Goodbye to The Incompetent Writer, and to

Let’s Re-Launch!

I’m about to re-launch my blog.

It’s going to be really good.

But first I wanted to say goodbye to this space, and this name, and to

From next week onwards, I’m going to be blogging on a self-hosted site.

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I am SO excited to share my re-designed blog with you. The re-launch is nearly here. The site is going to be much, much better after the re-design: more substantial posts, free training courses for writers, a newsletter for creatives and artists, and guides to help book-reading, ex-academic types build a successful career. Stay tuned for updates! #writing #writersoninstagram #blogging #blogger #newsletter #dadblog #bookstagram #study #adobesparkpost #career #williamblake #convertkit #bloggersofinstagram #knoxrocks #marketingforcreatives #selfpublishing #selfpublished #knoxvilletn #academics #newblogger #relaunch #amwriting #amwritingfiction #fictionwriting #businesswriting #practice #practiceyourcraft #deliberatepractice #novelwriting #copywriting

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Most of all, I want to say thank you, dear readers.

I’m so grateful that you’ve been reading my blog all these years. It’s been a wonderful thing to write for you.

I really hope you will continue to read and respond to my posts in the future.

The Plan

The plan for next week goes like this:

On Monday or Tuesday I will introduce the new site to you. I’ll provide links and an exciting prelude, a build-up, a drum-roll.

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My new blog is going to offer help for writers, readers, creative types, and artists. Some of that help will be practical step-by-step techniques and tools. Some will be wildly impractical philosophies and inspiration. So, to launch the blog (coming next week), I wrote a 4,000 word essay about William Blake, and why I believe you MUST make William Blake’s ideas a part of your life. I can’t wait to share it with you 🙂 #writing #writersoninstagram #blogging #blogger #newsletter #dadblog #bookstagram #study #adobesparkpost #career #williamblake #convertkit #bloggersofinstagram #knoxrocks #marketingforcreatives #selfpublishing #selfpublished #knoxvilletn #academics #newblogger #relaunch #amwriting #amwritingfiction #fictionwriting #businesswriting #practice #practiceyourcraft #deliberatepractice #novelwriting #copywriting

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Then, during that week, I will transfer everyone who is a follower of this site to the new site.

Then, either at the end of that week or the start of the next, I will flip this url to point at the new one, and we will all continue (I hope!) on the new site.

Now, if you are an email follower of this blog, you will likely continue to get email updates as I post new essays. However, if you follow the site on, you will only see updates from me in the Wordpress Reader.

Therefore, if you want to make sure you continue to get updates about my new free courses and resources, I strongly recommend you either sign up to the newsletter, or join one of my email-based courses, so I know how to contact you in the future.

Click this handy image to sign up to the newsletter!

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You may be asking:

Why not just do a re-design of the current site?

And at first, that was my plan.

However, there’s just so much more I can do with a site. I can give away free guides and free courses. I can build up some interesting plug-ins and extras behind the scene.

I can’t wait to show you how I’ve expanded the blog. More details at the start of next week.

PS I will transfer over most of the old posts on this site. The best posts here will prosper and thrive. However, I am going to hide away a lot of the more personal updates and notices about readings, events etc. New readers probably don’t need to hear about a performance I gave two years ago.

If, next week, you go to the blog and don’t see a post you love, let me know.

PPS Sign up to the newsletter! Don’t get lost in the transfer!

Expertise: a free course for business writers (join now before my site launches!)


Dear readers,

Do you write for your work?

Have you ever wanted guidance on the writing you do for your business?

Would you like to be a more precise, more effective, and more authoritative communicator?

If you are a blogger, manager, entreprenuer, or marketer, you probably worry sometimes whether your clients and audience really like your writing.

Perhaps you find it easy to compose a quick text or email, but when you begin to construct a complex argument or explain how a service works, you start to feel like your writing is hard to follow, bland, or disjointed.

After all, many of us take on professional responsibilities with little training in business writing, and we have to figure it out day to day.

We also have to teach junior staff members, clarifying to them why one piece of writing seems good, and another not good.

If you would like to be the kind of professional who is known for easy-to-read, authoritative, and persuasive writing, join this short (and free) email series, Expertise.

I have taught business writing all over the world.

I was trained as a professional writer and analyst at the Bank of England.

Since then, I’ve coached insurers in Taipei, advertising directors in London, and financial advisors in Pennsylvania.

For all these professionals, their written work is a kind of daily resume that they share with their customers.

Good writing is always a mark of quality, of knowledge, and of care, everywhere in the world.

Similarly, bad writing is noticeable almost instantly. Even small errors erode the trust that a client has built up in your work.

To get actionable tips and advice, sign up with this link.

It’s an email-based course: the emails will arrive over the next couple of weeks. Each message will give you suggestions for how to achieve a few quick wins in your work.

We’ll discuss typography and layout, sentence flow, and clarity.

You will end the series with a noticeably greater ease and confidence in your writing.

And if you start the course, and find it’s not for you, feel free to unsubscribe at any time

I modestly call it “Expertise.”

You can sign up for it here, or by clicking the image below.


P.S. Thank you to the 115 writers who have signed up for my story-writing class, Deliberate Writing Practice.

It’s amazing to watch the weekly emails go out and people build the next step in their story. I received far more responses and questions and suggestions than I ever expected, which is fantastic.

(If you are a fiction writer, and you sign up today or tomorrow, you’ll still be able to get the first challenge — revised, improved — on Friday.)

I am almost ready to re-launch this blog. It’s very exciting. I have poured a lot of effort into creating the new version of the site, and I hope you enjoy the essays I have written for you there.

Do try one of my courses, though, before the rest of the world learns about them — Deliberate Writing Practice (for fiction writers) and Expertise (for business writers).