If you think that holiday of a lifetime might make a cracking travel mag read or you’re planning on packing a laptop to write about your time walking the Inca trail – read these 7 tips by the UK’s top travel writer and journalist, Simon Calder – travel editor of The Independent newspaper and frequent commentator on TV and radio. [click to continue…]
National Writing Day was amazing wasn’t it? You might have come away from one of the many events put on across the UK with a head full of ideas – feeling really inspired. You might have even written something for the first time in ages – and now, you’re more determined than ever to get those words out of your head and onto the page. [click to continue…]
Forget positive thinking, it’s time to get pessimistic. Focusing on what can go wrong can help you create a bulletproof plan to achieve your writing goals. Combine this with other science-backed tactics for building a routine and you’re onto a winner. [click to continue…]
To say academic publishing is competitive is an understatement. Often described as publish or perish, university researchers are under huge pressure to get their articles written and into the world. With career success dependent on having a rock-solid publishing history, it can be scary to get started. Having just delivered my 100th presentation on how to get published, I like to think I know a thing or two about getting your research into the right journal.
Having a blog is a super-important part of any writer’s marketing toolkit. Your blog is a place where you can test out your writing, get noticed by publishers, engage with readers, build a following and in some cases – sell your work. Whilst it’s great to blog purely for fun and creative expression, if you want your blog to help your writing career then it’s time to get yourself a blogging strategy. So how do you start? [click to continue…]
Remember falling in love with your idea. Remember the joy you experienced when you started writing it. But now, you hate the darn thing. You just need to finish it and move on. You’ve reached a difficult bit, it’s a struggle to keep going. Then there’s that other idea calling you from over there too – oooh look, shiny new thing. [click to continue…]
With over half a billion users across the world, we should take LinkedIn pretty seriously when the company says it’s aiming to be the biggest publisher of any type in the world (if it isn’t already).
But with more people than ever posting not just updates but full-blown articles and think pieces, how should you engage with the platform and join the publishing revolution yourself? We asked LinkedIn guru and founder of the Value Exchange, Nigel Cliffe to share his top posting insights with us. [click to continue…]
There are squillions of tactics you can use to keep procrastination at bay and stay motivated with your work (we’ve been carping on about these for years), but there’s no right or wrong way to approach a writing project. Saying that, scientist and author Cal Newport has identified four writing psychologies – figuring out the pros and cons of each can help you find an approach that works for you. [click to continue…]
It’s all too easy to make promises and plans. To say that you’re going to write a book, to plan on losing that spare tyre, to swear on your life that this year, you’re going to finally learn the double bass. More often than not – those targets go unmet and those dreams go unrealised. And that’s because according to psychologists, you haven’t got an actionable ‘if/when-then’ plan that attaches your goal to an everyday part of your routine. [click to continue…]
The last time we met Liz Flanagan, she was a budding Young Adult (YA) fiction writer, and her first novel Eden Summer hadn’t seen the light of day. Liz had just started a PhD and she was learning all she could from experienced writers. Two years on, Eden Summer’s not only sitting pretty on bookshelves across the world (out in paperback now) but she’s won plaudits from readers, reviewers and been nominated for a prestigious Carnegie Medal. We asked her to look back on her top tips with the benefit of hindsight.