How To Write

Improve your writing and learn new skills with our expert advice, essential tips and fun exercises to try at home. Get started with our latest blogs below.

What it's like to win the BBC National Short Story Award
With the BBC NSSA shortlist announced tonight, last year's winner Jo Lloyd…

11 September 2020

Jane Johnson: Writing about love in a time of war
The bestselling historical novelist describes how stories of love and conflict…

04 September 2020

Coffee-break exercise: Next steps
This week's exercise is about planning where to take your writing

04 September 2020

Coffee-break exercise: Smile
Rack your brains for reasons to be cheerful in this week's creative writing…

28 August 2020

Crime writing: The importance of place with Nick Quantrill
How location gives your crime fiction a unique flavour, by the acclaimed author…

28 August 2020

Read more, write better - Writing Magazine bonus content, October 2020
Background reading, exclusive audio extracts and more to complement your latest…

26 August 2020

Coffee-break exercise: A head start
Put your writing hat on to come up new creative work in this week's…

21 August 2020

Back to school essentials for writers
Have you been putting off your next writing project? We've put together some…

21 August 2020

How I write: Historical narrative with Charles Freeman
Find stories and themes that bring history to life, says acclaimed historian…

21 August 2020

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