UK Writing

If I Wrote My Debut Novel Again, Here's What I'd Do Differently

Holly Seddon | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

In the same way that you'll only ever have one first kiss, you only get one shot at your debut novel. I mean, you'll redraft and edit it 10 million times, but you only do the whole process once. And it's about trial, error, heartbreak and pride.

Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...

10 Best Vintage Books for Summer Reading

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Annette Bette Kellow

The summer is still here (well, kind of) and it's time to take a wonderful trip down memory lane! There's something scrumptiously tangible about reading an old book, learning from other peoples past and the delicious style of descriptive writing that goes with vintage times.

Write Right, Right?

Jo Rourke | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Jo Rourke

I write a lot. Some of it even makes it on paper. By paper I obviously mean MS Word or the notes section on my iPhone. Conservative estimate, I'd say ...

How Do You Get Over Your Creative Block?

Ellie Lewis | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

I've sat down to write this a thousand times. At least in my head I have. For the past few months I have been struggling with, for want of a better expression, writer's block. I have been drowning in doubt and question why I am even bothering whenever I open a word document. This has happened for both creative writing and blog posts.

Are You Brave Enough?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

I read it, and even though I was only a kid my mind was truly blown. I think since then I've managed to read pretty much everything else PKD wrote, and it is a stunning body of work. But The Man in the High Castle, for me, stands literally head and shoulders over all the rest.

Misery

Tony Schumacher | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

Misery is as good as it gets for me, and I'm always happy to chat about it at writer events. Just do me one favour though, if we ever meet, please don't tell me you're my number one fan, I'll not sleep if you do.

My Bad Tips and Good Tips for Successful Story Writing

Helen Lederer | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Helen Lederer

Your therapist is in a meeting. Your hypnotist has double booked her room and expects you to wait in a room full of patients seeing osteopaths and who may be moaning quietly in pain. Or staring at you. These are all bad things. BUT if you are free of the above - here are the criteria for successful story writing...

"Why Does It Take So long for Your Book to Come Out if You've Already Written It?"

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

My debut novel was sold to my UK publisher in October 2014, it will be first published in January 2016. And that's not abnormal, far from it. So, what happens in this year plus change?

Writers Block

Miriam Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Brown

Authors get writers block. They hit a wall, a creative blockage whereby they simply cannot write, no matter how hard they try. Journalists don't get writers block. How can they? Stories move too quickly, new things happen every day. Journalists have it lucky. There is too much to write about. Right?

Losing Love and Love Leads Me To My True Love

Charlie Carillo | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Sport
Charlie Carillo

John McEnroe stood ready on the other side of the net, and as I bounced the ball before serving to start the match I allowed myself a ridiculous thoug...

Travelling With Gaucher and Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband has become highly adept in pushing me in my wheelchair whilst manoeuvring a large case on wheels at the same time - impressively even up and down steep inclines. This requires not only strength but the ability to steer avoiding any oncoming passengers and obstacles.

Why I'll Probably Never Work in a Newsroom Again

Catherine Ball | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Catherine Ball

So here I am. A print journalist who still loves newspapers but will probably never work for one again. It isn't that I wouldn't want to, just that it wouldn't ever be the same. Can we put the online genie back in the bottle? Of course not and we wouldn't want to. But can we find a way to move with the times and save our newspapers for future generations? I really hope so.

Lights Camera Action

Lady Terry Robinson | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lady Terry Robinson

Our best creative work happens when we are in flow, using our imaginations, having fun. Obviously there will come a point where we become hypercritical of our writing and believe we'll never be the next e.e. Cummings, E.L. James or J.K. Rowling.

You Can't Write a Novel While Driving, but...

Ellis Shuman | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Tech
Ellis Shuman

In my other pocket was my smartphone, a phone I would only use in case of an emergency. But I was confident that I could handle the walk. Come on, guys. I do this exercise walk quite a bit and it would be better defined as a power walk. I walk quickly.

Using Flow to Conquer Writer's Block

Nicole Latchana | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Latchana

The concept that writing could be hard did not resonate with me. I just assumed the people saying that were just not natural writers, had no ideas, or were evil wrong doers who were trying to grab the gold man out of my hand before I even knew what it was.

Am I the Only Blogger Who Doesn't Want to Make It Big and Blog Full-Time?

Laura Zito | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Zito

Yes, everyone who has a blog has dreamt about making it big. They've daydreamed about seeing their page views hit the millions, and their social channels full of sycophantic followers clinging onto every word, praising every post, and buying whatever it was they wore that day.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

How to Kick-Start Your Creativity With a Ritual

Tiu de Haan | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Tiu de Haan

The creative director of a global agency recently told me that when she gets stuck for ideas, she stands on her desk. "It literally gives me a different perspective," she says. "A bit rebellious, maybe. But it works for me."

The Unquenchable Fire in the Belly...

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

It can be difficult...this writing palaver. Like an unfulfilled childhood ambition, it pokes continually at one's resigned frame, asking the same ques...

Don't Quit - Plan! How to Get a Blogging Strategy

Chris Smith | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Smith

If you blog for the love of it and don't care how many reads you receive then don't let us stop you! But, if you blog with a purpose and want your blog to work for you in some way then a plan might well help. So, what does having a strategy actually mean?

Are Writers Certifiably Crazy?

Ellis Shuman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

The symptoms are getting worse. I wake up at night, my mind racing at a frantic pace, the ideas flooding me with a tidal wave of creativity. Afraid th...

Be Who You Want to Be

Vicki Psarias | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Psarias

I'm whomever I want to be. My goals have shifted since having kids and who says at the age of 21, we should still want the same things at 34? We change, the world changes and that's the beauty of life, we can adapt, have new aspirations and most importantly redefine who we are, or want to be.

Five Disturbing Things You Don't Know About Getting Published

Sara Sheridan | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

You've finished your manuscript, sought out an agent and are hopeful your wonderful book will be snapped up. Here are some little-known facts about what happens next... you're walking into the lion's den.

Five Years of Cringe: What I Watched, as Revealed by my Excruciating Teenage Diary

Julia Wagner | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Wagner

When I read my diary now, I'm amazed to see how regularly I have noted influential programmes. My memory fails me many details, but the diary provides specific examples of what I watched. I don't really want to go back in time. But I can re-view what I watched then. Rewind and remember.