Practical author tips

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…]

7 step training plan for running a personal writing sprint
Writing Sprint

Writing sprints provide boundaries which in turn, give you clarity and focus. The idea behind them is to move your project forwards quickly over a short, intense burst of time. A sprint’s not so very different from a writing splurge or binge, but it’s more focussed and less stress-inducing. It follows a direction and has some simple, tried and tested rules which means you start off right. So, here is your 7-step training plan for running a personal writing sprint to turbocharge your progress.  [click to continue…]

How to smash your 2019 writing resolution
New Year Writing Resolution

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 Prolifiko changed my writing practice
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Until about six months ago I loved writing but always found it an agonising process. This might sound odd for someone who earned their living by writing and who has kept a journal for thirty years. But it’s true. I was so gripped by ‘not good enough’ worries that I found it painful to write and my writing practice suffered as a result. But I was driven to do it. I love writing, but it was almost a form of torture punctuated by enough waves of blissful creativity and flow to be addictive. [click to continue…]

NaNoYoga: stretch your writing muscles, fingers and toes
NaNoYoga 5-minute yoga flow for NaNoWriMo

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…]

11 questions writers ask us about writing productivity
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I love being asked questions by writers. When I ran a writers’ centre they ranged from the profound to the practical. For the past few weeks I’ve been back on the road talking to writers. I ran workshops and gave talks on writing productivity, I was interviewed for podcasts and webinars, and for five weeks Chris and I ran ‘Ask Me (us) Anything’ sessions on Facebook live. I got asked A LOT of questions – here’s some that stuck. [click to continue…]