The Alchemy: A guide to gentle productivity in your writing

By Anna Vaught

An intimate writing guide that is for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their craft.

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The Alchemy is about writing a book - a work of fiction of whatever kind - when you thought you could not. This is a book for everyone, but with a particular eye on those who are tired and lacking in confidence, who are disabled, chronically ill or perhaps carers for a loved one who would struggle without them.

Essentially, this has been me for some time now and that is how I know about productivity and challenging what it is. Not from deadlines, spreadsheets, and flow charts (although those things are excellent), but from learning to work with what I had, when I could and, also, in learning that writing your book happens all the time. In laying all this out, I am going to offer you various essays full of ideas and personal experiences and I am also going to suggest writing exercises as I go.

Finally, I am going to offer thoughts on sending out work and navigating the industry, looking after your mental health as you go, This could be a book for beginners, or it might be for you if you are stuck in your habits and practice; perhaps you are newly unwell or constrained in some way or perhaps you just need a pal to guide you through the day to day with the book you wanted to write.

As we go, you will see occasional tips from other writers I know and I have chosen them because they are a. brilliant and b. compassionate, so you are in safe hands.

Let us begin.

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