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Phoebus Haack and my Writing Failures

“I like to succeed in public, but to fail in secret.” – David Ogilvy, Confessions of an Advertising Man I don’t blame David Ogilvy, for like the best (and worst) of people I too like to keep my failures secret. This may be due to too much pride – pride that I want to be […]

Write for Considered Words

Congratulations, it’s great that you’ve been inspired to add to Considered Words. Fresh writers are always welcome and we’re pleased to have you join us. Before you do so please take a look at the Principles and About this site, and also have a look at the Style Guide. We welcome submissions but before sending it’s best to pitch the […]

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For your consideration

This is a gathering, a gathering of equals with a special purpose – to share knowledge and change the way we think about writing, to treat writing as a profession. We’ll do this by going beyond traditional writing sources, to study sociology, psychology, advertising – anything to help us understand more about our audience. People. Writing professionally doesn’t mean earning […]

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Editor's Pick Jonathan Richardson Original Writing

Welcome to the convocation

A convocation is both the act of calling together, and the assembly of, a group for a special purpose. The special purpose of jonvocation is to gather others who take writing professionally. Writing professionally doesn’t mean earning a living from it, it means that writing is treated as any other job – with the same […]

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Dr Strangelove, or how I stopped worrying and learned how to love all my characters

Screenwriters can fall into a jealous love with their protagonist, wanting their beau’s life to be as simple and worry-free as possible, leaping in to push aside obstacles and tribulations. And like many a relationship, the rest of the world doesn’t see things through gooey eyes and instead are sickened, or bored by the company […]

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Being a Better Liar 2: Lie Harder

When writing is a business what do you do when the rules are broken, especially when they’re broken by the person who set them? I wrote about being a better liar, but reading it out at my writing group I realised I’d broken Considered Word’s chief rule – show, don’t tell. I know, I know. […]

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Being a better liar

Scientists say that if you want to write fiction you need to be a good liar. According to Matthew Newman and James Pennebaker of the University of Texas, liars speak and choose their words differently from those telling the truth, and this affects how we write.

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Learning to write for the third time

Dom Smith is a writer – it’s just that  his full-time job gets in the way. He is also the first to join the Considered Words community as a contributor, and is brave enough to want to start with a Writing Failure.  If you’d like to write for Considered Words then see this simple guide […]