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Dear Reader

As an international magazine, we usually try to avoid ‘local coverage’ here at Writing Magazine’s Leeds office, so I hope you won’t mind what appears to be a Yorkshire takeover this month, spearheaded by our two leading ladies, Happy Valley screenwriter Sally Wainwright and Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë. For both writers, the evocative Yorkshire landscape features strongly in their writing, to the extent that it almost becomes another character. And, speaking as a Yorkshireman, so it should. But the lesson for writers anywhere is to be inspired by your surroundings whatever they are. Write what you know doesn’t just mean what you know about: there’s no better way to let a sense of place or character influence your writing than to use what’s in your bones. So whether it’s the concrete jungle or the salt-blasted coast, there’s inspiration outside your window that you probably take for granted. Don’t walk down the same street every day: open your eyes and see what’s different. Don’t plump for caricatures and stereotypes: you know the people around you better than that. See clearly, and you’ll write clearly.

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FREE 2016 Competition supplement: Win £400,388 in over 250 writing competitions • The bigger prize: Why comps are good for you , win or lose • Beat the Brontës: Explore Charlotte's style and try your hand in our special competition • How to: Craft credible historical fiction Use humour in your writing Learn from the short story masters • Star interview with TV scriptwriter Sally Wainwright, Bafta-winning author of Happy Valley

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