Do yourself find going back over to read what you wrote the day before, tweaking a comma here and there or moving some words around, but never actually getting the darn thing to a single editor or reader?
‘I know a shedload about my topic, but my audience is starting from zero. I don’t want to water down my message. What do I do?’
Should I use ‘I’, ‘we’ or ‘you’ in my writing?
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).”
‘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 toys and a mountain of washing. I was ready to throw the whole damn 50,000 words out theContinue reading “Successful writers know that grit is more important than talent”
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”
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 clothingContinue reading “Why starting a blog will save you time in your biz”
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).”
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.)”
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”