Are your book ideas original enough?

This is a quick little episode of the podcast, but I wanted to share something that I’ve shared with my students in classes and workshops and with clients one on one for years whenever this idea that they don’t have original ideas comes up. This will prove that your ideas are in fact original enough!…

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Should You Outline Your Novel?

“I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.” I hear this and read this from aspiring writers a lot. They have great ideas but are overwhelmed. So when it comes to writing a book, should you just sit down and start typing or writing? Organize your ideas first? But how…

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Episode 73: Finding Your Perfect Writing Process

If your current writing practice doesn’t feel as fun or productive as you’d like it to, you might consider tracking what you’re doing and what’s working. Often what we think is working isn’t. In this episode, I discuss the process Rachel Aaron shared in her book 2k to 10k to amp up her writing productivity…

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Episode 72: Becoming a more Productive Writer with Bryan Collins

In this episode, I interview Bryan Collins, an author from Ireland who helps writers build authority and earn a living from their creative work. He’s published several books on becoming a writer and on writing productivity, as many writers want to write faster and produce more (myself included). While some of his tips are old…

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Episode #71: Byron Lane: Crafting Fiction from Your Life

The force was with Byron Lane, former personal assistant to Carrie Fisher, when he wrote and published his debut novel, A Star is Bored, about a personal assistant to an eccentric movie star. While he drew on personal experience, the novel is fully fictionalized and hilarious. Byron openly shares his struggles and wins as he…

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Episode 70: How to Read Like a Writer

Reading like a writer means you’re a reflective reader, intentionally looking at specific elements as you read, which means you not only read but also think about and study your favorite authors’ writing. You pay attention to how a book is written and this more intentional step happens after you finish reading for enjoyment. In…

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