Accountability part 4: business beta readers

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When Cara Holland started writing her first business book, she needed people in her target market to feedback on content. Find out how she made the most of her local business network to recruit beta readers and worked with their feedback to improve her writing. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 3: the writing agreement


Writing accountability comes in all shapes and sizes, with writing buddies offering support, editorial advice, listening to you moan about the draft over coffee, and buying the champagne when it’s done. Some writers take accountability so seriously they’re prepared to sign a contract to hold themselves to account. Find out about the writing agreement. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 2: friends and family

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When writer John Lugo-Trebble got stuck with a mid-length piece of fiction, he recruited friends and family to get structured feedback. Using questions to guide their response, he received input and support to finish his novella, and get it published on Amazon where it’s resonating with a whole a new audience. He explains his beta reader process. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 1: critiquing partners

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Beta reading relationships are a great way of being held accountable in your writing practice. In this first part of a series on how to shape an accountability relationship, we look at critiquing partners and talk to a pair of writers who met on a writing course – and have been reading and giving feedback on each other’s writing ever since.

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How to develop a publishing strategy and advance your academic career

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You might think you have a publishing plan for your PhD but what if it’s the wrong one for you and your academic career? Academic publishing expert Simon Linacre, director of international marketing and development at Cabells, argues that being strategic is about where, how and when you publish your research – and this makes all the difference between scholarly success and failure.  [click to continue…]

How not to freak out your writing brain’s fear centre: lessons from neuroscience part 2

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Have you ever start a challenging writing routine or a new fitness regime only for it to fail a few days later? If so, don’t blame yourself – blame your brain! When you take on something that’s too ambitious or too complicated, you can trigger your brain’s fear centre – and this leads to overwhelm. But you can control your brain using two simple methods, both harnessing the power of neuroscience… [click to continue…]

11 questions writers ask us about writing productivity

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I love being asked questions by writers. When I ran a writers’ centre they ranged from the profound to the practical. For the past few weeks I’ve been back on the road talking to writers. I ran workshops and gave talks on writing productivity, I was interviewed for podcasts and webinars, and for five weeks Chris and I ran ‘Ask Me (us) Anything’ sessions on Facebook live. I got asked A LOT of questions – here’s some that stuck. [click to continue…]

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