Keeping it together

A long bit of writing can be pretty intimidating. There’s a lot to think about: all the content, the order of it, and the actual writing of it. It’s not a surprise then that lots of us get so intimidated that we put it off for ages, and then as the dreaded deadline approaches, it comes gushing out of us in a sprawling splurge of prose.

One way out of this trap is to change the way you think about this writing. My contract for this book says I have to write a minimum of 45,000 words. Now, if I sat down every Saturday and Sunday morning (which is when I’m writing) worrying about how I got from word zero to word number 45,001 (just to show I didn’t ...

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