for writers and readers….

What to do with your manuscript when it’s finished – David Mitchell. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Send the thing out and forget it. Quickly get to work on the next thing. Don’t sit by the phone or watch your email. Don’t hope. You’ve done a big … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 6 Comments

Win a Holiday with a Short Story

There’s nothing not to like about this international writing competition. It’s run by a well-established writer’s retreat in Greece (so they know what they are doing). The prize is flexible. … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 6 Comments

How to hook a reader (or an agent) in 3 easy steps…

By Sally Apokedak, @sally_apokedak Part of the How They Do It Series  on Fiction University American literary agent Sally Apokedak describes how to hook a reader in 3 easy steps. … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Sense the mood…see the shadows moving P.J.Harvey QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Full Scholarship for a Masters in Creative Writing in London

You don’t need a first degree to apply for this brilliant opportunity. You don’t need to be free during the day. And money is definitely not a barrier…. The first … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Write by the Beach – a day of inspiration in Brighton

I am a founder member of The Beach Hut Writing Academy and, as regular readers may remember, we are holding our first conference on Saturday March 12. Write by the … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Thin White Duke – read Neil Gaiman’s short story

Instead of the usual Sunday quote about writing, I found this short story from Neil Gaiman, the author and graphic novelist. He published The Return of the Thin White Duke … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

When writers should be suspicious

The manuscript of your novel is very precious, even though if it is published it will represent the lowest paid hourly rate you have ever earned in your life (until … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 35 Comments

A poem, a painting and a small boy

Just came across this poem by Robert Browning on the website of Interesting literature. It’s a very short poem with a long title: Rhyme for a Child Viewing a Naked Venus … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy manuscripts wanted

If you are working on a genre novel this sounds like a very good opportunity. SNOWBOOKS – a British independent publishing company set up in 2004 – welcome unsolicited manuscripts … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 16 Comments

Most stories we tell are under 500 words….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Meet the TV and Radio screenwriter who believes character creation is everything – a member of the Beach Hut Writing Academy

Sue Teddern: the basics Sue started work as a window dresser, but came to writing via secretarial work and magazine journalism. Her first scriptwriting credit was for The Archers and … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Using Tarot for Writing Inspiration [Resource Links]

Originally posted on Word Hunter:
Writers have always used all sorts of random generating tools to prompt and help develop their writing. Popular choices include the random story making dice…

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet a bestselling novelist with a passion for teaching – a member of the Beach Hut Writing Academy

Araminta Hall – the basics. Araminta worked for 10 years as a journalist before studying for a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Her first novel, Everything … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 6 Comments