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Writing Magazine October 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

Welcome to one of the biggest Writing Magazine issues of the year. Long-term readers will no doubt already have found the biannual competition supplement. If you haven’t, turn to the pull-out section in the middle of the mag for details of 800 competitions to enter over the next few months. Elsewhere we’ve got the usual blend of information, advice and, especially this month, encouragement. I particularly enjoyed hearing how Jake Avila navigated a long and winding road of rejections and disappointments before securing two prize shortlistings and a £15k book deal (p24), and the valuable advice from Sophie Kirtley on writing historical fiction for young readers (p12, and don’t think it just applies to children’s books!) Sophie was the first winner of our annual Picture Book Prize (p52) and has just…

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5 Min
the world of writing

MOORE-KISH RHYMES The October issue of WM means it’s nearly time for Halloween, so forgive something a little ghoulish and, by modern standards, distastefully macabre, for the summer 2021 issue of the Hudson Review has published a remarkable article by Peri Klass on the 19th century tradition of obituary poems penned on the death of children. In the essay we discover that a the truly terrible poet, Julia Ann Moore (1847–1920), was a mistress of the form, giving Scotland’s famed William McGonagall a hard run for his money. As Klass writes, Moore ‘was one of the worst American poets of the 19th century, or perhaps of any century. Her ear for the clunky inverted phrase, or the just-miss rhyme, generated bad verse on patriotic themes and historical subjects, but what really inspired…

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7 Min
letters

Money well spent I’ve been writing novels for more than ten years but only recently decided to become a member of the Society of Authors and wish I had spent a few of the pounds it has cost blundering about getting books published on POD for my friends (and hopefully make a bit of extra money) on membership fees. I’ve always enjoyed the Society’s column in Writing Magazine but being a member and having access to their Guides has just saved me from another foolish mistake. What has impressed me about the Society is their helpful attitude toward the questions someone as naïve as me has sent to them. SULLATOBER DALTON Faringdon, Oxon STAR LETTER Falling in love again Maybe it’s the summer sunshine? Maybe it’s having the lockdown terminus now coming into sharper focus?…

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8 Min
love rules: how to write contemporary romance

Romance is consistently the biggest selling genre across the world, generating more than £1bn revenue annually. With thousands of titles published each year and the expectation that all romances end with ‘happily ever after’ (HEA) or ‘happy for now’ (HFN), it can be challenging for romance authors – both emerging and established – to come up with original story ideas. Focusing on the sub-genre of contemporary romance, which can be broken down further into subcategories, such as drama, comedy, suspense, and travel, the challenge is not only to write stories that are fresh, original and appealing, but also relevant to contemporary romance readers. This challenge has been compounded in the past eighteen months by the global pandemic, with contemporary romance authors having to decide whether to avoid or embrace the pandemic…

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3 Min
mind the age gap

One of the better features of working life over the last eighteen months has been the way in which publishers have communicated en masse with the agenting community by holding ‘town hall’ meetings via Zoom in which senior management talk us through trends and successes. Hachette’s most recent one – a few weeks back – was particularly encouraging because the key presentation was on market research they had which showed that older people – those over fifty – not only bought books but account for a pretty significant part of the market. I know, amazing! I’m not allowed to share actual numbers but to those of us who have been pointing out that publishing’s cult of youth is, whatever else it may be, above all commercially unsound there were no surprises. Well,…

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6 Min
time-travelling through stories

Ididn’t set out to be a time traveller but when I started writing for young people it just kind of happened. I’m now the proud author of two books for children, The Wild Way Home and The Way to Impossible Island, both published by Bloomsbury and both set partly in the Stone Age. So what drew me to telling stories of our ancient past? And what advice can I offer fellow middle-grade writers as they too journey back in time? Write what you know… sort of… Everyone always says ‘write what you know’ – clearly this is the first stumbling block with writing historically based fiction; I can’t for one moment pretend to have first-hand experience of Stone Age life. However, the stories in my books do, believe it or not, stem…

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