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Guest Blogging – A Personal Introduction

Guest Blogging – A Personal Introduction

Guest Blogging is now exceptionally popular - but why? Firstly it’s a great way to gain exposure on someone else’s blog.  Secondly by having a link back to your own website you are making your way up Google’s rankings. But most importantly, if you are an writer, it’s a brilliant way to get your words out into the world. It can also be a way of earning some money from writing – but more on this over the next few weeks. Here is a personal guest blogging experience from Lucy Daniel, a blogger from Manchester. It is a particular thrill for me…

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A prompt a day, keeps writer’s block away…

A prompt a day, keeps writer’s block away…

Thanks to Vikki Thompson for this guest post.    Pick up any “How To” writing guide and you will read the same advice, over and over again. That the only way to improve your writing is to write. The old adage, “practice makes perfect” may be a cliché  but it’s one of the best pieces of writing advice anyone will ever give you. As an aspiring writer who dreams of one day publishing a novel, I knew when I started writing in 2010, that I needed to learn my craft. I needed to find my “voice” and my “style” before I…

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Are You a Confident Writer?

Are You a Confident Writer?

On the page you need to be convincing, confident and propel the reader along with your words, but how about reading your work at an open mic night? Does your heart do a tap dance when you think about getting feedback on your opening chapter? Do you blush, stammer or stare at the floor when the literary spotlight is upon you? Many artistic folk struggle with their self-belief or should we say, their limiting beliefs that plague them throughout their career. Even the literary peacocks who don big hats, grow French moustaches, paint their faces ghostly white and simply adore being…

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Fancy A Cup Of Tea?

Fancy A Cup Of Tea?

All writers need tea breaks. We need to sit, ponder, rest our brains and let new ideas flow. During this creative recess, there is surely nothing more inspiring than drinking your favourite beverage from a motivating writerly mug. We’ve had some Be The Writer You Dream Of Being mugs specially made just for that purpose and have been sipping tea from them while we brainstorm ideas for our new audio workbook. And we realise, that we need your help. We want to ensure that we truly address all the problems that writers face. It’s different for everyone and we need your input.…

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The ‘Should’ Monster

Does this little monster tell you that you SHOULD be writing?

Picture this: it’s a bright July morning, and you have the day to yourself. Your perfect writing spot is waiting for pages to be filled. It’s your time. But instead of enjoying this fact, you hear a little monster tell you that you ‘should’ get to the desk, hear him growl at you over your morning coffee; chiding you for taking so long, that you ‘should’ get going; that you are wasting precious writing time. He hurries you to your desk, berating the laptop for taking its time to load up and then when the cursor is flashing, your mind…

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Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

As writers we know how hard it can be to stay in the writing flow and not succumb to the eighth deadly sin,  procrastination. But with people now hanging out on Facebook and Twitter for up to six hours a day and the average user creating 90 pieces of content a month, it can be hard to stay in the writing zone and out of tempting hyperspace. We are repeatedly told the importance of social networking in preparation for a publishing contract. Publishers want as much free publicity as possible and having followers on your blog, Facebook profile and Twitter…

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The Perfect Place to Write

The Perfect Place to Write

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with Paris. Maybe it’s the streamlined trees, the stylish waifs cycling in heels, or the crunch of a baguette topped with warm camembert…with the abundance of Parisian clichés it’s easy to romanticise the City of Light. My most significant trip to Paris was taken three years ago when I took a sabbatical from my corporate job. Paris 2008 I hadn’t taken my writing seriously since I studied English at university but it I wanted to write a book, and thought that Paris was the only place I could…

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Three Ways to Make Writing Your Work

Three Ways to Make Writing Your Work

At Be the Writer You Dream of Being, we look at the writer both inside and out.   Being practical people, we want to share these three ways to make writing your work: Mindset, Money and Experience. 1) Mindset: It’s who I am not what I do. This is about changing your mindset and your verbal responses from  “I work in sales; as a waitress; office manager; sausage factory operator; or teacher and oh by the way I write as well,” to proudly exclaiming “I am a writer.” Of course the next questions might put you off and sound something like…

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Success Story – Moonlight in Odessa

Success Story – Moonlight in Odessa

An interview with Janet Skeslien Charles In the Spring of 2008 I attended Janet Skeslien Charles’ writing course in the infamous Shakespeare & Co bookshop on the left bank in Paris. On the last evening of the 6 week course when we brought in snacks to share together with our writing, Janet was bursting with happiness, as her agent had received several strong offers for her debut novel Moonlight in Odessa. Eighteen months later it has been internationally acclaimed and published in ten languages (check out some of the covers here). It was one of Publishers Weekly top ten debut…

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I’m Not a Real Writer

The belief “I’m not a real writer” is one of the biggest emotional monsters living in the writer’s psyche. It’s not just new or unpublished writers who feel or think like this, ALL writers can sit in this category including those with several books under their name:  journalists who wish they could write fiction, romance novelists who think that aren’t literary enough, writers who have hang ups about their spelling or education, have day jobs unrelated to writing, or believe that they are too normal. Do you want to change your mind? Do you really want to change the belief…

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