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…

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 –…

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 –…

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,…

Storycraft #2: Narrative Voice

No matter how good your premise, how twisty your plot, how loveable your characters, if you don’t nail that narrative voice, you won’t do your story justice. You know when…
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WRITING EXERCISE: On The First Day

Saddle up, peeplets, it’s time for a fresh start. Here’s a quick ‘n’ easy writing exercise to spark off some new ideas. It’s about as simple as you can get…
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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…

On Anger and How to Write Through It

There is no path to change that doesn’t come through some form of anger. Despite its taboo perception as a ‘negative’ emotion, anger is a fire that, when wielded correctly,…

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,…

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…

How To Cope With Rejection

In the latest instalment of our Fear & Failure series, here’s a little treatise on REJECTION and how ‘no’ does NOT mean ‘you’re a terrible writer, you might as well…
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