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Helpline

Your writing problems solved with advice from Diana Cambridge

Email your queries to Diana (please include home-town details) at: diana@dianacambridge.co.uk or send them to: Helpline, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD. She will answer as many letters as she can on the page, but regrets that she cannot enter into individual correspondence. Publication of answers may take several months. Helpline cannot personally answer queries such as where to offer work, or comment on manuscripts, which you are asked not to send.

QI find it very difficult to make a timetable for my writing. If it’s a day when I receive a rejection, or realise I have not been long or shortlisted, it seems to hang over the whole day. But if I have a bit of success, this energises me and I can write well. Unfortunately the rejection days are more frequent than the successes. How do other writers manage? I am retired and writing is the main thing I do.

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