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Publisher looking for new crime thriller writers launches short story competition

To celebrate Oldcastle Books 30th birthday the publisher has set up a new short story competition for its crime fiction imprint, No Exit Press. It is open to any unpublished … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

The writer’s most natural style…Kurt Vonnegut Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child. English was Conrad’s third language, and much that seems piquant … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

A free writing competition with a BIG difference – they want you to show off your marketing skills as well

Neil Raphel, acquisitions editor of Brigantine Media, says: “… publishing success or failure depends on our authors’ commitment to marketing.” Brigantine Media, based in Vermont,  started life 30 something years … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Names invented by Writers

Just back from a wonderful and very productive writing residency in Portugal . As I need to catch breath, unpack and get to grips with unanswered emails I thought I … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 23 Comments

A hint…a suggestion…Orson Welles Quotes for Writers and Playwrights (and people who like quotes)

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Test your knowledge of English…and weep

Which of the following is the “correct” plural of octopus?  Which are acceptable variants?  Which are “wrong”? octopuses octopi octopodes This old blog (the original post was written five years … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 8 Comments

International Humour Writing competition in honour of Mark Twain

Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand  — Mark Twain This is the second annual competition organised to raise funds for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut USA … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

Mentoring for Novelists – from the inside

I’m delighted to welcome Laura Wilkinson to my blog. She is many things, including a succesful novelist and busy mother. She is also a professional writing mentor. On May 1st … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 6 Comments

What women writers need…Lorrie Moore Quotes for Writes ( and people who like quotes)_

If I had a staff of even one person, or could tolerate a small amphetamine habit, or entertain the possibility of weekly blood transfusions, or had been married to Vera … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Free Poetry Workshop in Brighton – book now

CREATIVE FUTURE – the national organisation that nurtures marginalised artists and writers – is running a free creative writing workshop on May 19th in Brighton Two poets will lead a … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

Writing is a humbling occupation – Paul Auster Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Each book is a new book. I’ve never written it before and I have to teach myself how to write it as I go along. The fact that I’ve written … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

This is a first for me….

I’m performing in a horse box next Friday and Saturday at Brighton Festival Fringe. I’m told it’s a very nice horse box and it is sited right next door to … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 9 Comments

What the Opportunity of a Lifetime did for Me

Guest Post by writer Laura Sleep In late 2011 something happened which was either a huge coincidence or fate. Depending on how life is going I pivot between these two … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

When reviews really matter…

Originally posted on Daily Echo:
Image source  “Bilbo Baggins was a Hobbit who lived in his Hobbit hole and never went for adventures, at last Gandalf the wizard and…

April 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

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