Five Elements For Your Front Page

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Whether you’re building a website or online portfolio, or a blog with your latest posts displayed front and center, you want your site’s front page to look great, but also provide information your readers want and need. Here are five elements, from beginner’s tweaks to bigger ideas, to consider as you create your online home:

1. Your blog name, loud and clear

You want your visitors to know exactly what your site is about the moment they land on your homepage. One of your first tasks when creating your blog is to set your site title and tagline. Note that site titles display differently across our 250+ themes.

We love the way recently launched Hemingway Unwritten displays a blog name and tagline in a sleek parallax-scrolling header:

The header of A Patchwork Life, using the Hemingway Unwritten theme.

You can also create a custom header image, which you…

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Craft of Writing: Let the Reader’s Imagination Do the Heavy Lifting

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This is the kind of flowery I can get behind. (Flowery Piano by Andreas (CC BY-SA 2.0) This is the kind of flowery we can get behind. Flowery Piano by Andreas(CC BY-SA 2.0)

In storytelling, description and detail translate what’s in your imagination into scenes and images in the reader’s mind. Can bloated description detract from your work, fill your reader’s brain with too much information, and distract them from the story? The answer is yes. In today’s post we’ll look at how to know when enough is enough.

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Writing Competitions part 2

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My previous post on writing competitions got a lot of commenting and hopefully inspired so here’s a few more to get those creative juices flowing through your veins and pumping onto the page!

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 Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition.   There’s a new  monthly competiton in each issue of this writers’ magazine.  All  types of stories are accepted, from horror to romance. 1,000  – 3,000 words. Entries arriving too late for one competition are  entered into the next. Prizes: £300, £150, £100 in each  issue. Entry Fee: £6, £3 for subscribers to the magazine.    Critique – £5 (enclose sae if entering by post).

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  A monthly competition for poems of up to 40 lines. Entries arriving too late for one month go forward to the next.  Prizes: 1st – £100.  Runners-up – A Brewer’s  Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.  Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each…

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