How to keep writing using rewards

Whatever you’re writing it’s important to keep motivated and keep moving forward. That’s when rewards can power up your writing productivity. However, there’s more to rewards than treating yourself to a big slice of cake after crafting the perfect sentence. Find out...

Build a rock solid writing routine with the psychology of habits

‘How to build a writing habit’ is clickbait for writers. Habits are a magic bullet to kill procrastination and end struggles with willpower. But beware! Writing does not meet the scientific definition of a habit so striving for the gold standard will end in failure....

Writing systems: finding yours, why it matters

Everybody writes differently but one thing’s the same. The writers who have a more balanced, easier and less wrung-out relationship with writing have all developed some kind of personal system to keep them going and to stop them from stalling. Before lockdown I used...

How to make time to write – 4 approaches to finding time in busy schedules

The main barrier to writing is not a lack of ideas but a lack of time. Our lives are packed to the brim with important and urgent things to do. Don’t wait for the perfect writing opportunity to arrive – you must make time. Learn about four approaches that other...

How to set a writing goal: the ultimate guide

Writing goals are important because they give you something to aim for. They give you the structure, direction and clarity you need to keep moving forwards with your project. However, the wrong goal can become a millstone that demotivates and leads to delay, and make...

Prioritize your writing – make writing matter and make it happen

You’re busy. You’ve got a job, family commitments, a life that fills your calendar from dawn until dusk. But you’ve also got dreams - a creative idea, a book you want to write - or you’ve got plans for an article you need to write, a blog to update. If your writing...

A guide to tracking your writing – why noticing how you write will transform your practice

Tracking can be a powerful tool for behaviour change. It helps you build writing habits and routines, improve your productivity, and make you feel more positive about writing - which means you'll be more likely to continue. Get started with this complete guide to...

The complete guide to writing accountability – hold yourself to account and use others to help you achieve your writing goals

Writing accountability comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether you like to keep your projects secret or enlist others to support you, we’ve got you covered in this complete guide to writing accountability. Find out why it matters, get inspired by the ingenious methods...

How to stop procrastinating for good: a guide for writers

Some writers assume that procrastinating means engaging in frivolous activity - but that’s not true. Work can be procrastination, research can be procrastination, planning can be procrastination. It has many different forms and the less visible it is, the more...
How to keep writing using rewards

How to keep writing using rewards

Whatever you’re writing it’s important to keep motivated and keep moving forward. That’s when rewards can power up your writing productivity. However, there’s more to rewards than treating yourself to a big slice of cake after crafting the perfect sentence. Find out...

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The secrets of successful collaborative writing

The secrets of successful collaborative writing

In 2013, Alice Campion sent the manuscript of a novel she’d just finished called The Painted Sky to Penguin Random House Australia in the hope they might be interested in publishing it. They were. In fact, the publisher was bowled over. In an email back to the author,...

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How to avoid the willpower trap

How to avoid the willpower trap

We’re taught from an early age that trying to do such and such is admirable – and indeed, it can be. But in reality, making yourself do anything through willpower alone is a trap. It's demoralising and rarely gets results. Forcing yourself to write, stay focused or...

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Overcome your writing blocks with obstacle thinking

Overcome your writing blocks with obstacle thinking

Many things get in the way of writing - from the siren call of social media to children clamouring for attention. Find out what obstacles writers face and how to battle your writing baddies with obstacle thinking. Learn to WOOP with some help from video games. The...

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You have less time than you think – and that’s OK

You have less time than you think – and that’s OK

Feeling time-poor, burned out and unable to concentrate on your work in progress? Changing how you feel about the time you have can transform your writing practice. It all starts with noticing. No time to write The most common complaint we hear from writers is that...

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Do you believe in writing myths?

Do you believe in writing myths?

You’d never call Cheryl Strayed (pictured) a shirker. Today, her books regularly hit the bestseller lists, her memoir Wild was made into an Oscar-nominated film. She’s successful and prolific by any measure. But for years she was stuck – she didn’t write a thing. She...

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Writing systems: finding yours, why it matters

Writing systems: finding yours, why it matters

Everybody writes differently but one thing’s the same. The writers who have a more balanced, easier and less wrung-out relationship with writing have all developed some kind of personal system to keep them going and to stop them from stalling. Before lockdown I used...

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