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Achieving focus: How to kill your procrastination gremlins for good
Achieivng focus and killing your procastination

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…]

Accountability: How to keep writing using rewards and people pressure
Accountability can help you write

Whether you’re writing a blog or a blockbuster, it can be a lonely and difficult old business – but it doesn’t need to be and in fact it shouldn’t be if you want to keep going. It’s important to keep yourself motivated and moving forward by making yourself accountable – both to yourself and to others. [click to continue…]

Writing productivity types – the quiz results are in!
4 writing productivity types

How DO people find the time to write? Are there optimal writing productivity types? I lie awake at night worrying about my own unfulfilled writing dreams and wonder how on earth I’ll help others achieve theirs. So, I swapped insomnia for surveys and put out a quiz. The results are now in and they’ve given me a whole heap more to ponder over! [click to continue…]

How do you find the time to write? Take the quiz
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People love writing. It makes them feel amazing. But they never have the time. Life is too darn busy. [click to continue…]

Why our writing community rocks and data geekery makes you feel less alone
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I love finding out how (and what and when and where) writers write. One of my favourite procrastination activities is researching other writers’ procrastination activities. I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes, and nothing beats attending a live event and getting the inside track on my favourite authors’ habits and routines. [click to continue…]

Bulletproof your goal setting with negative thinking
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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…]

How to write an academic article that gets published
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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.

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How to write effective LinkedIn articles
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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…]

Understanding your writing psychology will make you more productive
How to understand your writing psychology

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.

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The persuasive power of ‘when – then’ planning to make you a more productive writer
If When Then Planning

It’s all too easy to make promises and plans about your writing. To say that you’re going to finish writing a book, to plan on blogging every day. 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 when-then plan that attaches your writing goal to an everyday part of your routine. [click to continue…]