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Letter from the Editor


Dear Read

Faced with a blank page, or the prospect of finally giving in to your urges and putting your work out there for the world to see, many of us struggle one way or another to get started with writing. But there’s nothing to it. There’s no magic formula. You just start.

Strip away all the psychological obstacles and there really is nothing stopping you, and one of the best things about being your writer is that you truly are in charge of your own projects, but a little planning can go a long way to help you build walls, instead of running headlong into them. If you’re struggling to get started, Patsy Collins encourages you this month to just get on with it (p12), and Simon Hall offers valuable advice on casting your net wide to find the writing style and approach that suits you (p14), worth considering by all of us, however experienced, to find new ideas and approaches. Further down the writing line (or for the very ambitious beginners!), James McCreet helps you lay a solid foundation for your novel (p16) and Simon Whaley explores how, when and why to get an agent (p28).

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