Bec writes

Bec started blogging about writing habits in 2013. At the time she was managing a writers’ retreat centre and was fascinated by what motivates people to write and what holds them back. She writes regularly for publication about writing process, productivity, publishing, innovation, side hustles and creativity. Here’s a selection of some of her favourite pieces. There’s a full archive available on Medium.

How to pivot

Learning how to pivot is a crucial skill when making your ideas happen. However, the advice to ‘pivot to digital’ during lockdown has become an unhelpful cliché. Here’s a guide on how to pivot which looks at the original problem you’re solving, the solution you...

The Bookseller’s Lockdown Diaries: The Publishing Entrepreneur

Boilers are the masters of timing — they know the exact moment to inflict maximum disruption. Mine decided to call time on Monday 23 March 2020 a day that saw the biggest highs and lows of my entrepreneurial life. That evening was the Business Book Awards. My book,...

Become a better writer by being Stoical

Writers from Shakespeare to Elizabeth Gilbert have been inspired by the works of the Stoics. Here’s a primer on the philosophy of Stoicism and some ideas on how it can help your writing. What is Stoicism? Being a Stoic is about living a good and purposeful life. The...

The Stephanie Scott Interview

Stephanie Scott's acclaimed first novel What's Left Of Me is Yours took ten years to write and publish. It's been quite a journey, including leaving her job and cancelling her honeymoon to make time to write. Her prize-winning route to becoming an author should...

15 ways to support writers, publishers and booksellers

If books are important to you, if they have taught you valuable lessons in the past, or give you comfort and escape right now, act now to support books. With a spare minute, or some cash, you can transform the lives of writers, publishers and booksellers during the...

12 steps to build your happy hustle

In How to Have a Happy Hustle I share the inside track on making ideas happen. The book runs through the process used by innovation experts and startup founders to increase the success of their products, services, side hustles and small businesses. But it’s not all...

How to make time to write – 4 approaches to finding time in busy schedules

The main barrier to writing is not a lack of ideas but a lack of time. Our lives are packed to the brim with important and urgent things to do. Don’t wait for the perfect writing opportunity to arrive – you must make time. Learn about four approaches that other...

The gap between idea and implementation

Most ideas get stuck in the gap between the dream and the implementation. That can be the case if you're working in-house trying to develop new products, if you have a creative side project, or plan to start a business. Find out how to make your ideas happen. Spotting...

How to write a book in 100 days

Getting my book deal was the achievement of a life-long goal. Once the ink had dried on the publisher’s contract, reality set in. I actually had to write and deliver a book - 50,000 as yet unwritten words - in 100 days. There was no time to waste - I needed a plan....

From legacy to ‘lean’ — how publishing innovates

The biggest challenge to innovation in publishing is not tradition but mindset. Whenever an innovation project I was working on hit the buffers, I’d blame legacy systems and ways of working for holding me back. I wanted to start from scratch. Inspired by top-secret...
How to pivot

How to pivot

Learning how to pivot is a crucial skill when making your ideas happen. However, the advice to ‘pivot to digital’ during lockdown has become an unhelpful cliché. Here’s a guide on how to pivot which looks at the original problem you’re solving, the solution you...

Become a better writer by being Stoical

Become a better writer by being Stoical

Writers from Shakespeare to Elizabeth Gilbert have been inspired by the works of the Stoics. Here’s a primer on the philosophy of Stoicism and some ideas on how it can help your writing. What is Stoicism? Being a Stoic is about living a good and purposeful life. The...

The Stephanie Scott Interview

The Stephanie Scott Interview

Stephanie Scott's acclaimed first novel What's Left Of Me is Yours took ten years to write and publish. It's been quite a journey, including leaving her job and cancelling her honeymoon to make time to write. Her prize-winning route to becoming an author should...

12 steps to build your happy hustle

12 steps to build your happy hustle

In How to Have a Happy Hustle I share the inside track on making ideas happen. The book runs through the process used by innovation experts and startup founders to increase the success of their products, services, side hustles and small businesses. But it’s not all...