The importance of being a reader……….

22 Mar

CREATIVE WRITING TIPS WITH LAURA PARISH
Regular blogger and creative writer Laura posts her third batch of handy hints and tips for all you creative writers out there…thanks Laura.

“Many writers will say that they don’t read when in the middle of a project. They say that it affects what they are writing too much; what they are reading is too much of an influence.

I’m the opposite. I can’t imagine not being a reader. I’ve liked books from the time I was old enough to know what they were and would look forward to the days when my Mum would take me down to the library and I could pick out my books (I still harbour a guilty pleasure for the Sweet Valley stories.) One of my favourite memories is when my big sister would sit and read Malory Towers to me before I went to sleep.

Even now, I have a bookshelf full of a To be Read (TBR) pile that’s as tall as me and although I have a lot of reading to do to catch up, I wouldn’t have it any other way. One of the reasons why I started the Novel Kicks book club was because of my love of books.

Above all, I believe being a reader is essential to being a writer. You have to have an idea of what you feel makes a good book, plot or a certain way of constructing a sentence. It’s not enough, in my opinion to just write and not know the market you’re writing for inside out.

If you want to be a writer, read as much as you can in as many different genres as you can (but especially in your chosen market.) Learn what you feel makes a good book and a badly written book and remember to write for yourself. The published side and trying to get other people to like your work is something that comes much later.”

Laura Parish is a passionate creative writer, producing at least one novel a year. Laura is so dedicated to reading and creative writing that she has produced her own website for others who share the same love. Check out Laura’s website http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/ 
For more information about Laura or to follow her creative work go to http://www.lauraparish.co.uk/

Creative writing competition

21 Mar

YourChoiceTutorsuk are inspired and in awe of the recently released pictures of the Titanic that it got us thinking….

We want you to write either a poem or a short story based on the events of the Titanic. Your piece does not have to be factual but we are looking for works of originality.

To take part send your work to yourchoicetutors@hotmail.co.uk. Our lucky winner will receive one months free tutorials with one of our brilliant tutors. Not only that but your piece of creative writing will be posted on our blog for all to see.

So what are you waiting for……

For more information or inspiration check out the full article on the Titanic’s recent pictures at The Daily Mail
They are incredible!!

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Quote of the week….

13 Mar

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
~Marsha Norman

Quote of the week….

5 Mar

Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.
~Conrad Hilton.

Introducing…….

2 Mar

  

Following on from her last post on essay writing tips, YourChoiceTutorsuk blogger Sarah is going to be shedding light into the different parts of the essay. This week she’ll start from the very beginning: the introduction.

First Impressions: How to write a sparkling introduction to your essay

In the introduction, you want to outline the question and how you intend to answer it. You also want to grab the reader’s attention, and gently guide them through the text to follow.

Let me illustrate how to write an introduction with the introduction to one of my university essay, titled: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

I use this example, because it was probably the best essay I ever wrote at Uni, gaining a first in, so let’s talk through how I did it. First I’ll let you read the intro (bearing in mind it is for a 3,000 word essay, it’s a little lengthy) and then we’ll go over it again with notes.

Introduction to: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

Sexism has always been a heated debate throughout the history of society, but how does the issue of sex and gender determine the dynamics of a newsroom? Do men and women take on different roles in a newsroom environment and if so, is this a voluntary and well received protocol?

By briefly over viewing the history of sexism in the media and analysing case studies from around the world, including the UK, US, India and South Africa, I hope to gain an insight into the workings of the newsroom and the elements of sexual discriminations that are present. I also wish to examine the workings of the television newsroom more closely to see if the problem is more pronounced there.

The major issues in this study consist of the different roles played by men and women in the newsroom, and in turn the different types of news that they report. This study must also take into account the amount of men in power compared to women, and the supposed male dynamics of newsroom compositions.

 OK, now let’s break it down into parts and talk it through….

Introduction to: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

Sexism has always been a heated debate throughout the history of society, but how does the issue of sex and gender determine the dynamics of a newsroom? Do men and women take on different roles in a newsroom environment and if so, is this a voluntary and well received protocol?

Explanation: Here I decided to start my essay off with questions to further develop the title of the essay. This gives the reader a more specific example of what I will be covering in my essay, as the title was very general and could be interpreted in many ways.

By briefly over viewing the history of sexism in the media and analysing case studies from around the world, including the UK, US, India and South Africa, I hope to gain an insight into the workings of the newsroom and the elements of sexual discriminations that are present. I also wish to examine the workings of the television newsroom more closely to see if the problem is more pronounced there.

Explanation: After grabbing the reader’s attention with my questions, I then proceeded to walk the reader through my study. Briefly, I have managed to explain exactly what I will be doing over the next 3000-odd words, so they can see where the study will take them and what they can expect.

The major issues in this study consist of the different roles played by men and women in the newsroom, and in turn the different types of news that they report. This study must also take into account the amount of men in power compared to women, and the supposed male dynamics of newsroom compositions.

Explanation: Again, the introduction continues to specify what I will be studying, outlining the major issues the essay question has brought up. However, this also leads nicely into my first point. I then go on to write my first argument about the supposed male dynamics of newsroom composition,” giving me a smooth transition from intro to essay – flawless!

Sarah Howells is a journalist from North Devon, who runs a blog in her spare time on gluten free living (www.theglutenfreeblogger.com). She has spent many years proof reading and writing essays, as well as typing away in her day job.

Never underestimate the value of a good chair….

27 Feb

 

CREATIVE WRITING TIPS WITH LAURA PARISH
Guest blogger and creative writer Laura post her second batch of handy hints and tips for all you creative writers out there…thanks Laura.

“A writing routine is important and no one will write your book for you. With that, you’re on your own. In order for you to get your book written, you need to get your bum in chair and write.

That brings me to the chair.

Never underestimate the value of a good chair and for that matter, a comfortable writing space.

Whether it’s a café, the silence of a library or at your own desk, I think where you write is important and only you will know which environment works best for you. Also, who says that you can’t have more than one place? You’re aiming to get words written, even when sometimes you don’t feel like it. I certainly need to surround myself in a space that aids my creativity. Even a word goal of five hundred words can take you hours. That’s a long time to be sat in an uncomfortable chair. Yes, it’s back to the chair.

There are other things I need too – my music library or a good TV-series to have on in the background. Again, it’s down to personal taste but I can’t work in silence. I lost track of the amount of times I heard my Mum say, “surely you can’t work with all that noise and distraction’” but yes, I can. Plus, if surrounded by people in a cafe, a great piece of dialogue could be overheard.  For me, a good pen and an inspiring notebook are also needed. Whatever helps you in getting that novel started, do it. Find your writing space comfort zone and cling onto it.

Are you sitting comfortably? Yes? Then begin.”

Laura Parish is a passionate creative writer, producing at least one novel a year. Laura is so dedicated to reading and creative writing that she has produced her own website for others who share the same love. Check out Laura’s website http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/ 
For more information about Laura or to follow her creative work go to http://www.lauraparish.co.uk/

BOOK OF THE MONTH: MARCH 2012

20 Feb

YourChoiceTutorsUk is excited to announce that March’s book of the month is…..

First post by tutor Hannah on chapters one-three….coming soon!!!

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