UK Writing

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 25.11.2014 | 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 24.11.2014 | 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 24.11.2014 | 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 14.11.2014 | 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 13.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 02.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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.

Change Your Life

Karen Ruimy | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

Life is a search for your self. It is a never-ending process of finding the true expression of your soul and unlocking the joy of your true being. When you are on the path to the discovery of your soul, you will uncover and unleash your creative self. And that is the gift of the path.

What Drives Writers to Write? This Is What Drives Me...

Liberty Forrest | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I want to write about writing. About the freedom that comes from opening up one's heart and allowing the secrets buried there to be exposed, to bring them out into the light so they can say "Look at me! I am not so scary after all."

Hook the Customer Up to the Machine, Please

Neil Taylor | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

They say you should never meet your heroes. Well, a couple of weeks ago I did. In fact, I got to interview mine: Professor Steven Pinker, Harvard's b...

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.

PUBLISH! Yes, You Can

Liz Fraser | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Fraser

But crowdfunding is fairly standard now, and people are getting the hang of it. Many books, films, music albums and so on have been very successfully made this way. It's a long road, but it's A ROAD, and I am on it, and moving forwards.

If You Follow One Dog on Facebook Make It Alice in Wooferland

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Jacobs

Alice in Wooferland is a retired racing Greyhound. Her career was cut short and like so many Greyhounds globally, she was discarded. But Alice was one of the fortunate ones. She was rescued, unlike many more that are killed.

Collecting the Following

Naomi Hefter | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

did a gig recently where a female audience member was really looking forward to hearing my work as I was the only female stand up there. Once I got on stage, I told a new story about about being from the same town as serial killer Fred West, and another where I urinated in the street wearing nothing but a Spiderman mask on.

Lots of Updates

Ellie Lewis | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

Hold on a moment. Just let me brush away these cobwebs. Oh, and do watch out for that virtual tumbleweed rolling through here.

Fibs, Lies and Porky Pies Number One - It's OK If We're Only Lying to Ourselves Right?

Leanne Davis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Leanne Davis

We don't intend to drink two bottles of wine when we specifically said we were only going to have one glass. That I would call weak-willed. Falling into the world-wide-web I would label as procrastination. And when we say we have learned our lesson and will never date someone 'like that' again, we genuinely mean it.

Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.

Secrets and Lives

Caragh Little | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It takes courage, someone commented to me once, to send your observations out into the ether of the blog. Anyone could read it, whether they know you in 'real life' or not, and judge you or criticize you or think you're very strange. Almost worse, perhaps, nobody will read it at all...

Why I Write About Bulgaria

Ellis Shuman | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellis Shuman

It was a cloudy, spring day and my wife and I were sitting on a bench, waiting for the Regional Historical Museum to open its doors for the day. We were in Vratsa, a small town in northwestern Bulgaria, 2-hour's train journey north of Sofia.

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Drinking Beer With Richard Rohr in New Mexico

Jonty Langley | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Jonty Langley

The first time I met Richard Rohr, I disgraced myself. It was at the wonderful Greenbelt festival, where Father Richard was a speaker.

If Your Partner Is Your Only Friend, You Need to Get a Life

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.