Why writing belongs on your calendar (and why waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t the best way to get your book written).

I used to sit and wait for inspiration to strike before I started writing. I spent more time thinking about the fact that I wasn’t writing than actually writing.  There was always something else that I should be doing—another email that needed replying to, another meeting I needed to attend or a cupboard I neededContinue reading “Why writing belongs on your calendar (and why waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t the best way to get your book written).”

Successful writers know that grit is more important than talent

‘That’s it’, I told my husband. ‘I’m quitting’. Sitting in the sunshine, sipping lattes and penning my thoughts. That’s what I’d thought it would be like to do a PhD. Instead, here I was surrounded by discarded kids toys and a mountain of washing. I was ready to throw the whole damn 50,000 words outContinue reading “Successful writers know that grit is more important than talent”

How to develop a daily writing practice

If you write, you’re a writer. Simple as. If you’ve heard before that you should be writing daily, but still find it a struggle, I hear you.  This isn’t one of those hero’s journey stories where I say I never used to be able to write daily and now I’ve been writing every day withoutContinue reading “How to develop a daily writing practice”

Why starting a blog will save you time in your biz

I recently made a series of videos for social media. If you know me, you’ll know this is a massive step for me and way out of my comfort zone. This time last year, I’d have used any excuse not to appear on camera–haven’t washed my hair… urgently need to alphabetise my clothing or washContinue reading “Why starting a blog will save you time in your biz”

Why a vision board isn’t the answer to finishing your book (or why systems trump goals).

When was your last writing date?⁠ ⁠ When is your next?⁠ ⁠ If your answer to either of those questions is ‘I don’t know’, then it’s time to put writing on your calendar my friend. ⁠ A regular writing habit—one thing that the most prolific, most published and most contented writers have in common (it’sContinue reading “Why a vision board isn’t the answer to finishing your book (or why systems trump goals).”

Why you should stop proofreading your work right now! (Or why writing for content, editing, and proofreading should be three separate steps.)

Do you ever find that you open your work-in-progress document and keep reading back over what you wrote in the last session? Perfecting every sentence and making sure the flow is just right? I’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. I’d win the prize for perfect prose every time, but it’d take me an age to getContinue reading “Why you should stop proofreading your work right now! (Or why writing for content, editing, and proofreading should be three separate steps.)”

What motherhood taught me about writing

Should I tell my PhD supervisor I’m trying to get pregnant? This question – posted anonymously on Twitter recently by a third-year PhD student – really got me thinking about my own PhD journey. I had my first baby in my second year of my PhD and my second two years later, but it wasn’t inContinue reading “What motherhood taught me about writing”

Detox your to-do list

Who doesn’t love the feeling of ticking things off the ‘to-do’ list?  Get the kids to school. Tick. Hang the washing up. Tick. Answer emails. Tick. Ring the library. Tick. Write the article. This one will probably go on tomorrow’s ‘to do’ list. Sound familiar? The truth is that long ‘to-do’ lists don’t necessarily getContinue reading “Detox your to-do list”

Successful writers know that it’s not about the critics

It can be frightening to publish our writing. Putting something out into the world can make us feel exposed. And we worry about what the critics are going to say. Do you get a chill when you hit publish or send an email to your list? Watch this talk from Brené Brown, expert on courage, vulnerability, shameContinue reading “Successful writers know that it’s not about the critics”