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Prolifiko: Writing a book is now a New Year’s resolution you can keep

By Kitty Knowles 4 January 2017
Summary

As many as one in three Brits are sitting on a story idea - one to cross off your list?

Are you still sitting on that ingenious story idea? You’re not alone.

As many as one in three Brits want to write, but aren’t doing so. What’s more that’s not including the 33% of us who’ve already put pen to paper, one poll suggests.

While these figures – from market research group Aurora – may be difficult to quantify, it’s clear there’ll be a staggering number of us with ‘write book’ underscored on our list of New Year’s resolutions.

Now, with Prolifiko to help, more of us can succeed than ever.

Data from Auroura market research.

Meet Prolifiko

You might not have heard of Prolifiko yet, but you will have already met co-founder Chris Smith last summer.

Back then the company was known as Write Track and one first-time author Wyl Menmuir told us how the tool had already helped him make the esteemed Man Booker longlist.

The original platform let you set a writing goal, track your progress, and use data to help change your behaviour for better writing.

Read more: Write Track: This social tool helped one author make the Man Booker longlist


Never a better time

Today, the newly rebranded Prolifiko is better than ever, with more personal and accessible writing advice, and new types of reminders and project tracking tools.

The launch has also been marked with a Kickstarter funding round to help help build an even better writing tool for novelists in 2017.

Already Prolifiko’s 5-day writing challenge has helped hundreds of writers, and you can try the service out for free this January.

There’s simply never been a better time to crack on with your book.

“We know that only around 8% of New Year’s resolutions succeed long term – and one of the main reasons people fail is because they take on too much and they’re not realistic in what they can achieve,” Smith told The Memo.

“Our system uses a small steps methodology to help people approach their large writing goal in a less intimidating way. It then helps people continue their habit by using tracking so people can get to know their own writing practice.”