Writing

NaNoWriMo: SBT's Social Network Independence Programme (SNIP)

During NaNoWriMo, in order to get the utmost out of time devoted to writing, we would advocate a four step programme to remove the distraction of Social Networking Sites entirely from your writing environment. Remember, every word you type is important! Step 1 – Copy and paste the following words...

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NaNoWriMo: Apply For Your Very Own Isolator

Scottish Book Trust’s Writer Development Programme are delighted to announce the launch of a new service which we hope will finally banish the scourge of procrastination from the writers life. For the duration of NaNoWriMo we are offering a job lot of completely functional ISOLATOR helmets which...

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NaNoWriMo: Transform Your Shed into A Writing Haven

When I hear authors speaking about their writing process, the single phrase which excites me is “I write in a shed in the garden”. It sends me off into a dream world of shed design and interior decor. I suspect my problem would be in stopping the dreaming and getting down to the writing but here...

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Confessions of a NaNoWriMo Virgin

November is National Novel Writing Month and Scottish Book Trust will be here to support you with with tips and advice and more great blogs from participants on our writer development programme. One of the former Young Writers Awardees Samantha, tells us about her plans for NaNoWriMo...

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Robert Twigger: Being the Wigtown Book Festival Hermit in Residence

As Hermit in Residence at Wigtown Book Festival this year I was informed I’d be given my own bothy or hovel to scribble in - in fact it was a rather nice studio with a transparent roof, perfect for writing in fact, it even had a little cot on which to cogitate. What did the hermit have to do?...

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Fat Writer in a Strange Land

Don’t get me wrong. It is entirely brilliant when some kind soul pulls together a big list of writing competition deadlines and upcoming publication opportunities . The trouble is that magazines, anthologies and competitions are increasingly imposing themes. I scan down the columns of ever-...

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Behind the Scenes at the New Writers Awards

We are now open for applications for one of my favourite projects, the New Writers Awards. A great deal of my time is spent removed from the creative process, entering data into spreadsheets and writing reports, so it’s lovely to work with eight talented writers and watch them progress over a year...

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Don’t Get It Right, Get It Wrote

I haven’t seen The Hour , the BBC’s answer to Mad Men , but I was intrigued by reports that writer Abi Morgan admits making mistakes with the script. The Hour is set in the 1950s but contains dialogue that would have baffled people during that decade. “Note to self” and “Going for a Chinese” are a...

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My thoughts on Screen Lab with Adrian Mead

As an aspiring screenwriter I have previously participated in screenwriting courses, but although I’ve enjoyed them and found them informative, they did not match up to Scottish Book Trust’s Screen Lab with Adrian Mead (pictured). It’s a bit like comparing the British 60 minute makeover program...

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A Trip to The Poet’s Favourite Loch

My passion for Czech writing took me to Prague very soon after the velvet revolution, in those heady days before McDonalds and British stag parties took hold. I felt no increased connection with the works of Klíma, Škvorecký and Kundera when I got there though, just as walking the streets of...

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