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Bite Size Writing Tips

Changing Columns Being a columnist in a national newspaper or well-known magazine and dazzling readers with your knowledge and wit is many writers’ dream. However, take a look through the papers and magazines and you’ll see that many of them … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Re-read, Re-write and Re-submit Do you save all your old stories? I do and now and then I’ll have a look back through them. I’ve discovered pieces I’d completely forgotten about. Most of you will be familiar with these – … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Ever thought about writing a true-life tale for one of the women’s weeklies? Many writers cringe when it’s suggested they consider writing a true-life feature for one of the women’s weeklies. Take a look at the cover of some of … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Got For It! Not sure about pitching an idea to an editor? Written a story, but scared to enter it into a competition? Want to send a reader’s letter out but uncertain the magazine will use it? We all have … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

We all do it – overuse words like ‘that’, ‘very’, ‘really’, ‘then’ etc. They’re not necessary. Use the ‘find’ facility in Word and you’ll be surprised at how many of these words you’re using in your writing. Then go back … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Entering a writing competition? Here are a few tips to ensure your entry is on the shortlist: A judge wants to read something unexpected, exciting and compelling so think outside the box. Make sure your story isn’t over the word … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Take your time The time of day can make a difference to the type of atmosphere your readers feel. For example, you can darken a story by setting it at night. There’s always an extra sense of menace, of threat … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Stuck for an article idea? Try looking through the magazine you want to write for… You may want to write for a cat magazine but can’t think of an original idea. Looking through the magazine in question, you come across … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Wonderful Weather The weather is a useful tool for producing a certain type of atmosphere. A gloriously sunny day immediately conjures up feelings of warmth and joy, where something happy is about to happen. This may be the atmosphere you … Continue reading

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Clarity is key However you’re planning to draw your short story/novel to a close, make it clear. It’s no good having a character who’s been killed off earlier on in the story suddenly turning up at the end alive and … Continue reading

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