Starting the New Year Write

‘January, month of empty pockets!… let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.’ Colette, Journey for Myself (1922) Poor January, arguably everyone’s least favourite month. Coming straight after the festive warm and fuzzies of Christmas and the anticipatory excitement of New Year’s Eve, we inevitably wake up on January the 1st … More Starting the New Year Write

How Blackout Poetry Can Bring Colour to Your Creative Writing and Reading – by Emily Wootton

Emily delves into the form of blackout poetry and discovers it might be the perfect way to induce creativity. The name might sound dull, but blackout poetry (or erasure poetry) is anything but. If you’re a writer and haven’t tried writing blackout poetry before, it might just be the form that’s missing from your repertoire. … More How Blackout Poetry Can Bring Colour to Your Creative Writing and Reading – by Emily Wootton

New Year, New You: 8 Books to Get You Inspired – by Tenikah Beveney

With a humorous look back on 2020, Tenikah recommends eight brilliant books to inspire a new year of growth and kindness. A new year brings new hope and 2021 is no different. After a year that can only be described as literally a living hell, we all have our fingers, toes, eyes, nose and practically every … More New Year, New You: 8 Books to Get You Inspired – by Tenikah Beveney

Creating Reliable New Year’s Resolutions for Writing – by Leon Lynn

 Struggling to stay motivated? Leon takes us through his tried-and-tested ladder technique to help achieve your New Year’s writing goals. January rarely passes without talk of New Year’s resolutions. Someone often claims this year is “their year” to run thirty marathons and learn two new languages… all goals which conveniently disappear by February. If you’re … More Creating Reliable New Year’s Resolutions for Writing – by Leon Lynn

The Three ‘R’s of Christmas: Reading, Red Wine, and Re-Watching Christmas Movies – by Gigi Bushell

A little festive list of books turned on-screen to read and watch this festive season. Just imagine – the open fire is popping and crackling away in front of you. Your cup of tea is steaming away on your left with a couple of biscuits ready for dunking, maybe even the box of Christmas chocolates … More The Three ‘R’s of Christmas: Reading, Red Wine, and Re-Watching Christmas Movies – by Gigi Bushell

Fantasy Fiction: Does Genre Dictate Form? – by Sarah Callow

Inspired by our 2021 theme (Short-Form & Long-Form), Sarah discusses the historical traditions of Fantasy literature and the gaming industry’s venture into short fiction. Whether writing in the short form, such as novellas, short stories or flash fiction, or long form multi-volume epics (or something in between), all authors must make a choice about length. … More Fantasy Fiction: Does Genre Dictate Form? – by Sarah Callow