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Friday Feature: Follow Your Dreams

by Lizzie Chantree Follow Your Dreams. They Know The Way… Hello, everyone. My name is Lizzie Chantree and I am a contemporary romance author who writes romantic comedy novels that will hopefully make you smile. I am also a business mentor and my books are full of strong women with some pretty ...

Friday Feature: Head In The Virtual Cloud

Head In The Virtual Cloud – What’s Next? by Claire Buss Morning dawns. The streets are quiet, the roads empty. There are no bustling commuters setting out for work. Instead, they are brewing coffee in their dressing-gowns and choosing which end of the sofa to sit on as they spend another day ...

Friday Features: The Only Garden I Can Relax In

Introduced by Claire Buss, Deputy Editor, Write On!  Friday Features has been running on the Write On! and Pen to Print website for almost a year and it has been wonderful reading all the different submissions. We've had features with writing advice from writers at all different stages of their writing ...

Daily Posts For Unprecedented Times

by Madeleine White (Twitter/Instagram: @madeleinefwhite) Hello, I’m Madeleine and I’m the Editor of Write On! magazine, a quarterly magazine published by Pen to Print. Write On! is usually distributed directly through libraries and other pubic venues, across east London and parts of Kent, with an accessible online PDF and weekly online ...

A Seaside Journey

by Carol Edwards Having published a number of  books about specific places around my local area at Southend on Sea, I came to what I knew was going to be my last publication in the series. I spent a great deal of my time when young, visiting the Golden Mile, clutching my pennies to play the ...

Submit Your Writing to Write On Showcase

by Dan Cross Hi, everyone! My name is Dan and I am the online Showcase editor for Write On!, here to talk to you about Showcase, what it is, how you can use it to promote your creative writing and how to submit your work for publication.  What is Showcase?  Write On’s raison d’être is to encourage writers of all literary ...

Top Ten Tips For Writing Short Stories

by Clare Cooper 1.  Before you start, study your targeted publication’s guidelines, plus as many issues as you can.  You should know your market, word counts, presentation, forbidden and well-worn themes, etc, as this will save you potential heartache and frustration later on. Editors can usually tell in the first sentence, and certainly the first paragraph, if it’s what we’re looking for.  We look for the same things you do:  A story that’s ...

The Other Side of the Desk

by Clare Cooper Wanted: Writers to fill pages in magazines. Must have thick skins and be prepared to take criticism, rejection and incredibly long waiting times on the chin. Must learn to bite their tongues and not get stroppy, or they will be sent to the naughty desk.  Must accept that ...

Real Names vs Pen Names

By Luke Edley  There are lots of writers who choose to write under pen names for many different reasons. But few seem to acknowledge why the popularity of certain names can be a determining factor in a writer’s decision to embrace a nom de plume.  Joanne Rowling, for instance, may have chosen J.K. Rowling ...