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How to write a short story – 8 expert tips
How to write a short story

Short story writing might be a super-popular way into long-form writing fiction but don’t mistake short for easy. Here, prize-winning short story writer and novelist Rachel Connor, shares her eight best coaching tips teaching you how to write a short story – from beginning to end.  [click to continue…]

How to write a memoir – 7 tips from an expert
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When Jackie Buxton was diagnosed with cancer, she did what she always does when life presents her with a challenge: she started writing. Author of award-winning book Tea & Chemo, Jackie shares her 7 best tips on how to write a memoir and develop a piece of life writing. [click to continue…]

How to be prolific: Joanna Penn in conversation with Bec Evans
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Why is being prolific so important for long-term success as a writer? And how can you develop your own creative process so you can be more prolific? That’s what Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn podcast asked me. Here’s an edited extract of the interview where we discuss how to be prolific. [click to continue…]

How to smash your 2019 writing resolution
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So – you’re committed. Your New Year’s resolution is to write. But whether you want to kickstart your blog, finish that manuscript or get that burning idea out of your head – you need a plan. After all, you won’t want your 2019 writing resolution to go the same way as 92% of other resolutions (ie. the wrong way). So, here’s our practical, 9-step guide to making sure your writing resolution sticks in January – and beyond.  [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

How to develop a publishing strategy and advance your academic career
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You might think you have a publishing plan for your PhD but what if it’s the wrong one for you and your academic career? Academic publishing expert Simon Linacre, director of international marketing and development at Cabells, argues that being strategic is about where, how and when you publish your research – and this makes all the difference between scholarly success and failure.  [click to continue…]

How to be a prolific author with science writer Brian Clegg
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Brian Clegg is a highly prolific author of 68 fiction and non-fiction books. Yep, you heard me, 68 – and counting. Now one of the world’s top popular-science writers, Clegg first cut his teeth in journalism after a corporate career.  We interview him about his motivations, his writing process and how he keeps going.  [click to continue…]

How to be a prolific academic: The writing strategy of superstar scholar, Adam Grant
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It’s official, being a highly prolific academic is the best indicator for scholarly success. Research looking at the careers of 2,800 of the world’s top scientists found that those who published the most papers also had the biggest breakthroughs and accumulated the most prizes. All well and good, but how do you get so prolific in the first place? [click to continue…]

How to overcome 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…]