UK Writing

Why Is it That Indie Author Panels Always Discuss Selling, Instead of Writing?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

A curious thing happened to me at the London Book Fair. As an Indie author, my first stop was the various Indie author panels. Held at Author HQ, as...

Pen Names - Why Authors Change Sex

Douglas McPherson | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.

Writers' Lament: Conditions Worsen for Those in Britain's Favourite Job

Sara Sheridan | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...

The Heroines Journey

Becky Walsh | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

When I think of masculinity and a form of energy, I feel it to be out going 'doing, fixing, sorting and achieving'. The feminine energy brings a softer presence 'passive, stillness, reserving and being'. The male is always the guest and the female always the host.

The Storytelling Manifesto

James Whittaker | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
James Whittaker

What if every teacher in every classroom on this planet had the oratory power of our greatest storytellers? The school day would be anticipated instead of dreaded. Society would change.

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 18.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 24.03.2015 | 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 25.03.2015 | 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 22.03.2015 | 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 16.03.2015 | 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 15.03.2015 | 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 14.03.2015 | 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...