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A singularly helpful magazine for those people wanting to break into the publishing business as an author, this magazine is published monthly by Warners Group Publication. It can be bought in newsagents such as WH Smith and I've even seen it in my loacl Sainsburys. It cost £3.60. However, if you get it on subscription you also get their sister magazine Writers News.
Writers Magazine contains 68 pages, excluding the cover, which address a broad range of items which deal with writing. The broad headings which are in the contents page are:
'Interviews and Profiles',
'Competition and Exercises',
'Writing for Children'
Each section has between three and six different articles with the exception of Writing For Children, which, disappointingly, is often shorter than this.
The first double spread of the magazine is devoted to Miscellany and has lots of short articles of random information. From there on it much of the magazine has double page spreads devoted to one subject. Each week there is an in-depth interview with a famous author which is quite interesting once you learn to ignore the bit which is the obligatory promoting of the new book.
The advice articles are written by people who seem to know what they are talking about and usually come in a series which lasts for between three and six editions.
The competitions offer deadlines which are a couple of months away, thus giving you the chance to work on your story or poem, and offer good money. The winner usually gets £200, and is published in the magazine. The topics for writing about vary but in each year the same genres come up: adult fairy story, summer ghost story, children's story, etc. I managed to win one of these once (I'm hoping it wasn't because I was the only one who entered!) but unfortunately it coincided with some particularly nasty dental treatment so the dentist got my prize money!
There are advert pages in this magazine, as in all magazines, but the adverts are all writing related, so I don't even mind reading these. On the whole there is a good balance of informative articles and interesting articles in this magazine and for someone who is interested in all aspects of writing it would be a good buy. If you just want to read one specialist area of the writing business then this magazine is probably not for you.
Writing magazine costs £3.60 from most large newsagents; I haven't seen it in the smaller paper shops but it could be ordered. You can subscribe to the magazine at £10.99 for three months by direct debit, or £44.90 a year by cheque or credit card. For this you get two magazines a month and save over £40 a year. I would, however, recommend buying a couple of issues before deciding to take this option.
Looking at September's issue, it looks quite packed. Tucked inside is a flyer inviting writers to enter the Cardiff International Poetry Competition for which the closing date is January next year. However, on studying the entry form I see that you have to pay £6 for each entry so I don't think I'll be entering! In the magazine itself, you are invited to submit entries to a short story competition and these are subject to a £4 charge.
Apart from that, the magazine carries many useful articles including advice on getting your work noticed, studying the market, the legal side to getting your work published and even hints on how to name the protagonists in your stories or novels. There is a very interesting article explaining that, every time you leave your home, you are in the midst of inspiration. We do sometimes walk with our minds preoccupied, not taking any notice of our surroundings, so I will try and open my mind a bit when I am out and look for ideas for stories.
There are stories and poems from previous competition winners which gives you some faith that the competitions are winnable, and articles about the correct use of grammar, our usage of the English language and whether or not to avoid clichés in your own work.
Towards the back of the magazine is the Writers' Bookshelf, with ideas on books to help budding writers make a start on their hoped-for career. This month's issue suggests sixteen different titles.
There is a regular feature, called Working Web, to which you can submit technical queries on using your PC and another regular feature, where a particular writer's favourite books are reviewed. An article called 'Insider Know How' gives you practical advice on writing as a career.
Refreshingly, there aren't too many adverts in this issue, unlike most magazines.
I would not subscribe to Writing Magazine nor buy it on a regular basis but will probably pick one up every three months or so.
I stumbled across Writing magazine while browsing the shelves of WH Smiths for something to read on a train journey. I wasn't convinced you could fill a whole magazine with articles about writing, but I thought I'd give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised.
Writing magazine describes itself as the UK's bestselling writing magazine. It is published monthly by Warners Group Publications. There are usually articles on non-fiction writing and journalism, poetry, fiction and children's fiction. There are also articles about other forms of writing such as drama and even erotica. These appear less regularly but do ensure variety in the magazine.
The articles consist of interviews with authors and publishers, features on new works, and guidance for developing technique and understanding the business of writing. I tended to flick through to pieces I felt were relevant to my own writing. The magazine also has regular supplements, such as a six-part series on children's writing. Finally, Writing magazine features competitions, usually writing to a word-count in a particular style on a given theme. Prizes include publication of winning pieces and writing-related books.
I subscribed to the magazine for two years and I refer to my back issues occasionally. After a while I started to find the articles a little repetitive. Obviously new books are published and events occur which can be written about, but there are only so many times you can read about 'sure-fire steps to publication' which end up being based mainly on common sense and getting to know people in the industry.
In this respect, I found the magazine similar to those fitness magazines which promise a washboard stomach in eight weeks. I know eating correctly and exercising regularly will help me achieve the goal, the problem is DOING it.
The content of the magazine also felt quite stuffy. Asking writers to talk about how they write is interesting at first but gets very tedious quite quickly. While the format of the magazine is colourful and glossy, and articles are laid out in a variety of engaging ways, I couldn't get past the fact it felt old. Perhaps that's the demographic of the readership, or perhaps most writers are over forty. But I could feel myself metaphorically slipping into comfy slippers and sucking on a pipe.
Unless you really want to keep up to date with the latest writer-related news, I'd save your money. It's definitely worth a look, but don't let the fact you are reading it deceive you into believing you're a writer. I am now a member of writewords.org.uk and bought this year's Writer's Yearbook. These are sufficient tools to refer to and motivate, the rest is down to my ability to motivate myself.
More information can be found on the website at www.writersnews.co.uk. There is also information about the sister publication Writer's News, more useful for the writer looking for professional openings.
