Category Archives: Focus

How to Banish Interruptions from Your Writing Time

Happy to welcome Colleen Story back to WHW. She’s got some great advice on how to protect our time from interruptions so they don’t derail our writing sessions. Read on!  Some writers have complained to me recently: “I want to … Continue reading

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Harness Your Creative Momentum

Our own writing coach Gabriel Periera is coming off the high of her recent TED talk (yes, she’s done an actual TED talk) with some new ideas on how to stay motivated and move forward with our writing goals. If … Continue reading

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Owning Your Writing Career in 2018

For writers with a desire to draft, edit, or complete a book, the New Year is a shining beacon of hope and productivity. For 90% of the writing population, the first couple of weeks of January are a feverish haze … Continue reading

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The Different Kinds of Editing: A Breakdown (with Examples)

All writers need an editor. Stephen King needs one. JK Rowling needs one. You and me? We DEFINITELY need one. But this is where it gets confusing…because there are many types of editors. How do we know what we need? … Continue reading

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Got 15 Minutes? How to Write 500+ Words

Life is busy, and for many of us, writing happens in smaller blocks of time rather than in big chunks. If we fall prey to one of the many distractions that are competing for our attention, then BAM, that writing … Continue reading

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What Is the Real Purpose of Writing?

I would imagine that nearly every writer has an understanding of why they write. Most of us have been lifelong readers. Most of us have deeply respected and admired those talented people who produce movies in our head with nothing … Continue reading

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One Simple Technique to Improve Your Writing in 10 Minutes a Day

Summer is a glorious time, isn’t it? Drinks on the deck, barbecues, hiking, travel, maybe a day (or three!) at the lake…it’s like a reward for working our butts off all year around. But, with more things competing for our … Continue reading

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The Write Life: How To Enjoy Summer and Still Be Productive

When you live in a place like Canada where summer can be, er, fleeting, you feel enormous pressure to get outside and DO STUFF. And heck, no matter where you live, summer is a time to be with family, enjoy … Continue reading

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Distracted Writing: Is It Sabotaging Your Career?

We’re pleased to welcome Alex from Astrohaus, the makers of the Freewrite Typewriter, which is one of the coolest devices for writers I’ve seen. In fact, it’s so helpful we’re giving one away, so stick around for more on that. … Continue reading

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Want to Become a Successful Writer? Develop Your Intuition

There’s not a writer alive who doesn’t know what an Internal Editor is. He’s the guy in your head who sits back, half-loaded with gin, and snarks, “You’re not writing THAT are you?” and, “Wow…this character is your worst one … Continue reading

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