From writers’ block to biscuits

notepad with cupcake

Our second week has settled into a routine as new users join and set goals, and current users track their writing. Apart from the occasional vortex, things are as they should be. It gave Bec a chance to leave her desk and go into the world and talk to real people. Here she runs through some of the week’s writerly activity.

Star writers

This week’s goal achieving stars include Tammy Perlmutter and Katya Harris. Hurrah and well done.

Week 2 achievements

Katya tweeted to say she’s now finished two stories since joining a fortnight ago. Her tweet asked if it was a coincidence.

Katya's tweet

Apparently research has found that getting a new app is enough to improve productivity for its first two weeks of usage. I feel a fortnight challenge coming on for new users…

The prize for most organised writer goes to Giselle who shared an update on submitting to the BBC Writers’ Prize – a week early. Her superlative deadline setting tactics meant she avoided internet doom and was able to get on with her travel plans. Note to self – do not leave everything to the last minute.

Giselle writers competition post

Writers are writing

Louise Richardson joined and set herself a goal of writing 50,000 words. She wrote 4,089 words this week. Keep going Louise – we’re cheering you on.

Louise Richardson

Novelist Wyl returned to his first draft this week and found himself stuck. Yikes – it seemed to be a case of writers’ block. We’ve all been there and it’s not nice. He posted an update asking for advice on how to get going again. His Write-Track friend Arike came to the rescue and posted a practical suggestion:

Wyl's question

In his next update, Wyl said he’d got a blank sheet of paper “and started writing instead of doing what I’ve been doing for the last few nights, which is mulling over what I’ve written already, and it started flowing again. Thank you:)”

Thank you Arike for wielding your plunger and unblocking the words.

Pinning for research

I recently wrote about the value of social media and how writers can use it to support their writing. Pinterest can be a displacement activity as we while away the hours looking at pretty pins. It can also be a valuable research tool providing visual prompts to help descriptive passages. Kathryn Hewitt used it this week to get to grips with what her pirate selkie character might wear. Do have a look at her inspirations on her board Maybelle and we’d love it if you could share your boards, or tell us about how you use social media to support your writing.

pinterest

Goal of the week

We salute JS Millard for her fabulous goal ‘Kick in the pants’.

A kick in the pants

If you need a writerly kick in the pants, remember you can set yourself notifications on Write-Track and get a friendly nudge to track. As I was out and about this week I didn’t get a chance to get much writing done which triggered my reminder. I set it to give me a kick in the pants after three days of inactivity.

Notification email

Time for a break

I’m a big fan of treats to keep me going and like many writers the biscuit tin provides sweet rewards. This week we were asked ‘what kind of a biscuit’ Write-Track was. We put the word out on Twitter and got some fabulous answers, ranging from rich tea (“because they are like sharks – perfectly evolved for their task”) the humble digestive, jammy dodgers, and the hob nob – if only for the delight of saying nob in polite conversation.

In the cause of vital research I stumbled across a blog on the very same question – what’s the best biscuit for writing. I urge you to read Ian Martyn’s critique of biscuit varieties (individually wrapped and unwrapped) and find out how the digestive rates on the crumb scale.

Go on, treat yourself.

Bec Evans About the author: Co-creator of Prolifiko, Bec has spent a lifetime reading, writing and working with writers. From her first job in a bookshop, to a career in publishing, and several years managing a writers’ centre, she’s obsessed with working out what helps writers write.