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How Emily Benet used Wattpad as a launchpad, gained a million hits and a book deal with HarperCollins

Would you write a novel for free? That was the request that landed in my in-box back in 2012. The email came from a content manager at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online platform that lets you upload stories and read thousands of others for free. Their promo pack informed me of their ten million monthly readers. Imagine having that many people read your work? The request suddenly seemed a tiny bit appealing. Read more

How to break into radio writing: 7 tips by BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael

Whether you’re interested in writing drama or comedy, plays or sketches, BBC Radio 4 commissions hundreds of hours of original material every year – far more than BBC TV – and is always on the look out for new writing talent. BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael offers her top tips for aspiring radio writers. Read more

How Saul Wordsworth took Alan Stoob from Twitter character to published book

Twitter: Huge distraction? Waste of time? Like shouting into an empty field? That’s what Saul Wordsworth used to think. But now his Twitter comedy character Alan Stoob has become a bestselling book, and may become a Hollywood movie. He reveals how he did it – and how you can create your own Twitter character. Read more

How to write Science Fiction

Have the current BBC and BFI Science Fiction Seasons inspired you to write your own science fiction story? As his next two science fiction novels are signed by Angry Robot Books, Matthew de Abaitua shares his advice on creating strange … Read more

How to write about food

Have you ever wanted to write about food? Award-winning food writer and journalist Andrew Webb shares his advice, approaches and tips for capturing the culinary. Food literature can be hard to categorize. Consequently bookshops struggle with exactly where to place … Read more

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