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Publisher's Summary

Do you want to write but can't seem to get started? Are you struggling to finish your novel or frustrated by your slow progress? Perhaps you are starting to worry that you aren't cut out for the writing life....
Let best-selling novelist and host of the Worried Writer podcast Sarah Painter show you how to skip past negativity, free-up writing time, cope with self-doubt, and beat procrastination.
Along with mega successful authors such as C. L.Taylor, Mark Edwards, and Julie Cohen, Sarah will show you how to:  

Smash writing blocks to finish stories faster
Manage self-doubt so that it doesn't stop you creating
Trick yourself into being more productive
Schedule your time to maximize your writing output and satisfaction
Plus many more tips and tricks!
Packed with honest, supportive, and hard-won advice, this is your practical guide to getting the work done. Don't let creative anxiety kill your writing dreams: Stop worrying and start writing today!
"Inspiring, comforting, warm and wise. Both new writers and established authors will find something helpful here." - Keris Stainton, YA author
"If Stephen King is your writing godfather then Sarah Painter is the writer's best friend - kind, honest and full of wisdom." - Annie Lyons, best-selling author of The Choir on Hope Street and Not Quite Perfect
"The best book on writing and productivity I have read in a long time. It tackles the fear and self-doubt we all feel when it comes to our writing in such an engagingly honest way, that there are times when I was laughing aloud because here was someone who truly understood. Written with such heart, Sarah, in her characteristically kind, and gentle way that listeners of The Worried Writer podcast have come to love and appreciate, offers solid, actionable advice that will inspire you to approach your writing with enthusiasm and renewed determination!" - Lily Graham, author of The Cornish Escape
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy Sloneker on 02-22-18

Nurturing Practical Tips from a Gentle Friend

What made the experience of listening to Stop Worrying; Start Writing the most enjoyable?

This is a relatively quick listen...yet quite comprehensive in terms of her tips, experience, creative ideas (the author's hat!) and other concepts. Overall, the performance and story were a delight. Also, a bit unique was her delivery...for me, I perceived it as calm, soothing and practical. She didn't "sugarcoat" some of the tougher-love elements, but her delivery was very gentle.
I have not experienced this with other "how-to" books in my many years as an audible listener.

What other book might you compare Stop Worrying; Start Writing to and why?

Relevant authors would be anything by Joanna Penn, Chris Fox, Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Helpful specific additions might be:
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Courage to Create by Rollo May
The War of Art, and Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

What about Sarah Painter’s performance did you like?

Definitely her voice and delivery.
Background ambiance was quiet and consistent throughout.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

My Dinner with Sarah Painter

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to more of her works.

Also, at the very mention of Sir Terry Pratchett's work, I felt I had found a friend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Georgia on 02-11-18

For every writer that worries

This audio-version of Stop Worrying; Start Writing is a wonderful addition to any writer’s audio bookshelf. Already the wonderful host of The Worried Writer podcast, Sarah brings all her warm encouragement and practical advice to the numerable worries and anxieties that many writers face. Starting from the very beginning, with setting up a good writing environment, and running all the way to post-publication, Sarah draws upon her own experiences to let writers know that they are not alone in their worries and offers practical solutions to their doubts and fears.

Each chapter delves into specific issues and contains a wealth of information that is brilliantly summarised at the end of each chapter to create bite-sized pieces of advice. Some of the topics discussed include: building the habit, setting goals, tackling procrastination, finding your community, and making friends with your anxiety.

Overall, I would highly recommend Stop Worrying; Start Writing to any writer as a brilliant addition to their arsenal when fighting fear, self-doubt, and procrastination.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie Perry on 02-08-18


What did you like most about Stop Worrying; Start Writing?

Sarah’s calming voice is perfect for the delivery of the useful and achievable advice she gives on how to overcome hurdles in novel writing, or the walls we build for ourselves as writers. She bravely reveals so many of her own anxieties that it feels as though she with you, leading you by the hand through the book.

Any additional comments?

‘Stop Worrying Start Writing’ has truly armed me against my worries as a writer, made me feel more confident to generate work and I will never think of my anxieties in the same way again (they have now turned into a small purple dragon).

Each chapter has a useful bullet point summary at the end, making the goals feel solid, defined and do-able.

I had already heard some of the tips from being a fan of the 'Worried Writer' podcast, but this book has put them all into one munchable chunk.

I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking to develop good writing habits and become a ‘writer who writes’!

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