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Trying to Focus? DO NOT Turn Off Your Internet While You Write

Consult any writing advice website or book, and you’ll likely encounter one particular tip. I’ve preached it myself. Margaret Atwood...

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Balancing Writing With Big Life Events

Kablam! That was the sound of my life just exploding. Don’t worry, it’s all positive. Pffffffff….. that was the sound...

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How to Write Faster: 25 Ways to Be A Prolific Writer (without the burnout)

I’m on a mission. I want to write faster, be a more prolific writer. I want to turn myself into...

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Let’s Put an End to Aspiring Writers (and start making real writers)

I recently surveyed a few hundred writers on ideas of what it means to be a writer, issues of a...

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10 Incredibly Empowering Books for Writers

What does empowerment look like for a writer? It’s usually in the form of a realization. The realization that you...

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Just How Rough Can A First Draft Be?

Anne Lamott called them shitty first drafts. On this site, I’ve called them fun and messy first drafts. It’s common...

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Are You Really, Truly Meant to Be A Writer?

I’m certain every writer I know has questioned, at least once in their writing life “Why am I doing this?”...

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

A confession. I’m a genre theory nerd. I love genre. I love working out where stories fit within genre. I...

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What is An Unreliable Narrator?

My story was almost finished before I realised I’d written an unreliable narrator. When the proverbial penny finally dropped, everything...

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