Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine April 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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12 Números

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1 min.

With talk of lockdown coming to an end, many of us are getting quite excited about venturing out into the wider world again, but don’t banish lockdown from your memory completely, especially some of the lessons learned. In particular I’m thinking about how we’re all now Zoom/Skype/Hangouts savvy, and the opportunities this presents. I suspect we’ll all be continuing with projects like this whether we can go outdoors or not – webinars, online writing groups, social and business meetings. You don’t have to travel, you can attend sessions from anywhere in the world, and you don’t even have to take your slippers off. Because of lockdown, we had to cancel our planned face-to-face workshop sessions, but they’ve been immensely popular online, led so far by James McCreet and Amy Sparkes,…

5 min.
the world of writing

OBAMAS CARE As part of Black History Month Washington DC’s MahoganyBooks & Very Smart Brothas Book Club decided to read Barack Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land. Due to the pandemic the meeting to discuss the book was held via Zoom, moderated by the owners of the bookstore. The eighteen members of the club who logged in for the meeting were expecting a member of the Obama administration to join the discussion as a guest, so were astonished and delighted when the former president himself Zoomed in from his office and spent an hour discussing his book with them. A member of President Obama’s staff told theGrio that Obama considered the work within the local black community of MahoganyBooks to be ‘phenomenal’. Derrick and Ramunda Young, the owners of the bookstore said, ‘When we…

9 min.
star letter

Desk space For the first time since March last year I have read my February edition of Writing Magazine. All the other previous copies sit patiently waiting on my desk that I haven’t sat at for ten months. I am a nurse. Ever since March I have worked well over my usual part-time hours in the complete hell that is Covid. I am inspired to write today as whilst standing in line for my vaccine I allowed myself the luxury to read. Helen Corner-Bryant’s article (Ask a literary consultant, WM Feb) touched a nerve and today I emailed her a synopsis for my book Tidesreach. In my humble opinion pure lockdownstalgia, and corny as it sounds it felt like she was talking directly to me. Pre-Covid I was on the final stages of…

4 min.
writers’ voice

In partnership with the Writers Guild of Great Britain, the Society of Authors has launched a survey to gather evidence on the exploitative practises of certain publishers. They often describe themselves as ‘hybrid’, ‘contributory’ or ‘subsidy’ publishers. Others call them vanity publishers. The number of complaints we’re getting are on the rise. Many writers are paying to publish books, only realising far too late that it has been a costly mistake, and in many cases that they’ve surrendered disproportionate control over – and rights in – their work. What’s the problem? The story we keep hearing goes something like this: You’ve worked hard on your book. You want to see it in print. You see an ad somewhere – on Facebook, in a magazine, Google – they’re all over. Submissions welcome, it says, no…

3 min.
reaching out tentacles

Some years ago I wrote a series of anonymous blog posts for The Bookseller, the esteemed organ of the book trade. The articles were intended to raise various issues in the business with a frankness I could not achieve under my own name – the disruption of tech, the challenge that Amazon posed and the rise of the self-published author. Spoiler alert: a few people got cross but no one much cared, especially not the tech giants. In one of these pieces I compared self-published, independent authors to a group of small reef fish who take refuge in a cave to hide from the predatory publishers not realising that their cave – Amazon – was in fact the jaws of a much larger fish and that one day those jaws would…

8 min.
dealing with difficulty

Whether it’s a short story inspired by a holiday or an article sharing our DIY tips, many of us draw on personal experience in our writing. At some point, most of us will have been through something difficult in our lives. Perhaps you’ve experienced a distressing illness, lost a loved one, or faced challenges like divorce or redundancy. You may prefer not to write about these, and that’s absolutely fine. Maybe writing is your sanctuary from hard times, and you would rather separate your life from your work. But for some, difficult experiences provide inspiration. So how do we go about using these in a way that’s sensitive, relevant, and powerful? Make the most of it When coming up with ideas for stories, articles, poems, or other writing influenced by your life, it’s…