Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits and Literary Productivity

Is anyone else struggling with their alarms post-holidays? Check out this analysis of famous writers by wakeup time. Ray Bradbury has made us think we all deserve a lie in.   Click here to read the full article ...
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Six Top Tips for Writers

Top tips from award winning short story writer Adam Marek, as seen on the excellent Word Factory website. We especially like the tip about listening to audiobooks to get an ear for good writing! Click here ...
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Edit Yourself: 12 Tips to Do it Better

We get it. Editing your work can be hard. However, the folks at DIYauthor have compiled a great list of top tips to make your editing more effective. Click here to read the full article at ...
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David Constantine in Conversation with Cathy Galvin

This speech from David Constantine is incendiary & inspiring. In conversation with Word Factory's Cathy Galvin, award winning poet and author David Constantine about the importance of diverse voices in poetry and the value of creative writing in general. ...
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Top 10 Tips For Being a Successful Poet

If there's anyone who can tell us how to be a successful poet, it's probably former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion. Click here to read the full article at the BBC website  
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A Conversation with Alice Walker

'This is the time for poetry,' says award-winning writer Alice Walker in this brilliant interview. And really, who are we to disagree? Click here to read the full article at The Atlantic Photo by State Library ...
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30 Great Poems Everyone Should Know

We've always envied people who can recite other people's poems by heart. Here's a list of 30 poems The Times thinks we should all commit to memory.   Click here to read the full article at ...
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3 Tips to ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ Emotions and Mood

It's an old adage that the best writers trust their readers to glean information from what is suggested, rather than being told how to feel outright. This brilliant article uses Roberto Bolaño’s short story 'Gómez Palacio' ...
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Book As Art

Lots of great self-published authors let themselves down because of poor design. If you're thinking about going down the self publishing route, this great guide will help ensure your book is as good looking as it ...
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13 Famous Writers on Overcoming Writer’s Block

Let's face it. All of us will likely sit down to write one day and nothing will come. It doesn't make us bad writers. It's something we all go through. So here, 13 famous writers share ...
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Why Poetry Should Be More Playful

We poets do have an awful habit of taking ourselves much too seriously, don't you think? This article explores just how wonderful poetry can be when it's not afraid to laugh at itself.   Click here ...
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Announcing our 2015 competition theme!

Many thanks to all of you who suggested possible themes for our 2015 Creative Future Literary Awards. We’re really pleased to announce the theme for next year’s competition – ‘Impossible Things’. This theme is inspired by ...
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