If you feel 100% sure that the writing project you’re working on is the best (or the worst) thing you’ve ever done: you’re wrong. Research says the only thing you can ever know for certain is that keeping going is best thing to do.
Whatever you write, there’s a tool out there to help you manage your muse. Planning my current writing project has forced me to abandon my once trusty index cards and seek out new ways to get organised. I asked writers what approaches they use – from good old pen and paper, to apps and cloud based systems. [click to continue…]
The path to excellence in any field comes through hard graft – that’s true. But research finds that people at the very top of their game are also deeply curious, with multiple, unrelated (and often quite bonkers) creative hobbies. So, focus your mind – but never close it. Go off on tangents, experiment and play – hundreds of Nobel prize laureates can’t be wrong. [click to continue…]
It’s no secret I’m a productivity freak. A friend recently drew a cartoon birthday card of me as Little Miss Just Get It Done and my secret Santa gift from colleagues at Emerald Group Publishing this Christmas was a mug emblazoned with the words: Get Shit Done. At home, my shelves are overflowing with books on productivity, self-management and life hacks – if you set about reading them now you wouldn’t have any time for anything else for the next twelve months. [click to continue…]
Writers can be a bit sniffy about productivity. Some equate being highly prolific with producing dross. They prefer to constantly refine and perfect The One Idea they have. Perhaps because they think their idea is so special. Perhaps because they think they’ll never have another idea again. [click to continue…]
You wouldn’t tell someone wanting to lose weight to ‘just eat less’. Neither would you tell someone who wanted to get fit to simply ‘move about a bit more’. It might be true, but it’s not very helpful. So why would you do the same with writing? Having a big goal – whatever that goal is – needs to be approached right and we think that means having a system and breaking it down into small, achievable steps – Kaizen style. [click to continue…]
I love tracking. Ever since I was a child I’ve counted and logged a whole bunch of activities. I’m fascinated at how things change over time and like figuring what it means so I can optimise and improve what I do. That’s why I’m now an avid streaker.
Habits can transform our lives, they can help us achieve our most ambitious goals and fulfil our deepest dreams. But it’s darn hard to make writing a habit, some might say impossible. Understanding how habits are created and focusing on the first step – how to trigger a routine – offers a glimmer of hope and a practical way to build a regular writing practice. [click to continue…]
We’ve gone on for years now about the benefits of having a writing habit.
We used to say that in order to write automatically, you need to associate your writing session with something else you do habitually every day and hey presto – you have a writing habit. But now we’re not so sure.
When you’re slap bang in the middle of a creative project it’s hard to keep perspective. It’s easy to think that the project you’re working on right now is the big one. The best you’ve ever done – perhaps you’ll ever do. But science tells us that every time you think you’ve reached the peak of your creative powers – you’ve barely got started. [click to continue…]