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How To Be Authentic In Your Writing in 9 Steps

27
Nov
by Guest Writer

With such a plethora of written material available instantly in our world generated by blogs, articles, ebooks and even tweets, the challenge remains to keep an author’s thoughts and words original, fresh and absent of all plagiarism of the words…Read more

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Lisa Jewell, and why revisiting the past isn’t always a bad thing – even if it takes you 3 months to write about it!

16
Oct
by Rachael Oku

In July I attended my second author event at Swiss Cottage Library. Exactly one year earlier in the same hallway – with just 50 or so chairs similarly arranged in a semi-circle pointing at a small raised stage – I heard Zadie…Read more

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In conversation with Raoul Tawadey, CEO of ReadWave

31
Mar
by Rachael Oku

Can you explain a little about ReadWave? We launched ReadWave in Jan 2013 to make it easy for writers to build a readership. What stops most people writing is the idea that no one will read their work. We created…Read more

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Fighting a loss of creative conviction

19
Mar
by Joshua Danton Boyd

Trying to make it seriously as a creative can be both terrifying and exhilarating. It’s the chance to finally make some money off the skills you’ve been honing for years and a way to get away from a soul-sucking job….Read more

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Why it’s OK to break the rules, sometimes

3
Feb
by Rachael Oku

Something Creative-Bloc members always say to me is ‘I’m my own worst enemy’. It’s only now that I’m experiencing similar feelings is it beginning to dawn on me what they really mean. As a writer the pressure’s always on: pitches…Read more

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10 ways NaNoWriMo can extend far beyond November

25
Nov
by Rachael Oku

After 30 days of dedicating yourself to writing, why give up on all that good work and discipline? You’ve done your time, I hear you say! Of course it’s the light at the end of the tunnel which 1st December…Read more

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Caitlin Moran and David Aaronovitch in conversation

23
Sep
by Rachael Oku

On Friday I visited the News 3.0 Innovation Café to hear Times columnists Caitlin Moran and David Aaronovitch discuss social media. Full of banter and admiration for one another, conversation covered futurology (it’s all bollocks!) and the fact that Caitlin’s…Read more

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Self Promotion: How do you get people to read your work?

27
Aug
by Syeda Samara Mortada

So, you have written your piece, edited it for the nth time, made sure all your facts are right. You then send it for publication, and voila! The editor likes your piece and decides to print it. Now comes the…Read more

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How To Find Stories To Write About

2
Aug
by Syeda Samara Mortada

Living in Bangladesh, I often find myself in situations that are constantly happening or rather changing. As such, it is not difficult to come up with stories to write about. Farah Ghuznavi who is a Bangladeshi writer, as well as…Read more

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Telegraph Launch Crime Writing Prize

1
Aug
by Rachael Oku

Offering aspiring writers the opportunity to be published at one of the country’s leading literary imprints, the new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition also rewards the winner with a £5,000 advance for his or her novel. Would-be crime writers…Read more

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