Atlantic Wire: 15 Excellent Tips for Writing a Book

For the practically-minded, check out two highly recommended software aids for helping with productive writing:

  1. Scrivener — I’d never used this before, but I think I’m quickly becoming a fan. (Free to try, $45 to buy)

  2. Self-Control — excellent for limiting internet-related distractions. Better than others I’ve tried.

Sure, we’ve all probably heard, read, told or been told some of these tips (“Planning. Planning. Planning” is always going to be good advice). But the truth of the matter is that sometimes, we still need to hear it anyways.

  1. When I’m writing a book I only read other books that somehow inform my book. If it doesn’t serve my process — no matter how much I want to read it — I don’t. I suspect there are a lot of people who will give the opposite opinion (take a break from reading about your subject matter, etc.), but I’m not one of them. This is your time to be completely and justifiably obsessed. So go ahead — bask in the madness.” — Peter Conners (Growing Up Dead)


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