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The GOODFRUIT literary contest

We often underestimate how the smallest things in our lives have the biggest impact.

When we talk of ‘making something of ourselves’ most of us feel like we need to have a special talent, skill or job. We underestimate what we’ve already got – our opinions, our experiences to date. So we just carry on as normal.

I believe everyone has something of worth to share. For me, I am the person I am today because of the things I’ve read and heard. I can’t put my finger on what it is about them. Maybe it’s the author’s story that touches me, the quality of the writing or maybe the thing I’m reading is just really relevant to that particular point in my life. But I’m thankful there are writers out that there that have impacted me so significantly.  

Writers like C.S. Lewis have succeeded in having that effect on millions of readers. But how did they make such a strong impact on culture and society through their literary works? A recent article I …

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Why You Should Write That Story

The most important thing a writer has is their story. At first, I thought it might be having the latest, all singing, all dancing writing program, or a neat writing desk with piles of colour-coded notes and no coffee rings or two day old bowls of crusty cereal. I even thought it might be the skill of being able to use words like floccinaucinihilipilification in a sentence without breaking a sweat, or having a lovely email from a lovely agent that quite liked your sample chapters. But it isn’t. (Although these things are still quite glorious.) The most important thing you have as a writer, is your story. That story. You know, that thing that won’t leave you alone. That project that you know, deep down, beneath all those grisly, foggy layers of doubt and ‘should I?’’s and ‘can I?’’s, can only be written in the way it needs to be written, by you. It’s that story that scares you, and probably excites you in equal measures, and that story that sometimes feels far, far …

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Beloved British Authors Share Summer Memories

Seaside memories

Have you ever felt yourself being transported away to the seaside through the pages of a book – back to special times spent with family on holidays you always hoped would last forever? The holidays themselves may not have, but you probably feel like the memories have and always will.  

According to the Family Holiday Association there’s a reason why. The charity that gives struggling British families a break recently published compelling research looking at the social, psychological and emotional benefits of a family holiday. This research showed half of Brits (49%) say their happiest memory is that of a holiday with their family and an overwhelming majority (55%) agree these holidays have given them happy memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

In the year of its 40th anniversary, the charity has launched a digital, interactive celebrity scrapbook full of inspiring #seasidememories donated by celebrities across Britain, including some of our …

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Don't Be A Book-Alike

Book covers are make or break, now more than ever. If there is one industry that relies on looks outside of the cosmetics industry, it's the publishing industry. We judge a books by their covers every day. The fact that most books are bought online, compounded by our incredibly short attention spans means that our snap decisions are getting, well, even snappier. As we scan through charts on our smartphones or tablets, we are mentally discounting books as we scroll and swipe. It's so easy for your book to be overlooked, but you need to make sure that doesn't happen by having a really strong effective cover design.

This is particularly true for debut authors. Big name authors develop large followings of ready-and-waiting readers (who would probably happily pre-order the book without knowing what it looks like). For example, J.K. Rowling could probably put anything at all on the cover of her next book and still sell really well. And as for The Holy Bible, well three words imprinted …

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The secrets to writing a prize-winning book

If you’ve ever entered a writing competition, you’ll know that it takes a certain kind of story to win. What that story is however, isn’t always clear. So how can you write a prize-winning book? And what is it that makes a book ‘outstanding’?

These are questions we think about a lot at CompletelyNovel, as our authors strive to create and publish the best books they can. So, to shed some light on the secrets of prize-winning books, we’ve taken a closer look at four of the biggest book competitions in the UK, and what their winning entries have in common.

Man Booker Prize longlist - ‘Do something exciting with language.’

The Man Booker Prize is thought of as being the biggest prize for books in the UK, although there’s plenty of controversy this year, as most of the longlisted authors seem to be American.

But what do these books really have in common?

"The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. All of them do something exciting with the …

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