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Many writers experience writing as stressful. They get in a pattern of procrastinating followed by long arduous writing sessions. There’s a better way, based on research by Robert Boice and Tara Gray. It is simple in principle: write regularly in short sessions. In practice, it is highly challenging because it involves changing entrenched habits. If you can persist in a new habit of brief regular sessions, you’re on the path to greater productivity with less stress.

Bio: Brian Martin is emeritus professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of 20 books and hundreds of articles. Since 2008, he has been coordinating a writing programme for academic researchers.