UK Writing

Why Writing Still Matters

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

The written word is more powerful than ever and we should be empowering children to use it! Let's get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often. This week and always, tell children why writing by hand is important and encourage them to write a letter or card to a relative or friend.

Why the Balkan Wars Matter, 25 Years On

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK
Annabelle Thorpe

Last week, in Dubrovnik, I met a woman called Maya, who had lived in the city her whole life - including the eight months that the city was under sieg...

A Voice From the Dark: Why Talking Taboos Makes for a Better Society

Angela Brightwell | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Brightwell

It's important to share our stories if we can, especially those of us who find it easier to express ourselves through the written word than others may. In fact, it's our duty to do so, in the hope it might help others.

If You Can't Say It, Write It

Jonathan Lee | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lee

I was seventeen when my brother and best friend, Simon threw himself from the top of the local multi-storey car park. He was nineteen and happily, he survived on that occasion. It would be another thirteen years before he finally succeeded and took his own life at thirty two.

The Day I Met Caitlin Moran... Again

Sarah Powell | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Powell

Caitlin Moran is very busy. As well as the second series of Raised By Wolves on Channel 4, there's her new book Moranifesto and she is working on two films with John Niven of Kill Your Friends fame.

Lost for Words

Caragh Little | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words to quantify it all.

My Week at Heat Magazine

Chloe Cox | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

It was the best work experience I've ever had, and if there's anything I've learnt it is to talk to as many people as possible, be confident, kind, and invest in a packet of biscuits. I felt so privileged to have been offered such a rare insight to working life and each day I left the office happy, driven and ready for more!

Why Do We Need Poetry?

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clare Dyckhoff

When you're feeling overwhelmed or sad, it's incredibly easy to feel alone in this, and think that no one else would ever understand. But what I've found in poetry is that these very emotions and confused states of being you thought were so unusual and isolated to you, have been in fact the topic of address for many decades, and probably will continue to be so.

Why Walking Makes You 50% More Creative

Chris Smith | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Smith

Researchers found that participants produced roughly 50% more total ideas when walking as opposed to sitting. And not only that, they also found that when walking, people became more talkative and within that chatter were higher-quality creative ideas.

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.

Growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression by Author

Will Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Will Green

Sometimes it would be triggered by what was going on around me, what I was watching on TV or reading about and sometimes it was completely at random. For example, if a story about something bad came on the news (and let's face it a lot of the stories are) my mind would instantly race down this tunnel placing people I cared about in this exact situation.

'Cancel The Sunshine' - How Writing Became a Coping Method for My Anxiety and Depression

Chantelle Dusette | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chantelle Dusette

Depression bubbling under the surface, or hovering above, never seen by any, only felt by me. I was used to it. Familiar. At times I would think, "I need to sort this out" and alcohol would come along, "remember our agreement? I can take care of this for you." And it did.

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.

I've Written 10 Books - One for Every Time I've Been Diagnosed With Cancer

Emma Hannigan | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Hannigan

I describe myself as a cancer vixen. I use the word vixen because is sounds better than victim. Also, I have never seen myself as a victim. I am a proud survivor and I am grateful for that fact each and every day.

Colouring Pens Down, Heads Up

Joe Irvin | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

2015 was the year of the adult colouring book. Their popularity caused a spike in sales of physical titles as they sold in their millions, providing stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts nationwide. Bestseller lists remain full of them well into 2016: wild flowers, swear words, Jeremy Corbyn - you name it, you can colour it in.

The Legacy of Harper Lee

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

As one of the most iconic female writers, Harper Lee's death naturally struck a chord of sorrow with the world. Tributes have bloomed across many different platforms for this inspirational woman and the legacy of her work.

Dear Reader....

Aby Moore | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Parents
Aby Moore

As my confidence grew, so did my skills and my voice become stronger. I became less afraid to publish my words and more immersed in the community. People who I first met online, became proper friends whom I would speak to everyday. The proof of the power of blogging at it's finest.

What Nobody Tells You About Your Book Being Published

Holly Seddon | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

It's been a month since my debut novel Try Not to Breathe came out in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, and another couple of weeks before it comes out in America and then Germany. It's been thrilling, numbing, weird, wonderful and at times, raw and scary. I'm prouder than I thought possible but I've also learned a few things along the way.

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.