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In 2016, TLC’s 20th anniversary year, we launched a blog as a space for thoughtful, non-promotional pieces on all things writing, editing and publishing. If you’d like to pitch a piece, please email Aki Schilz on aki@nullliteraryconsultancy.co.uk.

We’d love to hear from you, and please feel free to comment on the blogs here.

Who said what now?

February 01, 2020 | Blog

This month, experienced author, editor and TLC Reader Mischa Hiller guides us through his top five tips on dialogue.

After reading my fair share of manuscripts I thought I would distill the five most common things that can be problematic with dialogue. These are not hard-and-fast rules but guidance to avoid losing the reader’s attention.

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How do you Write a Play about the Menopause?

January 01, 2020 | Blog, Other News

Last year I was commissioned by Diverse City to work in collaboration with a director and three performers to create a play about menopause.

This was a tremendous opportunity and I grasped it notwithstanding that I had no answer to two fundamental questions. The first – how do you write a play?

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A TLC Thank You

December 01, 2019 | Blog

I have been thinking about where we are, the times we are in, and the position and relevance of The Literary Consultancy as we move, somewhat astonishingly, into our 24th year as a company working with and for writers at all levels. In 2017 I took over direction of TLC from its founder,

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How I Wrote My Novel Using Index Cards

November 01, 2019 | Blog

As a writer, I began as a ‘pantser’. If the term isn’t familiar, its simply (and somewhat hilariously) refers to someone who writes by the seat of her pants. That’s how I do life, that’s how I started writing flash fiction and short stories, and I imagined that’s how I would write a novel.

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Whose Voice is it Anyway?

October 01, 2019 | Blog

Finding a voice

People talk a lot about finding your own voice when writing fiction, and I’ve heard people who think this a bit strange: who else’s voice would you, or even could you, use? I have to say my own reaction was along those lines. I was tempted to dismiss it as one of those first-world problems which are better ignored so that they can slip quietly away of their own accord,

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Writing about not writing…

September 01, 2019 | Blog

At the age of 48, I decided to take up writing. I had not spent my youth, twenties or even thirties keeping a diary or scribbling stories and poems, but one year I spent an entire holiday putting pen to paper. My husband said it was one of the nicest trips we have ever had,

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Why did it take me so long to tell other people I was writing a book?

August 01, 2019 | Blog, Other News

It took me a long time to tell people I was writing a novel.

For over three years, I beavered away at it alone. My friends, my family and my work colleagues were oblivious of what I was trying to do. The only other human who knew was my partner.

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Why I can finally say, ‘I’m a Writer'

July 01, 2019 | Blog, Other News | 1 comment

After my last corporate HR contract finished almost three years ago, I came to the decision that I would not look for another job in HR. I was not contributing a lot to our finances as most of my earnings were invested in childcare. My husband supported my decision, and I hung up my disciplinary/recruitment/general giver of bad news coat.

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From Pitch to Publication (via TLC): Neema Shah

June 01, 2019 | Blog

Let’s just say I was a little late getting started with my writing. After many years building a career in marketing, I signed up for a short online writing course with a vague idea inspired by my family history. And somehow that uncertain first step has turned into my debut novel Kololo Hill,

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How Funding Can Provide Vital Access Support for Marginalised Voices

May 01, 2019 | Blog, Other News
As a writer myself, I understand how a publisher’s rejections can be debilitating. As a freelance creative writing practitioner, I get frustrated when vocational learners report back that they feel there are limited opportunities to pitch their writing.
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