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CUT Blog; writer posts; festivals; new logo; writing as therapy
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In this CUT Talking, we launch the new CUT logo, we look at the ways you can share your views and ideas with other CUT writers and we highlight some interesting thoughts from Matt Haig on short story writing as a form of therapy.

What’s on our minds?


The CUT Blog is a recent addition to the CUT Writers’ e-Publishing Community. Here members of the CUT team will be posting their thoughts and observations connected (loosely or otherwise) to the literary world, as well as hints and tips on how to get the most out of your online presence as a writer. The intention is to stimulate feedback and participation from writers, readers, and visitors to the site. Recent articles include submissions on succinct character descriptions in literature, and favourite independent bookshops, as well as a list of useful sources of copyright-free images, ideal for your CUT e-book covers.
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What’s on your mind?


As well as posting your responses to the CUT team’s musings on the Blog, as a writer member you can very easily create a writer post, which will appear on the CUT Home page, and also on your Writer Profile Page. Recent varied submissions include: micro fiction; a heartfelt post against the closure of public libraries; thoughts on how to go about planning a short story; and ideas of how to intersperse writing novels with creating short stories and flash fiction. It’s also a great way to promote forthcoming readings, events or launches. To share a thought, simply log in and click the button Add Post.

New members

Welcome to Lara Bardsley and Daniel Toure, two of the many writers who have joined CUT recently.

Lara is currently completing a PhD in Humanities and Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and has a strong interest in narratives of transformation. She is one of our newest members but already has an e-book on the site.
 
Daniel, who has an MA in creative writing, is based in the north-west UK, and regularly acts as a mentor to young writers. He already has two e-books published on CUT, and his stage play We See Things Differently has recently been performed at the home of the Northern Ballet School.
 
We look forward to receiving further submissions from Lara and Daniel.
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New CUT Branding

Cut LogoAs promised, we are delighted to launch the new CUT branding in this edition of CUT Talking. As you may know, the initial phase of the CUT project has been the work of a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for the written word.  As we are now approaching the launch of CUT to the reading public we have invested in professional design services to enhance the ‘look’ and presentation of the CUT brand.
The new CUT logo has a modern feel, and will be more appropriate for use on e-readers and other portable devices. Look out for more changes in the next few weeks, as we enhance the website further by adding extra functionality and making it more user-friendly.

Writing as therapy

If you didn’t see Matt Haig’s moving, powerful, and deeply personal talk at the Hay Festival recently, you can still catch it on the BBC Radio 4 website. It gives an interesting account of how the process of writing short stories helped him to overcome serious illness. “The world, like the mind, is a confusing place; books are our maps”. 
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Festival season

Although some of the bigger literary festivals have been and gone, there are many still to come. If you plan on attending any of the following, and would like to meet up with any other CUT writers who may be going, why not add a post to let them know you’ll be there: Ampthill; Buxton; Lymington; Nidderdale; Port Eliot; West Cork.

Readers and writers together against 20% tax on e-books 

Everyone who loves to read should sign our e-petition campaigning against VAT on e-books. It’s not just for writers. Please pass the CAVe link below on to all your friends, family and contacts, and please use social media to spread the word! Help us to get VAT on e-books abolished.

Sign CAVe CUT Against VAT on e-Books

Don’t forget

CUT is about writers and their work. If you have any ideas of other ways we can help, or resources we can develop on the site, don’t hesitate to contact us at writerhelp@cutalongstory.com

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