How To Write An Introduction

How to Write an Introduction: Your Three-Step Guide to Doing It Better, and Doing It Faster

Whatever you’re working on, you too can write excellent introductions by rethinking your writing process, and by taking a tip from journalism. 1.    Write Your Introduction Last Seriously. That’s because I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen writers stuck at the first sentence because they’re trying to write the introduction first. But […]

Great books for writers to read

Brilliant Books to Read if You Want to be a Better Writer

You want to be a better writer. But there are masses of books about writing and creativity out there. (A quick search on Amazon.co.uk shows over half a million results for books on writing, and over 30,000 on creativity.) Some are motivating, helpful and wise, and others are long-winded, dreary and humour-free. So here are […]

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Hectic Mum Finds Inner Peace Through Writing

Can you relate to that feeling of always doing, doing, doing and not ‘being’? Of filling your day with lots of activity and yet getting to the end of it feeling like you haven’t actually achieved anything or developed yourself in any way? That’s me at the moment and that’s why writing has become an […]

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Too Much Information! How to Find Quality Information Online

Not so long ago if you were writing an essay or doing research there were only books and journals, and looking for information often entailed a trip to the library. Today, with a smartphone and internet access, you can look up anything, almost anywhere. There’s an enormous amount of information on every conceivable topic that […]

Perfect Procrastination through Research

We writers know that research is one of the real three rs, don’t we? It’s the foundation of everything we do. Therefore, you have to take it seriously and do all your research up front before you start writing. Because you can’t start writing if you don’t understand your subject. Alas, no. If you happen […]

How to Relax Your Brainal Sphincter

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll know how strongly I recommend thinking of writing as a process. If you want to be more fluent as a writer, this perspective is a must. Today’s topic illustrates why. Have you ever sat down to start a piece of writing and felt paralysed by the activity […]

Got Writer’s Block? Try This Fix

Do you find writing difficult? I do. This may come as a bit of a surprise when you consider that for most of my life I’ve written a lot, and practically every day. I even write on my days off. Evidently a taste for difficulty lies somewhere in my psyche. For me, writing’s difficulty comes […]