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Browse the (formerly Unslush) Draft Mode newsletter archive to find exciting tips, tools and links for writers galore.

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Flip-flopping around

Brilliant book covers, build a daily writing habit, work out your characters 'why', how to write a scene, and the ace Mary Ruefle.

Flip-flopping around
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66 best writing tools and tips 2021

Links to the best how tos, lists, videos, blog posts and writing tools that I've plucked from the internet over the last 12 months.

66 best writing tools and tips 2021
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Trick yourself

Christmas stories, a writing trick, distraction-free writing apps, George Saunders on revision, and how to market a book.

Trick yourself
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Drowning in drafts

Me on a podcast, books for writers, how to write an ace newsletter, build a short story collection, and a Pomodoro to do app.

Drowning in drafts
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Narrative kindling

Writing retreat updates, collecting story material, writing in present tense, Apple Notes tips, and NFTs for authors.

Narrative kindling
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Get it all out

Publishing slang, a timeline tool, how to grow a newsletter, writing a book in 10 days, writing fast and some great writing blogs.

Get it all out
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Perfectly positive thinking

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

Perfectly positive thinking
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Get ready for Pieces

My new pop-up newsletter, Wes Anderson on writing, fun writing exercises, Obsidian for fiction, habit and projects, beating writer's block.

Get ready for Pieces
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Just lying around

Free writing resources, getting unstuck, mapping your mind, common writing mistakes, and how to rewild your attention.

Just lying around
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The results are in

Finding your audience, keeping your thoughts close, beating creative block, avoiding perfectionism and beautiful bookmaking.

The results are in