Binge writing – reclaim your route to writing productivity

Binge writing

The science shows that binge writing sucks – it’s less productive, leads to fewer ideas, more procrastination and even depression. But our research shows it’s the most common pattern of finding time to write. We need to take back binge writing and make it something to feel proud of. Here’s how to make it work for you within the busyness of your life. [click to continue…]

A beginner’s guide to writing horror novels

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One day, I had an idea for a story about vampires, a church, and a plucky heroine. It was going to be darkly funny, with lashings of gore and one-liners, floaty black cloaks and lace — just like old Hammer movies. I started writing. But as I set out to navigate university, buying a house and grown up life, the story fell by the wayside… and soon, I realised my story was changing, too. Here’s what I learned from writing my first horror novel.

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Writing goals: How to achieve your big writing dream in small steps

Achieve your writing goal in small steps

We’ve had over 3,000 people take our writing challenges so we know a thing or two about goal setting. We know that having a poorly thought through writing goal – one that’s vague or has no real stakes attached to it is just as bad as having no goal at all. And we also know that having a good goal – one that’s specific and personal to you – can make the difference between finishing and failing. Writing goals: Here’s all our best tips condensed. [click to continue…]

Tracking: How to use reflection to optimize your writing routine

The benefits of tracking your writing

Writing is hard but with the right systems, you can make your writing life easier – and that means you’re more likely to write. Saying that, sometimes the best systems in the world won’t help – you need a nudge and some support to get going – and keep going. And this is where tracking and reflecting on your writing progress can really help. [click to continue…]

Achieving focus: How to kill your procrastination gremlins for good

Achieivng focus and killing your procastination

Writing can be hugely rewarding but the process of reaching The End can be a challenge – and that’s why we procrastinate. But it’s only by knowing when and how you get side tracked that you can kill your procrastination gremlins and keep. Here’s how to use the science-backed methods of ‘choice architecture’ and ‘controlled breaking’ to keep focused your writing. [click to continue…]

Scheduling: How to find the time to write in 5 easy steps

Schedule your writing time

You’re busy – I get it! Sometimes it feels that your daily schedule so jam-packed full of activities that it’s impossible to write. But in reality, it won’t be. There will always be nooks and crannies that you can use to do some writing – or do something that contributes to your writing goal. You just need a way to find this time and that’s where scheduling or ‘time blocking’ using our traffic light method can really help.

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Writing routines: Why systems beat willpower – every time

Why writing routines beat willpower

All writers are different – they approach their projects in different ways and are motivated and demotivated by different things. But they are the same in one way: they all need a plan and a system. Because without a system you’re just relying on your willpower – and that’s really hard. So, here’s two practical, actionable methods you can use to get a writing routine that will help you write unthinkingly.  [click to continue…]

What do editors do? Understanding the author–editor relationship

What do editors do?

There is an industry tale about a novelist (no longer with us) who fought tooth and nail with her publisher if they dared to alter a single punctuation mark in her manuscripts. The situation was – how can we put this? – challenging. On the verge of despair, the publisher finally found an editor who could work with the author. The books were published to wide acclaim, and enhanced by clever editing. So what happened? [click to continue…]

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