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THE WORLD OF WRITING • Flying round the literary epicentre that is Miscellany Manors this month, buzzwords, buzzy books, a great intro and satisfying ends!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR • We want to hear your news and views on the writing world, your advice for fellow writers – and don’t forget to tell us what you would like to see featured in a future issue…
WRITERS’ VOICE To the next UK government… • The Society of Authors’ Nicola Solomon and Martin Reed set out the issues they will be campaigning on for the benefit of writers, whichever party is in power going into 2020
A novel in a year? A PRACTICAL PLAN • Aim high and spend the next twelve months producing a finished novel by following this month-by-month plan from author James McCreet.
Planning for productivity • Follow Rachel Brimble’s tips to make 2020 your most productive year ever
STRADDLING the GENERATION gap • A former psychotherapist, Salley Vickers lets characters and family dynamics evolve naturally in her thoughtful novels, as she tells Tina Jackson
SHOW UP for success • Follow the advice from short story powerhouse Lynne Hackles to achieve your ambitions of being commercially published in 2020
You can do it! • Adrian Magson urges you to believe in your abilities and be the best writer you can
ASK A LITERARY CONSULTANT • Helen Corner-Bryant advises a writer in full Nanowrimo flow how to edit their surge of words into a finished first draft
The style & technique of ANNE BRONTË • On the bicentenary of her birth Tony Rossiter takes a look at the novels of the youngest of the Brontë sisters
How I got published • The author of thirteen books including the autobiographical guide to true celebration, The Heavenly Party, tells Dolores Gordon Smith about her path to publication
From the OTHE SIDER OF THE DESK • Meetings between publishers and prospective authors don’t always go to plan, notes literary agent Piers Blofeld
GRIN AND BEAR IT • Plunge into these creative writing exercises from Jenny Alexander
WIN! £750 IN CASH PRIZES & PUBLICATION • Dialogue-only short story Competition
NIGHT BUS TO LONDON
Wish list (for writers) • What would make the best Christmas present for a writer? Jane Wenham Jones has some suggestions
Under the covers • Gillian Harvey isn’t worried in the run-up to her first novel’s publication. Not even a bit. Honest.
CHRISTOPHER HADLEY • The journalist and historian shares his top five reads with
Under the Microscope • James McCreet applies his forensic criticism to the beginning of a reader’s work in progress
YOU CAN’T BEAT A SYSTEM • Patrick Forsyth explains how a well-organised approach produces the best non-fiction writing.
What’s so funny? • Margaret James tackles the art of tickling readers’ funny bones in your romantic comedies
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