Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a great literary start with a couple of my poems appearing in Morphrog Issue 10. Morphrog is a sister magazine of The Frogmore Papers, a long established literary journal.

Get your writing out of your head...put it on paper!

Get your writing out of your head…put it on paper!

A new year is a good excuse to set some writing resolutions. The usuals are always a starting point, of course:

1) Write little and often: Lunch breaks at work. Before dinner. On weekends. On the bus. The list of writing moments to take advantage of grows longer. The list of excuses fades into the ether!

2) Balance the projects: Too much poetry? Write a few shorts or a bit of flash fiction to shake things up. Stuck on a longer work like a novel or novella? Write a character sketch or a vignette to flesh out that story.

3) Submit! What good is that new story or batch of poems when stuck on a computer or in a notebook? Send your work out to competitions and magazines. Get researching and find more markets to submit to.

4) Read more. Always helps hone your skills. You want to improve at your craft after all, don’t you?

5) Promote! Networking. Blogging. Writing groups. Advertising. Readership doesn’t widen without effort. And books don’t sell by themselves!

Happy writing for 2015!

Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in London with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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