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Keep Your Writing Clear and Short

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It’s not worth going into this topic in too much detail, as everything about it is pretty obvious. In short, you need to keep your writing clear and concise.

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Should You Bother Entering Writing Competitions?

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I hate losing. I understand I’m not alone in this sentiment, but loss does instill a feeling of loneliness. So when I enter a competition, I have to do so knowing I have a fighting chance of winning. This usually means having an idea of┬ámy opponents ability.

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How to Maintain a Regular Blogging Schedule

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It is somewhat ironic that I should be discussing regular blogging — an idea I’ve had for a while, and started several weeks ago — after a period of inactivity!

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Find a Pen You Love for Writing

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Writing here┬árecently about diary writing and journaling, it struck me that I’d overlooked a very important aspect.

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Save Time Writing: Automate Your Research

Google has made the act of researching material for journalism so much simpler. The same can be said for fiction, too, although you might approach that in a different way. But while a search engine is useful, it’s not ideal for daily, regular searches on similar topics.

What you need is an app or service that does your research for you.

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The Time I Wrote a Sitcom

Back in (I think) 2010, I was invited by a friend, Gareth Kavanagh, to submit a script for The First Manchester Sitcom Trials, taking place in The Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester.

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The Gadget Monkey Talks Kodi on Zetland FM

In my tech hat today, I chatted with Zetland FM host Julie Donaldson about Kodi and illegal “fully loaded” boxes…

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Keeping Up (Media) Appearances

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I’m on air this morning, dropping in at Zetland FM to discuss the latest technology topics with Julie Donaldson in my guise as The Gadget Monkey. In future, I’ll share the links here on the site to the Mixcloud.com recording of my appearance (stay tuned for that later today) but in the meantime, some thoughts on how I prepare.

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The Email ALL Writers Should Subscribe To

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Keeping it much shorter today, I absolutely *had* to share what I think is the most important email newsletter for writers.

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The Time Has Come to Share Some Freelance Writing Tips

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I first started freelancing back in 2004 as a way to generate extra income for my impending wedding.

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