The Writer's Cookbook

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What will Brexit mean for the publishing industry?

How Will Brexit Affect Publishing?

It’s been over a year since the UK voted to leave the EU in the EU Referendum, and we still don’t know what that means for any of us.

We have no idea how it will affect the Brits, the Europeans, or those further afield.

So far all we really know is that it means we have less money to spend abroad.

Ever since the UK voted to leave the EU, the value of the British pound has been under $1.30.

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Find out why multitasking is a myth and what you should be doing instead.

Why Effective Multitasking is a Myth

They say that women are better at multitasking. Who this ‘they’ is, I’m not sure, but they shouldn’t be encouraging women—or men—to multitask.

Multitasking isn’t good for productivity. It’s terrible for it.

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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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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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6 Writing Myths That Are Holding You Back

We’ve all dreamt of creating a world as well-respected and worshipped as J.K.Rowling’s Wizarding World. We’d be lying if we said that we didn’t. Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible for most of us. It’s sad, but true. While it’s important to aim big, it’s also important to be realistic in what we can achieve as writers. The truth is, no matter what path we choose, fewer and fewer writers each year make a living from what they write, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or even journalism.

Here are 6 writing myths and the realities behind them.

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Everything I’ve Learnt in 2016 About Writing, Publishing, and Productivity

2016 has been one hell of a year. The Western political landscape is more up in the air than it has been in most our lifetimes. Neither the UK nor the US know what their futures hold, and the repercussions of recent events will be felt throughout Europe and across the globe.

But the political landscape isn’t the only thing that’s changed this year.

2016 was the year I published my first book. It was the year I pushed myself so hard I had a break down, and I didn’t realise what I’d done until I had no energy left to function. While I accomplished a lot in the first half of this year, I accomplished very little in the second because I just had no energy left to do anything else. Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race.

That being said, I am proud of what I accomplished this year, both personally and professionally. I’ve learnt a lot, and I can use those lessons to help me move forwards in 2017.

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How to Write About Depression

Depression. We’ve all heard of it. We all think we know what it is. But do we?

Depression isn’t just about feeling down, nor is it about what goes on in our heads, but what happens in our bodies, too.

Studies show that as many as 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. That means you know someone—probably several someones—with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder or something else. It’s therefore important that when we write about these things we do so accurately, sensitively, and honestly.

I’ve written in the past how to write about psychopathy, sociopathy, and panic attacks. Now it’s time to find out more about depression, and how to write about it…

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Why Do You Write?

Working on Productivity for Writers recently has got me thinking about the reasons I write, and what I want to achieve with my writing. It’s also made me realise that the reasons why we write can affect how much we write, how often we write, and how we feel about what we write.

Take teenage me. I wrote because I wanted to write. I enjoyed it. The most successful projects were the ones my friends became attached to: the more they pestered me for new chapters, the faster I wrote.

On some occasions, that was enough. On others, it wasn’t. On those occasions where it wasn’t the self-doubt took over and I fobbed off my friends with excuses about why I couldn’t write because I had ‘writer’s block‘.

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How to be Productive When Your Health is Working Against You

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog front lately. I miss talking to people and discussing writing and productivity, but the truth is I just don’t have the energy. I’ve been struggling on and off since the book launch, and the last few weeks it’s been really bad. I manage to get to work and somehow function there, but when I get home I’m ready for a nap. I try to soldier on, get some editing done, but progress is slow.

I don’t want to neglect the blog, but my fiction comes first.

So if I blog intermittently over the next few months I apologise. Once What Happens in London is out and my health is on the mend I’m hoping to be in a better place to tell you all how to be really productive no matter what, but in the meantime here’s how to write when your health is working against you…

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Why Boredom is a Luxury, and How to Overcome it

How often do you say ‘I’m bored’?




I can’t remember the last time I was bored.

I used to say it a lot when I was a child. Almost every day. I had so much time I didn’t know what to do with it. I’d go and whinge to Mum and Nan until they found me something to do. It usually amounted to going out somewhere, plonking me in front of the TV, or putting a game on the PC for me to play.

Fast forward twenty years and I don’t have the time to be bored. What with a full-time job, long-term relationship, chores, commuting, writing books, writing poetry, writing blog posts, social media, marketing, graphic design, sewing, baking, cooking, reading and socialising, there’s just too much to do!

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