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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

We want to hear your news and views on the writing world, your advice for fellow writers – and don’t forget to tell us what you would like to see featured in a future issue…

Write to: Letters to the editor, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD; email:letters@writersnews.co.uk. (Include your name and address when emailing letters. Ensure all letters, a maximum of 250 words, are exclusive to Writing Magazine. Letters may be edited.) When referring to previous articles/letters, please state month of publication and page number.

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Learning By Example I was delighted to hear from Jane Wenham-Jones that I can – and should – ‘read to write’ (WM, Jan).

When embarking on writing fiction, I avoid literature in my target genre since unconscious plagiarism is a constant worry. This avoidance extends even to cinema. During my attempt at a pirate novel, I shunned Pirates of the Caribbean. Since this manuscript still languishes in a dusty drawer of ‘to be published wannabes’, I have yet to set sail with Patrick O’Brian for fear of inadvertently absorbing and re-hashing his sea-faring ideas.

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Make this the month you make your dreams real and start becoming a writer in the Get Serious issue, with advice on: • How a change of attitude will help you, and the wider world, take your writing seriously • How to stay motivated past the difficult mid-novel slump • Money matters: Are you charging enough for your freelance writing? PLUS How to make sense of your royalty statements Cover star Jake Arnott tells us about finding the stories and characters that society overlooks and we explore the style and technique of forensic crime superstar Patricia Cornwell Get your work out there with opportunities to get published and competitions with more than £60,000 total prize money in 20 packed pages of Writers' News. All this plus our definitive guide to writing festivals, courses and other events for 2017