25 11, 2016

Unlocking the Echo Chamber


Save the world and read a book! Weird things have been happening this week. Our oil-fired radiator broke down in the office. Sadly it proved impossible to mend, so we had to find an alternative, and checked online for good deals. Later that day, adverts for oil-fired radiators began to appear on my Facebook and [...]

Unlocking the Echo Chamber2017-05-19T13:05:31+00:00
22 09, 2016

Synchronicity and Collaboration


  In a world that’s full-up with social media, news, memes, blogs and work, it is easy to miss those magical moments when life tries to point you in the right direction: those times of serendipity when everything falls into place and you know you’re on the right track. It happened to me recently. I [...]

Synchronicity and Collaboration2017-09-14T12:31:19+00:00
23 02, 2016

How to Find your Writer’s Voice


There’s a lot written in various books, magazines and websites about the importance of the ‘writer’s voice’ – that element of your writing that makes it uniquely yours – but many writers worry that they can’t find their voice; that they don’t even know what it is, or worse, that they’re merely emulating their literary [...]

How to Find your Writer’s Voice2017-05-19T13:05:39+00:00
13 01, 2016

Moments of Time


Cutting-up bits and pieces and rearranging them to create something new. In the wake of the sad news of David Bowie’s death, I have been thinking about the cut-up technique he used when writing lyrics. Also famously used by William Burroughs, the concept can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920s, where words [...]

Moments of Time2017-05-19T13:05:39+00:00
20 11, 2015

Help! Songwriter Trapped in Publishing Company


An ode to writing and composing amongst eagle-eyed editors “It’s your turn to write a blog today.” Oh... It’s interesting being surrounded by writers and editors (note to self: look up the collective nouns – a ‘nib’ of writers, a ‘slash’ of editors?) how the immediate reaction to such a demand causes one’s throat [...]

Help! Songwriter Trapped in Publishing Company2017-05-19T13:05:40+00:00
12 11, 2015

What’s Your Story?


To quote Mark Twain, “write what you know” because sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. We’ve been having fascinating conversations here in The Write Factor office regarding the stories we tell about ourselves and our families. It’s really interesting to take a step back and see how we each ‘curate’ our stories and repeat [...]

What’s Your Story?2017-05-19T13:05:40+00:00
9 11, 2015

Writing As Therapy


Even if you just scribble down how you’re feeling and throw it away, writing is good for your emotional and mental health. The other day I wrote something down and threw it away. It wasn’t in a fit of pique; I knew before I had started that its destiny involved wicker. A particularly thorny problem [...]

Writing As Therapy2015-11-09T15:50:12+00:00
21 10, 2015

Bored by the Bard


The Write Factor’s Emily Cunningham takes issue with Benedict Cumberbatch – haven’t we done Shakespeare to death already? I have a confession to make: I am not that keen on Shakespeare. I blame my parents. I grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon and was regularly dragged to the Royal Shakespeare Company as a child and expected to [...]

Bored by the Bard2015-10-21T11:21:34+00:00
2 10, 2015

Have A Go at our Five-Minute Writing Exercises


We know from feedback on our Absolute Beginners online writing course that our clients love the exercises where they write for five minutes incorporating certain words. Here’s Max Carr’s short story, which includes the words: Elvis, colander, trombone, lemon and bruise. We lived in a Spanish coastal town, in a tiny flat, surrounded by other [...]

Have A Go at our Five-Minute Writing Exercises2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00
14 09, 2015

The stuff of life


There is beauty in the mundane. Whilst driving to the northeast, I tuned into a local radio phone-in (around Peterborough, I think it was) and the subjects for discussion were wicker and cauliflower. You could ring in to share your thoughts about either topic, or both, if you had woven a wicker display cabinet for [...]

The stuff of life2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00

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