The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.
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The world of writing • As the relentless grind of technology drags Miscellany Manors kicking and screaming into the 21st century, find out why we won’t be printing WM in binary any time soon
All about the edits • Helen Corner-Bryant explains the different levels of editing a manuscript needs before it’s published
HOW TO get discovered • Anna Davis of Curtis Brown Creative tells you how to write the introductory letter and synopsis that will give you real agent appeal
Your life on the page • Would you like to start writing your own life story? Acclaimed memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink offers a guide on how to get started on life-writing
How to build a daily life-writing practice
HAUNTED BY THE PAST • Swimming against the tide comes naturally for supernatural crime bestseller Stuart Neville, as he tells Tina Jackson
Waking up & smelling the coffee • Publishing has learned a lot from lockdown about office life, says Piers Blofeld
Dyslexia unbounded • Writing with dyslexia brings rewards with its challenges, says Alice Dunn
Are you ready for romance? • Is being a romance author the ultimate romantic dream? With Valentine’s Day looming, Rosalind Moody prays the answer is‘yes’
Saba Sams • The author of debut short story collection Send Nudes remembers how writing set her free as a teenager
Find your happy • Are you finding winter a bit bleak? Jenny Alexander urges you to embrace positivity in these creative writing exercises
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Someone I Used To Know
Has it got legs? • How do you know if your work-in-progress is hitting the mark? Adrian Magson provides some pointers.
SHELF LIFE • Prolifi c bestseller Diane Chamberlain shares the five books that have made the greatest impact on her
Your writing critiqued
Editorial calendar • Strong forward planning will greatly improve your chances with freelance submissions. Here are some themes to consider for the coming months.
CIRCLES’ ROUNDUP • If your writing group would like to feature here, whether you need new members, have an event to publicise or to suggest tips for other groups, email Tina Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE LAST GOODBYE • How do you create an effective ending in fiction? Margaret James has advice on how to wrap up your stories.
I wish I’d known
THE POWER OF THREE • Helen M Walters explores the possibilities of the number three in fiction, with a short story by Andrea Lee
The ROOTS OF fantasy • Alex Davis explores the journey of the genre from its origins
A BOOK FOR EVERY CHILD • Amy Sparkes talks to three children’s authors...