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  • Writing Courses – Simon Whaley
    a magazine to identify who its readers are and where the best freelance slots are in a magazine PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WRITERS How using photographs can increase your chances of success when writing letters and fillers and magazine articles Tip and advice on how to take a publishable photo all you need is a compact camera or even a mobile phone No professional cameras required WRITING A NON FICTION BOOK We all have a book inside us apparently so let s hope it s a non fiction one because for every novel published 5 non fiction books are published This workshop will show you how to increase your chances of publication by finding a suitable market for your book and then writing a decent proposal FULL TIME FREELANCE WRITING Don t Well okay if you want to give it a go find out where I went wrong and be prepared to accept that your image of a writer sitting in an oak panelled study gazing out across an enchanting view just doesn t exist MY KINGDOM FOR A COUNTY County magazines offer a good market for local writers to target After all you live in the area you re already the expert Find out what sort of subjects they publish and how to break into them JEREMY PAXMAN GETS CREATIVE Quotes add life to a piece of text so this workshop shows you what sort of questions to ask to get information from people With plenty of interaction between workshoppers we ll explore how to get creative with the information you ve gathered to discover that interviews are not all they may seem to be COME FLY WITH ME Travel writing is a writer s dream job But it s not all lounging in the sun with cocktail in one hand whilst you type up your latest feature on the laptop with the other That s pure fantasy You stand more chance of success writing about the Seven Wonders of Wigan Let s whizz around the world and find out how to write ANY travel feature even if you ve never set foot further than the Isle of Wight THAT S BL DY C P Constructive criticism is a skill Destructive comments hurt but a plethora of positive plaudits from other writing group members isn t helpful either Writers need guidance not insults In this practical workshop we ll judge some competition entries allowing us to be impartial and from this discover ten top tips for giving or receiving criticism ARTICLE WRITING Does the Earth Move For You When writing articles you need to knock your readers off their feet with an earth shattering title and a pulsating first paragraph Then all you have to do is keep them on their toes with the rest of your seismic offerings From a tectonic strategy of producing saleable articles to creating a tsunami of ideas this workshop will have your enthusiasm registering off the Richter Scale DISGUSTED OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS Dear Writer One

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  • Writers’ Resources – Simon Whaley
    first children s book which is scheduled for May 2014 release The publisher has already uploaded the information on facebook and here s what she posted along with the image Meet our newest author Priya Fonseca as she signs up for an exciting new Funokplease book coming in 2014 cant wait Priya I thought I should definitely let you know as you have been a true mentor throughout the WB course and beyond I would never have got to this stage without your guidance and inputs Thank you Visit and sign up to my Simon Says Tutor Blog which is updated most weeks with news comments advice hints tips and student successes Click on the link http simonwhaleytutor blogspot com for more information It s free for anyone to look at you don t have to be a student to sign up to this Direct links to the four latest posts can be found at the very bottom of this webpage Competition Judging I m often asked to judge competitions so if you ve just discovered that I m judging a competition that you re inclined to enter and you just stumbled across this page then congratulations I m now going to give you some information that those who couldn t be bothered to do a bit of research on me won t find out I don t enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy stuff It just doesn t work for me It doesn t float my boat spaceship or whatever craft it is supposed to float Clearly I m not going to agree to judge a competition with a Fantasy Science Fiction theme but what I am saying is that if I m judging a competition and the theme is open don t send your SciFi Fantasy story because it won t get anywhere with me Save it for a judge who appreciates your genre Make me laugh When I ve judged some competitions all I seem to read are entries obsessed with death I don t know why we seem hung up on it but we are and I know we are because I ve written stories on the subject But put yourself in my shoes faced with several hundred short stories to read and 99 are about death believe me when I say that the funny ones really do stand out Follow the rules If they state that work must be submitted on white paper then send it in on white paper And with black ink too Black ink on white paper offers the highest contrast which means it s easy to read It s nice to have stuff that s easy to read when you have hundreds of thousands of words to read Send your work on brightly coloured paper instead and if it breaks the rules it will be disqualified Remember I m only interested in the quality of your writing not the contents of your stationery cupboard at home or at work Printing your work

