Tag: writing community

  • How to Do Marketing as a Writer: A Basic Guide

    How to Do Marketing as a Writer: A Basic Guide

    Are you a writer tweeting into the void? Emailing into the abyss? Posting story after story on socials and watching the link to your book disappearing, unclicked, into non-existence every day? Marketing your writing likely isn’t something you’ll have been taught as part of a creative writing course, nor is it something anyone really prepares […]

  • 3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    The gauzy illumination of fairy lights reveals the coloured spines stacked along every shelf and bedside drawer. There, a poetry book preordered the minute the writer announced it. Here, an anthology produced from a previous commission. And just there, a thoughtfully-selected collection gifted from a friend, with the tiny cursive note forever inked onto the […]

  • The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    As a writer, we must always seek the word ‘yes’. We want editors to say ‘yes’ to those painstakingly-polished submissions. We want a ‘yes’ from the grant application for that great project idea. We want readers to say ‘yes’ when making the decision to buy our books or read our work. Likewise, we have learned […]

  • How to Perform Your Poetry Despite Nerves

    How to Perform Your Poetry Despite Nerves

    When I first decided poetry was my chosen path with writing, I’d gone into it assuming poets were the reclusive ones. As far as I was concerned, it was the novelists who did the big readings and were thrust into the spotlight; poets were quiet creatures, letting the lines in their verse do the talking. […]

  • Top Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

    Top Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

    In my last post, I talked about the importance of stepping back and being kind to yourself if you’re finding it hard to write during these difficult times. Staring at the same four walls, not interacting with new people, and not embracing new experiences as you normally would will doubtless take a hit on your […]

  • How to Get Your Poetry Published: Top 5 Tips

    How to Get Your Poetry Published: Top 5 Tips

    I’m often sent messages from aspiring writers who want advice on the paths to publication, submissions, competitions and editing their work. I love being able to help people grow and develop as writers, so thought it’s about time I compiled this advice into a blog post for you to access at any time. Remember, I’m […]

  • How to Overcome Self-Doubt in Writing

    How to Overcome Self-Doubt in Writing

    “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh Ever feel like you’re being watched? Perhaps you’re trying to crack on with that novel. Or maybe you’re perched on a bench, trying to capture the landscape in front […]

  • Writing and Running: Miles of Inspiration

    Writing and Running: Miles of Inspiration

    “Most of what I know about fiction, I learned by running every day.” – Haruki Murakami  It had been a long, self-defeating eighteen months of avoiding writing. During a particularly challenging 2017-18, poetry had stubbornly evaded and, unsurprisingly, angered me.  “Read,” others had suggested. “Read until you feel inspired.” But reading did not make me […]

  • No Writer is an Island: The Misconception of the Lone Writer

    No Writer is an Island: The Misconception of the Lone Writer

    “No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.”  —Helen Keller If I say the word “writer” to you, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Do you see a lone novelist, hunched over a laptop, curtains drawn? […]