Writing Magazine July 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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1 Min

All being well, by the time you read this we should be at the end of our national lockdown, able to emerge, blinking into the light, with a whole world of writing opportunity awaiting us. So what are you planning? Other than scuttling back inside to write. Joking aside, whether as a hobby or profession, writing is one of the activities least affected by the lockdown. Indeed, for many of us, the months of limited opportunities elsewhere have been great for our writing. With that in mind, we’re looking at life after lockdown with articles this month on maintaining your newfound writing momentum when real life encroaches (with more to come next month), and how other authors have made the most of confinement in various ways. And with one eye…

5 Min
the world of writing

STAR WARS WARS In a long-running saga that dates back to a grievance by author Alan Dean Foster, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has launched the Disney Must Pay Joint Task Force. The matter began when Disney took over the rights to the Star Wars universe from LucasFilm in 2012, and then more recently acquired the Fox film library and associated rights, which included those to the Alien series and associated merchandising tie-ins. Foster claimed that Disney has withheld royalty payments for his novelisations of the original Star Wars and Alien films – he wrote the novelisation of Star Wars (though George Lucas had his name on the cover) and the tie-in novels for the first three Alien films, as well as Star Wars spin-off novel Splinter of…

7 Min
star letter

Hearing voices I recognised myself as a fellow ‘reluctant reader’ (Letters, WM May), facing the same difficulties, taking much longer than anyone else at school to read. My dyslexia diagnosis at university didn’t improve my reading speed, but did provide an explanation, and reassurance that I wasn’t stupid or not trying hard enough. Working in libraries, I’m professionally embarrassed to admit I’m not a reader, as it’s part of my job to encourage a love of reading in others. This changed when a new job had me driving across the county and I started borrowing audio books to keep me company. I found the joy of ‘reading’ at last. Occasionally some people say audio ‘isn’t proper reading’ but it’s a lifeline to those with visual and physical impairments, those who (like me) find…

4 Min
cut to order

Q I’ve always wanted to write, and lockdown seemed like the perfect opportunity. I went from staring at a blank screen to words pouring out of me! What I hadn’t anticipated is how all-consuming it would be. At first, I was intending to write 50,000 words, but to my surprise, delight and slight horror it’s sailing past 100,000 words with no sign of letting up. A writer friend told me I need to (figuratively) kill my darlings but I can’t see the wood for the trees. Do you have any advice? A Hello and congratulations! You’ve just entered the exhilarating world of writing. I’m absolutely with you! It seems almost cruel to say to your story, ‘it’s been nice knowing you but it’s time to wrap things up now.’ However, think…

3 Min
kiss off

As we all emerge blinking from our respective Covid bunkers back out into a world of social contact and even hugging we are all trying to make sense of the new world we are in. The five-day office seems like a thing of the past for certain – office time is great for some things, particularly younger workers who are more likely to live in crowded, shared accommodation and also to need the training the sheer fact of proximity with colleagues gives you. Simply seeing how other people do things or overhearing chat about how a colleague dealt with a difficult situation is terrifically useful. It is also good for morale. Working from home can be a little swamping. But it also has its enormous upsides. In particular meetings that used…

8 Min
adventures in writing

Among the many things that can be said about the last year, one thing that hasn’t featured much is adventure. For most of us, stuck in our homes and unable to travel, overseas trips – whether short beach holidays or intrepid quests – have been tantalisingly out of reach. I started writing my debut novel The Long Journey Home a few years after returning from the longest trip I’d ever done. I began as a volunteer teacher in Myanmar (Burma) and spent some time exploring, from the dusty streets of Mandalay to the wild beauty of the Shan State, before going on to Cambodia and Thailand. I went to six countries in total, culminating in a trip to Borneo to visit my grandfather’s grave, deep in the jungles of Sarawak. It…