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Writing Magazine June 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

How do you know you’re a writer? The question comes up time and time again, primarily because, to wildly generalise, we writers are a neurotic bunch. The answer should be simple. Work in a bank? You are a banker. Paint houses? You are a house painter. Write? You are a writer. But it doesn’t feel quite the same. We each have our own markers of what would qualify or validate us and (because we a neurotic bunch) that marker seems to always be one step ahead of wherever we are. Having written a novel fits the definition, but I’m not a writer because it’s not published… or not a bestseller… or I’m not full time yet… or it’s only my first one. This has become something of a theme this…

6 min.
the world of writing

SMART POEMS The Collective Message is an AI-generated poem in couplets beamed onto the facade of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2021 Dubai to celebrate World Poetry Day on 21 March. It was written by a computer poetry algorithm created by brand experience agency Avantgarde, who worked on it with The Poetry Society, the Poetry Archive and Scottish Poetry Library. It uses words from over 15,000 poems by more than 100 UK poets and worked towards creating an AI voice that was both modern and timeless. ‘It was fascinating to witness the way that the AI entity came to first understand the rudiments of poetry construction and then to generate nuanced and meaningful lines, which, by the end of the process were almost as sophisticated as those created by human poets,’ said…

7 min.
star letter

The best medicine I went out this morning for the first time without the stick, even though my knee is still hurting, from where I sprained it coming off the step ladder after painting a ceiling! I called into the newsagent up at the shopping mall, to get the May Writing Magazine. When I got home, I sat down to rest my knee, with a coffee and the magazine for a quick flip through, before earmarking the articles of interest. Sometimes I read the short stories, but not always. This morning I did! Haydn Cavanagh’s winning short story Dadsdeadtemporary–WhatsAppGroup (p54) had me in hysterics! My eyes were watering so much, I had to take my glasses off. The coffee sat undrunk until I’d read the whole thing. I don’t do social media, and if…

4 min.
screen credit

In our casework with writers, we advise many who work with television production companies. The obvious cases are those writing scripts, or others whose novels are adapted for television. But there is a less well-known group of writers whose involvement with television often goes unseen – namely non-fiction writers whose work is used as source material in programming. And because they are the less visible face of television writing, they often go unrewarded for the work they do. If you write history, biography, science books or other factual work, you may find yourself approached by a researcher or producer, working on behalf of a television production company, inviting you or asking for your work to be included within a piece of factual TV programming. This can happen be either during the…

3 min.
woke up

Today saw the announcement that a group of largely anonymous women writers have protested the inclusion of a trans woman on the shortlist for the Women’s Prize. It is yet another salvo in the woke wars being fought in publishing. Of course, this particular fight I have nothing to do with so am not going to comment in any way on it. Indeed, as a middle aged, public school-educated white male there are some good reasons why I should be incredibly careful about commenting on wokeness in general. In part that’s because I risk just coming across as a bit of an idiot – given that my name is Piers I perhaps feel a bit extra sensitive about that… But also because I do need to be careful. Publishing is a fairly…

7 min.
better writing now

I’ve been writing the Under the Microscope pieces for around ten years now and I’ve noticed certain patterns. Apprentice writers always struggle with the same things – sometimes for years. But imagine if you could solve all of those problems in one go. You’d be a better writer almost instantly and save years of workshopping or rejections from agents and publishers. This is not a fanciful notion. Most of the reasons for ineffective prose are simply addressed – often in a matter of minutes. The difficulty is twofold. One: accepting that one has a problem. Two: identifying exactly what the problems are and how to address them. The first is up to you. The second is my aim in this article. Punctuation I’ll be quite honest: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a…