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Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine

November 2020

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.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Warners Group Publications Plc
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Monthly
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1 Min.
welcome

As is customary to say on any recurring occasion, is it really Halloween again already? The last year seems to have flown past, perhaps not a bad thing really: it’s going to be difficult for Halloween to top the horrors of the rest of the year. This month, we’re teaching you some (perhaps) new tricks – such as practical advice on writing breathtaking action scenes, the basics of cyberpunk SF and how to write in the booming creative non-fiction genre – and some timely treats too, with tips for ghost stories, using seasonal events in your fiction and even getting a sense of foreboding into your poetry. Not to mention an inspirational star interview we’ve wanted to line up for a long time, with Andrew Michael Hurley, who pretty much single-handedly launched…

6 Min.
the world of writing

How much is your writing worth? Freelances used to pennies per word tend to get very excited about markets that pay in double figures. Some of us even have tales of the glory days when a single sale to the right market could pay for a bathroom or extension. Novelists are perhaps less likely to know their average rate per word although, again, for most of us it’s likely to be pennies at best. Some of you will no doubt be familiar with the Kindle Unlimited rate of just under half a cent per page. A page! And here come Knowledge Academy to rub our noses in it with the best word rates ever. The training course provider has calculated the earnings per word of the biggest books ever by living authors. They took…

7 Min.
letters to the editor

Write to: Letters to the editor, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD; email: letters@writersnews.co.uk. (Include your name and address when emailing letters. Ensure all letters, a maximum of 250 words, are exclusive to Writing Magazine. Letters may be edited.) When referring to previous articles/letters, please state month of publication and page number. STAR LETTER A lesson from homeschooling Like most parents this year, at the end of March, I found myself in the position of being my children’s teacher. This is not a position I would have willingly applied for and would most certainly not recommend. The glorious sunny days that this spring brought, were overshadowed with a dark cloud of fractions, adverbs, poor wifi and printer errors. However, at the end of July when the summer…

5 Min.
literary scams in the health crisis

One of the (sadly far too many) unwelcome side-effects of how people’s behaviour has been affected during the health crisis is a worrying rise in online scamming. The isolated and vulnerable, in particular, are being targeted. The advice overall is simple: when it comes to exchanging banking information, or money (whether you are the payer or the payee) you need to be vigilant. But it is worth being aware of some of the forms these scams are taking – often preying on writers’ desire for publication and recognition. The following examples have all been reported to us by SoA members. Feigning interest in your work We are aware of scammers masquerading as publishers or agents, who invite you to send them your manuscript. In due course, following reassuring chit-chat with them about the…

2 Min.
game on?

My first job in publishing – a worryingly long time ago now – was as the assistant to a book packager, a charming, bow tie-wearing and somewhat impecunious book packager who specialised at that time in pop-up books for children. He was perennially hard up and I learnt a great deal in a short space of time about juggling financial priorities and the various ways it was possible to tell printers and the like the cheque was in the post. He was though terrifically talented and came from the true old school of publishing – lunches were long and his offices were spectacularly untidy. One of his tricks when he had an unusually important meeting was to slide a relevant piece of paper into one of the many towering stacks around…

7 Min.
go for it!

Action is not easy to write because what you leave out is as important as what you put in. It’s a delicate balance between providing enough information to visualise the scene but not so much that the pace slows as a result. Description paints a picture; dialogue allows us to listen. But action has to put us right inside a scene so that we feel everything as the characters feel it, apparently in real time. Percussive punctuation Punctuation is your friend with action writing. It’s an opportunity for you to use the full range of punctuation to give your sentences more movement. That could mean chopping phrases up small with full stops, or using semi-colons to connect breathless chains of occurrences, or using dashes to focus the attention on specific images or…