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This must be the place – The Rooftop Book Club

This must be the place – The Rooftop Book Club

Special things happen when you take a bookclub to the top floor..

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Kill your darlings

Why every good writer must also be a great editor.

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Catching words like fish

Catching words like fish

How do you write in someone else’s voice? Could the answer lie in oral storytelling?

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Novels just got digital

Novels just got digital

Iain Pears’ latest novel, Arcadia, was released earlier this week. As an app. Intrigued or skeptical?

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Tooling up for the self-promo arms race

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. Arms and Armour. [A tournament.] 1520. Time of Field of Cloth of Gold.

When everyone’s talking, how can you be heard? And is online self-promotion a world of opportunity, or a ‘self-promo arms race’ where everyone loses?

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The anatomy of story

Photo of two books: Do Story by Bobette Buster and Into the Woods by John Yorke

How do you make order from narrative chaos? We look to writer John Yorke and share ten of his best storytelling takeaways…

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Pulling the thread: adventures in crowdfunded publishing

Pulling the thread: adventures in crowdfunded publishing

From shadow tongue to fan fiction, there are all sorts of motivations to crowdfund when it comes to publishing. So what’s it all about and could it really change books forever?

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Make me care please: how to create content that counts

Make me care please: how to create content that counts

Data geek vs. storyteller, Silicon Valley vs. Madison Avenue, intelligence vs. emotion – can we really measure content?

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The liberations of limitation

The liberations of limitation

Can limitations reboot a project that’s gone stale?

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A return to (long) form

A return to (long) form

Does size matter? We look at the return to quality long-form content and breathe a sigh of relief.

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Story hunting at Port Eliot Festival

Story hunting at Port Eliot Festival

Six new writing talents take the challenge of creating freshly squeezed stories at Port Eliot Festival…

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Exploring eloquence

Exploring eloquence

Is there something to be gained by rediscovering the lost art of eloquence?

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Letting words say more

Letting words say more

With great power comes great responsibility, and words are a powerful tool. So what happens when we don’t give them the respect they deserve?

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The inner circle

The inner circle

When was the last time you invited another author into your inner-fold?

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Re-typing Papa

Re-typing Papa

Our intern Tom took a day to Feed, with an Olivetti and Hemingway for company… I’d typed little more than a paragraph when the Olivetti ran out of ribbon… As a young copy boy at Time Magazine, Hunter S. Thompson would skive off work to re-type F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway to […]

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Writing the Hemingway

Writing the Hemingway

Sometimes a great Feed can be as simple as taking the time to sit still for a day and read a book…

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Suzie, Cyril and the Romans explore language

Suzie, Cyril and the Romans explore language

What trying to master Cyrillic can teach us about language…

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The marriage of granite and rainbow – how to write life

Writing Life

From random word association to Virginia Woolf, we discover the real lessons of life writing…

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The department of sensitive words

The department of sensitive words

The word police really do exist and they’ve got a job on their hands…

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Rules to write by

Rules to write by

Elmore Leonard’s here to make us all better writers. Just follow the rules…

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Enjoy the silence

Enjoy the silence

Rediscovering Margaret Attwood’s sense of vigil, when it comes to writing is silence truly golden?

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Words on tour

Words on tour

I stumbled across The Alpine Review online, at my desk, on a Friday evening (this is significant, because it was a Friday evening and I was still sat at my desk. Unusual.). I spent a good few hours pouring over every page of their intriguing website, because it introduced itself as a port for impactful […]

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A bump in the night…

A bump in the night…

I’ll admit it. I’m that person. The annoying screamy one in the cinema that shrieks when the slightest build-up of suspense is shattered. I’m aware this is a grating affliction that will inevitably worsen as I whither into old age, yet I haven’t let it blight my enjoyment of the horror genre in the slightest. […]

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Book of treasures

26 Treasures book

26 takes to the V&A to be be inspired…

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Served up grammar style

Served up grammar style

Verb phrase, noun phrase, object, subject. How authors use grammar to build subtext into stories…

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The Acid Rambler

The Acid Rambler

Celebrating the culture of the outdoors in all its guises – say hello to Project O and the Acid Rambler…

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Back to basics

Caravan view

My grandpa, George, used to read the dictionary every day – until just a few days before he died. He said we’re never too old to learn new words, and that most of us just churn through the same old words we always have. There are tens of thousands of words in the English language, […]

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The Black Ribbon

The Black Ribbon

The beauty of cycling in print – a passion project about the open road…

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Have you heard the one about…?

Have you heard the one about...?

From all-out gags to subtle sarcasm it’s a fine art. So just how do you write funny?

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What’s the big catastrophe? Two days in the world of story design

The building blocks of great story writing – how the 4 Cs could change the way you write…

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