Finished manuscript in hand, it’s tempting to dive right in and self-publish: but with a wealth of complex information out there, you may find yourself buried in self-doubt, only to sneak back to traditional agents and publishers, tail between your legs. So how how do you self-publish your novel? Here’s our simple, handy guide for the overwhelmed.
For writers, it’s often best to consume information through the written word — but sometimes, video makes a healthy change. Without further ado, here’s our pick— in no particular order, of course — of the best writing blogs and vlogs you may not have heard of. [click to continue…]
Writing is creative and subjective: if anyone’s told you it’ll pay off straightaway, run a mile. How to fund your writing is our real-world guide to making your writing pay. [click to continue…]
Diaries are back in fashion — and with modern writing journals offering goal setting, habit tracking and writing inspiration, writers are beginning to fall back in love with the books they write for their own eyes only. Here’s our beginner’s guide to journaling and freewriting. [click to continue…]
The science shows that binge writing sucks – it’s less productive, leads to fewer ideas, more procrastination and even depression. But our research shows it’s the most common pattern of finding time to write. We need to take back binge writing and make it something to feel proud of. Here’s how to make it work for you within the busyness of your life. [click to continue…]
One day, I had an idea for a story about vampires, a church, and a plucky heroine. It was going to be darkly funny, with lashings of gore and one-liners, floaty black cloaks and lace — just like old Hammer movies. I started writing. But as I set out to navigate university, buying a house and grown up life, the story fell by the wayside… and soon, I realised my story was changing, too. Here’s what I learned from writing my first horror novel.
We’ve had over 3,000 people take our writing challenges so we know a thing or two about goal setting. We know that having a poorly thought through writing goal – one that’s vague or has no real stakes attached to it is just as bad as having no goal at all. And we also know that having a good goal – one that’s specific and personal to you – can make the difference between finishing and failing. Writing goals: Here’s all our best tips condensed. [click to continue…]
Writing is hard but with the right systems, you can make your writing life easier – and that means you’re more likely to write. Saying that, sometimes the best systems in the world won’t help – you need a nudge and some support to get going – and keep going. And this is where tracking and reflecting on your writing progress can really help. [click to continue…]
Writing can be hugely rewarding but the process of reaching The End can be a challenge – and that’s why we procrastinate. But it’s only by knowing when and how you get side tracked that you can kill your procrastination gremlins and keep. Here’s how to use the science-backed methods of ‘choice architecture’ and ‘controlled breaking’ to keep focused your writing. [click to continue…]
You’re busy – I get it! Sometimes it feels that your daily schedule so jam-packed full of activities that it’s impossible to write. But in reality, it won’t be. There will always be nooks and crannies that you can use to do some writing – or do something that contributes to your writing goal. You just need a way to find this time and that’s where scheduling or ‘time blocking’ using our traffic light method can really help.