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Writing Magazine August 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.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Warners Group Publications Plc
Erscheinungsweise:
Monthly
5,62 €(Inkl. MwSt.)
48,63 €(Inkl. MwSt.)
12 Ausgaben

in dieser ausgabe

1 Min
welcome

Never stop learning and never give up! Those are the two biggest lessons in WM this issue (and most others, in fact). In two of our cover features, we hear from two authors with long and winding writing career paths. Firstly, Joy Ellis, who took a long time to even become a writer, an even longer time to get satisfactorily published, and has now ended up on the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller shortlist, proving that perseverance and patience are among the most essential qualities for writers. And secondly, bestseller Fiona Walker, whose three-decade career has brought her back to a ‘new’ debut, as she begins writing under a new pseudonym, Georgie Hall, giving her a unique vantage point to survey the publishing landscape then and now, her lessons…

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4 Min
the world of writing

Away with the birds Like many of us over the last year, birdsong obsessed poet and human rights lawyer Mona Arshi has become more aware of avian comings and goings in lockdown. As poet in residence at Cley Next the Sea in Norfolk, Mona has been transcribing the sounds, and finding that some of the birds – lapwings and godwits – sang songs that conjured Punjabi words from her childhood that she thought she’d forgotten, having been discouraged to use it during her schooling in the 1970s. ‘Birdsong has no syntax, it has no grammar, it has no sentence structure,’ she told the Guardian. ‘If you just allow yourself to listen to it, you don’t know what’s going to come out. I heard something that I hadn’t heard for decades – the…

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6 Min
letters

STAR LETTER A window to the past My Mother was given a wonderful old sales ledger dating back to 1895. It was the daybook for an old ironmongers’ shop that was first established in 1871. I was fascinated to read the entries that gave a glimpse of the past and what people were buying when they visited. From dog muzzles to ammunition, all the sales were recorded in beautiful copperplate handwriting and with great detail. She was given the ledger because she wrote an article about the shop, which was still open in the 1980s, and the last owner was so thrilled that he gave it to her as a thank you. She has now passed it onto me and I am already inspired to do some research and write a full-length article about…

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3 Min
bonfire of the vanity

One of the oldest proverbs in the English language is the one about not keeping a dog and barking yourself. It is one I sometimes use in my induction spiel to new clients. Publishing is the least glamorous branch of show biz (darling) and like all branches of showbiz it relies on the polite fiction that everyone loves each other. In particular publisher and author each think the other is simply marvellous. Mwah, mwah. There are two classes of people for whom this is not true. Critics and agents. The less said about critics the better, but as far as agents are concerned they are positively designed for everyone to hate. If there is conflict, let it be laid at our door. Lightning-rods-R-us. Now, while some agents take this stricture a little too…

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8 Min
the patient woman

I think, unless you lead a charmed life, very few writers get an easy transition from a desire to write, to becoming a published author. So, in that respect, my story is little different to thousands of others, but it certainly took a circuitous route and gave me a few hard knocks along the way. I was born and raised in Kent, an only child who loved school, and especially art, sport and English. Being given a composition to write was a pure delight, and when that pleasure never left me as I grew up, maybe I should have begun to suspect something? But no… I had other plans. It was thought I would make a good teacher, and my careers mistress fought a determined battle in that direction, but I…

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8 Min
feels like the first time

I wrote my first novel in the analogue 1990s. How different might it be if I was starting out again now in the digital age? Would I even finish it? I’ve been writing fiction for a living for almost three decades, a day job I once delighted in claiming I landed by accident, although looking back I can see how single-minded I was at 22 when I first set out to write my ‘magnum opus’ as my late father nick-named French Relations, the novel that launched my career. While it’s true that I hadn’t given writing professionally much thought to at that stage, finishing that first novel filled my every waking moment for over a year. What came next was pure kismet, the slushpile-to bestseller happy ending I hardly dared…

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