Writing Tips Posts

18 September 2018

Finding your writing community on Twitter

by Katie Smart Writing Tips

#WriteCBC, our Twitter-based creative writing competition, takes place on the first Thursday of every month – when we (@CBCreative) share a writing tip and writing task provided by a special guest from among our tutoring team, our published former students, or the book agents of CB or C+W. Each month we give away one place on […]

14 September 2018

8 things to remember when embarking on your edit

by Lisa O'Donnell Writing Tips

When you’re preparing to send your novel off to agents and publishers, ask yourself if you’ve really done enough at that vitally important stage of the process: Editing.

10 September 2018

New term new stories: ‘We have to find the way to tell our stories that suits us’

by Catherine Johnson Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Catherine Johnson is the author of several YA and children’s novels including Sawbones, which won the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction in the 12+ category, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016 and her new novel Freedom, a middle grade novel about slavery in Britain. Catherine is also […]

07 September 2018

Back to writing: Our top ten tips for aspiring authors

by Katie Smart Writing Tips

It’s back-to-school season and the start of a new term here at Curtis Brown Creative. September is the perfect time to get back into the swing of writing, and to help you get your mojo back we’ve pulled together some of our top writing tips from past blogs, as well as some exclusive bits of […]

06 September 2018

#WriteCBC: Writing AND Illustrating – tip and task from Sarah McIntyre & David O’Connell

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

This month’s #WriteCBC has an extra twist: As a special one-off, you can choose whether you want to write or DRAW in response to the task being set! In the hot seat for today – 6th September – I’m delighted to welcome writer-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell. Sarah McIntyre has written and illustrated some fantastic picture books for young […]

05 September 2018

Anna Davis answers your writing and publishing questions

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Our MD Anna Davis took to Twitter earlier this week to answer all of your burning questions about writing and publishing – from advising on how best to approach literary agents to discussing the current book market, you can find all Anna’s responses on Twitter under the hashtag #AskAnna. Below you can see some of our favourite questions […]

24 August 2018

How to write great dialogue in fiction

by Anna Davis Opinion, Writing Tips

Well-handled dialogue is one of THE essential ingredients of a good novel. And yet it’s something that many writers struggle with and even shy away from. The trick is to make your characters’ speech carry the ring and rhythm of real-life conversations without actually trying to recreate them verbatim, complete with all the er’s, um’s, […]

09 August 2018

How to create great characters in fiction

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

With the CBC team all heading off for our summer holidays, we wanted to leave you with some writing tips to give you some food for fiction-thought across the next couple of weeks while we’re away – plus some writing exercises for those of you who want to keep working while you’re lying by the pool […]

02 August 2018

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Laura Marshall

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Yes, it’s that time already! Welcome to the second of our monthly #WriteCBC day-long Twitter challenges! Today – Thursday 2nd August – bestselling author and CBC alumna Laura Marshall is in the hot seat with a writing tip and task. Join in on Twitter @cbcreative to potentially win a place on one of our 6-week online courses – or just for fun! Read […]

10 July 2018

Nine tips for writing scenes

by Simon Wroe Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Simon Wroe is the author of two novels: Chop Chop (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize) and Here Comes Trouble (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize). He is a regular tutor on our six-month novel-writing course, and a client of C+W agent Susan Armstrong. Here he offers advice on how to make your scenes […]

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