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The Writing Gym Podcast | Annalisa Parent | Writing Coach
21 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Ep 173: Journal to Novel: How to Turn Your Experiences Into Published Novel with Claire Fullerton
This week on the Writing Gym Podcast, Annalisa speaks with author Claire Fullerton about her winding path to publication. They discuss Claire’s methods for writing realistic fiction, how she built her writing resume and why no two writing processes are the same and that’s okay! To get started on your own publishing journey, check out our free resource guide that breaks down the 6 secrets to author success over at https://writing-gym.com/reallife/.
18 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Ep 172: How to Publish Short Stories in Anthologies and Magazines with Hannah Johnson
This week on the Writing Gym Podcast, Annalisa Parent speaks with Writing Gym member Hannah Johnson. In the VIP, Hannah finished in her novel in under 2 months. She jumped into publishing mastermind, and is well on her way to revising her novel to publishable. Hannah talks about what it was like to finish her novel, how the Writing Gym helped where her creative writing university education couldn’t, and what understanding her writing process and her weaknesses did to improve her writing. To access our awesome free resource guide, click the link here: https://writing-gym.com/shortstories/.
20 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Ep 171: How to Find Your Writing Voice with Dan Smith
In this episode, writing coach and author Annalisa Parent sits down with long-time journalist Dan Smith. Dan and Annalisa talk about the differences between novel writing and journalistic style. They explore the struggles and the successes of publishing and finding your writer’s voice. To get the most out of this episode, be sure to snag our freebie at https://writing-gym.com/journalism/.
30 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Ep 170: How to Find the Best Writing Feedback with Barbara Pattee
This week on the Writing Gym Podcast, Annalisa speaks with Writing Gym member Barbara Pattee about what it’s like to come out of the shadows and write with pride. In this episode, learn about how community and productive feedback changed Barbara’s writing life and helped her discover her own hidden writing confidence. To get the most out of this episode, check out our free downloadable resource on community here: https://writing-gym.com/writingfeedback/.
27 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Ep 169: How to Write a True Crime and Mystery Novel with Diane Fanning
This week, Annalisa Parent speaks with true crime and mystery author Diane Fanning about what writing in those genres is like. Hear Diane break down how she does her research, how she schedules writing and research into her life and why she loves writing true crime and mystery. To get the most out of this episode, download our free resource over at https://writing-gym.com/truecrime/.
37 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Ep. 168: How to Write Your Truth with Tasneem Jivanji
This week on the Writing Gym podcast, Annalisa Parent celebrates Writing Gym VIP member Tasneem Jivanji. Tasneem is celebrating completing her first draft of her realistic fiction novel and all the hard work she did to complete it. They talk about taking care of yourself while writing, how to find a productive writing community and how to find your writing confidence. To get the most out of this episode, be sure to use our free downloadable resource over at https://writing-gym.com/difficult/.
20 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Ep. 167: How To Start Your Writing Career with Trish Esden
On this week’s episode of the Writing Gym podcast, Annalisa sits down with mystery author Trish Esden to talk about what it’s like to publish in multiple genres. Trish Esden lives the author lifestyle every day; she pulls back the curtain on what it took to get there and how she keeps it up. If you want to know what it takes to successfully make a career out of writing, make sure you download our free resource guide to walk you through your first steps. Download it here: https://writing-gym.com/goals/.
38 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Ep. 166: Why You Won’t Publish Your Book By Yourself with Natalie French
This week, Annalisa Parent sits down with author and Writing Gym member Natalie French. Annalisa and Natalie discuss how to stop struggling and edit your novel, how to get better feedback on your novel project and why trying to publish alone just doesn’t get you the results you want. Make sure to download our freebie at https://writing-gym.com/publishingstruggle/ to get the most out of this episode.
27 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Ep. 165: How to Make a Living as a Writer with Dan Clements
This week, writing coach Annalisa Parent sits down with ghostwriter Dan Clements to pull back on the curtain on what it’s really like to be a ghostwriter. Curious about what ghostwriting is and if it may be right for you? Perhaps you’re looking to pursue a career in writing, but you’re not sure how to get there. Listen to this episode and then download the free resource guide for help. https://writing-gym.com/ghostwriting/
29 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Ep. 164: How to Revise your Novel to Publish Well with Sonee Singh
In this episode, writing coach and author Annalisa Parent sits down with Writing Gym member Sonee Singh. Sonee and Annalisa talk about what to do when your plot loses momentum, how to discover and fix blindspots in your writer, and why you’re not getting the feedback you need from your beta readers. To get the most out of this episode, be sure to snag our freebie at https://writing-gym.com/momentum/.
