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Writing Magazine

June 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Warners Group Publications Plc
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1 min.
dear reader

Editor As you’ve probably realised by now, we have had to make a few small changes to help our printers out and keep WM running smoothly. We’ve reduced the pagecount slightly but squeezed everything in as best we can to make sure you’re not missing out on your monthly creative inspiration. As I said last month, don’t beat yourself up if you’re stressed or feeling frustrated and can’t concentrate as normal but do remember that writing can be a great way to process your thoughts and get you back in the moment. We’ve lined up some fantastic and timely articles to help you do just that this month. Remember to keep in touch with us for even more, on Twitter and Facebook (@writingmagazine), our website, www.writers-online.co.uk, in our regular newsletters (sign up…

2 min.
editorial calendar

100 years ago SEPTEMBER 1920 • Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey knocked out his opponent Billy Miske in the first boxing match to be broadcast on the radio.• Actor Mickey Rooney was born. 80 years ago SEPTEMBER 1940 • The Blitz began, with night-time German bombing raids taking place in London and across the UK until May 1941.• Prehistoric cave paintings were discovered at Lascaux in France.• Horror film The Mummy’s Hand was released. 60 years ago SEPTEMBER 1960 • ITV began broadcasting live football league matches. The first match was Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers.• Boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics.• Alfred Hitchcocks’ film Psycho was released.• Hanna-Barbera Productions’ animated sitcom The Flintstones first appeared on TV. 40 years ago SEPTEMBER 1980 • The Polish Solidarity trade union movement…

2 min.
the world of writing

Reading in the Time of Corona Since the lockdown began Waterstones have reported a 400% rise in book sales, with particular increases for modern classics. Seeing particularly strong sales were titles such as Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, as well as Toni Morrison’s Beloved, F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Perhaps preparing to get stuck in for the duration, a lot of readers have been buying epics such as Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings (1,178 pages in the single volume HarperCollins), Tolstoy’s War and Peace (1,440 pages in the Penguin Classics edition), and Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (over 4,000 pages in any edition). • Last year almost 750,000 children took part in the…

8 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 Toilet roll tales I started writing at the age of six when I became the family’s toilet paper organiser. There was none to be had at all during WW2 and newspapers were the only alternative. Several times a week I would cut squares out of the Sunday People and Daily Express – while carefully avoiding the Rupert Bear section, because I pasted each day’s episode into a scrap book. Then I threaded string…

5 min.
how to do disputes

What happens when a professional creative relationship breaks down and leads to dispute? Whether there’s disagreement about royalties or rights control with your publisher, or issues in your relationship with your agent, or conflict over ownership with a creative partner, your goal is the same – to sort things out. That’s impossible without a process – a set of rules to guide your approach, encourage all parties to focus, help temper emotional involvement, and reach an agreement. 1 Make resolution your priority Don’t let emotion get the better of you. It is not about winning or losing. Take a step back. What were you hoping to achieve at the outset? Put the dispute in perspective and focus on the future. What are your ‘must haves’, ‘wish lists’ and ‘no-nos’? Prioritise what is most…

2 min.
going quackers

There is an owner of a small chain of mid-western book shops who tells a story about setting up his stand at the American Booksellers Association Expo in the late 1990s. His was a small stand in one of the less busy aisles and he fell to chatting with the man setting up the stand next to him. The man explained he had started an online book retailer. ‘Oh,’ the book chain owner said. ‘That’s interesting, what’s your business model?’. ‘Well,’ explained the man, ‘it’s all about the data. Book buyers are ABC1s and the data they give us when they buy books from us is incredibly valuable.’ That man was Jeff Bezos and the company Amazon. What’s so striking about that story is just how upfront he was about it –…