Category Archives: Writing Tips

Beat procrastination with one simple question

Sometimes I put off writing (I don’t have the answer to something, my room is too cold, I don’t like my main character, doing a synopsis is EVIL, any reason big or small), and then time passes and another week has gone by and I’ve still done nothing. You know you’ve done it too. Then a […]

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What kind of writer are you?

Do you frolic, freely but aimlessly, in the flowered meadows of your imagination? Or are you sobbing into your pillows after yet again failing to find the Muse in the dark caverns of your soul?   Find out what type of writer you are with this highly scientific* quiz. *totally and utterly made-up. No scientists […]

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Joanna Penn on writing a book: what happens after the first draft?

Joanna Penn is the author of ‘Career Change’ and the #1 bestseller ‘How To Market A Book’. She also writes the bestselling ARKANE thrillers under J.F.Penn and currently has 7 books on the market in various formats. Her site for writers has been voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for writers 3 years running and offers articles, […]

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10 ways to make sure you hit your writing goal

At the start of this month I suggested setting yourself a writing challenge to complete by the end of 2013. My challenge is to complete a novel draft and the first major structural review, meaning that if I want to let it settle for a month I need to finish the first draft by the […]

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The ultimate productivity hack for writers (that I don’t want to hear)

Mornings? Ugh I’ve always hated mornings. We had to get up before 6 for our school bus and I had the same conversation with my mum almost every single morning, words I barely knew I was saying through the mental fog: ‘It’s too early, I don’t want to go to school today.’ ‘I know. Let’s […]

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Novelist Judy Astley asks: can I actually ever write another publishable sentence?

In last week’s newsletter I posted a comment from a survey I did a few years ago by someone who still gets The Fear after 15 books. ‘Often I feel I can’t write another good sentence.’ Shortly afterwards I had a message on Twitter from author Judy Astley: It turned out it wasn’t Judy who’d […]

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Overwhelm! How to write when your head’s ready to explode

  If you’re working and trying to write, or if you’re trying to balance your own writing with paid writing or family commitments, you’re probably stressed. You’re trying to keep track of a thousand different responsibilities, ideas, appointments and tasks, juggle friends and family and actually have a life. When your head is full of […]

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Procrastination and present-bias

Temporal proximity, our brain’s bias towards the present, and some techniques to overcome procrastination. My favourite tip is to accept that you WILL procrastinate. It’s no good thinking you’ll do what you should when you should, you have to accept that you are likely to procrastinate and find a workaround in advance.

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Got the novel-draft blues? Try this motivation trick

You know that feeling when you get part-way through a large writing project and all of a sudden it feels like the worst thing ever written in the history of time? You go to bed one night pleased with your progress, wake up the next morning and everything’s vanished. All the ideas and the enthusiasm, […]

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Why every writer should blog

Today’s guest post comes from George Copeland, a freelance features and content writer who can find on Twitter @WordsOParadise.   It doesn’t matter how good you are as a writer, or if you have ‘hidden talent’. As someone who kept my own talent hidden away from public eyes, I know that hidden talent means nothing if […]

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