While science tells us that building a regular writing habit is best for productivity, creativity and happiness – it’s just not possible for most writers. For a long time Cheryl Strayed denied her binge writing tendencies but now she champions it. Her honesty helps people to stop judging themselves as failures to form a regular practice. Once you embrace the reality of your over-committed schedule you can realistically plan to write. Get ready, it’s time to binge. [click to continue…]
You know that nagging voice you hear when you haven’t finished something? Well, I’m a compulsive finisher and my nag is relentless. It’s probably why I’m better at writing shorter things like this and why writing anything longer than about 2,000 words gives me the heebie-jeebies. Saying that, I learned that I’m perfectly normal (phew) and that’s why I’m going to be using my inner nag whenever I need to write anything lengthy – and it’s a trick you can use too. [click to continue…]
Faced with her students’ procrastination, designer and lecturer Tash Willcocks set out to prove that small steps lead to big gains. Since February 2013 she’s hand drawn and published an illustration every day. From overcoming fear, to building a community, and finding happiness in the everyday, she shares valuable lessons about developing a daily creative habit. [click to continue…]
We’ve been working with the data visualisation specialists at The Guardian newspaper. We gave them exclusive access to tracking data from Man Booker long-listed novelist Wyl Menmuir. They used the data to tell a story about writing stories – the ups and downs, the dreams and the reality, the distraction, procrastination and ultimately the grit that it takes to finish a novel. We can all learn from this. [click to continue…]
I don’t think of myself as hard-working. In fact through most of my life I’ve been called lazy and yet somehow in the last few years I’ve written four novels, three plays, two text-books, a film script, held down a responsible job full-time and managed to study for a PhD. Written down in a list like that it looks exhausting and I wonder how I did it. And, after a bit of thought I’ve evolved some rules for getting stuff done. This knowledge has been hard won and I don’t always follow it even now, but to me, they seem like decent rules to follow. [click to continue…]
I’ve always considered myself a lonesome kind of writer, most productive when it’s just me and my words. But, I must admit I’ve been missing a trick. This year I’ve been experimenting with different accountability structures. I’ve found that enlisting the support of buddies, coaches and structured writing challenges has transformed my output and progressed my writing in leaps and bounds. [click to continue…]
In our last blog featuring Chris McVeigh we talked about how authors should approach social media and digital marketing. In the second part of this interview, we turn our attention to how authors can improve their Google rankings plus the best way writers can engage with influential booktubers and vloggers.
However you hope to publish your work, whether it’ll be an ebook, an online serial or as a weighty literary tome, one thing is the same: you need to know how to market your wares. In this two-part post, we talk to publishing and SEO guru Chris McVeigh about how authors can navigate the minefield that is social media and digital marketing.
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…]