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The next issue will be sent out on Sunday January 1st and it contains more news, opportunities and writing exercises than ever before. I only send it out three or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for writers – a glorious townscape at sunset

This by Ian Scott Massie who began painting professionally while a student in Durham in the 1970s. He often combines watercolour with unlikely materials such as Indian ink and wax. … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: BOXING DAY *

Another painting by the Dutch artist Marius van Dokkum (see the Eve of Christmas Eve). This time he has captured the essence of a family gathering…. *Also known as St … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laughter and Good Humour are Contagious – Charles Dickens QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: CHRISTMAS DAY

I made a rod for my own back when I decided to post an ‘inspirational’ picture for Christmas Day. After 10 minutes of research I was determined not to post … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for Writers over the holidays: CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t have to say anything, do I? An image to get your synapses snapping if you’re not cooking tomorrow…if you are, just store it away for another time. Adrian … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t know if it has a title, but I would be tempted to call it Trolly Rage. Is that what it feels like at the moment? Or are you … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

A recipe for Christmas Pudding from Jane Austen’s mother

I know it’s too late to even think about making a Christmas pudding, but  you can always put the recipe away for next year if you fancy a literary yuletide. … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

How to deal with the problems of writing a novel – H.G. Wells QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – layers upon layers

I chose this drawing because I thought it somehow captured what writers often try to do, write from the inside…I am reluctant to say more because it’s not for me … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Win a University Place with this short story competition

The University of East London is breaking new ground with their free fiction competition, running for the first time this year. Open to young people aged 16-19 living or going … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

How writers should be treated by Robert A. Heinlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

Inspiring pictures for Writers – Everyday Superhero by Eric Bowman

She’s real, isn’t she? And strong. And deserves to be the star of her own story. Eric Bowman is a self-taught artist from California who was a surfboard airbrush technician … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Always wanted to write for TV or Radio? Here’s your chance

Every so often BBC Writersroom accepts unsolicited scripts. They are read blind (without names attached) so it’s an equal opportunity – your idea and writing ability will be judged alongside … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 13 Comments