UK Writing

How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health

Karen Dempsey | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dempsey

Expressive writing - also known as therapeutic writing - is the process of letting your thoughts and feelings flood onto the page, without stopping to censor, judge or perfect. It's a free-flow process that allows the thoughts and feelings to pour out, like water from a tap.

Sometimes Filmmaking Can Be Such A DRAG

Michael Beddoes | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Michael Beddoes

What I started to realise as I watched, was the sheer effort and commitment needed by the queens, not to mention the financial investment. It is a true art form, requiring art skills, design, dance, acting, sewing and writing.

Writing With A Chronic Illness

Jo Jakeman | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Jakeman

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Fake News In Small Towns

A.L. Gaylin | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
A.L. Gaylin

Though the hit-and-run took place a few years ago, I am still haunted by the thought of both boys, of their mothers trying to learn the real truth, even as their children were transformed into characters in an ongoing gossip-fuelled narrative, their humanity disappearing as their bleak shared story took on a life of its own.

Writing Things Down Can Be Your First Step In Taking Action

Katrine Horn | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrine Horn

If you're looking for a powerful tool to propel yourself into action, try writing things down! Just in case you needed some persuasion, here are 5 good reasons why writing things down could be your first action step to making changes

An Exercise Book, A Pen, And Help - When I Needed It Most

Ed Green | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

Then one day, our dinner lady sat down next to me. Peering at the pages of scribble, she asked me why. Her voice was calm and friendly. With a flourish, she took a pen out of her uniform pocket. And a few pages on from the word 'look!', she wrote her name in clear letters - 'Mrs Holliday'.

From Grief To Anxiety - Writing Is Boss

Tom Walters | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Walters

When I was 22 I lost my brother. He developed cancer of the spinal fluid which eventually spread to his brain and succumbed to his illness in late 2006 - from the first headaches to his last breath, the illness took ten months to take him away.

That Literary Masterpiece Of Yours? It Won't Even Earn You Minimum Wage

Kristina Adams | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kristina Adams

You spend months writing your book, fork out a small fortune for an epic cover, write an awesome blurb, host a launch event... and you'll earn bugger all for your hard work.

How Writers Can Respond To And Help With The Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

For the past weeks I have been helping to organise this years' London Writers' Week as a benefit for the fund to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, supported by The Tabernacle, the theatre and arts venue located less than one mile from Grenfell Tower.

How Self-Publishing Saved Me From Myself

Kristina Adams | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Adams

I did it. I reached my goal. There were some obstacles along the way, but as I look back, I know that I've grown stronger because of them. I know that as I publish each book, I'll grow stronger and more determined still.

Celebrate The First Ever National Writing Day By Helping Your Child Develop A Love Of Writing

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

Today marks the first ever National Writing Day - a UK-wide campaign to help children discover that creative writing can be fun and can boost their attainment, confidence, aspiration and imagination!

Six Ways Viral Listicles Will Doom Journalism And All Humanity

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Alex Sinclair Lack

Questions are worth asking when articles are being written with the main intention of maximizing shares. Journalism must evolve with the times, but if we are to reach the post-post-truth era, it must do so responsibly and not let its standards fall in the process.

So, You Want To Be A Writer? There's Never Been A Better Time Than Right Now...

LJ Ross | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ross

Whilst it is always advisable to take a professional approach to independent publishing to produce a quality book people will want to read (hire an editor, cover designer, proofreader etc.) the bottom line is that there are no limitations on how and when you can choose to make the final leap.

How I Am Always On A Holiday

Ripu Daman Singh | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ripu Daman Singh

Every time I come back from a holiday, a part of me stays behind. Still looking for more. Asking for more. Away from the drudgery of routine. Liberated from the reins of discipline. Bereft of any responsibilities.

I Would Do It Again

Beverley Ward | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Ward

'Two lovers, destined to be together, miss their chance repeatedly, spend their lives apart having a pretty miserable time, finally unite and then, just when things are going great, he dies and her life is ruined'. Maybe it makes a good weepy but it's certainly not an easy story to write a sequel to and, left here without you, that is, essentially, what I have to do.

How The Best Writers Draw Inspiration From Their Everyday Lives

Quora | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Quora

Carry a notepad everywhere and keep one in your car. Any time you see something unusual, write it down. I once spent five minutes watching dust motes in my childhood church in England because my little brain was thinking, "Ohh, I need to describe that in a story." Eventually I did.

Humbling Results Of Our Children's View Of The Future

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.

Nature: Ways To Get Out Into It More

Louis Sherman | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

At the moment it is cold outside, and while our nature seems to be at more risk than ever (Thanks Trump, however kudos to the National Park Service). So I thought it is as good a time as ever to share some of the ways I get out in nature every day of the year, as well as specifically some ideas for winter.

Six Tips On How To Help Young Children Learn To Write

Mary Walton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Walton

When children are learning to write for the first time, help at home is essential. You want to help them get the hang of writing, but do you have no idea where to start? No worries. Here's six tips that will help your kids get the hang of writing.

Types Of Driver To Avoid

Ann French | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Ann French

The roads of the UK can be a treacherous place that only seem to be getting worse thanks to one thing; other drivers. I've moaned about this in the pa...

Everyone Should Like Roald Dahl Books... Shouldn't They?

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kerry Gibb

As I told my audience that my least favourite book as a child was a Roald Dahl book, I literally heard a couple of children gasp as they couldn't believe what I had just said. But then I elaborated, and I saw two hundred pairs of eyes looking at me intently as they listened to every word.

Making A Movie!

Rachel Shenton | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Did it all go according to plan? No! Did we stick to the schedule? Absolutely not. But we did it! Aside from creating something that will hopefully be thought provoking and shine a much needed light on access to education - It just feels great to have taken an idea from conception and seen it right through to the end.

Keeping It Real. Five Easy Ways To Balance Your Virtual Life (And Your Kids')

Alice Wilde | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

How is anyone going to be content in their slightly damp terrace in Bognor, when they could 'be' wandering the boulevards of Cannes and 'seeing' the turquoise waters and fluttering palms? But as wonderful as it is, it's not the truth. And as with all deceptions there will be a price to pay.

100 Letters Changed My Life

Alison Hitchcock | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hitchcock

Back in 2010, I would never have predicted that when my friend, Brian Greenley, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the letters that I offered to write to him would change both our lives... The letters began and over the next two years, as Brian's cancer developed to stage four, I kept on writing.

The Benefits Of Writing Through Grief

Sam Way | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Way

Through the cabin window, the earth blends with the sky in a haze of pinks, purples and reds. I am flying back into London. This last week - a week...