Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine December 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.

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1 min.

What’s your writing routine? It’s a common question in these pages, and for good reason. Finding the right environment, setting, time of day, even equipment, can make all the difference between settling down for a cracking session and gazing into a blank page of despair. For some, it’s rigorously defined and full office hours. For many, it’s snatched minutes while the kids/dogs/spouse are occupied elsewhere. This month’s star interview author Stuart Turton even decamped back to the UK from Dubai because the mood wasn’t quite right there. Several articles touch on this topic this month, with many of us looking for more of a routine with the gradual acceptance that lockdown isn’t going anywhere. Whatever your approach, there’s great advice from Antony Johnston (p30) to help ensure that when you…

6 min.
the world of writing

Cornwell’s Gambit Mega-selling Sharpe creator Bernard Cornwell became a novelist as he couldn’t get a green card. He had left his job as the BBC’s Northern Ireland head of current affairs to move Stateside in pursuit of his future wife, telling her, ‘Don’t worry darling, I’ll write a novel.’ Reflecting on the incident to Alison Flood for the Guardian, he added, ‘You know as well as I do, journalists all think they can write a novel.’ He secured representation by hassling, literally begging, an agent he met at a party, Toby Eady, who got him a seven-book contract within a few weeks and remained his agent until he died in 2018. ‘I look back on it and I think this was insane,’ Bernard continued. ‘One, moving to America without a job, and two, throwing myself…

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 What it’s all about I felt truly inspired after reading the feature on George Lester in November’s issue of WM (How I got published). I’d been in a slump after a run of rejections and had completely fallen out of love with the writing business. However, the words Write Your Joy which George has adopted as his mantra really struck a chord, reminding me why I started writing in the first place.…

5 min.
what if…my publisher goes out of business?

Find out what the SoA could do for you at www.societyofauthors.org and get 15 months for the price of 12 with the code WRITINGMAG As the health crisis continues to take its toll on all sectors, including publishing and the creative industries, many writers are contacting the Society of Authors to find out about the potential implications for them. They often have a single question in mind. What can I do if my publisher ceases trading? A simple enough question. The short answer is, ‘It depends’. The full answer is too long and complex to fit onto a single page. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at some of the basics to consider – timing, how the contract you have might affect your rights, and what might happen to…

2 min.
make ‘em laugh

One of the least obviously important, but strangely powerful effects of the Covid pandemic is the way it has stifled gossip. Publishing is an industry which has always thrived on gossip and with a nearly endless stream of lunches, launches, parties and booze as well as a bountiful supply of needy creative egos, the opportunity for bad, indiscreet behaviour and the gossip that goes with it was voluminous. Now, it must be said that things were already vastly different from the end of the last century where behaviour was tolerated that would lead to summary dismissal now. One idle friend who worked in the publicity department of a mid-sized house had a deal with his boss that he would be allowed to snooze under her desk for an hour between 2 and…

5 min.
treading a fine line

It almost seems too obvious to state that writing fiction is a way to tap into the very depths of human imagination. But for me, this is the ultimate truth. And I’m in good company. From William Blake to Einstein to Freud the imagination has been considered the revered lifeblood of creativity, of science and the mind, even of life itself. Yet, as anyone who has ever sat at a desk and stared at a blank screen or trembled at the sight of a fresh page in their notebook knows, using our imaginations as a foil for fiction, is not as simple as it might sound. We may have all our linguistic contrivances honed, our skills of syntax and phrase sharpened and at the ready (and rest assured, they are our…