Meet author Shirley Ledlie from this post on Lucinda Clarke's blog.
Check out these monthly creative events jobs and opportunities for May from this post on Bridget Whelan’s blog.
This month:Crime Writing, Jobs in Publishing, Inspirational Non Fiction, Scottish Poetry, TV writing, Weird fiction, Work Experience
Locations: London, Edinburgh, Harrogate, California, UK wide, Worldwide
The Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival
“… the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” – Lee Child, author
Held in July in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, the festival is now in its 15th year. International bestseller Lee Child is the Programming Chair for 2018.
For more information and to book: The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
BOUDICCA PRESS wants weird fiction short stories by women writers
An UK based independent press, Boudicca Press are currently looking for short stories from women of all ages in the UK to feature on their website. They accept stories by women and those who identify as women.
Deadline for submissions: midnight, Thursday 31st May.
Stories should be in the genre…
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Check out this great post from the Writing Mad blog with 5 types of rejection letters and what you can learn from them.
On submission? Then you’re either roller coasting upwards, or plummeting down; maybe though you’ve only just begun.
It still hurts to look at my fat folder of rejection letters, formerly known as ‘The Folder of Doom’, but I can’t bring myself to delete any of them. They’re badges of honour, aren’t they? Look at this pile, and yet still I carried on and on and . . .
Unwelcome though these missives were, they did contain some upsides though. Honest. Here’s what:
1. The Encouraging Rejection Letter
‘You write vividly, well.’ This was my first ever rejection letter dated 21 January 2013. It was for a novel called Out of The Cupboard – which was a pretentious precursor to The Maid’s Room. If an agent was bothering to be complimentary, then perhaps I was onto something, I thought. I chose to ignore every iota of advice that letter contained…
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Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis blog on the topic of who you should list to: reviewers, peers or readers.
This is a guest post by Lily Kaligian. Lily is an editor at Businesscheck.co.nz and Canadabiz.net. She creates a variety of articles about careers, entrepreneurship, technology, business, education, as well as travel and personal development.
Who Should You Listen to – Reviewers, Peers or Readers?
Having your writing work read and appraised by others can be a very emotional experience. When you’ve poured your heart and soul into creating a novel, a short story, a poem or even just a blog post, you need to know that it’s not just you who sees your creation as valuable.
But writing and reading are incredibly subjective. One person’s prize winner could be another’s trashy holiday read. It can be hard working out who to trust when it comes to feedback and critique. Whose opinion should you take into account when reviewers, peers, and readers all have something to say?
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Check out this great post from Charles Yallowitz’s Legends of Windemere blog with 7 tips to writing prequels and not hurting the originals
Age of Apocalypse
As I said, prequels are a risky endeavor because you can easily slip up and make a mess of both series. Continuity becomes very fragile since you’re basically traveling back in time and we all know how often that turns sour. Many authors might think of this as nothing more than writing any other series and assuming their own memories will guide them to safety. Unfortunately, we are creatures of improvement and dabbling, which means we always have a chance of getting hooked on a bad idea because it’s cool for this specific story. So, what are some tips to writing prequels?
- Make an outline or note system that focuses on areas that the two series can or may crossover. Mark down where you go into descriptions for cities and creatures in the original to make sure you don’t redesign them. Note your systems like magic, currency…
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Check out this post from the Writer’s Treasure Chest blog on the importance of researching character names.
Lately, I met an Irish woman whose first name I simply love: Mairead. She told me it’s the Irish version of the name Margaret. I was fascinated. Margaret is a great name, but to my ear, Mairead sounds mysterious and a bit magic.
After a little bit of research, I found out that it’s believed the meaning of the name is ‘pearl.’ I’m convinced in one of my books a character called Mariead will show up.
That coincidence is one of the very few occasions so far that I met a person whose name I plan to use in one of my books.
Most of the time I have a ‘rough plan’ about a particular new character in my head already. Before the ‘fine tuning’ I most of the time need a name. In my head, I can only imagine a character as a person if he or she has…
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Check out Part 3 of Jewels in the Claw from Sue Vincent’s The Silent Eye blog.
Continued from Part Two
The man with the packing case pauses as he passes the place that was the East, the place from which the Queen began her direction of proceedings in this, her favourite palace of Nonsuch, in 1590’s South London.
There is little left of the ritual-drama space now. Just the mental image of the chequered floor that was the Royal Court and the seats around it. But the square framework still contains that magical feeling of somewhere that has been declared and established as a place of working…
Ritual is a frightening word to some: pop-fiction has seen to that. To others, whose focus is beyond the egoic, it means a created place of loving and intelligent energy, self-discipline and intent – an intent focussed on the common good and the creation of a space in which collective work on the self – on each self, may…
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