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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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4 Steps to Freewriting Your Way out of a Slump

I have a thought, perhaps out of the blue or perhaps in the midst of writing something else, and I give myself permission to pursue it on paper in an uncontrolled way wherever it wants to go-even if it digresses (which it usually does).

– Peter Elbow on “Unfocused Exploring”, Toward a Phenomenology of Freewriting

Perhaps the biggest roadblock to getting back into the writing game is finding dedicated time to actually write. But once you put your foot down, schedule in the time and actually sit down to put words down, the second biggest roadblock is not knowing what to write. I’ve found that guided free-writing really helps.

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Why Working Harder Isn’t the Answer to Your Writing Problems

The first piece of writing advice that everyone hears is the simplest: write. Do the work. Make the time. Create a practice. Write a certain number of words or pages every day.

Maybe you’ve heard the Edison quote: Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.

There’s wisdom in this advice – you must do the work. You need discipline, judgment, and command of the language. You develop the craft through effort.

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Reward Yourself for Writing

Making writing a habit is hard. That’s a given. However, one increasingly popular theory is to keep yourself in ‘writing shape’ by using a reward system.

But then that begs the question: What is a ‘reward system’ in the context of writing?

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4 Tips on Finishing What You Write

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Do you really really really really *deep breath* really really really really want to finish a book? A dissertation? A proposal? A blog post?

Then our simple advice to you (that will make it MUCH more likely that you finish your behemoth of a writing project) is…write with the end in mind.

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