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Writing Magazine March 2021

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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Warners Group Publications Plc
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

For nearly a year now, we’ve done everything we can to ensure your trusty Writing Magazine carried on unaffected by that pesky virus thingy. But this month it’s finally caught up with us. As regular readers will know, we usually collate our listings of literary festivals alongside our courses and events guide. This year, with so many hoping for brighter news before schedules have to be set, we’ve postponed the festival list until May. In this issue, though, you will find our comprehensive list of courses and retreats, with one change that might be quite welcome – nearly all are now running online courses, so it’s the perfect chance to try one that would normally be outside your geographical reach. And I’m very pleased that we are now among them:…

6 min.
the world of writing

WELLS RESEARCHED It presumably takes a lot of time, discussion and planning before the Royal Mint launches a new coin. So it’s a bit of a mystery how in January the Mint managed to issue a new £2 coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of death of author HG Wells depicting one of the ‘monstrous tripod’ Martian war machines from his most famous novel, The War of the Worlds, as having four legs. Compounding the impression of carelessness, the coin shows the protagonist of Wells’s The Invisible Man wearing a top hat. In the novel he is described as wearing ‘a widebrimmed hat’. Adam Roberts, award-winning science fiction novelist and professor of 19th century literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, told The Guardian ‘A tripod with four legs is hard to comprehend…

8 min.
star letter

No shame What a shame Allie Reynolds felt the need to validate her article The First Five Pages (WM, Feb) with the disclaimer that she was ‘no writing coach’. She then further validates it by saying she was ‘lucky’ her novel went to auction. Imposter Syndrome is felt by so many women (I say women, because it is usually women who Imposter Syndrome inflicts the most) and it needs to stop. We need to be proud of our achievements and not apologise for them. Allie has a novel published with a highly reputable publisher (Headline) and is more than qualified to write an article imparting her words of wisdom. Thank you for an interesting and informative article, Allie, but please don’t feel you’re not qualified to write it. CATHY WHITE Folkestone, Kent The star letter…

4 min.
the smallest steps

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 Anxiety is bad for creativity. Even if you don’t feel consciously anxious, there’s no escaping the uncertainty and rapid change we’re dealing with right now. No matter how positive and grounded you might feel, it takes its toll. But while it is a problem, it needn’t be an impossible one. As writers, we can’t afford to just stop being creative. Personally, I get grumpy if I don’t find time to write, even if 50% of that time is procrastination. Until March 2020, before lockdown, I was travelling almost weekly to promote my book Keep Your Eyes on Me, while at the same time editing my new one, The…

3 min.
state of america

The most talented commercial publisher I ever worked for, the terrific Jane Morpeth, publisher and joint MD of Headline books, had an axiom that whatever trend was sweeping America would, within a year or two, sweep the UK too. While perhaps not a perfect science it applied pretty widely within commercial fiction. I can think of several very successful publishing careers that have been built on just buying in what’s hot from the US. Of course that has always been a pretty depressing way of doing business – not just for the editors concerned, but also for the businesses they worked for. The UK has been blessed by a vigorous capacity to punch above its weight in the foreign rights market. That’s not something we can afford to take for granted and…

7 min.
experimenting with form

Of all the things a writer can get stuck in (lifts, cupboards, sleeping bags full of jam) a rut is probably the worst. Unless you’ve got a spectacularly hairy back, that is, because I imagine jam’s probably hell to wash out when it gets all matted into your fur like that. The trouble is they’re extremely easy to get into (ruts, not sleeping bags full of jam). We find something that works for us and we stick with it. Why wouldn’t we? If it works, don’t fiddle about with it! Or should we…? And the answer is a resounding, ‘maybe?’ To date I’ve written 24 novels (three of which will never be released), a collection of short stories, a picture book for twisted children, and a handful of novellas (one of which is…