Guest blog

What do editors do? Understanding the author–editor relationship
What do editors do?

There is an industry tale about a novelist (no longer with us) who fought tooth and nail with her publisher if they dared to alter a single punctuation mark in her manuscripts. The situation was – how can we put this? – challenging. On the verge of despair, the publisher finally found an editor who could work with the author. The books were published to wide acclaim, and enhanced by clever editing. So what happened? [click to continue…]

Genre fiction: Where, when and how to write it
How to write genre fiction

Here’s how to spot a lit-snob: if you see their eyelids flutter shut for a brief moment as their upper lip begins to curl a G softer than a French je ne sais quois soaked in Lenor and wrapped in a cashmere sock, they’re about to drawl ‘genre fiction’ with nauseating contempt. (I saw you just stuck your upper lip out curling a soft G. Me too.) Meanwhile, the rest of us are clutching our tatty old James Pattersons and Helen Fieldings, wondering what on earth the difference is. Or, more importantly, how do we write genre fiction? [click to continue…]

The 5 biggest mistakes NaNoWriMo writers make
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In a mad dash to make it to the 11:59, November 30th finish line, writers must use as many underhanded (and overhanded) tactics they can think of to overcome their inner critics and write 50,000 words to earn a place in the hallowed National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winners’ circle. [click to continue…]

A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2017
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Autumn is loved particularly by writers: the smell of wood smoke, plastic Halloween decorations, warm chai lattes… and, of course, National Novel Writing Month. But if you’re new to writing, or have just been too embarrassed to ask — what exactly is NaNoWriMo? How do writers get involved? And what’s the deal with it, anyway? [click to continue…]

Thinking of joining a writing group? Ask yourself these 8 questions first
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As a writer and head honcho at the London Writers’ Cafe – one of the largest writing groups in the UK – Lisa Goll knows a few things about how writing communities can keep you productive.  She shares her eight top tips with us about finding the writing group that’s right for you, what to expect on joining and how you can use them to smash your procrastination.

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Literary fiction: love it, hate it, or write it?
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I don’t know what the phrase ‘literary fiction’ conjures in your mind, but I can’t hear it without imagining a dusty professor rolling his r’s and peering over half-moon spectacles. But, is it really as dry as it sounds? And, just as importantly, is it worth writing? [click to continue…]

Why I track and monitor my writing progress by Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he explains why tracking his writing progress is a vital part of his creative process. [click to continue…]

Find your writing inspiration with Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he shares his top three tips on how to find your writing inspiration.  [click to continue…]

Finish writing your novel with Wyl Menmuir
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Wyl Menmuir writes novels and short stories. His first novel The Many was long-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2016 – one of the most prestigious writing prizes in the world. In this video, he shares with us his best tips on how to start – and then finish – your novel. [click to continue…]

How to break into travel writing: 7 tips from an expert
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If you think that holiday of a lifetime might make a cracking travel mag read or you’re planning on packing a laptop to write about your time walking the Inca trail – read these 7 tips by the UK’s top travel writer and journalist, Simon Calder – travel editor of The Independent newspaper and frequent commentator on TV and radio. [click to continue…]