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Do you dream of one day writing your own book? Do you already a write, edit, or publish? Maybe just a reader who wants to know more about how the writing gets done or just like books in general? Come take a ride with me through the world of writing. I will share my advice, tips and tricks, insight, funny stories, and interviews with people in the business. -Bryan the Writer
 
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I was an English major with a creative writing emphasis. When I looked to my future, I saw myself writing. Over the years I managed to build a writing career, but as an English major, I wasn’t prepared for the business aspects of writing. Invoices, receipts, taxes? That was all foreign to me. Sharing my writing through speaking and social media? Th…
 
Welcome everyone to this next episode of All things writing. This year I was fortunate to be a vendor at ConGregate 2021. It was my first time back in the convention waters in a long time and it was really nice to know that we are getting back to the regular routine of things. When we go to Cons, authors do spend time talking with our colleagues ab…
 
There are some books you read which really tell you a ton about the author and how they have grown. Roadside Attractions is that book for friend of the show, Eric Lahti. Come with me as we talk about what I liked about the book! I will give you a hint. I love good characters and amazing dialogue. Want to know more? Check it out here! -Bryan the Wri…
 
If you’re like me, you struggle to carve out time to write…you wish you could uncomplicate life and get more done. Good news! I have business coach and online business manager Kari Roberts on the show to help us think through simple systems that can unlock our writing productivity and creativity. “It’s like you’re on a treadmill,” she says. “You’re…
 
Ep 256E In a world where there is so much negativity, we need to focus on the positive things in our lives -- especially when life is going well! God has good plans in mind for us, and when we look for the good in our lives, we tend to find it. What's going great in your life? Celebrate it!By WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast: Write a Book
 
EPISODE 255I Today's guest is Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur talking about a brand new piece of writing software, Atticus. Dave and his team have been working hard to create a one-stop shop for writing, collaboration, and publishing. Atticus allows you to not only compose in the software, but to collaborate with co-writers, editors, and beta reade…
 
As I am sure you know by now, this is All Things Writing and I am your host Bryan the Writer. Thank you for joining me on this huge milestone of a show. We have done it, dear listener. We have broken through the barrier that is 1,500 downloads and are already well on our way to the next milestone. I could not have done it without the support of the…
 
EPISODE 254I Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies, joins us today to talk about Scrivener, software to help you write and organize any type of writing. After sharing how she got started with Scrivener and became an expert, literally writing the book on it, Gwen shares some of her favorite tips and tools in the software. We talk about how…
 
EPISODE 253I Today's guest is Maria Connor of My Author Concierge, a company that provides services like author assistant, project management, and more so that authors have more time to write. Maria shares with us 10 reasons why getting organized will help you, and 6 tips to get your author business more organized today. She also explains how to us…
 
Welcome to the show! Today I have the distinct pleasure of talking with the amazing writing coach, Ann Kroeker. Join Ann and I while we talk about all kinds of things. Here are only a few topics we covered during this episode. What is it that a writing coach can do for a writer? What are reasonable goals, do you feel, for a new writer who is just s…
 
EPISODE 252I Today's guest is autistic biohacker, Jackie McMillan, chatting with us about how the lymph system in our bodies affects our ability to be creative. Jackie shares a lot of ways we can help our bodies to help our minds, helping our lymph system to carry away the waste and deliver the nutrients we need to be at the top of our game. This i…
 
What if the stories we’ve been told about success are wrong? What if you could unlock secrets that shave years off your writing journey? In this interview, Ron Friedman demystifies the writing process and introduces a surprising path—a fast track, if you will. He says “it is the path by which so many writers and artists and inventors and entreprene…
 
EPISODE 251E Some days it's hard to remember that it's perfectly okay to disagree...and that we can do so without having an argument or causing a rift. Today I want to encourage you to be willing to say, this just isn't working for me...and then calmly and kindly move on with your life.By WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast: Write a Book
 
The Impromptu Show: I was on my way to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. What’s in Glenwood Springs, you might ask? That is the last place that the world’s most famous dentist lived and where he died. The world’s most famous dentist? Why on earth would we even want to talk about the world’s most famous dentist? I did leave out the part where I should hav…
 
EPISODE 250I Welcome to the 250th episode of the show! Today's guest is Jody Hedlund, author of the new Come Back to Me, a time crossing historical romance. Jody tells us a little about her new series and then jumps into how she creates buzz for her books. Her ideas will work for both traditionally published authors and indie authors, and many will…
 
No, I am not talking about the Golden Globes or the People's Choice awards, I am talking about the literary awards which shine a light on your amazing work! Like me, you probably once thought that the New York Times bestsellers list was compiled by how many books were sold in the US. As it turns out, that’s only mostly true in terms of sales number…
 
