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Coffee Break 054: Helen Scheuerer

Fantasy author Helen Scheuerer explains how exercise, daily routine, and group critiques fuel her writing and helped publish her latest novel.

Coffee Break 053: Grant Faulkner

NaNoWriMo Executive Producer Grant Faulkner talks about the process behind National Novel Writing Month, as well as how to develop superhuman creativity!

Coffee Break 052: Joanna Penn

Scalable income? IP assets? No problem! Podcaster and author Joanna Penn shares some realistic options to turn your writing side-hustle into a career.

Coffee Break 051: Lora Mitchell

Instagram, poetry, and therapy through storytelling. Lora Mitchell shares her love of the written word and her journey to self publishing.

Coffee Break 050: Randal Greene

New author Randal Greene exposes the secret life of a full-time writer, as well as a sure-fire way to capture ‘the muse’ and beat writer’s block!

Coffee Break 049: Nicole Gulotta

Food and poetry? Yes, please! Nicole Gulotta dishes on deadline-free writing, building an audience, and rediscovering your forgotten passions.

How To Rest As A Writer – WN 064

As writers who hold down day jobs, have family and social obligations, and try to fit creative writing into our lives, how do we find time to rest? When should we rest? For how long? And how guilty should we feel about it? Today's episode of the Write Now podcast...

Coffee Break 048: Katie Cross

Author Katie Cross talks having it all: a loving family, a legitimate writing career, and a supportive network of peers. It’s possible AND practical!

Coffee Break 047: Jeffery Weaver

Long-time fan of the show and cancer-fighting author Jeffery Weaver shares his incredible story and talks character building, rejection, and motivation.

Coffee Break 046: Rachel Stout

Think self publishing is your only option? Think again! Rachel Stout spills the beans on traditional publishing and working with literary agents.

Do I Need A Writing Degree? – WN 062

  I always thought the #1 most-asked question I would receive as a writing podcaster would be along the lines of, "How do I write strong characters?" or "How do I develop themes within my writing?" But the question I'm actually asked the most is, "Do I need a...

Coffee Break 045: Ryan Dalton

YA novelist and nerd culture extraordinaire Ryan Dalton talks about unorthodox writing, tips for green authors, and pushing through publisher rejections.

Self-Writing and Self-Talk – WN 061

Words have power—especially the words we say and think about ourselves. So whether you think you’re slime or God’s gift to writing, the way you think about yourself can have an immense effect on your work.

Coffee Break 043: Mark Rubinstein

Award-winning novelist and psychiatrist Mark Rubinstein talks about the psychology behind sharing stories and the courage it takes to write them down.

Make Them Tell You No – WN 060

What’s the worst that will happen if you put yourself out there? How will you handle rejection? Even worse, what happens if you do nothing?

Coffee Break 042: Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White talks the virtues of trusting your characters, connecting with readers, leaving behind a legacy, and the secret to writing over 40 books!

Coffee Break 041: Megan Hannum

Editor Megan Hannum shares some new and innovative options for writing, editing, and publishing that you may not have considered.

Coffee Break 040: Vahan Zanoyan

Vahan Zanoyan shares the literary benefits of breaking through comfort zones, sharing fact through fiction, and becoming lost in different cultures.

SEO For Writers – WN 059

You finally have a website! Now how do you let the internet know you exist? How do you attract users? Never fear: SEO (search engine optimization) is here!

Coffee Break 039: Robert Tanenbaum

In this fascinating discussion, novelist Robert Tanenbaum unpacks judicial integrity, American history, and what makes a classic story truly timeless.

All Of The Best Writing Excuses – WN 058

Do you ever put off writing because you need to wash the dishes or watch American Idol with your spouse? Are these legit reasons — or just excuses? Learn how to ditch the excuses and just write in this week’s episode of the Write Now podcast!

Coffee Break 038: Renita Bryant

You just finished your first novel! But… now what? Renita Bryant shares what it takes to go from “hot off the press” to “meet the press”!

Coffee Break 037: Mya Kay

  My friends: I really enjoyed this conversation with full-time YA author, collaborator, and entrepreneur Mya Kay. An eight-time published novelist who recently set a record for the number of books dropped in one day, Mya is smart, savvy, and full of great advice...

Coffee Break 036: Barbara Kyle II

  Oh, my friends. I have a treat for you today. Barbara Kyle (from Coffee Break episode 001) is back, and this time she's talking about what makes a book a real page-turner—from characters to story structure, style, and even business. “What is it that makes...

Coffee Break 035: Kale Lawrence

Today I talk to local writer Kale Lawrence about writing a book series, giving yourself a second chance, and trusting in your own impulsive talent!

Coffee Break 034: Jonathan White

The tides and oceans mean many things to many people around the world. Today’s guest, Jonathan White, won’t rest until he explores them all!

Living A Creative Life – WN 056

Are you living the life you want to live? Living a creative life is about making your own decisions and breaking the mold. But what does that mean?

Coffee Break 033: Jay Greenfield

Think it’s too late to start your novel? After listening to 84-year-old, first-time published Jay Greenfield’s story, you’ll need a new excuse!

Coffee Break 032: Sandy Kreps

Blogging, bullet journaling, and networking. Oh my! Sandy Kreps gives us the honest truth and helpful tips about becoming a full-time freelance writer.

Coffee Break 031: Jake Heilbrunn

Where there’s a will, Jake Heilbrunn has a way! Join us for an inspiring talk about leaving it all behind and finding yourself in the process.

Coffee Break 030: Janna Maron

How can creative nonfiction help you to connect with people? What does it take to find or even create a supportive community? Tune in to find out!

Should I Use A Pen Name? – WN 051

How do you know if writing under a pen name is right for you? This week’s episode of Write Now lays out 6 reasons a pen name might be a smart choice.

Coffee Break 029: Paul Sating

FRIENDS! On today’s Coffee Break episode, I’m talking with writer Paul Sating with a kind of storytelling I haven’t featured before: the audio drama!

Coffee Break 028: David Galef

Novels, poetry, short stories… if you can name it, David has probably written it. In this fantastic episode, we’re talking about the power of brevity, compartmentalizing your life, & more.

Coffee Break 027: Jocelyn K. Glei

  Hey friends, I am thrilled this week to bring you an inspiring conversation with Jocelyn K. Glei. Jocelyn is a writer living in Los Angeles and is the former Founding Editor and Director of 99U. She has written several books on productivity and business and...

Coffee Break 026: Patrick Hicks

  My friends. I am so stoked to bring you this week's podcast episode -- a conversation with Patrick Hicks, poet, author, and the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. (Whew!)...

Coffee Break 025: Fauzia Burke

  Oh my gosh you guys. I loved talking to Fauzia Burke, the founder of FSB Associates, a PR firm that promotes books online. She is smart, insightful, optimistic, and experienced, and has a great laugh that will keep you smiling throughout this episode. Oh yeah,...

Thanksgiving

When I started the Write Now podcast back in January 2015, I had no idea where it was going to go.

Coffee Break 024: Ginny Carter

  Hey friends! I had a lovely time speaking with Ginny "The Authormaker" Carter, a professional ghostwriter and writing coach. "You don't want to get halfway through and then realize [you're writing] the wrong book." I sometimes feel like I spend a lot of time...

Coffee Break 023: Kevin T. Johns

  Subscribe to the Write Now podcast on iTunes!>> You guys! I had a blast talking with author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns (who just also happens to be a fellow podcaster as well)! Kevin is the author of several books, including M School, a novel about...

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