The Writer's Cookbook

Writing, productivity, publishing.

Can Toxic Friends Kill Your Productivity?

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Productivity for Writers.

If you find this post useful, please take a minute to share it with your (non-toxic) friends 🙂


Think back for a moment to when you were at school.

What was life like?

Were you popular?

A teacher’s pet?

An outcast?

I was somewhere between an outcast and a teacher’s pet.

Most of the teachers knew who I was, although I only paid attention to the classes I liked.

Some of my classmates knew who I was, others didn’t.

For the most part, this didn’t bother me.

I was perfectly happy with my circle of friends.

Or was I?

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Find out how to write about ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

How to Write About ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Remember that kid in class that could never sit still and was forever getting told off?

Some kids were forever in detention because they just wouldn’t do what they were told.

Some got off (seemingly lightly) because they’d been diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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We’ve moved!

After three years of The Writer’s Cookbook being hosted at JustHost, we’ve moved over to a new home at Krystal Hosting.

I’ve moved web hosts with other websites several times now, and it’s my least favourite part of having a website. However, it’s a necessary evil if you don’t want to pay a fortune for a hosting.

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Find out how I grew my Twitter following by 100 followers in a fortnight and you can too.

How I Gained 100 New Twitter Followers in 10 Days

Up until recently, my Twitter follower count was like a snail sliding its way through a marathon. It moved, but slowly.

Over the last few weeks, my following has gone from a snail to a butterfly. It has metamorphosed, and in just under a fortnight, I gained over 100 followers.

Sadly there seems to be something wrong with Twitter Analytics so the audience bar chart isn’t as accurate as it should be, so you’ll just have to take my word for it and try these tactics for yourself.

Find out how I grew my Twitter following by 100 followers in a fortnight and you can too.

Here’s how I grew my Twitter following by 100 followers in two weeks, and how you can, too.

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How to write anxiety

How to Write Anxiety

Anxiety is a cruel creature that can take over your life without you even realising it.

It can control everything from your day-to-day decisions to your career paths to your relationship choices.

And if you don’t know you suffer from it, it’s impossible to control.

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Scrivener vs Novlr: Which is the best writing software for you?

Scrivener vs. Novlr – Which is the Best Writing Software For You?

Scrivener and Novlr are two of the most popular writing programs out there for authors.

Unlike Microsoft Word, their sole purpose is to help you achieve your goal of writing your novel.

Before purchasing Scrivener a couple of years ago, I did all of my writing in Microsoft Word.

The further into a manuscript I became, the more difficult I found it to navigate.

As I don’t write chronologically, I’d have to either leave a note in the document or write scenes in separate files and piece them together as I went along.

It was a horrible process.

When I discovered Scrivener, everything changed.

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Preorder Your Copy of Productivity for Writers!

It’s been over eighteen months in the making, but you can FINALLY preorder your copy of Productivity for Writers!

Productivity for Writers is out on 29 September 2017!

Currently only Kobo is available, but other devices (including Amazon, of course) are coming soon!

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How Do You Know When Your Book is Ready?

First off, do you mean ready for an editor/beta readers, or ready for self-publication/submitting to agents?

They are all VERY different things.

Having published two books, sent a third off to beta readers (more on that soon), and studied Creative Writing, I’ve had to get good at knowing when my work is ready to share with people.

Sometimes it’s a case of the book is ready, but you’re not.

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Books lined up at the launch for What Happens in New York!

Happy Birthday What Happens in New York!

It’s one year today since What Happens in New York was published on Kindle and in print!

Where has the year gone?!

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Type Like You Mean it: How to Type Faster

One thing I never really thought about when I first started working on Productivity for Writers is just how fast I can type.

The fastest I’ve ever typed is about 1,000 words in 10 minutes.

I don’t do that often, but I can if I focus and know exactly what I want to write.

In most cases, it takes me about half an hour to write that much. I type about 120wpm.

There are people out there who type even faster (gamers and computer programmers, usually).

My WPM gets me to my word count fairly quickly, so I’m happy.

If you’re interested in how to type faster, here are some tips:

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