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  • Writers’ Resources – Simon Whaley
    2015 issue What do professional writers get in their Christmas stockings Simon Whaley unwraps a few ideas from Christmas past to sneak onto your list this year Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Dating With Non Fiction By simonwhaley On 23 October 2015 In Features Writers Resources There are on average 125 000 new books published in the United Kingdom every year Approximately 20 25 000 are novels The rest are non fiction The opportunity for having a non fiction book published is therefore much greater so why not make your first book a non fiction one This means creating a relationship with a publisher so let s go on a date Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading BoW Coping With A Crisis In Confidence By simonwhaley On 1 October 2015 In Features Writers Resources Dark nights and negative demons can quash a writer s confidence Simon Whaley finds two writers who ve trained their demons into submission Published in Writing Magazine November 2015 Issue Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Keeping It Local By simonwhaley On 18 September 2015 In Features Writers Resources Simon Whaley explores the benefit of authors getting involved with their local literary festivals Keeping It Local was published in the Autumn 2015 issue of The Author the Journal of the Society of Authors Keeping it local Phyllis Blakemore will always remember her appearance at the Wellington Literary Festival s Meet the Local Author event in 2014 She sold three copies of her book Gentlemen of the River The Last Coraclemen of the Severn Gorge to the same reader who d bought a signed copy from her at the 2013 local author event The reader wanted signed copies to give as gifts and knowing Phyllis was local had searched specifically for her in the new festival brochure Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Interviewed in The Voice Newsletter

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  • Competition Judging – Simon Whaley
    that may appeal to me more If you re going to submit more than one entry make them different submissions Don t send four first person viewpoint short stories each beginning with a prologue Send one of these one from the third person one in the present tense and one in past tense Or whatever Heck taking on board my first point why not send one Sci Fi story and make the other one a tale with a twist In other words don t put all of your eggs in one type style of story Make me laugh When I ve judged some competitions all I seem to read are entries obsessed with death Death can bring about an emotional response but is it the right response Sometimes a death can be the easy way out for the writer Write the right ending Put yourself in my shoes faced with several hundred short stories to read and 99 are about death believe me when I say that the funny ones and those with a happy ending really stand out If you re entering a short story competition make sure you ve written a short story The basics of which are a main character that the reader can form an emotional attachment with has a problem to overcome resolve and the story is how that main character solves it And yes the main character is the person who brings about the resolution If you re entering an article competition make it an interesting read Grab my attention in the first paragraph Ideally by the time I reach the end of the first paragraph I should know what the article is about And your article should then examine that subject matter But do it in an interesting way Don t preach to me engage me Use creative non fiction and scenes to draw me into the piece Follow the rules If they state that work must be submitted on white paper then send it in on white paper And with black ink too Black ink on white paper offers the highest contrast which means it s easy to read It s nice to have stuff that s easy to read when you have hundreds of thousands of words to read Send your work on brightly coloured paper instead and if it breaks the rules it will be disqualified Remember I m only interested in the quality of your writing not the contents of your stationery cupboard at home or at work Printing your work out on different quality paper does not affect the quality of your writing Grip me from the start Grab me by the first sentence and keep me gripped right through to the end Remember I could have several hundred of these to read you need yours to really stand out in order for me to remember it for the right reasons Dialogue adds life and interest Whether it s a short story competition or an article competition use

