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WRITING EXERCISE: Endurance

To finish any writing project, endurance is the key ingredient. Endurance through the discovery of a first draft. Endurance through the repetitious slog of editing. Endurance through self doubt, imposter…

Pep & Prompt #10: Do More By Doing Less

Hey there, writerface! This week’s Pep & Prompt is lovingly borrowed from our procrastination-smashing mini course: 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit (sign up for the freebie version, starting…

WRITING HACK: Harvesting Kids’ Ideas

Writing is theft. We steal mannerisms and snippets of dialogue and memories and life experiences all the time. It’s what we DO. And you know where the very richest seam…

WRITING EXERCISE: Walk it out

We’re going on a story hunt… It’s summertime. Forget about the housework. Slap on some suncream, stick on your stomping shoes and let’s get out of here. Today’s task is…

Get in the writing ZONE

Ahhh ‘the zone’. That mystical plane of existence in which the words flow and inspiration is channeled directly into our brains and we become mere vessels for unbounded creativity and…

WRITING EXERCISE: Location, location, location

The ability to transport yourself into a fictional location is pretty vital for a writer. But it ain’t easy. Describing imaginary places and spaces so a reader can vividly visualise…

Writing Lessons From Groundhog Day

Well hey there. Who’s ready for some tough talk about how setting yourself up for failure can be one of the most helpful approaches to writing? Yes! Failure! One of…

Deconstruct Your Summer Read

Hey. Watcha readin’ this summer? Something light and fluffy or something deep and meaningful or a mix of both? Something you’ve read a zillion times before? Something someone recommended to…

The Story Genius of Moana

If you’ve got (or have ever had) small children in the house, it’s likely you’ve watched and re-watched your fair share of animated movies, possibly to the point where you…

How to Write in 30 Second Bursts

No time, no motivation, no muse, no brain, no writing, blahhhhh mehhhh ughhhh etc. Fuck that. None of us have time. Motivation is self-propellant. The muse is a slippery bitch.…
writing exercise overheard voices

WRITING EXERCISE: Overheard Voices

Dialogue! One writer’s bane, another’s best friend. Some characters are naturally chatty while others find it hard to string a sentence together. And do they always say what they actually…

Pep & Prompt #8: Make A Book Cover

Today’s Pep & Prompt is ripped straight from our super productive (no, really) mini course: Seven Ideas in Seven Days! Have a bit of pep, do a lil’ prompt, then…

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