UK Writing

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 18.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 04.12.2014 | 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 02.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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?

Why Not Going to University Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

Natasha Colyer | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Colyer

If I could offer someone on the cusp of their twenties any advice, I would say don't just go with a generic life plan because it 'looks right' or because it's 'what everyone else is doing.' Take time to think about what you want to achieve and how you are going to get there... Sometimes you have to sidestep the safe option and take a risk.

Why Writing Is Like Flossing

Chris Smith | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

As feverish NaNoWriMo writers across the globe step back from their overheated keyboards - some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less - how do they keep writing come December when there's no deadline to hit?

Do You Have an Exciting Novel Inside Just Bursting to Be Written?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

From November 1- 30th, we have been celebrating Novel Writing Month which has seen many budding authors pen their first novel. Workshops have taken place across the UK designed to help authors find their potential.

Interview With Half Bad Trilogy Author Sally Green

Alix Long | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

I caught up with Sally Green to find out why she decided to write about something barely written about before, why she finds writing for YA a unique experience, and why she thinks that YA books never need a message.

From Midnight Walks to Medieval Murders: Writing 'The Anjou Trilogy'

Princess Michael of Kent | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Princess Michael of Kent

Until the final book of my Anjou Trilogy to be published next year, I have not dared tackle the life of a man. I find few men write well about women, and few women write convincingly about men.

Why Blogging Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

BritChick Paris | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Blogging is more than words and paragraphs - its a journey, for you and your followers and it one that can lead you down paths that no conventional nine to five job could ever take you. I wrote stories as a little girl but then gave up as being a writer seemed so hard. At the ripe old age of 35 I picked up my blackberry and wrote like mad...

See Who's Nominated For This Year's Bad Sex Award - And Read Passages From The Offending Books

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Writers! Thinking of putting a sex passage (as it were) in your novel? You might want to think again - thanks to the timely reminded that is Literary ...

Things That Turn Writers Off

Sadie Brown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

As my budding writer displayed so beautifully in point two, text talk drives me insane. It is really so taxing to write, 'I am' as opposed to 'ima' (vomit), or another favourite among word thieves, 'yea'. I think they mean 'yeah' but by that point, I've lost interest.

How a Near Life Experience Changed My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Perhaps it was being put deep under by the anaesthesia, for I am told it really is a little like dying. Well the closest one comes to dying without actually... dying; when you are sedated enough for them to cut into you. Maybe it was that which dropped me deep into myself, enough to touch the stuff that really mattered. The debris hidden behind decades of conditioning shot to the top.

Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

Alix Long | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels.