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How to make time to write

Plus how famous authors get ideas, writing about real people and a 100-day writing challenge.

Iain Broome
Iain Broome
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How to make time to write

Hello there

We are a year into the world of lockdowns, remote work and a general sense of unshakable existential dread. And that's if you've been lucky.

So how's your creative writing going?

Since I started using WordCounter I've learned, much to my surprise, that I knock out 1000s of words a day. Pretty good. Except the vast majority of those words go into Slack, emails and, more mysteriously, Google Chrome.

There's no doubt my fiction has suffered during the pandemic. So this post about different ways you can make time to write on the Prolifiko blog caught my eye. It's really good.

You'll find none of the useless 'just write' shenanigans. Instead, it outlines four approaches and includes some practical tips, from logging your time to creating a writing-specific calendar.

I'm just trying to work out what will work best for me as I continue to navigate this absolute nonsense all around us. If you have any suggestions to share, please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.

Did you know each email/post has comments? It's true. Over on the website.

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Stephen King, John Irving and Alan Hollinghurst on story ideas

Who doesn't like hearing famous authors talk about how they come up with their personal brain nuggets? Good news is there is some useful writing advice tucked into these talks too. Sorry they're all men though. Here's Margaret Atwood with 10 brill pieces of writing advice.

The 100 Day Writing Challenge

Tim Clare is an ace author, poet and podcaster. He created this audio course a couple of years ago and it's a great way to find your writing groove. You might also want to dip into the archive of interviews and excellent writing chit-chat.

What literary agents do and what it's like to be one

Absolutely super episode of the The Honest Authors podcast. Hosts and bestselling authors Holly Seddon and Gillian McAllister interview their own agents, including Sophie Lambert from C&W, who has the most impeccable taste.

Writing about real people

Nikesh Shukla has been sharing more tips in his newsletter and more specifically about writing a memoir. This edition is on writing about people that you know in real life and how to navigate the potential pitfalls that come with doing so.

Resources to help you network and get published

This is a good list of resources from author, Jini Reddy writing for The Lit Platform. It includes places you can get support for your work, communities you can join and magazines you can submit your writing to.

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