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Writing Magazine August 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear reader

Editor With Covid-19 hopefully in retreat and lockdown measures easing, we’re all starting to get back to business as usual, and WM is no different. It’s still too early to know about upcoming festivals and gatherings but, with slightly less panic in the air, perhaps you feel easier now about progressing with your work in progress or taking stock of this annus horribilis in your writing. With that in mind, we’re slightly shifting our print focus back towards the nuts and bolts of writing, with big features this month on dialogue, lots of help to get under the skin of your characters, advice from publishers on what they’re looking for at the moment, and all the usual news, ideas and encouragement. I hope you’re weathering the storm well and can see the…

5 min.
the world of writing

Lightspeed kidlit He might not be the only one attempting to make something out of lockdown but Canadian children’s author Eric Walters is certainly one of the most committed. His latest book, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, was conceived, written and published in just 41 days, reports Heather Camlot for Canada’s Quill & Quire, ‘with a focus on all things pandemic’. Eric was inspired by emails from readers, he said: ‘What I saw in these emails was a pattern of concern, anxiety, and uncertainty. These young people, their parents, and teachers were living through something that had no precedent. The sense of not knowing and feeling disconnected was palpable. I wanted to ground their experience in a narrative, help them understand they weren’t alone.’ His publishers, Orca, rushed through the entire publishing process…

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 Blooming marvellous Fantasy author George RR Martin famously divided writers into architects and gardeners – those who plan and outline their novels before writing, and those who make it up as they go along: discovery writers. I have always considered myself to be a discovery writer, but in the last few months, while I have been working on the first novel in a projected fantasy trilogy, I have found myself falling into a…

3 min.
speak out

Racism has no place in a fair and inclusive society. Nor does the silence that perpetuates it. The Society of Authors stands with black writers, illustrators, journalists, poets and translators, and all members of the black community. We understand the urgent need to end prejudice and remove barriers. Everyone in publishing and the creative industries must play a part in that. We denounce efforts to stifle free speech and peaceful protest. We condemn the mistreatment of journalists as they work to tell stories of injustice. We call on each of the governing bodies of the UK to tackle racism in all its forms, to protect press freedoms and the right to protest, and to speak out against any government that denies its citizens those rights. The Society of Authors will always support you, the author community,…

3 min.
worth their weight

One of the things that is both exhilarating and exhausting about the very strange times we find ourselves in is the way in which we all – those of us not personally affected by tragedy that is – seem to be walking a tightrope between real hope and potential catastrophe. That can be seen so vividly in America right now, where the Black Lives Matter protests have brought an optimism into the world that all the banked malice of Donald Trump seems unable to snuff out. He seems to have fatally misjudged the mood in the USA – and the world – for a fairer, more just society. That ethical urge is being played out in other, less vital but nonetheless really important arenas, not least the book business. Quite aside from…

12 min.
talking heads

A weakness of novice writers – and also pot-boiler novelists with million-dollar publishing deals – is to use dialogue to divulge information. This is sometimes referred to as being expositional or explicatory. It is when characters tell the reader what’s happening or what they intend: how the President is about to press his big red button and unleash Armageddon, or whatever it happens to be. As soon as you burden characters in this way they become authorial mouthpieces, with all their vibrancy and believability draining away. It renders the writing clunky and jarring. If that sounds a bit complicated, all you really need do is watch or read something of poor quality. Stating the obvious Not so long ago, before Netflix and Amazon began spending millions on their productions, studios churned out…