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How to Succeed with Travel Writing Competitions! by Dr Steve Hanson
Our Inaugural Travel Writing Competition last year received about 200 entries for a prize of a £100 Currency Card. Out of all those entries, how did the judging panel, of which I was member, decide on one winner and ten runners-up? Well, if you decide to enter a travel writing competition, the following ten tips should help…

Pen or Computer: Which Is Better for Creativity?  By Warren X Adler
For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into the public consciousness, I shunned all the so-called marvels of computers when it came to my writing process...

How Top Selling Authors Have Successfully Sold Their Ebooks By Tanisha William
Producing best seller books can be a tough task for any author. Marketing an eBook is what separates the successful authors from those who stayed at the bottom of the sales charts. To generate the most sales, there are specific things authors should do to ensure they are reaching potential consumers. (04/15)

Being your own Publisher By Dr. Jacqueline Jeynes
Fed up with hassles and restrictions when dealing with a publisher for your books? Me too, so I decided to do it myself. Five years ago, I would not have considered it - too difficult to reach group buyers, too much marketing effort needed - but now, your side of the bargain seems to be expanding while theirs shrinks and you are expected to do all this anyway. (06/15)

Why Writers Should Make Friends with the Taxman by Natalie Butlin
You've always known you want to be a writer, and now you've got it: the multi-million pound idea, film deal in the waiting, bouncers on the doors at W H Smiths. Why waste your breath at work when you're sitting on a golden egg? It's time to tell your boss a few home truths and get on the phone to Selina Walker… Except most writers only just scrape by. (07/15)

Writing Short Stories for Magazines by Chris Sutton
Writing stories for magazines is great fun. You create the characters, decide what happens to them and how their problems will be resolved. Nothing could be simpler. Except that it's not quite that easy. (08/15)

Improving Your Writing Skills - 7 Ways to Benefit From Online Writing Blogs by Joseph Maina Kabui
In a rapidly expanding digital communication space, blogging is indispensable, not only for blog owners but also for their followers. For freelance writers, there are many established and emerging blogs that provide a plethora of tools and practical ideas on how to improve writing skills. But there is a catch! Unless you are selective and wise, you may end more confused than enlightened after keenly following a range of blogs. (09/15)

Do You Have a Burning Desire to Be a Writer? by Norm Huffnagle
The craft of expressive story writing has been described by various practitioners as "An Art", "A trainable skill", "A mystical journey", "A singular experience", and a plethora of other descriptions. While it is true that sitting down and writing is a deeply personal event, many authors have tried to enlighten the would-be writer with detailed and extensive direction and almost incomprehensible and mostly contradictory rules of conduct. (10/15)

Breaking Into Freelancing by Jenny Hirschkorn
On a chilly morning in March 1998, I dropped a letter (remember those?) into a post box and promptly forgot about it.  It was addressed by name to the editor of the business and jobs supplement of The Daily Telegraph, but I had every expectation that it would be filed in the waste paper basket, along with the other 2999 cold pitches that the paper reputedly received every week… (11/15)

Two Rules to Follow to Write Good Fiction by Jonathan B. Williams. I want to talk only about two of the many elements of good fiction writing that often get overlooked. These are: truth and the threat of death. (01/16)

Avoiding Plagiarism: Steps Authors Can Take by Harriet Hodgson. If you're a news junkie, you know topics and ideas can surface at the same time. This can create a problem for authors. While a writing idea is percolating in your mind, another author may have a similar idea. Your books may come out at the same time. Did one of you copy the other? No matter what your writing genre may be, these steps will help you avoid the accusation of plagiarism. The steps seem simple, but when you add them together, they form a protective shield. (02/16)

Build a Creative Fortress As a writer, artist and overall creative person, in order to continue doing your work, you need a constant flow of new ideas. Running out of new ways to connect to your audience is nearly a death spell for your work. So, what do you do when you're running low on ideas and can't seem to get projects finished? You need to build a creative fortress. (03/16)

Crowdfunding Your Novel by James Ellis. Unbound is the trading name of United Authors Publishing and they are a curated crowdfunding publisher. They distribute through Penguin Random House and have an impressive list of authors. The 'curated' aspect of Unbound means that they are as choosy as any mainstream publisher but because the production costs of structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, graphic design and printing are raised by people investing in the project, they are less risk-adverse and more willing to take a chance on an unknown writer. (04/16)

