Christopher Pope

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Your first draft sucks — and it’s supposed to

Your first draft sucks — and it’s supposed to<p>What do you feel when you finally bring yourself to work,(if you’re like me, after a lot of …

Writing

What Your Cover Says About Your Book

The reality of snap judgments, and why it matters<p>We’ve all heard the phrase. In fact, I’m not even going to type it out, because I know you know it. …

Writing

6 Reasons to Personality-Test Your Novel’s Characters BEFORE You Start Writing

A novel’s only as good as its characters, right?<p>Sometimes it just clicks<i>,</i> as you realise something you knew about yourself but could never have put …

Psychology

10 things I learned by writing 2000 words a day and 60000 in a month

So the story goes like this, One day I decided that I need to have my own blog.So before launching my website, I decided that I must write 30 …

Writing

Stop Chasing Perfection, hit Publish

<b>We all strive for perfection.</b><p>With every sentence carved, each carefully placed comma or semi colon.<p>A writer longs for perfection.<p>I write, re-write …

Creative Writing

Why you should write — and how you should.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing “— Benjamin FranklinWhat was the last time you wrote about something? <i>Could be</i> …

Creative Writing

Want to Write a Book? Here Are 5 Powerfully Effective Ways to Find the Time You Need to Do It

Writing a book is not an easy thing to do, but the rewards for you and your business can make it well worth your time.<p>Don't let anyone tell you that writing a book is easy--it's not. Writing a book is hard work. My very first book--<i>Negotiating to Win</i>--was published in 1991, and I have written, …

Writing

45 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is shorter than the normal range of short stories, which are generally 3,000 words or more. The precise length remains somewhat …

Creative Writing

Writing Confessional

When I was a boy I had a dog named Donald. He’s the guy in the picture above, eating from my mother’s fork, on the cover of my recently published …

Pets

How to Position Your Book to Create the Most Significant Impact

A tried and true method for finding your next (or first) book idea.<p>If you are reading this, you probably have a somewhat loose idea of what you want …

Writing

How to write a book: 11 tips on creating a bestseller from published authors

While it's easy to romanticise writing a novel on the side, knowing how to actually write a book and where the F to start can be a little daunting. Here, 11 published authors, who will be at Hay Festival between 24 May - 3 June, share their tips and tricks for starting your next masterpiece. And …

Writing

How Writing Everyday For The Past Year Drastically Changed My Life

Unlikely lessons I learned in finding success with writing so you don’t have to.Iremember it like it was yesterday.I was working at a fine dining …

Creative Writing

7 Writing Exercises That Help Me Get Back to the Writing Groove

I’ve heard others declare that writer’s block doesn’t exist, that it’s nothing but a feeble excuse some people have for not writing.I beg to …

Creative Writing

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Book While Working Full-Time

I dream of a day when I can wake up, sip my coffee, write some morning pages, and then work on my latest novel until dinner. Unfortunately for me, …

Writing

How I became a Top Writer with only Three Articles

Why I don’t buy into the philosophy of publishing every dayLately my Medium feed and Daily Digest have been full of articles praising the value and …

Writing

5 Steps to Improve Your Writing Skills & Enjoy More Business Success

As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you master one important trait to help you succeed: great written communication.<p>Without communication, a …

Writing

Plotting When You Hate Plotting

A guide for writers like meIf you’re a serious plotter, you don’t need to read this unless you want to see how the other half (or three quarters, or …

Creative Writing

7 Methods for Writing Your First Draft

<b>Introduction</b> <b><br>The Seed</b>Every story is—at the beginning—<br>the same opening of a door<br>onto a completely unknown space. <i><br>–Margaret Atwood</i>Every work of fiction …

Writing

How I wrote a 100,000-word novel in four weeks and what it did for my copywriting

We were on holiday when it happened.<p>What happened?<p>I discovered I was a novelist. Here’s how it went down.<p>“You know,” my wife said, “the difference …

Writing

How I Got my First Paid Writing Gig after 9 Months of Leaving my Day Job

In July 2017 I left my 9–5 job without any clear idea of what to do next. I thought I would find some way to make money within a month or so.I was …

Writing

How to overcome writer’s block

What to do, when you hit the proverbial wall.The first key of writing is to write, not to think.-William ForresterIf you’ve ever written anything, …

How To Write Wherever You Go

You can choose to write anywhere, any time — if you really want toLike many of you, writing isn’t my full-time job. I spend most of my time suffering …

Stop Writing! Start Reading!

In the past few days, I’ve taken to sitting in the backseat of my car; my metaphorical car, that is.I’ve been trying my best to write and publish …

Creative Writing

A Framework That Will Help You Tell Amazing Stories

There is a class of entertainment that is underrated, in spite of its external success: stories about telling stories. Hit shows like <i>How I Met Your</i> …

How I Went From 0 to 10,627 Monthly Views In My First 60 Days On Medium

When I started writing on Medium in January, I didn’t have a clue about how to write a good Medium story.My first my stories only got a handful of …

4 things writers should stop worrying about

<i>This article originally appeared on PR Daily in April of 2017.</i><p>Writing at work causes so much stress. So many questions. So much doubt.<p>Is this comma …

My 5 Step Plan on How To Write Every Day

I have a confession.I have a very hard time staying consistent with my writing. I know the importance of being consistent, of showing up every day so …

What tools do you use to write?

What the Editors of The Writing Cooperative Think<b>Justin</b><b>: I tend to scratch ideas out using Apple Notes. Those ideas are then transferred into either</b> …

In the gap between writer and reader, the novel comes to life

There’s an exercise I sometimes get members of book groups to do: I ask each of them to draw a picture of the cabin from my first novel, <i>Our Endless Numbered Days</i> (2015). The building is carefully described in the book: one door, single storey, two windows, a stove with a chimney that pokes out …

Creative Writing