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MA Creative Writing ma creative writing Mar 08, 2020

Considering a Creative Writing MA or MFA?

If you're seeking a career as a published fiction author, a university or post-graduate school creative writing masters program might not be the right...

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The Driving Force of the Genre book genre Mar 01, 2020

Genre is important. Start here, if you will. As I mentioned in our blog 'Get Published', and as we cover in our online creative writing courses, its the first thing an agent assesses on your...

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Podcasts for Writers. podcasts for writers Feb 23, 2020

Convert that commute to a crammer session with inspiring content from fine minds in literature and publishing. These podcasts with writers and editors will prove consoling and...

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Editing a Novel: The Final Polishing of Your Manuscript edit my novel Feb 09, 2020

 

How to edit a novel?

It's a two-stage process.

First, DIY. You grow as an author by being able to edit your own novel through numerous passes, and our Editing courses will...

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Writing Competitions. writing competitions Feb 02, 2020

Would You? Should You? Could You?

It's worth thinking what entering competitions can do for you and your career as an author.

Some points of view from our writers.

From Longlist to Literary Agent:...

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The 21st Century Title. book titles 21st century how to write book titles Jan 26, 2020

 

 

In the first blog of the series, we took a look at why you should start your novel writing plan with your title rather than pick and mix as you go or pin a tail on...

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Book Titles of the Later Twentieth Century. novel titles Jan 19, 2020

In the first blog of the series, we saw the dominant form for the novel title prior to the Twentieth Century was the eponym - or the name of the main character of the story. In the...

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Book Titles of the Twentieth Century. How They Work. book titles fiction book titles how to write a book title Jan 12, 2020

In the last blog, we saw the dominant form for the novel title prior to the Twentieth Century was the eponym - or the name of the main character of the story. To an extent, this is reflective...

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How I wrote my novel with The Novelry Jan 06, 2020

By Cate Guthleben

I've started many books over the years but, until today, I'd only finished one. That one came from an MA in Creative Writing and took nearly two years to write. After I'd finished...

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Book Titles. How They Work. book titles Jan 05, 2020

 

Welcome to Titology, or the study of titles.

In this short series of blogs on the origins of novel titles, I will perform a rude taxonomy to classify the species. For my roll...

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Novel Titles. (Why You Should Start Here.) novel titles Dec 29, 2019

 

"In my younger and more vulnerable years," (to borrow from the opening line of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald) I would write a novel, many times over many drafts, discarding huge...

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Retreat! creative writing holidays Dec 15, 2019

 

Taking time out of 'normal' life to immerse yourself in your other world is important for a writer. It's not so much about word count that comes with the daily practice, it's about...

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Susie Bower on Writing for Children susie bower Dec 08, 2019

 

SLAYING DRAGONS or how The Novelry saved a writing life.

"Kill the dragon," said Louise Dean, founder of The Novelry.

I was enmeshed in one of my all-too-frequent cycles of...

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Orwell's Writing Style - Part Two. orwell orwell writing style Nov 17, 2019

The second of a two-part special blog on Orwell's own development as a writer to greatness. (Continued from this blog.)

I believe that novels happen in major leaps, via fits of...

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