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EPISODE 266I The lovely Rachel Hauck joins us again today to talk about the disciplines of writing. There are so many things we need to juggle to write a book, to have a writing career, to create our art in a way that brings us more joy than frustration. Today we talk about some of the bigger things to keep in mind as a writer. This episode will he…
 
EPISODE 265I Bestselling author DiAnn Mills returns to share with us tips from her new book, Exploring the Art of Character. DiAnn believes a good bestselling book must have characters that we want to follow and learn more about. She gives us lots of ideas on how to dig deeper during the interview, and there are exercises at the end of each chapter…
 
EPISODE 264E I've been studying mindset quite a bit the last couple of years, and I've learned a lot about what happens in your mind, body, and life when you focus more on the positive or more on the negative. Whichever way you choose to think, you can end up in a spiral that continues in the same direction. I offer some encouragement today to help…
 
EPISODE 263I Bestselling authors Amanda Cabot and Leigh Duncan return as our guests to talk about writing a series. We talk about the difference between continuing character series and connected character series and how you might choose which one will work best for your story. Amanda and Leigh also talk about the kinds of information they collect a…
 
EPISODE 262I Today's guest is Dr Tayo, a physician, world traveller, and social entrepreneur. In this episode, Dr Tayo shares illuminating information about how we can find more energy in the second half of life so we can continue to live out our dreams. To book a free 15-minute call, go to https://go.oncehub.com/DrTayo. You can follow her on Faceb…
 
If you've been with us since the beginning, you know that Maile finished writing her first novel three years ago and has been querying agents off and on ever since. Well, this summer she signed with agent...but much about her mindset changed in the meantime. Today we are talking patience, surrender, and a willingness to keep writing.…
 
EPISODE 261I Today's guest is Mark Asquith, serial entrepreneur, podcast expert, and CEO and co-founder of podcast hosting, analytics, and monetization platform Captivate.fm. As writers, we are always wondering what marketing we should be doing that we're not doing, and podcasting is one of the things we wonder about. Mark shares great tips and ide…
 
EPISODE 260I Author Shawn Smucker returns to the show to talk about his brand new book, The Weight of Memory. I'm a big fan of his magical realism books, and this one didn't disappoint. Shawn and I talk about memory, how we think it works and what studies are showing about it. This conversation -- of course! -- led into how we create fictional stor…
 
Today we have a wonderful conversation with author and editor Jennifer Dukes Lee. She shares her greatest disappointment as a writer, what she’s proudest of, and what she means by growing slow. Check out her new book, Growing Slow: Lessons on Unhurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us …
 
EPISODE 259I Author Liz Johnson is back with us to talk about her brand new book, Beyond the Tides. While she was writing it, some things in her personal life affected the storyline...in an amazing way! Listen to her story about how sometimes things going wrong can be the beginning of a good thing. Since Liz works in marketing, and used to be a pub…
 
EPISODE 258E You may know that I'm a runner, not a fast one but I've finished every race I've started. And more to the point, I really enjoy it. More than a little surprising since I didn't start until the week before I turned 40. I've run a lot of half marathons since then. I sign up for races because it keeps me running. Trust me, I'd still be on…
 
I had to work hard at helping Maile keep it together for this episode, since we were talking with one of her favorite writers, the famous Carola Dunn, author of the Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery series. Carola talks about how she got into writing, why she retired, and what it is about writing books that is particularly rewarding. Donate $5 a month…
 
EPISODE 257I Author Susie Finkbeiner returns to have a discussion about how to get through the hard times...and how maybe adversity isn't always a bad thing. We talk about how we've managed the changes in our lives, how our writing has been affected, and what we've learned along the way. We also discuss Susie's new book, The Nature of Small Birds, …
 
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…
 
Today, author Courtney Ellis talks to us about the realization that her family had lost their sense of playfulness, and then shares what they did to get it back again. Courtney's new book: Happy Now Help us keep the lights on here at The Stories Between Us and support the work we do by donating $5 / month through our Patreon account!…
 
Jon Acuff, best-selling author of the new book Soundtracks, joins us today to talk about the things we believe about ourselves, the practices that have led him to where he is today, and when he realized creativity had the power to change his life. Jon's new book Soundtracks. Personality Isn't Permanent Help us keep the lights on here at The Stories…
 
Today we talk about the release of Shawn's latest book, The Weight of Memory, and why he no longer expects to get taken straight to the top of the mountain. Maile is more into the Ecclesiastical side of things--what's bringing meaning to her life these days? New book: The Weight of Memory New classes: The Stories Between Us A Twitter Addict Realize…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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
 
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…
 
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…
 
Today with talk with the absolutely delightful Claire Swinarski, author of What Happens Next and The Kate In Between. We discuss writing as a stay-at-home mom (Netflix might help), ignoring the negative voices (crying to mom might help), and staying focused on the task at hand. Claire's love for writing and storytelling really shine through.…
 
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…
 
Maile is about to re-enter the agent submission fray with her latest novel, so we take some time to talk about self-confidence. How can we tell when our own work is any good? What steps can we take to regain self-confidence we may have lost after previous rejections? Shawn also talks about his upcoming book release party, where he will be joined by…
 
We discuss the upcoming move and the anxiety or uncertainty it has created in us, then bring it back around to writing and creativity, exploring what it looks like to approach change with hope. To try different things without being "realistic" all the time (what that means). Maile shares a favorite Harrison Ford movie scene. Can we create with more…
 
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…
 
Karen Stiller, author of The Minister's Wife, talks about the challenges involved in writing about personal topics, why she pursued her MFA, and how being a mother, instead of taking from her writing time, actually made her a better writer. Karen has a fresh perspective on writing and life, and Maile and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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