Writers Toolkit: Writing Every Day

Sure, we’ve all heard it by now: if you want to be a writer, you’ve gotta get into the habit of writing every day. After all, Stephen King built his career on writing 2,000 words every day, according to his memoir, On Writing. NaNoWriMo extols the productive virtues of doing 1,666 words a day, on … Continue reading »

21 Blog Posts Every Writer Should Read

Ever since Speakeasy was launched in 2006, we’ve been linking to news, advice, and resources scattered around the internet. This slowed down a little in 2013, courtesy of the time spent redesigning AWMonline and migrating Speakeasy to its new home, but we figured we’d kick off 2014 with a bang and put together a comprehensive … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Marketing guru Seth Godin recently launched a kickstarter project for his next book. Although Godin’s move to the kickstarter model is interesting in and of itself, I’m far more fascinated by the post over on We Grow Media about  Godin’s campaign in which Dan Blank examines the way an argument is being positioned in Godin’s Kickstarter … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

John Scalzi has a very matter-of-fact post about what it takes to become a New York Times Bestseller. There’s no great secrets there, but its a great example of an author looking at their own success and contextualising the work it took them to reach that point. The fluidity of content in ebooks allows authors … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

We open our Fry-Up with the news that the Spunc (the Small Press Underground Networking Community) has announced its Inaugural Independent Publishers Conference and a new prize for small publishers, The Most Underrated Book Award. The conference is set to take place at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, in November of this year. Writer’s Beware has a great post … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

First up, a couple of posts you may want pass on to those closest to you. Justine Larbalestier offers advice to friends and family: You Don’t Have to Read My Books. Dave Farland offers more advice for the friends and family who surround the writer: Keeping Writers as Pets. Author Leah Peterson blogged about receiving … Continue reading »

Friday Fry Up

Preparing to do the edit on you latest manuscript? Agent Rachel Gardener presents a quick and dirty list showcasing How to Cut a Thousand Words Without Shedding a Tear. A lot of the advice may sound familiar, but her comment on the math of editing is brilliant and incorporates some of my favourite advice about first drafts … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

One of my favourite writing blogs, Booklifenow, has come back to life after a long hiatus this week and among the kick-off posts is a bit of useful advice for working during air travel and the bluntly titled you need a website. The advice to pack a small power-board along with your laptop is brilliant, … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

We’re big fans of being online here at the Speakeasy, but we’re equally aware that sometimes you just want to shut off the internets and get stuff done. How to Go Offline (and Not Kill Your Site) starts off with some handy tips for stepping away from your online platform, but it ends with an … Continue reading »