And a happy new year.
We're well into our third national lockdown in the UK. Schools are closed. Homeschooling three kids around self-employment is a ludicrous challenge. And we also have our now 15-month old keeping us on our toes too. There's a lot going on.
So, what I'm saying is, sorry I haven't sent you an email for several weeks. To try and make sure that doesn't happen again, I'm going to scale things back a touch. Shorter intro. Fewer links. But still the same golden balls of writerly goodness.
Links of the week
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I saw someone talking about this on Twitter and downloaded it on a whim. And you know what, I've actually found it rather fascinating. I currently write 1000+ words a day. Just in Slack.
Other online word count tools:
Bonus Google Doc tip: hit the SHIFT+CMD+C or SHIFT+CTRL+C if you’re on a PC to get all the stats on your document.
There is some great advice in this post by author, David Gaughran. Basically, build a website and mailing list. Then be very selective about where your social media energy goes.
This is an incredibly concise list of not-especially-practical writing advice. Which I don't normally go for. But there is some stuff great in here about acceptance and what to ignore.
Basically, give yourself permission to write a very rough first draft. I have not set any expectations for this year. But if I can get to rough-first-draft stage, I will be delighted.
If you haven't read this by Craig Mod already, I encourage you to do so. His approach is exactly how I would want to do it. It reads like a new business model for art.
Tweets of the week
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