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WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast: Write a Book, Change the World with Kitty Bucholtz
10 minutes | May 1, 2022
Write a Book and Change the World: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 288E I'm wearing my "How to Spot a Hero" Spider-Man T-shirt as I record this episode. YOU are the hero! And you can be the person who is the hero to someone else! You can be the person who writes a book that changes people's lives. Even just one life changed would be worth our time. Are you willing to keep working at it and make the world a better place?
83 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
Susan May Warren Teaches How to Write a Series
EPISODE 287T Our guest today is award-winning author https://www.susanmaywarren.com/ (Susan May Warren) teaching us how to write a series. There are several kinds of series and first Susie May explains them all. Then she shows us how to write a compelling series that readers can't stop reading. Plus she gives us a fantastic tip that we can use to help readers jump into a longer series. Click below to get the wonderful handout Susie May gave us! And be sure to check out https://www.amazon.com/Sunrise-Sky-King-Ranch-Book-ebook/dp/B09B2NBPXT/ (Sunrise), her latest book one in a series and one of the books we used for some of the examples, as well as https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09LWVBB5X (Sunburst) (June 7, 2022) and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09V6XDK3S (Sundown) (Nov 1, 2022) to see how she puts a series together. (Also great books! I've read the first and preordered the others.) https://podcast.writenowworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Building-a-powerful-series-Susan-May-Warren.pdf (Building a Powerful Series handout)
13 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Planning for a Short Time: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 286E It's the second quarter of the year -- how is your writing going? Where are you in meeting the goals you set for yourself a few months ago? Here are some tips for getting more done this quarter...and maybe more done for the rest of the year! Good luck!
62 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
The Balancing Act of Historical Fiction: A Teaching Episode with Amanda Cabot
EPISODE 285T In 2022, we're taking a direction change with the podcast and, instead of bringing you 50+ interviews during the year, you'll get 8-10 full-on teaching episodes. These are sessions you normally could only hear at a writers conference, about an hour long and full of practical advice to improve your writing and advance your career. Today's guest teacher is best-selling historical author http://www.amandacabot.com/ (Amanda Cabot). Amanda explains about the different kinds of historical fiction with tips on how to write them well. Her latest novel, The Spark of Love, just released on March 1 and is available everywhere books are sold including https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/381270 (Baker Book House) (https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/381270, where you can find discounted pricing on paperbacks). Learn more about Amanda and her books at http://www.amandacabot.com/ (her website) (http://www.amandacabot.com/).
14 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
It's Worth It: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 284T When there's so much going on in the world, it can be easy to feel like there's little to nothing you can do to make a difference. But there are lots of things that you could do. In this episode I mentioned that City Hearts Sweden (https://www.cityheartssweden.org/ukraine (https://www.cityheartssweden.org/ukraine)) is doing a lot to help Ukrainians near the border and those seeking refuge in Sweden. I also noted that there are lots of organizations near you, wherever you live, that could use some help. For example, my sister runs a 501(c)3 charity in Michigan called CHUM Therapeutic Riding. During the pandemic, they couldn't always be open for their clients but the horses still have to eat every day. If you'd like to help feed a horse, you could donate to CHUM (https://www.chumtherapy.net/donationrider-fees (https://www.chumtherapy.net/donationrider-fees)), or find an organization closer to where you live or that matches your passions. Helping others -- whether physically, financially, or emotionally -- helps us to feel better about the things we can't control. And keep writing! Your book could make a difference in the world!
12 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Finding Yourself: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 283E The wonderful thing about stories -- whether reading or writing or listening to them or watching them -- is that they help us to know ourselves. We learn more about who we want to be, who we don't want to be, what makes us laugh and what makes us angry. I encourage you to find more of yourself this year in your writing and reading! Mentioned in the show: https://www.amazon.com/Switch-Your-Brain-Happiness-Thinking/dp/0801018390/ (Switch on Your Brain) by https://drleaf.com/ (Dr. Caroline Leaf) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10896634/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (Long Story Short) on Netflix https://daydreamer.ac-page.com/AuthorReadingRoom (Author Reading Room) -- a monthly free virtual live event where readers can listen to authors read from their work and then ask them questions. Join us!
15 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Even If You Feel Like Stopping: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 282E In today's Encouraging Words episode, I share my experience of the first time I ran in the snow just last month. It was cold and wet and more miserable than fun, but I did it. And it reminded me of how I can look at the harder parts of my writing life and see how I can tweak my attitude to make it through -- and even enjoy it. I hope this helps you find a similar parallel in your own life to talk yourself through the harder areas and on to accomplishment!
41 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Mental Fitness for the New Year: An Interview with Olivia Bowser
EPISODE 281I Today's guest is Olivia Bowser, founder and CEO of https://www.liberatestudio.com/ (Liberate), the first mental fitness studio. Liv explains to us how Liberate began and what it offers to help people develop and maintain mental wellness. The great thing about Liberate is that they work with both individuals and companies, in person and online. Check out their offerings and sign up for the 7-day free trial. Let's make 2022 our best year for mental health! Learn more about Liberate at https://www.liberatestudio.com/ (https://www.liberatestudio.com/).
