Bibliographic information:
Imprint: Hay Press
ISBN: 9781804470404
Paperback • 208pp • £10
129 mm x 198 mm
27 October 2023
Territory: World English

The Alchemy

A Guide to Gentle Productivity for Writers

Anna Vaught

Published by Hay Press, an imprint of Renard Press

Foreword by Dr Chris Laoutaris

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ISBN: 9781804470404




The Alchemy is a robust, frank and loving guide to an often opaque industry. As well as offering tips on working in gentle increments and re-imagining what productivity and the work of writing look like, there is advice on sending out work and navigating the industry, looking after your mental health as you go.

Full of practical advice, strategies, comfort and the occasional entertaining essay, The Alchemy is about writing a book when you thought you could not. It is for all writers, but with a particular eye on those who are tired and lacking in confidence, and those who face significant challenges – perhaps you are chronically ill or care for a loved one. It is a book for beginners, but it is also for those of you who are stuck in your habits and practice – perhaps you just need a pal to guide you through the day to day with the book you wanted to write. That’s what The Alchemy is. Let’s do this together.

Anna Vaught

Anna Vaught is an English teacher, Creative Writing teacher, mentor, editor and author of several books. Her short creative works and features have been widely published, and she has written for the national press. In 2022 Anna launched The Curae, a new literary prize for carers. Anna is also a guest university lecturer, a tutor for Jericho Writers, and volunteers with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is the mother of three sons, comes from a large Welsh family and lives in Wiltshire.

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