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Rituals for Writers: Designing a Writing Routine that Works

Designing Writing Routines

Jane Austen did it every morning. Stephen King does it every day. Franz Kafka did it every night. Why have so many famous writers stuck like glue to a ritualized routine? Because it works.

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Pomodoros for Writers

Pomodoro Technique

So how do you focus your mind, turn down the background noise of emails and social media, and actually create the mental space you need to get the words out? One technique I’ve been using successfully for over a decade that helped me finish six books, is the Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo.

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8 worthy podcasts for writers

Podcasts for writers

I admit it: I really love listening to good podcasts. I was hooked on the medium long before I started doing my own podcast; I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years, listening to both fiction and nonfiction podcasts, how much work goes into a really good podcast.

That’s why I’ve pulled together a list of 8 podcasts I can recommend that I think are worth your time and attention as a writer. I haven’t listened to each episode of each podcast (that would be like eating every chocolate-covered cherry in every box, in every case and pallet in a candy factory truck), but I know what I like and at least 1 of these 8 podcasts is the right one for you wherever you are in your writing career.

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Getting Serious with Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne

The War of Art

TheRightTeam Book Recommendation from Senior Developer, Bob Walsh:

Serious writing is seriously hard. It’s not just imagining a whole entire slice of the universe you’re going to attempt to faithfully capture to your screen that makes it difficult–it’s all of the mind games that your mind plays with you, and on you, as you struggle to create as well.

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Writing success is a habit.

Writing Success is a daily habit

If there’s one thing that cranking out three books for Apress taught me, it is the absolutely paramount importance of three words: Write. Every. Day. If you don’t, it will hurt. A lot. I still remember the pain of being halfway through writing my second book, having taken two weeks off, and struggling to get back to the mental state where the words would flow again. Here’s what happens:

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