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The Writing Research Rabbit Hole

by Cindy Tomamichel Most writers love to know things, collecting odd fragments of information to craft into a telling scene, or to spark creativity. From old recipes, newspapers, dusty books and odd google searches, the amount of random snippets can overwhelm any writer. For a writer of historical, fantasy or science ...

Feeling the Fear and Writing It My Way

by Lynda Shepherd My love of words started in a similar way to many; with my parents reading to me at bedtime. My imagination sparked, I would go on adventures with the Mr Men, Sooty and Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch all without leaving my duvet. I'd been so proud when I received a gold star in primary school ...

NaNo who?

by Claire Buss November means only one thing in the writing community, and it's not Thanksgiving - it's NaNoWriMo! What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and in their own words is both "a website, a community and an ambitious writing challenge". Every year writers sign up to start writing ...

How to get permission to use song lyrics in your books

by Maria R Riegger If you have ever wondered how to request permission to use song lyrics in your fiction and nonfiction books, then this blog post is for you. First, nothing in this post constitutes legal advice. Generally speaking, an author does not need to request permission to use the title of a song ...

Stand Out or Sell Out

By Seb Reilly  A few months ago a writer presented two book ideas to me and asked which, in my opinion, they should write. I was one of many contemporaries this writer approached, and whilst I cannot state what the other responses were, I know both what I said, and what ...

Meet the Romantic Novelists’ Association

By Jean Fullerton ( this article can be seen in Write On! 2 https://pentoprint.org/product/see-write-on-edition-2-here/) Hi, I'm Jean Fullerton, author of fifteen East London novels but today I’m wearing my Romantic Novelists' Association’s Educational Officer hat. You may not have heard of the Romantic Novelists' Association or if you have you might think of us as a ...

What Does Breaking Boundaries Even Mean?

By Farzana Hakim The other day, I was invited for my first television interview. An opportunity, I’d be silly to decline. The prospect of appearing on the big screen had me rather excited, and of course I dolled myself up in a new dress, a new red coat, and a new lip gloss. Mobile phone in one hand and a copy of my book ...
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Confessions of an EdgeLit Newbie!

My first experience of EdgeLit I had been persuaded by Pen to Print writing duo LM Towton (Lauren and Michelle) to go along to Derby Quad EdgeLit, and as the organiser Alex Davies had been kind enough to agree to put copies of our first issue of Write On! in the ...

Five Ways to Fix A Scene

By Rebecca Delphine  You’ve written your first draft and a few selective people have read it and given you feedback. They point out a scene that doesn’t fit right, or even if they don’t notice it, you know deep down there are one or two scenes that don’t feel how they should. ...