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Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You'll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Ep. 270: How Do You Deal with Shiny Object Syndrome?

Nov 26 • 20:38

In this mini-episode sponsored by her amazing patrons, Rachael talks about dealing with the shiny writing projects that pop up just when they’re least needed, as well as how to decide between infinite writing possibilities, how to create resonance in the reader, dealing with overwriting tendencies. Also, how much research is enough? ...

Ep. 269: Sarah Echevarre Smith on How to Hook and Keep Your Readers

Nov 19 • 34:22

Sarah Echevarre Smith is a copywriter turned author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie’s stash of romance novels. She’s been hooked ever since. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Be...

Ep. 268: Emma Brodie on How to Hit the Reset Button in Your Writing

Nov 11 • 50:15

EMMA BRODIE has worked in book publishing for a decade, most recently as an executive editor at Little, Brown's Voracious imprint. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program, and is a longtime contributor to HuffPost and a faculty member at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their dog, Freddie Mercury. Songs in Ursa Major i...

Ep. 267: Tiffany Yates Martin on the Secret to Writing a Good Book (Truly!)

Nov 5 • 44:13

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Pra...

Ep. 266: Sara Shepard on What Your Characters Might Say at a Cocktail Party

Oct 29 • 35:11

Sara Shepard is the author of over thirty novels, including the New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars and the Lying Game, both of which were adapted for television on Freeform. Her latest novel is called Safe in My Arms. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA....

Ep. 265: Cecilia Gray on How To Write About the Pandemic

Oct 22 • 33:33

Cecilia Gray writes about first love, second chances, and forever friendships. She has written over twenty young-adult and romance titles. That Was Then, a pandemic midlife reboot tale, is her first contemporary mainstream novel. Cecilia used the pandemic for a midlife reboot of her own and is currently slow traveling the world with her two cats. You can read more about he...

Ep. 264: Amber McBride on How to Write a Novel in Verse

Oct 16 • 40:42

Amber McBride is an English professor at the University of Virginia and holds an MFA in poetry from Emerson College. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines including Ploughshares and The Rumpus. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her dog, Shiloh. Me (Moth) is her young adult debut....

Ep. 263: Bella Mahaya Carter on How to Slow Down

Oct 7 • 48:43

Bella Mahaya Carter is a creative writing teacher, empowerment coach, speaker, and author of an award-winning memoir, Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy, and Secrets of My Sex, a collection of narrative poems. She has worked with hundreds of writers since 2008 and has degrees in literature, film, and spiritual psychology. Her poetry, essays, fiction, and interviews have a...

Ep. 262: J.L. Torres on How to Read Like a Writer

Sep 30 • 34:32

J.L. Torres is the author of The Family Terrorist and Other Stories, the novel The Accidental Native, and the poetry collection Boricua Passport. His short story collection Migrations won the inagural Tomás Rivera Book Prize and was just released from LARB Libros. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx, he now lives in Plattsburgh, New York and teaches American ...

Ep. 261: Dr. Saumya Dave on 200 Rejections Before Success

Sep 25 • 29:38

Dr. Saumya Dave is a writer, resident psychiatrist, and co-founder of thisisforHER. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Refinery29, and others.What a Happy Family is her most recent novel. ...

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