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Literary consultant Helen Corner-Bryant advises a new writer to map out her ideas to find the story she really wants to write

Q I am 46 years old and all my life I have been told I should ‘be a writer’. My family has started to mature and I think I would like to try. My questions is… where should I start? I understand that’s a rather simplified question. I guess it’s a little like saying, ‘Hi can you give me a bullet point how to on building a space shuttle?’ But I really do want to try this, I have a passion inside me that says this is the right time. So, which direction shall I start running in?

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Want to make sure your readers are hooked from the start? In this month's Writing Magazine, learn how to grab your readers' attention and keep it all the way to the end. • Have you completed a first draft? We show you how to polish it to perfection. • Would your life make a good story? We show you how to transform your inspiring ideas into writing material. • Read how our star interview, Lisa McInerney, went from blogger to bestseller. • Find out about the latest writing opportunities and win £51,579 in writing prizes!

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