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Friday Feature: NaNoWriMo

By Claire Buss The end of October swiftly approaches and for many writers that means NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The aim of the game is to write 1667 words every day for the month of November. And we're talking rough draft here so no time for editing. You can ...

Friday Feature: Lockdown – A Curse Or A Blessing?

By Patrick Forsyth Patrick draws writing lessons, and success, from recent months: I know quoting Chinese proverbs is something of a cliché, but how about this as something to ponder currently: the Chinese write the word ‘Crisis’ with two characters. Singly the first means ‘chaos’ and the second means ‘opportunity’. Hmm. I like ...

Friday Feature: Men Writing Romance

By Jean Fullerton Men Writing Romance. Can they? Should they? There’s a commonly-held belief that, in general, men aren’t as romantic as women. However, I would suggest that many of the lyrics written by the likes of Ed Sheeran would belie that argument.  I think men are just as romantic as women, ...

Friday Feature: The Organised Writer

by Antony Johnston For the past 20 years, I’ve been able to make a living as a full-time writer. Nobody is more surprised by this than me, but what I find even more surprising is how I’ve done it, and the myriad twists and turns my career has taken in that ...

Friday Feature: Giving Up The Day Job

by Lucy Kaufman You know how they say, "Don’t give up the day-job"? Well, guess what? Today I gave up the day job. From now on, everything I do will be writing-related. Yes. I know. Scary, right? Stupid, even. To jack in a professional career, one I have invested over 20 ...

Friday Feature: My Journey Into Short Stories

by Claire Buckle Fifteen years ago, when I was in my late forties, I started writing fiction. Other than emails and the occasional letter, I hadn’t written much else since my student days studying social science  – a subject hardly conducive to making up stories! The phrase “I always wanted to be a ...

Friday Feature: Women’s Football

by Michelle Sutton I’ve never been one for stereotypes, perhaps it’s because (as far as I know) I’m not one. Don’t get me wrong; people have tried to put me into pigeon holes and label me many times but there’s always the contradiction. I’ve been called a tomboy, the shy bookish ...

Friday Feature: Theatre In Pandemic

by Lucy Kaufman In February this year, I was merrily beavering away, co-writing The Tales of Beatrix Potter, an open-air theatrical/musical extravaganza for children and families  to be performed by Spontaneous Productions in a south London park in May. The show was cast, the songs had lyrics, and a teaser poster ...