Creative writing

NaNoYoga: stretch your writing muscles, fingers and toes
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Time for NaNoYoga – a mini-routine perfect for the word count busting November novelists and all other writers at any time of the year. Take five minutes away from your work in progress to stretch those creative muscles.  [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

A beginner’s guide to entering NaNoWriMo 2018
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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 writers get involved? And what’s the deal with it, anyway? [click to continue…]

How NaNoWriMo changed my life by novelist Julia Crouch
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From draft zero to published author, Julia Crouch wrote her first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She shares her life-changing experience with us and offers advice on how to find the time to start writing, beating procrastination, getting productive and most importantly – finishing your NaNo novel. [click to continue…]

The 5 biggest mistakes NaNoWriMo writers make
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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 (NaNoWriMo) winners’ circle. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 2: friends and family
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When writer John Lugo-Trebble got stuck with a mid-length piece of fiction, he recruited friends and family to get structured feedback. Using questions to guide their response, he received input and support to finish his novella, and get it published on Amazon where it’s resonating with a whole a new audience. He explains his beta reader process. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 1: critiquing partners
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Beta reading relationships are a great way of being held accountable in your writing practice. In this first part of a series on how to shape an accountability relationship, we look at critiquing partners and talk to a pair of writers who met on a writing course – and have been reading and giving feedback on each other’s writing ever since.

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5 reasons why being prolific leads to breakthrough success – a writing manifesto
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Some people equate being highly prolific writers and researchers with producing dross. They prefer to constantly refine and perfect The One Idea they have. Perhaps because they think their idea is so special. Perhaps because they think they’ll never have another idea again. Either way, we believe that the best way to improve is to be unashamedly and un-apologetically productive – writing lots, failing lots, picking yourself up, writing more and improving.  [click to continue…]

Overcoming imposter syndrome as a writer
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Why do so many writers suffer from imposter syndrome? Despite a career as a professional writer Natalie Persoglio felt she was an imposter when it came to her personal writing. Find out how she shook off her self-limiting beliefs to embrace her new found writing identity. [click to continue…]

How to find the novel writing course that’s right for you
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Art is subjective — but that doesn’t mean there are certain rules to adhere to. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to learn those rules. There are hundreds of ways to learn novel writing, and in doing so you’ll get opportunities to build a prolific writing habit alongside the technical knowledge you need for a writing career. But how do you find the novel writing course that’s right for you? Here’s a brief roundup of some of the more popular methods, as a start to finding your own path to becoming a better novelist. [click to continue…]