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Hurry, Hurry, Hurry….if you’ve got an unpublished novel needing a home

Got an 70,000+ word story saved on your desktop? Is it stuffed into a folder gathering dust  underneath your bed? Someone wants to read it – at least the first … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Writing is Magic…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Do you know…which country reads the most books, watches the most TV, listens to the radio and uses the internet most often for pleasure…?

TELEVISION Folk in Thailand spend  22.4 hours in front of the television each week. The USA is in 6th place with 19 hours per week and the UK is 9th … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Word Hearts – a delicious way of not writing: Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Word Hearts is fun. More than fun. But there’s no doubt it is a diversion from the business of writing so only use it to treat yourself when you’ve written … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strictly Come Writing — sneak preview

I have been working with writers at Portslade Adult Education to produce an anthology of stories and dreams, poems and works in progress and it’s getting very exciting as the … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why writers write: Philip Larkin — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It seems as if you’ve seen this sight, felt this feeling, had this vision, and have got to find a combination of words that will preserve it by setting it … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

News about writerly things delivered to your inbox every day – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

GALLEYCAT covers everything a writer or a reader might be remotely interested in: there’s publishing news with an American slant but with a decent international perspective, writers resources which at … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Research in Fiction – re-discovering the miners’ strike. Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson, author of Public Battles, Private Wars

I’m delighted to be handing my blog over today to a gifted novelist whose latest novel shines a torch on women who were part of the miners’ strike in 1984 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

When You Are Your Own Publisher

Originally posted on J W Manus:
I get a lot of emails from people who are just starting out with self-publishing. For the most part I enjoy the conversations. Self-publishing…

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

WRITING IS LIKE BEING GAY…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I don’t remember deciding to become a writer.  You decide to become a dentist or a postman.  For me, writing is like being gay.  You finally admit that this is … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

HOW TO WRITE A BLOG EVERYONE WANTS TO READ Safari Friday (a day early!) searching the web for writers and readers

If you’ve ever thought about writing your own blog and weren’t sure how to start I have the perfect website for you. Called How To Make My Blog it covers … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rebel women! A call to write

I’ve just been sent a press release about a new poetry anthology that intends to showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. More than than it wants … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

The million word apprenticeship – Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while. David Eddings … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

8 reasons why you should start tweeting or come back if you’ve stopped

This is based on a post I wrote back in 2010 and I think it still holds true. If Facebook is about renewing and making contacts, Twitter is about information … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 10 Comments

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