Lots of sites will pay you for your stories (personal or fiction) especially if you have a very interesting tale to tell. Writing competitions can bring in some good revenue if you pick ones that don’t cost too much to enter. Some of my top choices are –

Fan Story 

Prize Magic – Writing Comps


First Writer – 

Aesthetica Magazine

Writers and Artists – Writers and Artists. The insider Guide to the Media

JBWB Writing Competitions

Kudos Writing Competitions – Kudos widget

BBC Writers Room

All Write Competitions







National Awareness Days have added National Story Telling Week on January 28th – February 4th 2017, to their list of Awareness Days .

They say that ‘Over the past 24 years The Society For Storytelling has achieved much in its mission for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.
2017 marks the 17th year of its Annual National Storytelling Week.
National Storytelling Week takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breathe of the teller and the ear of the listener.
National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages. Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.
So as with every year this far we begin at the beginning. There was the storyteller….Once upon a time….

There will be many exciting events taking place in the run up to the BIG WEEK itself so please check it out. The Society for Storytelling can be contacted all year round, look to the venues and events as they begin to build to the big event itself.

Remember everyone has at least one story to tell. It exists in the very air around you – Your story is the one you know best and as it is only the beginning the stories you will tell began…Once upon as time.

National Storytelling Week 2017 will run from midnight on the morning of Saturday January 28th to midnight on the evening of Saturday February 4th 2017. Don’t forget too that the four day prior to and the four days after those dates, they are part are still part of the festival of storytelling too. They are equally important as they are its fringes or preferably its “Coat Tales” ‘.

You can also find out lots more from the National Storytelling website.




How To Pitch Travel Stories: An Editor’s Advice (Travel Write Earn Book 1)by James Durston…available on Kindle on Amazon

I don’t know if you have seen articles about earning money through travel writing before but it always promises to be a great way to earn a few extra pounds.

If you’re serious about selling travel articles as you travel the world, this book gives you cut-through advice direct from the editor’s mouth – knowledge that you can use immediately to write effective pitches that sell.

It has a list of 85 titles that want to buy your travel articles and how much they pay, and extra advice and expert thoughts from editors at: Lonely Planet, The New York Times, Wanderlust, Tatler and more.

It tells you how to write pitches that editors love to read. Why headlines are the key ingredient when pitching to online platforms.  Which travel magazines and websites want your work, and how much they pay and the best and worst pitches ever received.

So, if you fancy a go at Travel Writing then kick start your New Year Writing by reading this great book.


A Passage of Words...

I crouched, trembling and hiding on the hard floor beside the car. Thunder rumbles in the distance, and I can hear a few spots. of rain falling.

I can hear my fathers voice getting louder, and my heart pounds and I feel as if I cannot breathe. It scares me so much that I wet myself.

I remember the first time he hit Mum, I pleaded with her to leave him….



She gave him her attention then with a startled glance, wondered whether it was the sort of provocative remark which men are apt to make, or whether by some extraordinary perceptiveness he had really seen through the mocking of her smile.

But it did not really matter what he thought as tomorrow she would not see him again…





Yes, I’ve gone and done it, I’ve signed up for the NNWR (National Novel Writing Month) which is November to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.

All you have to do is to commit to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November then fill out your profile and create your novel during October. Choose a home region to get updates on local events from your volunteer Municipal Liaison and then collect some badges to encourage you along the way, and that’s basically it.

Sounds interesting? Well just pop over to NNWR site and commit. I quite assure you if I can do it anyone can. Wish me luck 🙂