The positive creative impact of limits

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Everyone has their own method of coaxing their creative gene out of the bottle – but the myth still lingers that true creativity only appears when the mind is set free from constraint and allowed to wander. Whilst it might work for some, research now proves that to be creatively productive requires you working within boundaries and creative limits. Setting limits on your creativity sharpens up your thinking and makes you more productive long term. But how do you limit creativity without limiting it?

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How to smash your 2019 writing resolution

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So – you’re committed. Your New Year’s resolution is to write. But whether you want to kickstart your blog, finish that manuscript or get that burning idea out of your head – you need a plan. After all, you won’t want your 2019 writing resolution to go the same way as 92% of other resolutions (ie. the wrong way). So, here’s our practical, 9-step guide to making sure your writing resolution sticks in January – and beyond.  [click to continue…]

How Prolifiko changed my writing practice

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Until about six months ago I loved writing but always found it an agonising process. This might sound odd for someone who earned their living by writing and who has kept a journal for thirty years. But it’s true. I was so gripped by ‘not good enough’ worries that I found it painful to write and my writing practice suffered as a result. But I was driven to do it. I love writing, but it was almost a form of torture punctuated by enough waves of blissful creativity and flow to be addictive. [click to continue…]

Three reasons why early career researchers suffer with writing stress

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Starting out in any career is going to be tough – and academia’s no different. But the interim findings of our study into scholarly writing practice suggest that early career researchers – those in years one and two of their career – find it particularly tough and that’s something that could impact their publishing productivity and wellbeing long term. [click to continue…]

Why writing systems stop you from feeling scared

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Over the past few months we’ve been digging in to how academics and students write – the kind of tactics they use, how satisfied they feel, what holds them back and what haunts them at night. We’ve had nearly 600 people take our survey and whilst the research is amongst scholars, the findings are relevant to all writers, and one thing is clear: a writing system is key. [click to continue…]

How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2018

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As feverish National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) writers across the globe step back bleary-eyed from their overheated keyboards – some with 50,000 words in the bag and others with rather less – how do they keep writing when there’s no deadline to hit? Here’s our 6 step guide to keep super-productive post-NaNoWriMo. Read more

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