10 ways to avoid the sticky middle and build a writing system that works

At one time you couldn’t wait to get working on your writing project? But now you approach it with dread. Social media’s become cat nip. Writing sessions feel tortuous. You question EVERYTHING. Are you going backwards, forwards or around in circles – who knows?...

How publishers can help academic authors avoid early career burnout

Whilst many publishers and scholarly institutions do a great job of helping academic authors with technical blockers such as how to navigate the publishing process, how to select a journal, write to format or explain peer review...

How publishers can attract superstar scholarly writers

Highly-cited academic authors at the top of their game might seem unreachable for some publishers and scholarly societies. However, research reveals that understanding the motivations of these superstar scholars and leveraging their desire to write long-form and be...

Publish or perish: the barriers facing early career academic writers

Out of the many thousands of writers we’ve worked with, one group is under more pressure to write than others: early career researchers. We took a deep dive into the experience of academic writers at the start of their writing career to investigate the barriers they...
How Prolifiko changed my writing practice

How Prolifiko changed my writing practice

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...

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Why writing systems stop you from feeling scared

Why writing systems stop you from feeling scared

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...

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How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2018

How to keep writing after NaNoWriMo 2018

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...

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A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2018

A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2018

Autumn is loved particularly by writers: the smell of wood smoke, plastic Halloween decorations, warm chai lattes… and, of course, National Novel Writing Month. But if you’re new to writing, or have just been too embarrassed to ask — what exactly is NaNoWriMo? How do...

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The 5 biggest mistakes NaNoWriMo writers make

The 5 biggest mistakes NaNoWriMo writers make

In a mad dash to make it to the 11:59, November 30th finish line, writers must use as many underhanded (and overhanded) tactics they can think of to overcome their inner critics and write 50,000 words to earn a place in the hallowed National Novel Writing Month...

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Accountability part 4: business beta readers

Accountability part 4: business beta readers

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. Cara...

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Accountability part 3: the writing agreement

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...

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