Writing

Novels, Novellas and Short Stories: Length and Other Measurements

Does length matter? New Writer Awardee Katherine Sowerby looks at the long and the short of writing and whether it matters if you're writing a novel, a collection of stories or a series of novellas.

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How (Not) to be a Writer

There's no one way to become a successful writer. There are, however, a few easy-to-remember ways to set your career back by several stages. Find out what NOT to do when you're making a name for yourself on the literary scene.

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Collaborative Writing: Five Reasons to Give it a Try

Writing can be a lonely business - unless you decide to buddy up. Authors Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison share their top tips for collaboration and the secrets that've kept them working together for three sucessful books.

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Why You Should Work With a Writing Mentor

Early career writer Rebecca Smith worked with a mentor to help her give her fiction ambitions the kickstart they needed.

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The Unpredictable Journey from Agent to Publication

Finding an agent doesn't automatically mean your book will soon be published, sometimes there are a few extra stops on the journey. Debut novelist Tracey Emerson offers her insight into the, often winding, road to publication.

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Five Tips for Writing Fantastic Non-Fiction

It’s an oft-repeated cliché, but fact truly can be stranger than fiction. Non-fiction writer Esther Rutter examines the challenges and charms peculiar to penning narrative non-fiction.

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How to Get the Most Out of the EIBF as a New Writer

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is brilliant for booklovers of all stripes, but how do you get over your nerves (and minor inferiority complex) and make the most of it as a new writer? Rebecca Smith tells all.

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Writing YA Dialogue That Rings True

M. A. Bennett's first novel for young adults is out soon, so how did she create dialouge that rings true for teen readers? Discover her top tips within.

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Navigating the Story Arc with Hare and Tortoise

Illustrator and author Alison Murray looks at the way the story of Hare and Tortoise can help us tie down story arcs for picture books.

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CoastWord’s Writing Mums: Keeping Mum

Writing groups are places to forge friendships as well as hone words, as poet Hannah Lavery discovered when setting up Writing Mums.

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