Practice Writing is simply the discipline of getting words onto paper. They don’t have to be great words, and they don’t have to be shown to anyone, but they have to be done. A regular habit is one of the best ways to improve your writing. It’s also one of the hardest habits to begin.

This site will help you get started.

One of the biggest blocks to sitting down to write is the thought ‘I don’t have anything to write about’. This is, of course, nonsense. You have lots of things to write about but when you sit down to write either:

A) they fly out of your head at the speed of light

or

B) your inner critic dismisses every single one of them as stupid

End result? No words get written.

My form of practice is a way of getting yourself past both of these obstacles: you have a prompt to respond to, and you do it fast so that your opinionated editor doesn’t get a chance to speak.

It can help both fiction and non-fiction writers find their voice. Because it is more structured than simply sitting down to write free flowing pages, there’s much less chance of you moaning about the laundry or work on the page, and feeling as if you’ve wasted your precious writing time. You may find there are themes you come back to, scenarios you keep playing out, and possibly even characters who come back to you again and again.

I try to post twice a week, plus send out a newsletter with more prompts in it. You can sign up using the email sign up boxes on the right, and they’ll come straight to your inbox, so you can do them whenever and wherever, or just come back and visit the site. I like it when you visit.

Want to know more? Here’s how to practise.