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Writing productivity advice from prolific author, blogger and podcaster Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn

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…]

How to set the perfect writing goal (and avoid approaches that fail)
How to set the perfect writing goal

So, you’re determined to finally finish (or maybe start) that writing project. Great news – but how do you kick off your writing goal in a way that means you’ll continue? Here’s an infographic that can really help:

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How to visualise your writing dreams and goals
Cara Holland Visualise your dream

Visualising your writing goals can be a first step towards making them a reality. Neuroscience shows that when you visualise something you stimulate the same parts of the brain as when you actually do it. We asked visual thinker Cara Holland how to visualise your writing future – read her step-by-step guide to drawing your dream. [click to continue…]

The writing productivity secrets of best selling authors from podcaster Kelton Reid
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In his hugely popular podcast The Writer FilesKelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of writing productivity and creativity. Having now interviewed over 70 top authors like Douglas Coupland,  Joanna Penn and Austin Kleon, we asked Kelton to reveal to us what secrets he’s learned along the way. [click to continue…]

Stretch your creative muscles with the writers’ yogi
Stretch your creative muscles

If sitting is the new smoking then writers have a 20-a-day habit. Throw in another packet if you also have a desk job. To stop getting a writer’s hump – or worse – you need to stretch from the tips of your typing fingers to your plot tapping toes. Find out the importance of taking a break to stretch your creative muscles. [click to continue…]

How to self-publish your novel: a guide for the overwhelmed
How to self publish your nov

Finished manuscript in hand, it’s tempting to dive right in and self-publish: but with a wealth of complex information out there, you may find yourself buried in self-doubt, only to sneak back to traditional agents and publishers, tail between your legs. So how how do you self-publish your novel? Here’s our simple, handy guide for the overwhelmed.

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A guide to the best creative writing blogs and vlogs of 2017
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For writers, it’s often best to consume information through the written word — but sometimes, video makes a healthy change. Without further ado, here’s our pick— in no particular order, of course — of the best writing blogs and vlogs you may not have heard of. [click to continue…]

How to fund your writing
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Writing is creative and subjective: if anyone’s told you it’ll pay off straightaway, run a mile. How to fund your writing is our real-world guide to making your writing pay. [click to continue…]

A beginner’s guide to journaling and freewriting
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Diaries are back in fashion — and with modern writing journals offering goal setting, habit tracking and writing inspiration, writers are beginning to fall back in love with the books they write for their own eyes only. Here’s our beginner’s guide to journaling and freewriting. [click to continue…]

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…]