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.
The world of writing • Supporting, commemorating, challenging, mocking or ranting – anything goes in the wonderful world of writing
Second-hand royalties • Martin Reed of the SoA looks at making the most of your writing income with ‘secondary use’ earnings
CLAUSE UNSHEATHED • Piers Blofeld uncovers a contractual matter that highlights an essential difference between authors and publishers
DEFINING memories • How writing her memoir helped Sarah Aspinall reach a better understanding of her mother and their relationship
Lockdown lit • With a constantly changing situation, many of us will want to make sense of Covid, or life in lockdown, through our writing. We’ve put together some ideas and points to consider.
POLISHED Gems • Tense and intense, Lisa Jewell’s novels are a masterclass in domestic noir. Tina Jackson finds out how she writes them
Editorial calendar • Strong forward planning will greatly improve your chances with freelance submissions. Here are some themes to consider for the coming months.
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Pressing concerns • Helen Corner-Bryant highlights some of the questions put to her on a panel at the London Book Fair
EARWAVES • Producing a podcast could mean the birth of your book, just not in the way you expected, suggests Rosalind Moody
Imran Mahmood • The author and practicing barrister describes how the story he absolutely had to tell about justice became his debut novel, and a BBC/Netflix drama
A JOB WELL DONE • Treat writing as a craft so you don’t leave work unfinished or incomplete, says Adrian Magson
Climate Fiction competition • IN CASH PRIZES & PUBLICATION
Just passin’ through
What’s best for your book? • Indie author DJ Bowman-Smith discusses the choice between publishing wide, or exclusively with Amazon
SHELF LIFE • The multi-award winning sports author Duncan Hamilton shares the books that get his top scores
DUNCAN HAMILTON • Duncan Hamilton is a three-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. His novel, Injury Time, is published by riverrun this month.
Your writing critiqued • Author James McCreet is impressed by some prose from second-century North-African Christian theologian Tertullian
Driven to disconnect • Jane Wenham-Jones advises a writer worrying that spending time on social media is getting in the way of completing her novel
The other side of success • Gillian Harvey is suffering from postpublication burnout
MAKE DO AND MEND • We’ve all got discarded scraps of writing. Patch it up in these writing group exercises from Julie Phillips
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,...