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  • Links – Simon Whaley
    uk Helen Yendall http blogaboutwriting wordpress com Luca Caruana Power Your Words After being one of my students Luca has gone on to set up his own SEO editing proofreading copywriting business Check out his services at www poweryourwords com Rob Innis http spainreexposed wordpress com Writing Magazines Writing Magazine Writers News https www writers online co uk Writers Forum http www writers forum com Writer s Wheel http www compass books net blogs compass Writers Digest http www writersdigest com magazine The Writer http www writermag com Mslexia https www mslexia co uk KISHBOO is a non profit UK based e magazine published on 3 digital formats Packed with articles book reviews and more Ongoing story competition FREE online and FREE on an android app www kishboo co uk Writing Organisations Society of Authors http www societyofauthors org NUJ http www nuj org uk home Romantic Novelists Association http www romanticnovelistsassociation org Crime Writers Association http thecwa co uk Historical Writers Association http www thehwa co uk Society of Women Writers and Journalist http www swwj co uk Football Writers Association http www footballwriters co uk Association of Christian Writers http www christianwriters org uk Fitness Writers Association http www fitnesswritersassociation com Horror Writers Association http www horror org The Guild of Food Writers http www gfw co uk British Guild of Travel Writers http www bgtw org Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild http www owpg org uk British Science Fiction Association http www bsfa co uk Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators http www scbwi org Writing Holidays Writers Holiday http www writersholiday net Writers Summer School Swanwick http www swanwickwritersschool org uk Relax Write http www malagaworkshops co uk Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook

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  • A Positively Productive Review – Simon Whaley
    For Thought The Complete Article Writer The Positively Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links A Positively Productive Review By simonwhaley On 15 February 2016 In NEWS Many thanks to Tracy Fells for her kind words about The Positively Productive Writer and my feature in the February issue of Writing magazine on her The Literary Pig blog Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Previous Frozen Flow Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things The Weekly News Trek Mountain Uk Money

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  • simonwhaley – Simon Whaley
    in new window Like this Like Loading Slowing Up By simonwhaley On 13 February 2016 In Mindful Moment A busy morning meant I only had a short while to nip out for a wander today but crossing over a stream I found myself encapsulated by the white lines of the water flowing down this chute Slowed down I think they re even more enchanting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Weaving Water By simonwhaley On 12 February 2016 In Mindful Moment As the stream passed over the rocks on the bed the water appeared to dance or weave from one side to the other I found it quite mesmerising So much so someone stopped and asked me what I was looking at Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Frosty Fur By simonwhaley On 11 February 2016 In Mindful Moment A tad nippy this morning but just take a closer look at the frost covering my car It looks more like fur than ice crystals Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Afternoon Aria By simonwhaley On 10 February 2016 In Mindful Moment A short stroll this afternoon but long enough to hear the birds making the most of the afternoon sunshine Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading National Weather Snapper By simonwhaley On 9 February 2016 In NEWS I think today s snow has taken a few by surprise It wasn t a lot but it was enough to make an impact on some photos so I uploaded one to my BBC WeatherWatchers account Then I was sitting eating my lunch watching the BBC s One o clock News and as the camera panned out for the national forecast I could see a picture that looked familiar Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share

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  • NEWS – Simon Whaley
    By simonwhaley On 28 January 2016 In NEWS Used on BBC Midlands Today 28th January 2016 Storm Gertrude is coming so here s my photo of the calm before Getrude taken from Ragleth Hill today and used on BBC Midlands Today Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Icelandic 100 Ways By simonwhaley On 21 January 2016 In NEWS Exciting times The Icelandic edition of One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human arrived in the post today Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Weather Snapper By simonwhaley On 15 January 2016 In NEWS The Burway closed due to snow and ice my photo used on BBC Midlands Today It s going to be another cold night so BBC Midlands Today used my WeatherWatcher photo taken earlier on my walk today of the Burway closed due to snow and ice Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading As Seen On TV Again By simonwhaley On 13 January 2016 In NEWS As seen on BBC Midlands Today 12th Jan 2016 I ve just found out that Shefali Oza used another of my BBC WeatherWatchers photos on the regional weather forecast last night That s two images within a week We must have good weather round here Mind you when I moved to Shropshire people always said we d get a lot of weather here Seems they were right after all Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading As Seen On TV By simonwhaley On 6 January 2016 In NEWS It s been an interesting few days since the start of the New Year We ve had several problems with our phone line Voice calls haven t been possible nor have we had access to the Internet It s always interesting having to adjust to a different way of working and it was easier than I thought although it highlighted how much we use the Internet these days Read More Share

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