Flash Fiction - What Is It and How Do You Write It? by Helen Khan. Flash fiction is having a comeback. It has been around for centuries but then it was called fables or parables up until the 20th century when it was called the short, short story; now it is called flash fiction. Some have even given it a technical term, "nano fiction". So what exactly is flash fiction? It is a literary style that is noted for its extreme brevity. The fictional piece can be as short as 53 words or as long as 1000, but generally it hovers around 250 to 1000 words. (05/16)

Writing the Short Story: How to Create a Dynamic Character Profile by Diana J Heath
Story world characters deserve our full attention as they are the active agents who drive a story's plot forward. Whatever their role in a narrative, characters give us a front row seat for all the action. They are the eyes and ears of the story-world, and it is through their narration that we experience the story world. We love characters, whether we are reading about them in a book or watching them on television or in a film. (06/16)

Ten Great Things About Historical Fiction That Can Be Incorporated as Tips for Writers by Megan Easley-Walsh I am a fan of this genre as a reader and I also write it. In addition, as a writing consultant and editor, I advise writers and one of the genres that I do this for is historical fiction. Here are ten great things about this genre, that can be incorporated into tips for writing within this exciting and diverse genre. (07/16)

The Importance of Following-Through for Optimal Success as a Writer by Irene Roth
One of the most difficult things that writers must do is to following through. To follow-through is to take stock of your writing goals and to assess your progress on those goals each week. This process need not take a long time. It could take as few as five or ten minutes. But the process is important because it can really help you feel better and more self-confident of your writing career. And this feeling of self-confidence can help you to feel better about your overall writing career and goals. (08/16)

Nifty Manuscript Revision and Proofreading Tips for Novels by Joyce Shafer. The first thing you need to know is that there are no real shortcuts when it comes to the revision process. And, it's going to take multiple passes through the manuscript in order to make sure it's the best story and cleanest copy it can be. Why more than once? Click to find out… (09/16)

Which Point of View Is Best For Your Novel? by Samuel Hall. Point of view (POV) is the lens through which readers "see" the story. Its importance cannot be overstated. Depending on who's telling it, any story will come out differently. Moreover, it's not only beginning writers who struggle with point of view. Writers must determine the best narrator(s) to tell their story. How will you decide? (10/16)

4 Ways To Rekindle Your Love For Writing by Maja Todorovic  As everything goes in life, the writing process can have its ups and downs. Motivation can come in cycles, and it can be hard to stay on track with writing. Hence, there are some tricks you can employ in order to find that persistent inspiration and willingness to record your thoughts and story. (11/16)

The Female Detective - Personality Traits of Female Amateur Sleuths by Rayna Morgan. A cozy mystery is not interesting without a powerful and intellectual amateur female detective. Such fictional detective characters are known as sleuths. The amateur sleuth in a cozy mystery typically has no official association with law enforcement agencies; she may appear at crime scenes, but she's not paid for her services. (12/16)

Using All the Senses in Writing by Megan Easley-Walsh As a writing consultant and in my own work, crafting effective writing is a must. In fiction, creating a cast of characters and an engaging plot are the bedrock of a successful story. One of the best ways to do that is to paint the story with vibrant descriptions that will draw the reader in. (01/17)

Creative Writing: How To Write Convincing Characters by Samuel Hall. In creative writing, the stories we remember best are those with unforgettable characters - Skywalker, Scarlett, Scout. Characterization is inseparable from the story. One way to give our characters form and substance is to begin with people you know. A trio of famous dreamers - Jay Gatsby, Don Quixote and Alice in Wonderland - all began as people their authors knew. (02/17)

The Character Arc: Leading Your Protagonist from Denial to Action by Tamar Sloan. Our characters have a problem, a problem that will spark our plot and drive their arc. As a reader, it's the transformation from refusal and denial to acceptance then action that I love experiencing, and judging by the popularity of the book industry (an estimated 113 billion dollars globally!), I'm going to predict so do a few other people. As a writer, it can be one of the toughest parts to write. Capturing that deeply primal, psychological struggle onto the pages of a book is no easy feat. (03/17)

Expose Yourself - How To Write With Personality by Margaret E Crum. Everyone likes a good story especially when it comes from an excellent storyteller. You know the type, that person who can engage your attention and spin a yarn so intriguing that they actually draw you in and capture your interest until the end, leaving you longing for more. It is the manner in which the story is told that makes it something worth listening to, or in this case, something worth reading. (04/17)

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