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The Hardest Thing About Writing Is Doing It

By Luke Edley  I plead guilty to being a writer who doesn’t write half as much as he should. It’s easy to assume most successful writers must have cultivated their gift on a daily basis, sitting down every morning (or night) without fail and churning out a couple of thousand words as routinely ...
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Friends…….

by Darren Rodwell Friends are a blessing Friends can be a curse Friends can, should be, very diverse   Friendship on the other hand It’s open for the world to see True friendship is the place to be   True friends are always forgiven True friends will tell you how it is True friends will always be there No matter what the ...

Top 5 Tips for Plotting Your Novel

by Katie Ginger Writing an 80,000 word novel can seem impossible when you're sat staring at a blank page with nothing but a vague idea. Some people write by the seat of their pants (they're called pansters), some like to drill down to each scene and chapter (plotters) and others are a mixture of ...
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Pen to Plate – Share Your Memories and Favourite Recipes

Pen to Print are collecting recipes and stories to add to our new publication Pen to Plate. Taste and smell are among our senses that can generate recollections from our past. We often associate special memories with treasured family recipes or meals, for example we eat our favourite meal and it takes ...

ReadFest is Almost Here!

Monday 9 September and Friday 27 September. Coming to Barking and Dagenham Libraries in Spetember is our 8th FREE literary festival! Supporting Pen to Print’s theme this year, International Storytelling, we are delighted to showcase multinational writers, all based in the UK. This is a wonderful festival which  provides a great opportunity ...
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Ye Olde Magick Shoppe

by Claire Buss (Extract from her short story, Ye Olde Magick Shoppe) Fortunately, Fred was on main gate duty so it didn't take Ned long to find him. The young lad waved enthusiastically, which made his plumed helmet topple off his head. As he made a grab for that, he let go ...

Should Authors Be Friends With Other Authors

by Margena Adams Holmes  Recently, in one of the many writers groups I’m in on Facebook, someone mentioned that authors shouldn’t be friends with other authors. This person said that it’s a waste because authors don’t read other authors and their marketing is useless to them. Should authors be friends with other authors?  To tell ...
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Just a Few Doors Down

by Jenny Gibson ‘I’m so sorry.’ That’s what everyone says. But it doesn’t matter who says it or how they say it, it never helps. The only thing worse than hearing it is not hearing anything at all. I can go from one day’s beginning to the next day’s end and ...
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Upton Gardens

by Philip Shamplina Unrecognizable — what have they done How long will it be before it becomes a slum? Upton Gardens is its name Where they used to play the football game   Malcolm Allison, Eddie Bovington, Harry Redknapp are no more Neither is Bobby Moore I just wonder what's in store Now that West Ham United have closed ...