Another edition of Draft Mode for you, the newsletter for folk like you who enjoy exciting links to content that helps you improve, promote and publish your writing. I'm Iain Broome by the way, in case a) you are new here (👋) , or b) you quite reasonably forgot.
Somewhat inexplicably to me, the otherwise lovely Ghost doesn't have search built in. So I have had to do some amateur coding to make it happen. You'll find a pretty little search icon in the site header and it seems to work quite well. (I need to sort the tags out. One thing at a time.)
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Links of the week
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An age old question, but a really important topic for aspiring writers to understand. I like this video because it goes into detail about the process of working with an agent and all the stuff they do that doesn't get talked about. From experience, a good agent is worth their weight in all the very caratiest gold.
A short and wonderful letter from the inimitable Nick Cave on inspiration, being a creative person and treating it like any other job.
The most important undertaking of my day is to simply sit down at my desk and pick up my pen. Without this elementary act I could not call myself a songwriter, because songs come to me in intimations too slight to be perceived, unless I am primed and ready to receive them. They come not with a fanfare, but in whispers, and they come only when I am at work.
Pretty good quote that, right? That last line is the truth.
An app that combines a few ideas, including daily writing prompts, goal setting, document management and you know, a place to actually write. I can't say this is for me, but it could be for you and there is always room for new ideas on the app front.
I really like the look and feel of this app/service for tracking your reading. It's like Goodreads but without all of the nonsense. Super simple. Some interesting features in the pipeline. If you want to log and monitor your reading habits, seems like a winner to me.
I'm always suspicious of these blog posts. There are very few reasons to write 1000 words an hour. But what you'll find here on the Freedom blog is actually a whole load of small tips for setting up your writing space, preparing for work and then getting stuff done. It's mostly pragmatic stuff. Which I can get behind.
Tweets of the week
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