UK Writing

My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

So You Want to be a Novelist?

Holly Seddon | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

So I wanted to be an author. Perhaps like others in the 60%, I had the romantic idea of a desk, an old typewriter (in reality, I had a Windows 486 PC...), pots of coffee and French cigarettes. I wanted to be an author SO BADLY that when I left college, I became... a call centre operative.

Reports Of Handwriting's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

Handwriting is dead - right? Now that we're all addicted to touchscreens, keyboards and perhaps even scrawling notes on our watches in a few months, n...

Review: 'The Uses and Abuses of History' by Margaret MacMillan

James Snell | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

This book is not perfect, certainly, and I would advise anyone short on time to leave out the final fifty pages entirely - nothing of any great value would be missed. But, regardless of these criticisms, any work of historical theory which is written as well as this one is certainly worth looking at and - maybe with caution, in this particular case - taking to heart.

What Price My Fortune? Must There Be Fame?

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Cameron McCulloch

I have always hoped that one day my writing would get me somewhere and since blogging, have had so many encouraging replies from all over the world, I have dived in once again to the world of creation with renewed vigour; and am once again determined to take my best chance.

ON ... UPPER CASE - Rest in Peace

Martin Treanor | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Martin Treanor

Words became no more than practicalities, an idle invariance when the unbearable stresses of pressing the 'SHIFT' button, or scribbling a capital became too much to shoulder for those with another thing on their mind, such as texting, or reality television, maybe both.

Journalism in the Age of Sticks and Swill Buckets

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Brian John Spencer

You could be downcast, or you could look at the opportunities. Yes Ezra and Felix are right to counsel, but know this: don't wait to be asked; don't cross your arms; don't ask for permission, just do it. Here's the secret: dogged determination and a resolve to never stop.

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

What are you still doing here? You're like a stray following me home; shoo... go away... start writing! Alright, we both know I don't really want you to go away, otherwise I would have just stopped writing and gone and made another coffee.

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

Are all books created equal?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Tech
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

I'm sure many of you have enjoyed reading a good motivational book or ebook at some point in recent months. I've had quite a few to choose from and this got me thinking, are all books really created equal? If you had to choose, would it be an ebook or a printed one?

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.

It's Time We Start Being Kinder to Ourselves

Amber Bell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

Most of us can probably pinpoint the moment we stepped out of the blissfully unaware bubble to the self deprecating one. When nothing we do is quite good enough; when we struggle to celebrate our successes, constantly craving more.

If You've Never Tasted Rejection - You Won't Savour Success.

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hattie Holden Edmonds

"An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull," said one of the twenty publishers to knock back Lord of the Flies, which later sold more than 150 million copies.

How to Get Your Play Produced

Michelle Douglass | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Michelle Douglass

It's almost impossible to be really happy with something you've done yourself. But does the script best represent your writing? Has it got passion? Are any boring, overwritten bits definitely gone? Have you had enough feedback and done enough re-writes to be confident that this is your best attempt?

How to Work With a Comedy Writing Mentor

Chris Smith | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Smith

I am pressing on with my lonely foray into character comedy and writing what I hope might some day be the pilot of a sitcom - helped by Micheal Jacob, my writing mentor who has, so far never backed away from me in a social situation (although there's still time).

Become A Renaissance Hero With These 8 Amazing Apps

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech

Why become a jack of all trades when you can become a master of them all? Technology and creativity are intrinsically linked and as such have become v...

Mother, Not 'Other'

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

I'm often asked to write, or give talks at conferences or on cider-soaked park benches, about women and work. Women who write, women in business, women going back to work after having a baby, women deciding not to go back to work after having a baby, juggling motherhood and work, the work-life imbalance and so on.

Seven Steps to Improve Your Creative Habits

Chris Smith | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Having worked with writers for many years and researched creative habits, we found there isn't one magic bullet to make you into a creative powerhouse. In fact there are seven - so here they are, seven ideas to tap into your inner muse and start creating on a regular basis.

The Typewriter Is Back (With An E-Ink Display)

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Tech

The typewriter may have been resigned to trendy shop windows and the occasional loft but while the technology is old, the function it served is as rel...

Writing About Music

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Why did we feel the need to set our words to music? Why not just write poetry? Music has existed for hundreds of years (with and without lyrics!), so it clearly appeals to the human race. Who among us doesn't listen to music in some way every single day? What is it about music that we enjoy so much? And how do I go about trying to explain this?

Paul Fournel, 'Dear Reader' and the Future of the Publishing Industry

Ben Mirza | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Robert Dubois is a comfortable, elegantly dissipated publisher of the old school tradition, drifting into the twilight years of a career filled with jolly literary lunches and yellowing manuscripts.

Nine Whimsical Winter Destinations in Europe for Writing Inspiration

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lizzie Davey

In winter, these senses are on overdrive thanks to the white blankets of snow and enchanting lights, the smells of cinnamon and tangerines, and the sounds of bells, carols, and laughter. So what better time is there than winter to gorge on writing inspiration?

Words for the Wounded Independent Author Book Award

Catherine Balavage | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

My favourite thing about running my own online magazine is the people I meet. One such person this year was best-selling author Margaret Graham. Not only has she written over 30 great books, she has also set up a wonderful charity for wounded soldier, Words for the Wounded.

How to Write: Sex, Substance Abuse and What Sells

Jane Egginton | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jane Egginton

I first met Richard Beard on a Arvon writing course and shortly afterwards enrolled with NAW. I have written a number of travel books but never my own creative project. As my material is essentially memoir, I was in danger of becoming swamped by the psychology of my own story. I had the building blocks of the idea but the form seemed out of reach.

In Praise of Secret Writers

Chris Smith | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Writers often hide behind a pen name or keep the very act of writing a secret from colleagues, friends or family. But what is it about writing that makes writers want to hide from view?