The Productive Writer

Tips and tools to help you write more, stress less, and create success.
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The Productive Writer
Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success
by Sage Cohen
Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 978-1-58297-995-3
$16.99, paperback, 208 pages

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Sage Cohen, author of Writing the Life Poetic and The Productive Writer, waxes poetic about the writing life and finding your own unique place in the world.

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Find tips for capturing your writing ideas, as well as advice for creating templates and repurposing ideas that will save you time in your writing career.

About the book

The creative process can be treacherous, even for the most experienced writer. Facing the blank page, staying inspired, sustaining momentum, managing competing priorities and coping with rejection are just a few of the challenges writers face regularly.

The Productive Writer is your guide to learning the systems, strategies and psychology that can help you transform possibilities into probabilities in your writing life. You’ll sharpen your productivity pencil by learning how to:

• Set clear goals—and achieve them
• Create a writing schedule that really works
• Discover what keeps you writing, revising, and submitting
• Carve out writing time amidst the demands of work and family
• Weed out habits and attitudes that are not serving you
• Organize your thinking, workspace, papers and files
• Increase your odds of publication and prosperity
• Use social media to build an author platform
• Get comfortable going public and promoting your writing
• Create a sustainable writing rhythm and lifestyle
• Accomplish what matters most to you

Create the writing life you most desire. The Productive Writer will help take you there.

About the Author

Sage Cohen teaches the popular online class Poetry for the People. She is the author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to Your Productive Writing Life
Chapter 1: Harnessing Potential
Chapter 2: Claiming Your North Star: Platform
Chapter 3: Thinking Productive Thoughts
Chapter 4: Putting Vision Into Action
Chapter 5: Capturing, Saving, and Repurposing Ideas
Chapter 6: Reinventing Your Relationship With Time
Chapter 7: Scheduling Time and Tasks
Chapter 8: Tapping Your Source
Chapter 9: Putting Information at Your Fingertips
Chapter 10: Navigating Transitions
Chapter 11: Embracing Fear
Chapter 12: Writing in the Margins of a Full-Time Life
Chapter 13: Virtual Vigilance
Chapter 14: Mastering Your Momentum
Chapter 15: Revising, Finishing, and Building on Success
Chapter 16: Publishing and Landing Gigs
Chapter 17: Sustaining Meaningful Relationships
Chapter 18: Going Public
Chapter 19: Spreading the Word
Chapter 20: Skipping Down the Hill
Index
Gratitudes

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