Welcome to Breakthroughs & Blocks 🔊​ created by Bec Evans and Chris Smith, authors of Written and coaches at the Written Academy.

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Why sign up to Breakthroughs & Blocks?

There are plenty of newsletters that give you inspiration, ideas and encouragement - and that’s brilliant.

What we do is to give you the expert coaching support you need to keep going, to keep writing - and finish.

Breakthroughs & Blocks is an expert-led community of people who all want to get into the habit of writing more regularly - in a way that works for them.

We believe that productivity is personal. There’s no one way to get the writing done there are many. It’s our ambition with this newsletter to help you find the things that work for you.

In every edition we share tips and coaching strategies that you can apply to your writing process right now.

We’ll give you new ideas to try, stories to inspire and on occasion, we’ll geek out on the latest research on behaviour change and the psychology of writing.

We’ll also tell you about the books we love, the articles we’ve read and the podcasts we’ve listed to.

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About us

Breakthroughs & Blocks is created by Bec Evans and Chris Smith, authors of Written: How to Keep Writing and Build a Habit that Lasts and head coaches at The Written Academy.

We’re writing productivity experts who specialise in helping writers to keep going.

The tips and strategies we share in this newsletter are all based in research and in our direct experience of working with many thousands of writers over the past decade.

At The Written Academy we run courses and workshops, coach individuals and teams and work with businesses, organisations and educational establishments across the world.

Praise for Written

  • Collects the best advice I've ever encountered for constructing a writing habit that actually works. ― Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks.

  • An empowering guide to creating a writing habit that lasts. Tanya Shadrick, author of The Cure for Sleep.  

  • Enormously valuable for anyone wishing to write productively.Robert Cialdini, professor emeritus of marketing at Arizona State University, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion.

  • A fascinating and extremely useful book. David Quantick, Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter of Veep and The Thick of It.

  • A lovely, friendly book. Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of Write It All Down.

  • Fun to read and highly informative. ― Gabriele Oettingen, professor of psychology at New York University, author of Rethinking Positive Thinking

  • An invaluable guidebook for writers at all stages.  ― Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.

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We’d love you to subscribe to Breakthroughs & Blocks in whatever way suits you and your writing. If you’d like to receive more direct support from us, we’d appreciate it if you would consider becoming a paying subscriber.

Paying for a subscription supports our work (so we can keep this newsletter free) plus gives you access to our Writing Sprint Club - and occasional community benefits like webinars and Q&As with us. If you want to write but are tired of your writing never going anywhere, you won’t regret becoming a paying subscriber. 

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Advice, support and insight to keep you writing from Bec Evans and Chris Smith, authors of Written: How to Keep Writing and Build a Habit that Lasts. Paying subscribers get full access to our Writing Sprint Club and receive regular sprint programmes.


Writer. Writing productivity nerd. Obsessed by creative persistence. Writes Breakthroughs & Blocks. Co-author of 'Written: How to keep writing & build a habit that lasts' with @chriswriter.
Practical support to help you beat your blocks and get writing again - by @becevans and @chriswriter - authors of Written and coaches at The Written Academy.
Writes Breakthroughs & Blocks newsletter with @becevans. Author of Written: How to Keep Writing and Build a Habit that Lasts, co-founder and coach @ The Written Academy.