Writing Magazine is available from WH Smith, Tescos, Borders, Waterstones and other news agents, priced £3.60. If you like it you can subscribe, which gives you a better deal, issue-by-issue.
I have been a reader of Writing Magazine for several years, it is useful to read some of the features and learn about successful writers. However, what really annoys me is to read that so and so has just had a book/story accepted for publication, "their first effor"t, then by reading further we are told so and so is related to another famous writer or has been put in touch with an agent by a mutual friend.
Also, after accumulating a pile of back issues of the magazine I decided to have a sort out and, reading through them, realised that the same features are churned out year after year, with a slightly different slant.
To any aspiring writers I would recommend they perhaps buy a few months' copies of this magazine, but also browse in bookshops for books about the craft of writing. You could also enter some of the competitions in the magazine, although even these often have winners who have already been successfully published elsewhere.
Like many others I love writing, mainly poetry of all descriptions, humerous, serious and some with a message. I read my work out at folk clubs and over the past year I have had several poems published including a short story. There is nothing quite like the excitement of seeing your work in a book for all to read. I was never ever aware of any magazine or publication directed at authors even though I thought that there might be - somewhere. This summer I was at a folk festival, Whitby I think, when to dodge a shower we took shelter in the enterance of a newsagents. You guessed! we entered, and scanning the shelves I found a copy of Writing magazine. I bought it and took it back to the caravan (we were in a tourer) and I read it from front to back at least twice. What a magazine! just what I needed. Full of help and advice, ideas about other outlets and interests, Where and how to publish and details of other like magazines too. Competition guides, articles - the list goes on and on. To come across a mag. like this is a great boost to confidence because you know there are people out there with a similar interest to yours, lovers of poetry, short stories, verse in fact the work of the pen. Writing is not easy, it takes a great deal of time and energy to produce any script, and yet it all seems more than worth it when you get that letter from a publisher telling you your work has been seen fit to go to print. Money doesn't enter into the equation. Writing mag. seems to sense this and I feel it is done by writers for writers. Superb mag. well done and needless to say I shall be subscribing to them in the very near future. Update. More information about the mag. It contains interviews, the edition I have includes an interview with Jilly Cooper (three pages) and an interview with Chris Golden. There are pages devoted to freelancing and profiles, and rather good ones too from established authors
and new alike. There is a section for article writing, technology and screenwriting. Special features include writing a book, writing non-fiction for children's magazines and making your mark in local history. There is advice on writing in all categories - fiction, poetry, non-fiction, in fact all types of writing There are competitions for you to enter plus a superb question and answer section. In short if you are interested in writing - whatever category - then this magazine will be for you. It is simply bursting with ideas and there is something in it for everyone. I feel I have only touched the surface here but the best thing to do is, at the very least, go and look at it in your newsagents and judge for yourself. I love it to bits. Hope this is enough Deany?
I took up writing poetry back in 1984, mainly as a stress-relief valve. I knew absolutely nothing about writing - I just wrote. By chance I saw a copy of the Writing Magazine in a newsagent's around 4 years ago and bought it just to see what it was like. Being a bit of a competition nut, I was practically sold on the magazine through their competition feature. Writing stories and poetry with a chance of winning money seemed a great idea. I particularly enjoy reading the poetry critics and I've picked up some very useful hints on how to write "real" poetry. I posted off 4 poems to various competitions and waited......one was actually published! What a morale boost. I have bought this magazine religiously ever since, enjoying the advice from published authors and feel I may actually have improved in my writing. Writing related adverts have also caught my eye and I have recently applied for a correspondence course on proof-reading and copy editing....who knows - I may actually see my words in the magazine one day! Aspiring writers will find this a very useful aid. Of particular interest to me, was a recent article written by my favourite author, Minette Walters - a great insight. The magazine is great value for £2.75 on a b-monthly basis. If only it was monthly.....
I always look forward to Writing Magazine. It gives me so much inspiration as I read through it. I usually keep a pen and paper handy so that I can write down ideas as they occur to me. If you are an aspiring writer this publication is a must. It can help you improve your writing skills, and provides lots of information on markets,reviews, competitions, etc. It certainly helps 'writers block'! If you get stuck for a fresh idea you can always dig out you old copies and flip through them. This method invariably throws up several ideas. Then, of course, you have to spend time deciding which to choose.
If you enjoy writing your reviews for Dooyoo,and would like to take your interest in writing further, this magazine would be a good place to start. It comes from the same publishers as Writers News which is a subscription only magazine, and while Writers Magazine doesn't have as much information on where to sell your work As Writers'News it is still a very good magazine. The magazine covers a wide range of topics from Poetry, Fiction, Travel writing, Article writing and more - it is full of practical tips and advice on how to go about writing, from finding out where to market your work, to giving specific guidelines on what type of feature or stories certain magazines currently require. Articles and interviews about, and by, well known authors are included in every issue. They give you an insight into how they got started and normally give a few bits of advice to the readers. The magazine can be read and enjoyed by anyone, whether a writer, or a complete novice with no experience who would like to know where to start. There is a good mix of articles, from novice to more experienced, which are well explained and easy to follow.A new edition of the magazine comes out every two months(6 issues a year)and costs £2.75 The magazine also runs writing and poetry competitions on a regular basis with prizes sometimes as much as £1000 to the winner.Some of these prizes have been won in the past by complete beginners. If you are interested in writing this magazine would be well worth looking at. You will find it in most of the larger retailers like WH.SMITH, although I see it for sale in my local newsagents regularly.