Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine January 2021

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.

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Write now! That’s the message underpinning much of this issue, but not the way we usually mean it. Writing for modern readers means somehow capturing the mood of the times, whatever you’re writing. (Although it probably wouldn’t hurt to ignore the outlying mood of 2020!) So we’ve got advice this issue on bringing ghost stories up to date, using myths and legends for 21st century children and why you should even be mindful of the present in your historical fiction. For writers in any genre and style, we address one of the year’s biggest issues: positive inclusion and how to write ‘other’ voices, with insight from four poles of the industry. And it’s all capped off by an expert at writing timeless stories that are steeped in nostalgia yet entirely…

5 Min
the world of writing

BAD YEAR FOR THE WORLD Getting an early run at the one time of the year lexicography actually makes the news, Cambridge Dictionary and Collins Dictionary have announced their word of the year winners. For Cambridge, unsurprisingly it’s quarantine, chosen for the frequency of searches and views, which hit a peak in March. Equally as uninspiringly on-the-nose are Collins, who favour lockdown as word of the year. Their nomination is based on popular usage, which they say has increased by a factor of sixty in comparison with 2019. Collins up the stakes a little by offering their top ten, but still not quite as much fun as usual: it includes coronavirus, social distancing, self-isolate, furlough and, as a phrase, key worker. Also ranked were BLM (BlackLivesMatter), Megxit, for the withdrawal of Prince Harry and…

7 Min

STAR LETTER Getting better all the time I left school in 1968 aged sixteen. No chance of sixth form, university or any higher education. It was manual labour and trying to provide for my family. But as writers know there is a little bug inside saying, ‘write’. In 2012 I enrolled in a creative writing course and was shocked at how illiterate I was. Yes I could read and write but as to creating a literary piece of work, I was starting from a very low base. People say, usually those who have had a higher education, that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to uni or wherever. It does. Eight years on I have learnt an awful lot but there is so much more to learn. Sometimes I find Writing…

9 Min
living the dream?

Have you ever dreamt of giving up work to ‘go pro’ as a writer? A lot of us have been there, but having the confidence or the opportunity to quit your day job and work on your writing full-time is a big decision. Susie Kearley caught up with three writers who’ve taken the plunge. KARL DRINKWATER is an independent multi-genre author. Five years ago he quit his information science career to write full-time. ‘I was working as a university librarian and teacher, writing in my spare time,’ he says. ‘I gradually cut my full-time hours down to half-time, so I could spend more time writing.’ Karl had such positive feedback on his stories that after a few years, he decided to leave his job to become a full-time writer. Did it feel risky?…

4 Min
how to write a killer cover letter

It’s that time again! If you’re thinking of targeting agents in the new year, now is the time to start thinking about pulling together your submission package. I do a lot of teaching and, when it comes to submitting to agents, two of the questions I’m asked the most are: • What do I include in my query letter? • How do I fit my story into a one-page synopsis, especially if there are multiple characters, viewpoints or plot threads? I’ll focus on the letter in this month’s article, and next month I’ll aim to demystify the synopsis (which is simpler than you think). Target your letter Your query letter should speak to the person you’re querying: why is your book, or you – especially if it’s non-fiction – relevant or of interest to them?…

12 Min
best bittersweet

There can’t be a writer who captures the bittersweet romance of modern life better than David Nicholls – as anyone who watched this autumn’s must-see BBC adaptation of his 2014 novel, Us, will testify. Starring Tom Hollander as Us’s hapless hero Douglas as he tries to save his marriage by carting his wife and son on tour of Europe’s cultural capitals, Us was almost unbearably poignant in its depiction of places, and a way of life, that is no longer possible for us in a pandemic. Us aired on TV in the oddly hopeful period between lockdowns when foreign holidays were briefly a possibility for some. ‘It was meant to go out earlier, but it would have been too painful seeing all those places,’ says David. He is in his kitchen,…