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The Alice Lowe interview: “Until you’ve made a film, people won’t trust you to make a film.”
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Writing deadlines have always been important to Alice Lowe, TV and movie actor, writer and soon-to-be writer-director of another feature length comedy film – still under wraps. Writing deadlines are now set for her, at one time they were rather more self-imposed. [click to continue…]

How Armando Iannucci writes – an exclusive interview
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From his early days working with cult comedy icon Chris Morris to make cutting edge radio shows like On The Hour to creating top US comedies like Veep, Armando Iannucci has always put writing – and writers – at the centre of of his work. But how does something like The Thick of It and most recently his new film, The Death of Stalin (in cinemas October 20th) get written? And what tips does he have for aspiring comedy scriptwriters?

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Genre fiction: Where, when and how to write it
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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…]

How NaNoWriMo changed my life by novelist Julia Crouch
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From draft zero to published author, Julia Crouch wrote her first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She shares her life-changing experience with us and offers advice on how to find the time to start writing, beating procrastination, getting productive and most importantly – finishing your NaNo novel. [click to continue…]

How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2017
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As feverish National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) writers across the globe step back bleary-eyed from their overheated keyboards – some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less – how do they keep writing when there’s no deadline to hit? Here’s our 6 step guide to keep super-productive post-NaNoWriMo. Read more

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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Choosing your writing platform: Wattpad vs Movellas vs Tumblr
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Pen and paper are so 2008. Word counts, full-screen editing spaces and automatic spell-checks aren’t essentials: but my goodness, do they make things easier. But which writing platform is right for you? Here’s a pros and cons round up of the top three – Wattpad, Movellas and Tumblr – so you can find out for yourself. [click to continue…]

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…]