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Perfectly positive thinking

Handling rejection, tweet every day, build atomic habits, Ulysses writing workflows, how to write a great synopsis.

Iain Broome
Iain Broome
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Perfectly positive thinking

Welcome to another edition of Draft Mode, the newsletter for writer-folk sent by me, shed-based author-nit, Iain Broome.

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A handy summary and notes on Atomic Habits by James Clear

Everyone reckons that Atomic Habits by James Clear is the book to read if you want to get stuff done in this day and age. If you don't have time to read it, you might prefer this summary and to watch the video by YouTuber Ali Abdaal.

How to build an audience on Twitter: tweet every day

I'm not good at this. Not good at all. But I do know the times I have got some traction on Twitter has been when I've posted consistently. Same applies to this newsletter, actually. It's almost like you get better at something and people take notice if you do it all the time. Crazy talk. This is from the ilo blog – ilo is a great Twitter analytics tool.

A Complete Ulysses Writing Workflow

I use the excellent Ulysses for writing my fiction. I love having everything in one place instead of tucked away in a labyrinth of Word documents. This is a good overview of how you might set Ulysses up for all sorts of purposes. It's written by Josh Ginter for The Sweet Setup.

The key elements of a great novel synopsis

If you've ever written a synopsis, you'll know that it's twice as hard as writing an actual novel. These tips from the Bath Novel Awards come in the form of a very handy Twitter thread. But if you want to investigate more, they've written up a blog post called the essential one-page synopsis.

Will Dean on rejection, confidence and hope as a writer

Another video for you this week. This is author, Will Dean talking eloquently about the realities of being a writer and facing up to rejection. The truth is it's all part of the process. And that's why it's always important to try and keep some perspective. And practise that perfectly positive thinking.

Tweets of the week

Tweets are but mothballs in a cupboard of bad fashion choices. But some of them are quite good. You can follow @iainbroome and @DraftModeHQ on Twitter.

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