Creative writing

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…]

Comedy writing: starting out, when not to and how to break the mould
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I used to make myself laugh all the time. Now, it’s significantly less — usually just earning a self-deprecating roll of the eyes — but a love of comedy writing still runs deep. Here’s my round up of the best tips for breaking into comedy writing.  [click to continue…]

Writing productivity advice from prolific author, blogger and podcaster Joanna Penn
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With 28 published books Joanna Penn is prolific by most standards. Her print books, however, are just the beginning – those 17 novels and nine non-fiction books by three author names are the foundation for 110 e-book and audio products; that’s dwarfed further by her 1,300 blog posts, 360 podcasts, 500 videos, a handful of short stories, and a side-line writing sweet romance with her Mum. All of this has been achieved in 10 years – the time researchers reckon it takes to master a skill. So how does this New York Times bestselling author manage it? [click to continue…]

#100DaysOfWriting – the gentle approach to writing productivity by novelist Jenn Ashworth
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Writers’ block hits – you’re overwhelmed and paralysed by the fear you’ll never write again, let alone be productive and build a regular writing routine. Do you give up or take action? Find out how novelist Jenn Ashworth created #100daysofwriting to overcome writers’ block and fall back in love with her book with a gentle productivity challenge.  [click to continue…]

The writing routines of top writing coach K.M. Weiland
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K.M. Weiland is one of the best known writing mentors and coaches in the world. An internationally published author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, Weiland also mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors and writes historical and speculative fiction too. How does she get down to write and what processes does she use? She talks exclusively to the Prolifiko blog.

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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…]