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Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman’s third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, was published by Unthank Books in May 2017, and her debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, by Nine Arches Press in July. Tania is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, and two short story collections, My Mother Was An Upright Piano, and The White Road and Other Stories, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is curator of short story hub ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland, and has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics. Hear her read her work on https://soundcloud.com/taniahe rshman.

Found on the web at: www.taniahershman.com

Found on Twitter @taniahershman

Tania’s Top Tips:

  • There is no one way to write, there are no rules, everyone does it differently. Pick and choose from other people’s writing tips or make up your own, and find the way that works best for you.

  • When you write, don’t forget that everything is up for grabs: characters, setting, plot, structure, voice, style, beginning, middle, end. Nothing is sacred, it’s all in the service of the story.

  • Pin a note above your writing desk saying “No-one is ever going to read this”.

  • Don’t try and write for a particular market or competition, write the kinds of things you love to read. Surprise yourself, delight yourself, tell yourself stories.

  • Don’t be afraid to take risks, to stray away from the known into chaos, to get away from labels and boxes. Feel free to make your writing messy, raw, and original rather than neat, safe, familiar.

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