EPISODE 249I Today's guest is Ann Kroeker, writing coach, author, speaker and podcaster. Together we explore what it means to work with a writing coach. How do you know if you need a writing coach and, more importantly, how do you know if you're ready? We discuss all the types of people you might work with to improve your writing, the different way…
 
I watched the professor of my advanced poetry class open the lid of a metal box crammed with 3×5 cards. He wiggled out one of the worn cards covered with notes and held it up. On this card was the title of one of his poems along with the date of the latest version. Below that he had written names of literary magazines where he’d submitted that poem…
 
EPISODE 248T I have been saying since the beginning of this podcast 3 1/2 years ago that I believe YOU can write a book and change the world. Today I talk about how to finish your book. The three most important things you need are time to write, the mindset to get started and keep going, and the structure for the kind of book you want to write. I s…
 
Have you ever read a book where the world played as much of a role as the characters did? I don't mean strong writing in the sense of world building, I mean in the sense that the world itself was a living, breathing thing? How about characters who were as much a part of the world building in the sense that their dialogue actually made the scene wor…
 
EPISODE 247I Today's guest is literary agent Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Literary Management. You may remember Cynthia from Episode 240 when she spoke to us about writing with deep emotion. Cynthia gives us a great bird's eye view of what agents do and don't do, how that will differ among agencies, and things for you to consider in order to know…
 
About seven years ago, I partnered with Charity Singleton Craig to co-author On Being a Writer. While working on the draft, we often pulled up one of our shared Google Docs to review our drafts and notes in real time. In this way, we wove together our stories and experiences with relative ease. If we had a grade school report card at the end of the…
 
You’re ready to go. You have your swim trunks packed, enough T-shirts to ensure you only have to wear them two days in a row. You recounted your underwear twice. And you’ve made sure you have access to your best socks. You remember to throw in your toothbrush, and off you go. Ready for a wonderful vacation. Or so you thought. Vacations don’t have t…
 
EPISODE 246I Today's guest is former stealth pilot and award-winning novelist, James R Hannibal. His latest novel, The Paris Betrayal, is a spy left out in the cold story so we decided to talk about exactly how to write a spy novel! You'll have a great time listening to James explain how to create a great spy story! Learn more about him and his boo…
 
EPISODE 245E Spider-man is one of my favorite superheroes -- a regular guy with an unexpected and ginormous change in his life tries to figure out how to make the best of it. He's a good guy, although not perfect. He makes mistakes but mostly he's trying to figure out how to use his gifts in the best way, how to help other people, and he's also inc…
 
EPISODE 244I Today's guest is Dr Debra Holland, award-winning romance author as well as psychotherapist and grief counselor. Dr Debra taught an online class for our Romance Writers of America chapter once called "Understanding Men." It was so helpful, I've never forgotten it -- and I asked if we could talk about it on the show. With humor and insig…
 
Welcome to this next episode of All Things Writing. I am your host, Bryan Nowak. Do you hate rejection? Naturally, you do, we all hate rejection. However, rejection is a part of life when you are a writer. Most of us avoid rejection like we would avoid the day-old package of gas station sushi. And yet, dear writer, I am going to let you in on a lit…
 
Today I am joined by my friend, fellow author, and podcaster Kenneth J McKay who is written the books, Your Story is Worth Telling, Level Up, 30 Days of Thankfulness, and a couple of companion books as well. He is also the host of the podcast show, author your dream, he was born here in the US, but lives in the United Kingdom. In this show we are g…
 
EPISODE 243E HAPPY EASTER!! This month's Encouraging Words episode focuses on taking time to find renewal in your life and in your writing. It's important to take time to pause and think about whether we're still headed in the direction we meant to go. Things have changed a lot for everyone this past year. Is there anything we need to do to smooth …
 
Show versus tell... show versus tell... show versus tell... If we are true to ourselves, no other bit of writing advice has been given out more times than any other. Editors are perpetually yelling at us to show and not tell. For old hands at the wheel, we know it when we see it and usually say something. Editors have magic red pens that can write …
 
EPISODE 242I Today's guest is best-selling and award-winning author Irene Hannon. We're talking about the latest book in her Hope Harbor series, Blackberry Beach, which releases April 6, 2021, with more books in the series coming. Irene shares about standing at the fork in the road when she had to decide between pursuing psychology and something in…
 
I listened to Allison Fallon’s The Power of Writing It Down while jogging through my neighborhood. Those weren’t my best runs, because I kept pulling out my phone to thumb-type a great quote before picking up the pace again. And yet they were fantastic runs, because Allison’s words inspired me to re-establish a daily journaling practice. On that fi…
 
Some days are just cooler than others in all respects and this is one of those days. Why? You might ask? Well, I have as a guest today guy that I’m happy to call a friend and fellow horror writer. But his talents do not just stop there. I became an instant fan when I read his books, The Night Parade and Bone White. You may know of him from the band…
 
