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2016: The year you finally write that book

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more creative? To write more?  Make this year the year you write that book!

1. Get kitted out – having the right equipment is key – however you write- laptop or pen and paper, getting a fresh set of stationary is sure to inspire you and makes coming to the desk to write more appealing. Check out stationary from Anthropologie (gold journal below), Free People and Paperchase.


2. Read more – Just because you are writing does not mean you should stop reading.  The more you read, the more ideas you will develop and the easier it will be for you to find inspiration for your own novel.

3. Don’t give up – Write every day! If you can write 1000 words a day, that’s 5000 words in a week. The average children’s book is 55,000 words long; that’s 11 weeks of writing.

4.Or take a break. A creative writing break that is!  These get-aways really encourage you to block out the rest of the world and focus on letting out your inner author. We love the sound of Linthwaite’s ‘Creative Writing’ break in late February 2016, in celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary.


The creative writing break (from £462 per person) will take place at the luxury country house hotel in the Lake District (with views to inspire!), from 29th February – 3rd March, will be led by Angela Locke; author of six internationally published novels, and will include a visit and dinner at Wordsworth’s family home, Rydal Mount.

It includes a 3 day Creative Writing Course,  3 nights’ accommodation at Linthwaite (29th February to  3rd March), Dinner on 2 of the nights in Linthwaite’s award-winning restaurant with 3 AA rosettes, and a private viewing and recital at Wordworth’s home and Dinner at Wordworth’s home. Visit www.linthwaite.com or call 015394 88600 to book.