31 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Ep. 163: How To Publish In More Than One Genre with John David Mann
This week, Annalisa speaks with New York Times bestselling author John David Mann. John speaks on why revision is key to successfully publishing your novel, what it’s like to co-author, and why trying out a new genre improves your writing skills. Make sure you check out the free worksheet at https://writing-gym.com/revisions/.
31 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Ep. 162: How to Discover Your Writing and Publishing Confidence with Annalisa Parent and Jill Smith
This week, Annalisa speaks with Jill Smith, a Writing Gym alumnae who’s on the path to publication about what it’s like to be a part of a professional community of writers. Jill and Annalisa answer why quality feedback is important, why you shouldn’t be scared to follow plot rabbit trails, and what makes the Writing Gym different from other communities. Make sure you check out the free writing resource at https://writing-gym.com/confidencebuilder/.
28 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Ep. 161: How To Prepare your Novel Draft for Publication with Annalisa Parent and Leah Weiss
This week Annalisa and author Leah Weiss are in conversation about the importance of learning the craft of writing, how to find and develop your character’s voice, and why you need professional feedback to successfully publish. Take a look at the freebie for this episode over at https://writing-gym.com/writingcraft/.
27 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Ep. 160: How to Launch Your Freelance Writing Career with Annalisa Parent and Tashya Knight
If you’ve been wondering what you can do to find motivation to write, this episode is for you. This week, Annalisa and Tashya Knight talk about how to overcome your fear and start writing, how to connect with publishers, and how to develop your freelance writing. Check out the freebie at https://writing-gym.com/freelance/.
23 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Ep. 159: How to take Rejection and Keep Going with Annalisa Parent and Cassandra Thompson
This week, Annalisa and author Cassandra Thompson are in conversation about breaking genre molds, how to take rejection and use it to propel you forward, and what it feels like to get that first novel published. Take a look at the freebie for this episode over at https://writing-gym.com/rejectionletters/.
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Ep. 158: How to move from draft to publish-ready with actionable feedback with Annalisa Parent and Aaron Betts
In this week’s episode, Annalisa and up and coming author Aaron Betts talk about what it feels like to finally finish his novel. After joining the Writing Gym, Aaron finished the novel he’d spent years writing in just two weeks. Annalisa and Aaron also discuss overcoming writer’s block and why getting professional feedback on your writing is so important to propelling you towards your dream of being published. Check out the freebie at https://writing-gym.com/finishanovel/.
31 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Ep. 157: What does a literary agent do? with Kevin O’Connor
This week, Annalisa and literary agent Kevin O’Connor discuss how to craft a stand-out query letter, the purpose of literary agents, and what really goes on in an agent’s head when they read your query letter. Take a look at this week’s freebie and spend some time reflecting on where you could up your query letter game at www.writing-gym.com/CHILDRENSLITERARYAGENT.
11 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep. 156 How to Write and Publish a Book--a Review| Annalisa Parent
In this final episode of Season 5, we highlight key moments in authors finishing, revising and publishing their books. How do authors finish and publish novels/ Listen in.
3 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep. 155: Storytelling for Pantsers | Annalisa Parent
What kind of writer am I ? What is a pantser? What is finishing a manuscript really like?
17 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Ep. 154 The Publishing House behind the scenes on how to get published | Sara Wigal
Annalisa speaks with Sara Wigal, Director of Publishing at Belmont University about the timeline of a book getting published and what publicity and marketing for your books looks like, and more! In this episode, you’re going to learn: -The behind the scenes of the publishing industry -What it takes to be a working professional in the publishing industry -The full process for how a book gets published--and each step along the way You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, The End is Only the Beginning, for this episode that will walk you through how to become a published author, so take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym/Pubjobs. Don’t forget the dash! Sara Wigal is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of Publishing at Belmont University. She is also the Fundraising Chair for the Next Chapter Society which supports the programming made possible by the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Wigal has been published by The Tennessean, Publishers Weekly, and Writer's Digest.
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