The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.
The world of writing • Copyright quibbles, new work from old heroes, fantastic food and Jane Austen’s favourite snack, all mashed up in the wonderful world of writing
Cut to order • Helen Corner-Bryant advises a writer in full flow whose first draft keeps growing… and growing
KISS OFF • Piers Blofeld looks at some of the outdated publishing practices that working from home is helping to make extinct
ADVENTURES IN WRITING • Author Cecily Blench describes how travel writing, adventure travel, wartime history, family history and intrepid women all fed into her debut novel
Jolly holiday • Think about getaways past and present in these holiday-themed exercises from Jenny Alexander
Time for change? • As we adjust to move out of lockdown, it will impact on our writing lives too. In the first of a three-part series, WM has some strategies to help you strike the write balance.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE • Alternative history is a delicate balance, Natasha Pulley tells Tina Jackson
Putting your words in order • In part five of her series on self publishing your book, indie author DJ Bowman-Smith guides you through formatting
Editorial calendar • Strong forward planning will greatly improve your chances with freelance submissions. Here are some themes to consider for the coming months.
Building on Bridgerton • Why has Julia Quinn’s Regency romance taken the world by storm? Rosalind Moody takes a peek behind the scenes.
Julie Shackman • The author of Scottish romances describes how she found her dream publisher
Charlotte Ledger, editorial director at HarperCollins
Pace yourself • There are parallels between writing projects and setting off for a long walk, says Adrian Magson
DARKTALES • short story competition
MATT CAIN • With his fourth novel The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle just published, the uplit author shares the books that gave him all the feels
Your writing critiqued • James McCreet analyses three short samples of literary excellence
Under the covers Don’t give up! • The writing life is all about keeping on keeping on, says Gillian Harvey
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Writing yourself out of a corner • If you’ve got a point where you don’t know how to move forward with your manuscript, Annie Percik suggests using classic problem solving techniques.
Secrets & lies • Get creative with the truth in these writing group exercises from Julie Phillips.
CIRCLES’ ROUNDUP • If your writing group would like to feature here, whether you need new members, have an event to publicise or to suggest tips for other groups, email Tina Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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