With schools reopening this week, there’s a definite new-term vibe in the air – which is the perfect opportunity to commit to a new writing routine. Here novelist, short story writer, playwright and CWP tutor Hannah Vincent offers her top five writing tips.

  1. Write every day – this doesn’t mean you have to sit at a proper writing desk. Just do what you can to keep your project/s live.
  2. Make yours an embodied practice – if your character is walking through woodland take yourself off to some woods
  3. Read loads – read for research and read for pleasure… make your reading broad and deep
  4. Study hard and learn from other writers but don’t be afraid to try something new
  5. Find your community

If you’re looking to cement your writing practice this autumn, why not sign up for the Advanced Writing Workshops – a year-long course with author and CWP tutor Laura Wilkinson where you join a community of writers who are committed to finishing novels or collections of short stories and who are looking for a critical and supportive audience for their work in progress. The workshops are a place where writers can meet regularly to discuss the creative process and inspire and energise each other.