EPISODE 241I Today's guest is Ricardo Fayet, one of the founders of Reedsy, a one-stop shop for writers. At Reedsy, authors can find editors, book cover designers, marketers and more to help with the business of publishing a great book. Writers can also use the Reedsy Book Editor, and learn a ton from the blog, Reedsy Live (live webinars), and Reed…
 
EPISODE 240I Today's guest is author and literary agent, Cynthia Ruchti. Her newest book, Facing the Dawn, has just come out with Revell. With over 30 years' experience on radio, Cynthia learned to write for the ear, how a passage sounds, and that experience shines through in her novels. She encourages listeners to think about how very many ways th…
 
Back to horror. Horror, at least the term horror, really is an umbrella. It covers a lot of different things from the stories which make you want to close the cover of the book and put it down to the stories that cause you to sniggle wildly at something that should not be funny, but is. Like a plant, shooting its head off. That to me is impossibly …
 
EPISODE 239I Today's guest is Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of the brand new Dreams Rekindled, book two in the Mesquite Springs series. Amanda has strong feelings about goal, motivation, and conflict (GMC) and choosing the internal and external conflict of her main characters. Don't like to think of all the ways you can make your hero's life wor…
 
EPISODE 238E Not only should we "give it up for our writing" as in applaud and cheer, but sometimes we need to make choices about what we're going to give up in order to get more writing done. What are you willing to spend a little less time on in order to move your writing business another step forward? I gave up TV 6 days a week for Lent, and wow…
 
Last show was all about mysteries. We talked about different types of mysteries, stuff I have read, stuff I loved to read and some of you will remember I made an admission that day. I admitted to liking a good cozy mystery from time to time. Which brings me to something amazing that happened. I am so happy to announce my next guest, someone who wro…
 
EPISODE 237I Today's guest is the wonderful Lisa Cron sharing with us about her new book, Story or Die: How to Use Brain Science to Engage, Persuade, and Change Minds in Business and in Life. While Lisa's previous books, Wired For Story and Story Genius, were aimed more at writers, Story or Die is for everyone who is trying to understand someone el…
 
EPISODE 236I Today's guest is John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting music fame. In addition to writing and performing music, John is also an inspirational speaker. John shares with us how he views art and creativity, how he gets out of a funk, and the importance of doing things you love. He encourages us to find new creative challenges in addition to …
 
Welcome to the show! So, what the heck is a mystery? I would love to claim to have come up with all of this stuff myself, but I didn't. Valerie Peterson wrote a wonderful article on the topic. So good, in fact that I would have a hard time improving on it. So, instead of doing that, I am going to follow her outline closely and add my own commentary…
 
EPISODE 235I Today's guest is Jill Cruz, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and the founder of Work with Your Nature Weight Loss. I asked Jill to help us understand how we can be more creative in our work and keep up our good health even though most of us sit in front of a computer all day. She explained what some call the five pillars of healt…
 
[Ep 234] On this episode of the podcast, I hosted two novelists: Shawn Smucker and his wife, Maile Silva, for a literary discussion. Imagine you’re at a writing conference and we’re on stage to discuss the challenges they face as two writers at different points in the writing journey, living and working and raising a family together. How do they of…
 
As a reminder, if there is any topic you want me to cover on the show, I am more than happy to entertain requests. Just drop me a line at Bryanthewriter@bryannowak.com. The show, thanks to you all, is going to smash, or will nearly smash a thousand downloads in the month of February or get really close. Most of you are listening to me on iheart rad…
 
EPISODE 234I Today's guest is Jennifer Deibel, whose debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, just came out! Jennifer tells us about life as a debut author, and how she started writing. She lived in Ireland at the time, and felt she'd finally found her heart there. That made her want to write about Ireland in a real way, not how it's portrayed in some movi…
 
EPISODE 233I Since it's barely past the beginning of the year, I figure some people are having challenges in getting back into their writing on a regular basis. I know I've had some challenges trying to get my head out of vacation mode! So I came up with some ideas that might help you. I took my own advice and got a little more writing done this we…
 
EPISODE 232 Today's guest is Patricia Bradley, romantic suspense author of the brand new book, Obsession. This is book two in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Patricia shares lots of information about the Natchez Trace area, the kind of law enforcement in the U.S. National Parks, and how she came up with ideas for where the bad guys can bury …
 
Hey everyone and welcome to this, our fourth show of the season. I want to thank all of you for joining me today. Welcome to a cold and snowy day out here in Northern Virginia (at least when I recorded this). On this episode I give you a quick update on what is going on in the life of Bryan the Writer and then I launch into a discussion about ISBN.…
 
EPISODE 231I Welcome to season one of 2021! We'll now produce ten episodes every quarter, plus the monthly Encouraging Words episode. With the extra time, we're able to make some improvements to the show -- including a full transcript for each episode. Enjoy! Today's guest is Ben Hughes, Business Development Manager at IngramSpark. Ben has a long h…
 
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