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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

©2017 Sarah Painter (P)2018 Sarah Painter

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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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Super helpful!

'Stop Worrying; Start Writing' reads like a little informative gem of a book that Sarah has been putting together for many years, in reading countless other books about writing, and through her own experience as an author. Initially, Sarah very kindly allowed me a review copy of the audiobook (which I listened to three times because she has such a calming voice) but I then went and bought the physical book anyway because I wanted to be able to highlight and easily go back to all the parts where I was thinking 'oooohh right'!

Reading this feels like having a serious talking to - in a kind way. It feels like she's sitting you down, and saying, "Right, come on. I'm going to help you get your act together". Because of this, it's not just helpful if you're an aspiring writer, but for me with essay-writing at university too. I'm terrible for procrastinating, and she gives lots of advice and ways of tricking or encouraging yourself to get down to business. Her tone is perfectly judged so that it's evidently coming from a place of empathy and sincere want to help other writers struggling.

On the topic of tone, I also really liked how conversationally this book is written. The fact it's self-published I think suits it perfectly, because you really feel like Sarah's reaching out and talking directly to you. I learnt from reading this about the idea of adopting an online 'mentor' of another author whose advice, books and content you can follow for help - well this book definitely felt like one-on-one mentoring for me.

As someone who appreciates clear, neat structuring, I also thought this aspect was well done; everything's clearly laid out, with key points summarised at the end of each chapter, and quotes from her podcast (The Worried Writer) meaning you benefit from the wisdom of lots of other authors too.

It doesn't matter whether you're struggling to come up with something to write about, writing or editing your first draft, post-publication and between novels, or a seasoned author - there's something helpful in here for everyone (I know, because I've read/heard it four times). If you're at all interested in writing, I would recommend picking this up; it's great for motivation. It's a small book so not a big investment of your time and I'm sure you'll get something out of it, no matter if you're writing fiction or essays like me! (Or go have a listen to her podcast! It's my favourite.)

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Coming from a very understanding place.

Sarah Painter has written a very helpful book with a genuine understanding for us writers. There are many tips to help you along the way to beating those doubts. And, with it all tied up in a warm soothing voice, I found it an absolute pleasure to listen while traveling to work. Highly recommended for people at a crossroads in their writing. Just some good old positivity. Something we can all do with. Thank you.

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Empowering!

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.

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‘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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  • 04-05-18

Good For My Collection

This is another book that will fit well in my collection. The tips were presented well and I will revisit it many times as I expand my writing career. I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 17-08-18

Great Read

Stop Worrying; Start Writing: How to Overcome Fear, Self-Doubt and Procrastination by Sarah Painter was a great and helpful read. This book gave great tips and tricks on the best way to put everything else aside and just start writing.

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  • Beth T. Irwin
  • 11-05-18

You NEED this book!

FABULOUS advice! Everything from dealing with anxiety (LOVE the Worry Dragon) to dealing with writers block. Picked up some great ideas. New authors or total newbies considering publishing need to listen to this. Even experienced mid-listers will pick up an idea or two.

If you're not familiar with her podcast, this is down home, I've got your back, been there done that writing advice given in the confidential tone of a best friend sharing hard won personal experience over a favorite beverage during a writing conference. No pontificating from on high. This is advice from the trenches.

Her recommended reading list at the end is excellent. Tidbits you don't get from other advice books like dealing with those negative sorts determined to point out all the reasons you'll never make it are worth it on their own. I loved that she gave the inexperienced listeners permission, knowing how many are waiting for permission to be authors. Love the writer's hat bit.

I was nodding my head in the car to the point I probably looked like a bobble doll as I listened with occasional outbursts of YES! and Why didn't I think of that? Time flew by with me muttering I need to listen to that bit again. WELL worth getting.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • paul
  • 05-05-18

Good "Process Primer"

Stephen King wrote a book a few years ago about writing for writers and prospective writers. I loved it and had I been reviewing it, five stars all the way. This book is of that genre and as this review is just my opinion, it is as good. If you aspire to write, Sarah Painter would be a good place to start. Also, some authors are ill advised to narrate their own work. As is the case with King,(I thoroughly enjoy his narration),Sarah Painter does an excellent job presenting her work. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher and I applaud their efforts and generosity.

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  • Wendy Sloneker
  • 22-02-18

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.