Need Help Write Now (NHWN) is a website based in North Sydney, Australia. It offers a place for writers of all levels to learn from each other, help and guide, support and celebrate. The site is 'a self-managing team of responsible writers', according to the founder. The core idea is that the writing process can be broken down into a series of 12 steps, adhering to the S M A R T goal-setting principles of producing work which is Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-related. The process also encourages participants to undertake regular, structured writing projects at set times and work to improve existing skills with the help of the mentoring team. Once those skills are mastered, there are also opportunities to learn more about how to market work so that it is more likely to be published and read, and a chance to pass on these skills to others in turn. A regular newsletter aims to inspire, motivate and teach at the same time, while a list of writing mentors shows the founder’s inspirations as well as offering places to look for further advice.
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