suitable for children. As a result, it doesn't patronise children, nor does it attempt to second-guess what kids will find interesting and entertaining.

Beyond Bipolar

Amanda Nicol | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Nicol

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I suffered terribly with the side-effects of medication; the tardive dyskinesia, which is extremely distressing, both to experience and witness; short-term memory loss; splitting lips; lactation; sensitivity to sunshine; you name it, I had it.

Christmas Past - My Christmas As A Drinking Alcoholic

Pete Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I'm Pete Jackson. Six years ago, in late September, I quit drinking. It wasn't my first attempt, not by a long stretch, but I hoped (and six years later I'm still hoping) that it was my last.

These Are the Days of Our Lives - So Make Sure You Remember Them!

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

One of the best ways to explore your experiences is to write about them. Writing helps you to think more clearly, openly and deeply about a subject. One of the reasons for this is the simple fact that - while you may feel like 'you know what you mean' - the first thing a writer needs to be is intelligible.

Thought Leadership And Sharing Your Ideas on Social Media

Sofie Sandell | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Sofie Sandell

Last week I facilitated a workshop on thought leadership, social media and sharing your ideas on a wider scale. The questions we discussed were both c...

How to Find Time for Creativity

Julia Bryson | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julia Bryson

Do I have any spare time? Well the answer is no, but I do write this blog. Somehow, in my hectic week, I manage to carve out enough time to write two, maybe three posts, take and edit the photographs to go with them, read and comment on other blogs, and chat online to what I call my second set of work mates, my blogging friends.

Ten Years of the Bruntwood Prize

Suzanne Bell | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Suzanne Bell

On 17th November 2015, we will gather at the Royal Exchange to present the four awards from a total prize fund of £40,000. These four plays will then be developed and supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre and we hope to see productions of the winning plays in our theatres and beyond in the near future.

Why Not Fall in Love With Me?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

"Over sixty percent of the sixty million people who are regular Thriller/Suspense readers in the USA, say they are reluctant to buy a book by an author they haven't read before..." That means that approximately thirty six million people in the USA don't trust me.

What It's Like to Have the Perfect Student Job

Natasha Barrett | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Having made it through a three-stage application process over the summer (much to my genuine surprise) I've managed to secure myself what many people ...

Creating a Writing Community: The Story of How a Festival Was Born

Andrea Mason | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Andrea Mason

I started Literary Kitchen, a creative writing school, in 2009, in order to earn a living. But the artist in me, who loves performance, process and exchange was always busting to get out, and so the Literary Kitchen Festival was born in 2014.

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

Do British Female Service Personnel Have a Voice?

Nicola De Maine | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Nicola De Maine

Nicola De Maine has no previous experience of writing for publication. She recently joined the BATTLE LINES New Writing Programme run by Raise Dark Th...

Why Do I Write?

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Why do I write? Because, you know, I have the right. Why do I write about women? Because I can. A Woman is where my self has been living. Why d...

It's Been A Year Since I Got A Book Deal, Here's What I've Learned

Holly Seddon | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

It's been a year since I agreed my two-book UK deal with Corvus, part of Atlantic Books. We're still a few months away from the January publication, and I'm still a rookie but nonetheless, I've learned a buttload over this last year.

Facebook's "Dislike" Button Rejected But How About This?

Rima Amin | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Rima Amin

Reports of Facebook's announcement to trial a "Dislike" button has sparked waves of debate today. Whilst some are excited, the risks surrounding cyberbullying have outlined why it's not such a great idea. Facebook already, in my opinion has some work to do around it's reporting mechanisms.

Letter Writers Are Better Writers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

The arrival of the postman with the latest instalment of news from a pen pal or a favourite aunt evokes childhood memories for those of us who grew up before the era of text messages and emails. Although the postman mainly delivers junk mail now - even bills have gone online - I'm glad to report that the art of letter writing is still alive.

Why I Gave Up All of My Plans, Permanently

Holly Seddon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

If you spend your life focussing on an end goal or set of end goals, with tight timescales, you're setting yourself up to either fail (because who on earth can hope to hit every goal) or miss out on an awful lot by racing to the finish.

If I Wrote My Debut Novel Again, Here's What I'd Do Differently

Holly Seddon | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

In the same way that you'll only ever have one first kiss, you only get one shot at your debut novel. I mean, you'll redraft and edit it 10 million times, but you only do the whole process once. And it's about trial, error, heartbreak and pride.

Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...

10 Best Vintage Books for Summer Reading

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Annette Bette Kellow

The summer is still here (well, kind of) and it's time to take a wonderful trip down memory lane! There's something scrumptiously tangible about reading an old book, learning from other peoples past and the delicious style of descriptive writing that goes with vintage times.