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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Unplugged

by Eithne Cullen Our theme for this week’s magazine is 'Unplugged'. We’ve been cut off and plugged in for a long time now. Everyone says: 'What would we have done without the technology we’ve got?' For me, the theatres streaming performances has been a real lifesaver, a reminder of normal life. And ...

Thursday Connectors: Lockdown Loneliness

Hi, all. It’s Farzana here again for this week’s Thursday Connectors. Today, I’m moving sideways from our usual format of going overseas, to bring you a lockdown story. Instead, I’ve asked my lovely colleagues here at Write On!  to give me their take on what lockdown loneliness means to them. For ...

Monday Memoirs: Moving Sideways

Introduced by Holly King Another week of this new type of living has started and I never feel quite settled into it, despite being in one place almost constantly. When I speak to family or friends and refer back to when lockdown started, or what I was doing at the beginning ...

Thursday Connectors: Senses Of Nature

by Farzana Hakim It feels great being back for this week’s Connectors. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend, staying put and remaining locked down in your own homes, despite the conflicting and confusing messages arising from the Cumgate, and the boo for BoJo trends on social media these ...

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 ...

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 ...

Get Writing Fit For 2020

Remember those New Year writing resolutions you made? If they’re all but a distant memory now, fear not, for short story editor Clare Cooper is here with some light-hearted tips to whip you back into shape…  WALKING AND LIFTING  Power-walk your way to your nearest bookshop, remembering to take your Christmas book tokens with you.  Now, buy as many books as you can afford.  Balance it out by buying an even ...