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Calling all aspiring authors: this bestselling author is offering her cottage as a free writing haven

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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When you imagine yourself writing your first novel (as we all do, from time to time) where do you picture yourself?

Perhaps you imagine spending your days as a cafe-dwelling scribbler a la JK Rowling, who penned the early Harry Potter novels in a coffee shop in Edinburgh. Or maybe you prefer to visualise yourself in a more isolated setting, such as the remote wooden hut in Sussex where Virginia Woolf retreated to write classics such as Mrs Dalloway and Between the Acts.

If the idea of a peaceful writing haven appeals to you but seems out of reach, bestselling author Jojo Moyes might have the solution. The writer, who penned the international hit novel Me Before You, has taken to social media to offer up her writing cottage free of charge to an aspiring writer looking to get away from it all for a week.

You could spend a week writing in bestselling author Jojo Moyes' cottage

You could spend a week writing in bestselling author Jojo Moyes' cottage

Moyes shared her generous offer on Twitter yesterday (below), writing, "Are you a writer, and wish you had some peace in which to write? I know what it meant to me when I was trying to get published.

"To this end, we are offering our cottage, free of charge, for up to a week for a writer - published or unpublished - to kick-start, or even finish their work."



The author describes the cottage, set deep in the Suffollk countryside, as "welcoming" and "fully furnished". As well as being set in a remote location, Moyes offers to remove the television and turn off the wifi, to help the lucky writer really focus on their words. She even offers to help cover the costs of travel and food if the writer is on a low income.

"I can't guarantee I'll be around, but if I am I'll be happy to have a coffee and offer any advice I can," she adds.

The generous offer has been widely circulated on Twitter, garnering almost 2,000 retweets and 2,400 likes so far.

And Moyes appears to have already had a huge number of applications, tweeting a message of thanks last night that said, "Thanks for all the lovely messages about the writing cottage. Lots to read!"



If you fancy taking Moyes up on her offer, all you need to do is email up to 500 words on why this would make a difference to you to writerscottage1@gmail.com by 30 September. The week needs to be taken before the end of the year.

Why not get away from it all and finish your novel once and for all?

Why not get away from it all and finish your novel once and for all?