• Track Your Writing Habit

    December 3, 2019 by

    It’s easier to write when you write regularly. I’m not suggesting you ignore all of your other commitments to spend hours at your keyboard every day. That’s actually not very productive or pleasant. What works, in this case, happens to be what’s easier: writing little and often. Commit to writing for at least 15 minutes… Read more

  • Reward Yourself for Writing

    December 3, 2019 by

    We, as humans, respond well to definite, positive rewards. I know of a writer who lines up their favourite sweets on the desk and they get one for every 100 words they write. Another buys a couple of decadent truffles from a local chocolatier every Friday if they met their goal to write for at least 15-minutes… Read more

  • Keep Your Work Safe

    May 30, 2019 by

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing the first draft of a book about writing a book about your business. As I was preparing to print the first draft so I could start revisions, it struck me that reading this excerpt sooner rather than later could save some of you from a future headache.… Read more

  • The Embodied Writer: How to get physically healthy in a sedentary desk job

    May 21, 2019 by

    As writers, we can often feel like heads on sticks. Our focus is on the mental world, where the cognitive tussles of structure, logic, and creativity take priority, and the body is easily forgotten. Yet as writing is such a desk-based, sedentary pursuit, it’s vital that to stay healthy we become more embodied in our writing practice. But how to do this, when it seems that the very conditions of our occupation limit our opportunities for physical movement?

  • How to Quickly and Easily Outline Your Writing

    February 21, 2019 by

    In my previous post, I discussed how to craft a thesis statement. If you have yours to hand, get it out—you’ll need it for your outline. If you haven’t written one yet, reread the previous post and write one. Once you have a thesis, you’re ready to outline. Before I continue, I should confess that… Read more

  • The Best Way to Focus Your Topic

    February 7, 2019 by

    I’ll begin by stating the obvious; whether you’re writing a blog post, an article, or a book, you need to have a point. Now, you need to state that point in a single sentence.

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