Opportunities for writers in October and November

editing_and_proofreading_blog_958Here is this month’s list of competitions etc. with deadlines in the next couple of months.

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Start Writing Fiction: a free online course starts on 3rd October

editing_and_proofreading_blog_929This course, run by the Open University, looks good.

And it is everyone’s favourite price.

Free.

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12 steps from inspiration to finished novel

editing_and_proofreading_blog_980If you are planning your novel, here is a post about 12 steps from inspiration to finished novel to help you on your way.

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Behind some everyday expression

editing_and_proofreading_blog_954Here is a post of the real meaning behind some everyday expressions. 11 of them, so get yourself a cup of tea…

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The anatomy of a best seller

editing_and_proofreading_blog_950Even though we all know that success can’t be reduced to a formula, it is interesting to see some of the trends found in successful books.

Although I’m reminded by a statistics book I’m working on at the moment, just because there is a correlation between two factors doesn’t mean there is a direct link between them. They may be linked through one or more other factors. And you can’t always be sure which factor is the cause and which the effect.

So, remembering to take it with a pinch of salt, here is an infographic about the anatomy of a best seller.

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Why do we call them headphone jacks?

editing_and_proofreading_blog_993I must admit, i hadn’t given this one any thought, but it is quite interesting.

The origin of the term headphone jack.

Is anyone else reminded of the Jennings story about Jack Carr’s car jack?

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How to write a blog post that stays popular

editing_and_proofreading_blog_940Some things have a limited life on the internet. This post explains how to write a blog post that stays popular, so you get the most benefit from the effort of blogging.

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