Developing Character for your Story

The Crafty Writer has been taking a bit of a back seat lately due to the launch of my new books (which I’ll be telling you about in future posts). But as so many of you enjoy all of the advice you receive from The Crafty Writer I thought it was time to get back in the saddle (if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor). I have asked Sunday Times best-selling author Mel Menzies, who has just brought out a new psychological mystery, Time to Shine, to give us a masterclass on developing character.  Continue reading ‘Developing Character for your Story’

Writing with wine, editing with coffee

On writing with wine and editing with coffee. Or balancing our conscious and sub-conscious minds in our writing.…/writing-with-wine-e… This was written for a Christian Writers’ blog, but the concept of needing to find ways to access our sub-conscious apply to all writers.

Narrative writing contest

A US-based magazine, Narrative, is hosting a competition for fiction and non-fiction stories. There is an entry fee of $22. More info here

The Winter Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication.

• $2,500 First Prize
• $1,000 Second Prize
• $500 Third Prize
• Ten finalists receive $100 each.

Deadline: Sun., Mar. 31, at midnight, PDT.

See the Guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors.

They say: ‘We are committed to paying our authors, to providing excellent editorial support, and to encouraging a wide audience for good writing. ‘

Narrative reaches a worldwide audience of more than 170,000 readers.

Theatre playwriting opportunity

Could you write a short play to be staged in a pub? And by short I mean 5 – 10mins? (About the time it takes to stand in line for the next round or go outside for a quick puff). The 2014 Pint-sized play comp is now open for entries. Although UK based they accept submissions from anywhere in the world. Cheers!

Happy new year!

Happy New Year all you Crafty Writers. It’s been a while since I posted as I have been very busy over at - publishing and promoting our growing list of books. But I hope to start paying a bit more attention to The Crafty Writer again this year. The free creative writing course is still going well and if you haven’t dropped by there yet, please do. I’ve finally started writing ‘The Crafty Guide to Creative Writing’ based on the course and that will be coming out in print and e-book later this year. This website will also get a revamp to accompany the launch of the book but for now, bear with us. Oh, and if you haven’t already done so, you can find us on FB too!

I hope you all have a fabulous 2014 and find some time to write.

Fiona Veitch Smith

The Crafty Writer

Writing from the inside out

Very chuffed to hear 10 men in a prison in Maryland, USA, have been working through the free Crafty Writer creative writing course with the help of the prison librarian

Writing for children: getting ideas

alexa-tewkesbury-whats-christmasThis week’s guest post is from prolific children’s author Alexa Tewkesbury. Alexa’s books are particular favourites of my seven-year-old daughter and mine, so I’m chuffed to host her. She talks about getting ideas, reading other authors and the simple joy of writing for young readers. Are you sitting comfortably? Continue reading ‘Writing for children: getting ideas’

Performance poetry: a novice dips his toes

This week’s guest post is from poet Paul Canon Harris who has recently hit the performance poetry circuit. So pour yourself a drink, find yourself a seat, and let’s get on with the show …

I am something of a novice and a Johnny-come-lately to writing and performing poetry. When you are a keen sportsman and most of your pals are alpha-male beer drinkers it takes a bit of courage to come out as a poet! In the last year I have done that, my first collection of poems, Best Before, is now published and I am reading or performing poems in a wide range of venues. Continue reading ‘Performance poetry: a novice dips his toes’

Novel ideas: the chemistry of creativity

Today’s guest post is by Tony Glover, the latest ‘signing’ for the Crafty Writer’s publishing wing, Crafty Publishing. Tony who has written extensively for theatre and screen has just released the first in a series of crime novels and tells us where he gets his ideas in the first place. It’s all a matter of chemistry, apparently …

‘Where did you get the idea?’ It’s the most banal question – yet the hardest to answer. Creativity is a mysterious affair. Where do ideas come from?  How do we access the part of our mind which produces them? Continue reading ‘Novel ideas: the chemistry of creativity’

How to make money as a full-time writer

Do you want to make a full-time career of writing? Your Crafty host Fiona Veitch Smith talks to publisher John Koehler about how to make a career out of writing while waiting for that big break to come along