Writing habits

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…]

#100DaysOfWriting – the gentle approach to writing productivity by novelist Jenn Ashworth
jenn ashworth

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…]

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…]

Binge writing – reclaim your route to writing productivity
Binge writing

The science shows that binge writing sucks – it’s less productive, leads to fewer ideas, more procrastination and even depression. But our research shows it’s the most common pattern of finding time to write. We need to take back binge writing and make it something to feel proud of. Here’s how to make it work for you within the busyness of your life. [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…]

Tracking: How to use reflection to optimize your writing routine
The benefits of tracking your writing

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…]

Achieving focus: How to kill your procrastination gremlins for good
Achieivng focus and killing your procastination

Writing can be hugely rewarding but the process of reaching The End can be a challenge – and that’s why we procrastinate. But it’s only by knowing when and how you get side tracked that you can kill your procrastination gremlins and keep. Here’s how to use the science-backed methods of ‘choice architecture’ and ‘controlled breaking’ to keep focused your writing. [click to continue…]

Scheduling: How to find the time to write in 5 easy steps
Schedule your writing time

You’re busy – I get it! Sometimes it feels that your daily schedule so jam-packed full of activities that it’s impossible to write. But in reality, it won’t be. There will always be nooks and crannies that you can use to do some writing – or do something that contributes to your writing goal. You just need a way to find this time and that’s where scheduling or ‘time blocking’ using our traffic light method can really help.

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Accountability: How to keep writing using rewards and people pressure
Accountability can help you write

Whether you’re writing a blog or a blockbuster, it can be a lonely and difficult old business – but it doesn’t need to be and in fact it shouldn’t be if you want to keep going. It’s important to keep yourself motivated and moving forward by making yourself accountable – both to yourself and to others. [click to continue…]

Writing routines: Why systems beat willpower – every time
Why writing routines beat willpower

All writers are different – they approach their projects in different ways and are motivated and demotivated by different things. But they are the same in one way: they all need a plan and a system. Because without a system you’re just relying on your willpower – and that’s really hard. So, here’s two practical, actionable methods you can use to get a writing routine that will help you write unthinkingly.  [click to continue…]