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 • An enduring anti-hero, why bad guys rule, how the mighty fall and creating a lasting legacy – traversing the highs and lows of the wide world of writing
A right royal success • Trends come and go in publishing, but some things are hardy perennials, says Piers Blofeld
HOW TO WRITE A BESTSELLER IN A YEAR • Five things I learned from Lisa Jewell about writing a bestselling novel.
Is this good for you? • Author James McCreet considers one of the trickiest questions for all writers – assessing the quality of your work
BLESS YOU FATHER • Poking fun at British sensibilities with gentle, kindly good humour, Rev Richard Coles is possibly the world’s loveliest crime writer, as Tina Jackson discovers
GETTING OVER THE GAP • Author Elizabeth Noble describes how she overcame a writing gap after a traumatic novel-writing experience
Feedback frenzy • How can feedback improve your manuscript? Helen Corner-Bryant explains how it will help your book’s chances of success.
YOUTH CULTURE • Celebrate younger people and pass on your own wisdom in these youth-related creative writing exercises from Jenny Alexander
How to date a writer • Writers have their odd little ways. Rosalind Moody has provided a cut-out-and-keep guide to pass on to yout partners to guide them through the minefield.
GRAHAM BARTLETT • The former detective and crime fiction advisor describes how he landed a deal as an author in his own right
WIN! £500 IN CASH PRIZES & PUBLICATION
WAVE GOODBYE • No doesn’t have to be the end of the story when you’re sending work out, says Adrian Magson
SHELF LIFE • The bestselling YA author runs through the five books that most matter to her
Your writing critiqued • James McCreet applies his forensic criticism to a passage from the great Jazz Age author’s unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon
Editorial calendar • Strong forward planning will greatly improve your chances with freelance submissions. Here are some themes to consider for the coming months.
WHO’S THIS? • Focus on character creation 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE YOUR NEWS • To feature in subscribers’ news contact: email@example.com
Prayers and prophecies
Setting sail in a new YA direction
Hopes & dreams fulfilled
A BRAND NEW CHAPTER • Amy Sparkes is delighted with the winners of Writing Magazine’s Chapter Book Prize 2021
REIMAGINING REALITY • Margaret James looks at how you can transform real places into locations in your fiction
Five quick questions