Writing Tips Posts

16 January 2020

How to start writing a novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Are you settling down into the new decade by starting to write a novel? Have you been mulling over a good story idea for years but failing to actually get it started? Or perhaps you’re putting words down but feeling unsure of what you’re doing and where you’re headed with it? Writing a novel can […]

15 January 2020

Jake Arnott: ‘You have to create the whole world of your novel …’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re excited to welcome back celebrated author Jake Arnott, who was the tutor of our first ever writing course in 2011 – the course on which Jessie Burton began writing her global bestseller, The Miniaturist – as tutor of our upcoming six-month novel writing course in London. Jake is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels including The […]

09 January 2020

Inspirational writing quotes from celebrated authors

by Jennifer Kerslake Events, Writing Tips

Looking for inspiration as you return to your writing after the festive break? Check out the tips, advice and nuggets of wisdom we’ve collected from some famous masters of the craft. Whether you’re starting a new story or editing your work-in-progress, these inspirational quotes will help to fire your imagination for the year ahead. ‘All […]

01 January 2020

New Year’s Writing Resolutions 2020

by Jennifer Kerslake Events, Writing Tips

New Year is the perfect time to reflect on where you are with your writing and where you would like to be. Before you return to your desk, why not take a moment to think about your goals and ambitions as a writer? Could changing your routine or approach help you to fulfil those ambitions? […]

17 December 2019

#WriteCBC – Three Wise Writers: 3. Clare Mackintosh

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Can you believe it – we’ve already arrived at the final instalment of our Three Wise Writers festive #WriteCBC! And – yep – we’re going to get VERY Christmassy, as you’re about to find out. We are SO delighted that our third wise writer is the wonderful Clare Mackintosh! She has a great tip and […]

17 December 2019

Kick-start your writing this new year and reach your writing goals

by Katie Smart Writing Tips

Once we’ve all got the parties, the turkey, the family and the tinsel out of the way, it’ll once again be time to settle down and give ourselves a fresh new start for our writing in the new year – a new decade, in fact! But sometimes getting down to work is more easily said […]

10 December 2019

#WriteCBC – Three Wise Writers: 2. David Nicholls

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s Week 2 of our Three Wise Writers #WriteCBC Christmas special and we’re thrilled to welcome the amazing David Nicholls as our second guest author! If you didn’t take part in last week’s instalment of our Twitter writing competition, check out this blog to find out how to play and what you can win – […]

03 December 2019

#WriteCBC – Three Wise Writers: 1. Sandi Toksvig

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Join the Christmas special edition of our #WriteCBC Twitter writing competition over on @cbcreative and you might win a place on an online creative writing course

28 November 2019

How to take part in our #WriteCBC Three Wise Writers competition

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Following the marvellously silly success of last year’s #WriteCBC #BigWinterStory, this year we’re hosting three weeks of extra special festive #WriteCBC fun. Join us from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 18th December for three Christmas-tastic rounds of our popular Twitter microfiction competition. We’re asking our Twitter community to follow the guiding light of writerly advice from […]

28 November 2019

Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘Read widely, write every day and never feel that time spent doing either is wasted’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Andrew Michael Hurley is a critically-acclaimed, prize-winning author – his debut novel The Loney was originally published by Tartarus Press (a small independent publisher based in Yorkshire) as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray in 2015. It went on to win the Costa First Novel Award and Book of the Year […]

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