The Tyranny of One Day Thinking


I’ve been trying to finish the next draft of a play and it’s been problematic. Not because it is so difficult that I can’t do it or even that I don’t want to finish it – it’s because I seem to think I have all the time in the world.

I’ve always understood that my time on the planet is limited but bizarrely it hasn’t stopped me putting off my writing by making other things a priority. Until recently that is – when that false sense of eternity got well and truly smashed.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Story’s Chance of Winning

It’s lovely to win writing competitions and god knows there are hundreds of them out there.

So how about making 2017 the year you improve your chances of winning a competition? (Or that scholarship, residency, award.)

Sometimes winning these comps can be lucrative but I think the real prize has more to do with visibility and public acknowledgement of your genius ability. Yes?

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The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

You know, there are many things that can get in the way of committing serious time to writing – procrastination, the need to earn money, TV box-sets and good old-fashioned crippling self-doubt. But I recently learnt that one of the most common impediments to writing regularly is children.

I discovered this when a subscriber to my newsletter emailed me to say – please write an article about writing with children in the house. To be honest it’s not something I’ve given much thought to as I’m sans nipper.

But I was suitably moved by the heartfelt plea and figured the many writerly parents I know may have some insightful solutions – but no…

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