This week I want to tell you about a British magazine called ‘Writing Magazine’. I receive it monthly in Spain, so I suppose you could get anywhere in the world.
To me the magazine is the best thing sliced bread. I know I shouldn’t use clichés in writing, but I think this time it is appropriate. I look forward to receiving the magazine so much because it always contains useful information.
There is a ‘Red Editing Pen’ (used to be written by Richard Bell) which I avidly read. Each month the article gives three sentences which would benefit from some careful observation to spot errors. I try to observe the errors before I go to the suggested solutions. I have picked up very useful tips of grammar there. For instance, to use the word ‘baggage’ instead of ‘luggage’ when referring to an air flight or a sea voyage, and the difference between ‘compare to’ or ‘compare with’. We should use ‘compare to’ when we are making a comparison. ‘Compare with’ use when we are comparing two different things. An example of this is the classical saying, ‘Shall I compare thee with a summer’s day?’ This quote is comparing two different things – a person and a day.
There are numerous short story and poetry competitions to enter. Some free to subscribers. You can also send your short story to various publications who pay you if you are picked. Occasionally, there are competitions to enter where you can send an unpublished novel to a publisher (or the first three chapters) and if you win, you are awarded a substantial amount of money and your book is published free. There are ‘Letters to the editor’ where you can share your thoughts on any writing subject, if published, and members’ pages where you can share your writing success stories. In the magazine you can find endless advice to writers. Poetry writers are not forgotten; poet Alison Chisholm guides you through the language of poetry,where she describes, as examples, a ‘Cinquain’ and a ‘Clerihew’.
By ‘success’ I have interpreted this as I have written five books, and self-published them via CreateSpace and Amazon. I have written various articles on my books to the magazine and they have always been published.
Here is the address and e-mail address in case I have whetted anyone’s appetite to subscribe to the magazine.
Warners Group Publications plc,
5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row,
Leeds, LS1, 5JD, UK.
E-mail address for subscriptions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address the email to Collette Dimbleby.