Writing productivity tips

How to find the time to write
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The main barrier to writing is not a lack of ideas but a lack of time. Our lives are packed to the brim with important and urgent things to do. But, don’t wait for the perfect writing opportunity to arrive – you must find it. Learn how to find the time to write, discover how other people schedule their writing and try these simple exercises to find time in your over busy schedule. [click to continue…]

How to write young adult fiction – 7 lessons from an expert
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When author Liz Flanagan wanted to learn how to write young adult (YA) fiction she spoke to some of the best YA novelists in the world. Now a YA writer herself with two books published and a Carnegie Medal nomination under her belt, she reveals the advice that stuck.

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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 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
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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…]

Mayhem to manageable in a month: using Prolifiko to work from home
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Can Prolifiko be used for other working projects aside from writing? After spending 20 years working in offices, publishing supremo Simon Linacre landed a plumb, home-based job for US company. But he soon came to realise that teleworking can be tough without the structures of an office environment. So he decided to find out whether Prolifiko could help him work from home more productively.  [click to continue…]

Writing accountability: how other people help you achieve your goals
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Research shows that using other people to keep you on track leads to greater success in achieving your goals. Here’s some top tips on how other people can hold you to account. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 4: business beta readers
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When Cara Holland started writing her first business book, she needed people in her target market to feedback on content. Find out how she made the most of her local business network to recruit beta readers and worked with their feedback to improve her writing. [click to continue…]

Accountability part 3: the writing agreement

Writing accountability comes in all shapes and sizes, with writing buddies offering support, editorial advice, listening to you moan about the draft over coffee, and buying the champagne when it’s done. Some writers take accountability so seriously they’re prepared to sign a contract to hold themselves to account. Find out about the writing agreement. [click to continue…]