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  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Quotations for the Party Season by Jessica Barrah

    Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Quotations for the Party Season by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-12-05

    To celebrate the start of Party Season, we’ve gathered some quotations from famous writers about eating, drinking, and being merry. John Steinbeck said "It is generally understood that a party hardly ever goes the way it is planned or intended” but whatever happens, we hope you have a good time.

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  • 4 Ways To Keep Writing Through Seasonal Stress by Jessica Barrah

    4 Ways To Keep Writing Through Seasonal Stress by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-24

    Many people lead very busy lives, juggling work and family commitments. Fitting writing into your schedule can be harder than fitting your tummy into your trousers after a delicious festive dinner, particularly at this time of year. Gearing up for the holiday season it can be easy to feel stressed. Fear not, my friends! Here’s our wintry writer’s guide to coping.

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  • 12 Quotations about Gratitude by Jessica Barrah

    12 Quotations about Gratitude by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-21

    Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be just for those in the USA. Great writers and thinkers from all over have penned beautiful lines about gratitude. Taking a moment to give thanks for the good things in our lives, and even recognising that the bad things have been a part of the journey can help us develop as writers. Here are 12 quotations all about being thankful.

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  • 4 Tips for Writing Your Memoir by Jessica Barrah

    4 Tips for Writing Your Memoir by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-09

    We’re called ‘CompletelyNovel’ but that doesn’t mean we only publish fiction. Many of the most successful of our self-publishing authors have written about an aspect of their own life, for example their travels, a personal project or family history. Writing a memoir can be a great way to share your life story with your friends and family and printed copies can also be a lovely gift.

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  • 10 Quotations About Remembrance by Jessica Barrah

    10 Quotations About Remembrance by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-11-07

    To mark Armistice Day on 11th November, and Remembrance Sunday on the 13th November, we’ve collated ten quotations about remembering.

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  • How to Become a Better and Faster Self-Published Author by Jessica Barrah

    How to Become a Better and Faster Self-Published Author by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-25

    Getting published in today’s world is a daunting task. In many cases you’ll probably need an agent, and you’ll get rejected more times than you count. Self publishing seems like the easiest route, but it requires just as much work, if not more, to get noticed. Matt Banner from OnBlastBlog offers some tips and strategies for becoming a better and more efficient writer.

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  • How to Write A Novel In A Month by Jessica Barrah

    How to Write A Novel In A Month by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-24

    When November comes around, thoughts turn to Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, and growing facial hair for charity (althought that’s usually exclusively for men). However, for writers, it’s NaNoWriMo , or National Novel Writing Month.

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  • 10 Must-See Places for Book Lovers by Jessica Barrah

    10 Must-See Places for Book Lovers by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-14

    Entering an author’s home is entering their world – an insight into their way of life, their tastes and personality. Breathing in the literary air in these houses may even inspire you in your own writing endeavours! Here are our suggestions for a variety of places to visit.

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  • How to Celebrate National Poetry Day - With 6 Fantastic Resources by Jessica Barrah

    How to Celebrate National Poetry Day - With 6 Fantastic Resources by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-10-06

    It’s National Poetry Day today in the UK – a great time to remind you that poems are not just for weddings and funerals, but for every day! In our time squeezed culture, poems are perfect little packages you can read in one go, making you think a little differently, and perhaps a little deeper. Here are 6 resources to help you discover more about both reading and writing poetry.

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  • 10 Writing Competitions for the Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    10 Writing Competitions for the Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-09-23

    Now it’s officially Autumn, it’s time for our new season’s round up of writing competitions. All these competitions have deadlines before the New Year. There’s a good mix of contests here, for novels, short stories and poems – so hopefully something for everyone.

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