How to be kind to yourself AND write more

How to be kind to yourself AND write more

  Does anyone even remember their goals and dreams from January at this point? I mean. Mine are in my planner so I have an idea of what they were, but... let's say I'm not entirely on track. You know what though? It doesn't matter. This year has been hard, and what's done is done. It's what we do next that matters. And we still have nearly...

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Free online writing retreats to see you through lockdown

Free online writing retreats to see you through lockdown

We can't go to the writing retreat... so the writing retreat is coming to us.  I've seen people posting "Shakespeare wrote King Lear while quarantined for the plague!", as though we should all be able to sit down and pour out a masterpiece in the next few weeks while in Coronavirus lockdown. And, well, hopefully some people will.   But even if...

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Win a scholarship place on the Six Month Novel

Win a scholarship place on the Six Month Novel

Win a spot on this year's Six Month Novel, and complete your draft by September   Writing a novel is hard work, and perhaps the hardest part is getting to the end of a first draft, creating something that feels like it could, one day, be an actual novel in a shop. Doing it alone with no support is even harder, which is why the Six Month...

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What would you write if you weren’t afraid?

What would you write if you weren’t afraid?

I'm just back from the first writing retreat of the year with a really lovely bunch of writers. We had a few chats over the week about the value of time away from normal life to think differently, and for me that brought up the way we think the same things over and over, and how these things we tell ourselves and the emotional...

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Make 2018 your best writing year yet

Make 2018 your best writing year yet

Hooray, your 2018 writing planner is here! I LOVE goals. I get why people hate New Year's Resolutions - I do too. They just seem like setups for failure to me. But looking at last year to identify the frustrations I want to change and actually celebrating the good stuff? Dreaming about the life I want to live next year and working out ways to...

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Christmas gifts for writers

Christmas gifts for writers

Now, we writers think we are easy to buy for. Easy. A bit of stationery and we're happy! The people who love us may beg to differ though, so I asked lots of writers what they actually want to make life easier. You're welcome. Here are the best suggestions... Please, for the love of sweet baby gingerbread men, help us actually sit down and write!...

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