Get Excited About Your Writing Again

Look, we get it. This writing thing can be exhausting, right? Forging through a first draft can often feel a bit like wading through treacle. Editing the living heck out…
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WRITING EXERCISE: No regerts

<LE SIGH> Where does the time go? All those things you planned on doing (like writing your novel – natch), all those things you wish you’d appreciated, all those things…

5 Reasons Why Glasgow Is The Place To Be For Writers

Glasgow writers! We’re a’coming for you! Our procrastination-busting, productivity-boosting writing retreats have officially arrived in your awesome – albeit a little rainy – city. And in case you don’t know…

The Perils of Over-Planning

Planning your writing is a great idea. Understanding your characters and their motivations, knowing their arcs back to front and having an idea of how and when you’re going to…

WHQ Flash Quarterly Round 1: THE WINNERS!

… DRUMROLL PLEASE… The time has come to reveal the TOP THREE in Round 1 of our Flash Quarterly contest. The WHQ inner sanctum is finally in agreement. And we…

WHQ Flash Quarterly Round 1: THE SHORTLIST!

  It’s time. <heavy breathing> Round 1 of our Flash Quarterly competition is over. We’ve read and re-read and re-re-read over 400 entries from almost as many writers. We have…

Writers’ HQ Book Horoscopes: April 2019

In which our resident Mystic, uh, Peg (?) Poppy O’Neill compiles a list of literary horoscopes pulled straight from the nearest novel to predict YOUR bookish future… This month’s offerings…

Writers’ HQ Book Horoscopes: March 2019

  Want to know what March has in store for you, using a highly accurate and totally not randomly-chosen combination of literary wisdom and astrology? We thought you might –…
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WRITING EXERCISE: Start at the end

Here’s a quick ‘n’ dirty game to spark off a brand new story idea: 1) Grab a novel from your bookshelf 2) Flip to the very last page 3) Copy…

Writing Competitions & Opportunities – March 2019

Hark, what spring-like sunshine through yonder window breaks? Quick, before the climate apocalypse descends, write something worth publishing and send it out into the world! Join us in our #Submit2019…

5 Reasons Why Brighton Is The Place To Be For Writers

Brighton writers’ retreat: the biznitch for word-pushers Hey. You. Brighton writer. What’s good? 1. Coffee shops Many of Brighton’s digital freelancer open plan flexible working spaces also serve coffee to…

Storycraft #5: Sowing Story Seeds

You know when you read an amaaaazing novel and you think: “Gosh, that’s so clever the way the author interweaved all those little clues and hints together, dropping breadcrumbs all the…

WRITING EXERCISE: Liminal space

Liminal space exists somewhere between here and there. It’s No Man’s Land. An ethereal dead space where time seems to function differently – like that weird week between Christmas and…

Storycraft #3: The Magic Of Scene Summaries

  Saddle up, novelleers, ’cause today we’re gonna talk about how to make the whole ‘writing 70,000+ words of coherent narrative thang‘ feel a leeetle bit less like conquering Everest…

From LGBTQ+ With Love: THE WINNERS!

Drumroll please… After much deliberation, much love, and much excited squeeing, we have in our hands the winning stories from our Fight Back Flash Competition… Gird your goshdarn loins –…
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WRITING EXERCISE: Forbidden words

  For today’s exercise, writing is hereby FORBIDDEN. Wait, what? Only kidding. But what would you do if fiction was illegal? What would you do if you were no longer allowed to…

From LGBTQ+ With Love: THE SHORTLIST!

You guys. We have a shortlist. Ten amazing LGBTQ+ stories, chosen by our illustrious judges Kirsty Logan and Paul McVeigh, from which the final 4 will be hand-plucked verrrrry soon……

5 Reasons Why Leeds Is The Place To Be For Writers

Yup, you heard right. Writers’ HQ are fiiiiiinally bringing their whoop-ass writers’ retreat (wh)oop North, starting with Lovely Literary LEEDS. Wanna know why? ’Appen as not an mebbe*, we hear…

Storycraft #4: Suplots Ahoy

Wait a second… Dealing with the main plot is a big enough pain in the arse, and now we have to worry about subplots, too?! Uh huh, pull up your…

From LGBTQ+ With Love – THE LONGLIST!

Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you to all the writers who submitted to our LGBTQ+ Fight Back Flash Competition. We had over 300 entries, raised £277.37 for MindOut,…

#Submit2019

New Year’s Resolutions are slippery little bastards, aren’t they? We make these grand promises at the beginning of the year, full of good intentions, and by the end of January…
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Storycraft #1: Telling A Story

Any fool can tell a story. Humans do it all the time: “Hey, you’ll never guess what happened to me on the way to work!” “Omg funny thing about the…

Where Are The Working Class Writers?

I read my first Roald Dahl book, The BFG, to my daughter at the age of twenty-seven. Although I was a keen reader from the age of three, we didn’t…

How Not To Write A Novel #2

Uggghhh so it turns out writing a novel is, like, super freakin’ hard? And, like, you actually spend a massive proportion of your writing time, like, NOT writing? Right? Well,…

5 Tips for First Draft Triumph

You have an idea. Brilliant! Ideas are where it all begins. You then contemplate the possibilities that this fricking fantabulous idea could offer you. You might write a bestselling novel,…

**A Writers’ HQ Manifesto On Bad Language**

At Writers’ HQ, we often get angry messages telling us that we can’t possibly be ‘real’ writers, or that we must not be very clever, because we swear, use slang and text speak, use bad grammar, and love puns. We’ve thought very long about this issue and have come to this conclusion:

A thing about International Women’s Day

Please don’t expect a detailed critique of International Women’s Day. We’re knackered from decades of trying to smash the patriarchy and getting back in the kitchen to make you a sammich so you get a special offer and some mildly amusing jokes.

10 Ways to Write Like a Kid

Over the last five years we’ve run hundreds of writing workshops for both adults and kids. The adult ones tend to be a lot more sweary and the kids’ ones…

How Not To Write A Novel #1

Need a break from your WIP? Yeah don’t we all. There’s plenty of ways you can be writing when you’re not writing though, so how’s about some productive procrastination on…

Shiny Thing Syndrome: A Writer’s Malady

In the spirit of our ‘Beginnings‘ series, Jo Gatford tackles an all-too-familiar complaint of the garden-variety writer – when the grass is always greener… We’re here today to talk about…

Beginning A Story: What Stops Us Starting?

In the latest instalment of our ‘Beginnings‘ series, Sarah Lewis explains why all the best intentions in the world are worth nothing if we don’t actually sit down and START…

Begin with a premise…

Get on board the story train with our ‘Beginnings‘ blog series! Here’s the latest offering from Birmingham writing retreat rep Karen Elizabeth Miller: Have you ever had a story fall…

The 7 Stages of Literary Submission

Stage 1: Nausea Clamp your lips tight, clench your buttocks, and click the ‘send’ button while your stomach tries to escape through your throat and your guts play Cat’s Cradle.…

Editing a novel: What the frick is a zero draft?

First things first: if you’re here because you’ve finished your first draft and are venturing into the big bad world of editing… HUGE FUCKING CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! No really, take a…

WRITING EXERCISE: Increments of a Story

Where do story ideas come from? And how do you grab hold of those raw ideas and turn them into something more.. story-ish? How come some people are able to…
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