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…]

How successful academic writers stay productive with Helen Sword

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Helen Sword is a guru in scholarly writing circles. She’s spent a decade finding out what makes academic writers tick and publishing evidence-based books and articles about various aspects of scholarly writing and publication. Whilst her research has focused on academics, it applies to any writer wanting to smash their writing goals and strike a more balanced relationship with their muse.  [click to continue…]

The planning fallacy: Why you miss your deadlines and how you can stop

The Planning Fallacy

If you’ve ever missed a deadline the planning fallacy may well be the culprit. It’s the tendency we have to underestimate the time it will take us to complete something – whilst knowing full well that similar tasks have taken longer in the past. It’s based in an innate biological bias towards optimism – but if you want stop missing your deadlines and start hitting them, it’s something you need to master – here’s how. [click to continue…]

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