In his hugely popular podcast The Writer Files, Kelton 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…]
How to write
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.
So – you’ve decided. You’re finally going to get down to writing in 2018. Maybe you need to kickstart your blog, you might have a burning idea or you have some half-finished project you’re determined to complete. But when research shows that 92% of all new year’s resolutions rarely make it past January, how can you make sure your writing resolution sticks? [click to continue…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]