Writing Support: The “Friend’s” One-Stop Shop


One of the things the “Friend” is known for is our support of our writers.

We know many of you have dreams of penning a story or feature for the magazine, but it can all seem a bit overwhelming and bewildering at first. Even those of you who are experienced writers sometimes need a little help to have your work accepted by our magazine.

Luckily, we’ve put together a whole host of resources to help. And they’re all right here, at your fingertips.

All Under One Virtual Roof

First of all there are our guidelines.

This should be your first port of call, where you’ll find advice on the nuts and bolts of writing for us. Once you’ve had a close read of these, there’s Alan’s helpful blog which breaks them down into even more detail.

What if you simply need some inspiration to get started? Have a look at Shirley’s Writing Prompts. A quick scroll through and you’ll find lots of ideas popping into your head in no time.

You can also read Shirley’s blog, which will keep you up to date with whichever particular genre or word count she may be looking for at that time. We’ll also put a shout out on Twitter if we’re looking for anything in particular.

Not too sure about apostrophes, quotation marks, split infinitives and suchlike? Our Grammar Guru posts will help with that! This is an essential tool for ensuring your work is polished and ready to be submitted.

If you fancy a supportive chat and the chance to ask us anything about writing, the magazine or the office, then join us at 11 a.m. every Tuesday on Twitter for the famous #PFWritingHour. You’ll also meet lots of great people, too, as our followers are chatty and fun.

So there you go; all the support you’ll need . . . and more!

But if you’ve read all of these and you still have a question, then just ask!

Good luck and get writing!

Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!