58 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Writers in the Gig Economy: An Interview with Lynn Bohart
EPISODE 280I Today's guest is https://www.lynnbohart-author.com/ (Lynn Bohart), writing teacher and author of the cozy mystery series, https://amzn.to/3yBTmG5 (Old Maids of Mercer Island). Lynn shares her experiences on many of the ways she leveraged her writing skills to get more work and make money quicker while she continued writing her book series. Great ideas that will spark your imagination for things you can do as well, whether you are also moving into retirement or you're busy and only have time for small projects. We also talk about her mystery series -- fun times! Learn more about Lynn and her books at https://www.lynnbohart-author.com/, and follow her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-bohart/ (LinkedIn), https://www.facebook.com/bohartink (Facebook), or wherever you like to connect.
48 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Marketing That Feels Good: An Interview with Sarah Santacroce
EPISODE 279I Today's guest is https://sarahsantacroce.com/ (Sarah Santacroce), author of https://humane.marketing/book1 (Marketing Like We're Human) and https://humane.marketing/book2 (Selling Like We're Human), and host of the https://humane.marketing/humane-marketing-podcast/ (Humane Marketing podcast). As a ‘Hippie turned Business Coach’, Sarah works with heart-centered entrepreneurs to question their assumptions when it comes to marketing and give them permission to market their business their way, the gentle way! We discuss Sarah's approach to marketing and how it differs from the traditional and online marketing styles, and talk about how the gentle marketing approach can work for writers. Download Sarah's free 1-Page Marketing Plan at https://humane.marketing/1page (https://humane.marketing/1page). Learn more about her at https://sarahsantacroce.com/ (https://sarahsantacroce.com/) and https://humane.marketing/ (https://humane.marketing/) https://humane.marketing/humane-marketing-podcast/ (https://humane.marketing/humane-marketing-podcast/) https://humane.marketing/book1 (https://humane.marketing/book1) https://humane.marketing/book2 (https://humane.marketing/book2)
21 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
First Things First: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 278E In this month's Encouraging Words episode, I talk about how I've been looking at Susan May Warren's Values-Based Planning from episode 276 to decide on my priorities for 2022. After struggling with the idea that I don't want to stop doing things I love and am good at, I finally decided that I needed to let some things go - at least for now - because I'm not doing the work that is most important to me. As of January 2022, the podcast will be on semi-hiatus, meaning I'll still do the monthly Encouraging Words episodes, and I'll also have guest episodes at irregular intervals. This will free up an enormous amount of time for me to get back to focusing on my first love, writing. :-) I hope my candid discussion on how I came to this decision helps you as you think back on the last year or two and ask yourself what worked, what didn't, and how you can plan next year based on the things you find most important in your life.
57 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Writing Even with a Demanding Career: An Interview with Amy S Peele
EPISODE 277I Today's guest is mystery writer https://amyspeele.com/ (Amy S. Peele) talking to us about writing her medical murder mysteries, https://amzn.to/3IrSybz (Cut) and https://amzn.to/3y64AlT (Match). Amy tells us the advice that mystery writer Michael Connelly gave her that moved her career forward, and she shares with us her journey -- and tips! -- as she began writing while still working a very demanding career with long hours. We also talk about organ donation, a prime topic in her two mystery novels, and how you can make sure that your wishes in this matter are followed. If you have an iPhone, you can sign up for donation in the United States using the Health app. It connects to Donate Life America. Learn more about Amy and her books at her website, https://amyspeele.com/ (https://amyspeele.com/). Follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amy.s.peele (https://www.facebook.com/amy.s.peele), Twitter https://twitter.com/amy_peele (https://twitter.com/amy_peele), Instagram https://www.instagram.com/amypeele/ (https://www.instagram.com/amypeele/), and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-s-peele-b815801b/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-s-peele-b815801b/).
51 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Values Planning in 2022: An Interview with Susan May Warren
EPISODE 276I Bestselling author https://www.susanmaywarren.com/ (Susan May Warren) joins us again to help writers and other creatives understand how to plan a new year of accomplishments in a way that works best for each one of us, individually. She tells us how she developed https://www.mybrilliantwritingplanner.com/ (My Brilliant Writing Planner) and explains the many ways we can use it to have a more creative and productive and joyful year. The planner is not a compilation of weekly To Do lists, she says, but a way of choosing what is most important to you based on your own values in life. Learn more about My Brilliant Writing Planner and get one of your own at https://www.mybrilliantwritingplanner.com/ (https://www.mybrilliantwritingplanner.com/). Go to Novel Academy to find out about all the resources Susie May has for writers including courses and a membership group, https://novel.academy/ (https://novel.academy/). And at her writer's website, you can check out all of her books across multiple genres, including the new series under the David James Warren pen name, https://www.susanmaywarren.com/ (https://www.susanmaywarren.com/). Follow her on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
51 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Reuse and Recycle: An Interview with Natalie Walters
EPISODE 275I Author https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/ (Natalie Walters) returns to the show today to talk about how she finds ways to use some of the material that ends up being cut from a book, or reuse characters she created that never ended up in a published book. Natalie's new book, https://amzn.to/3nNpsuO (Lights Out), is a romantic suspense novel about a CIA analyst who brings together intelligence officers from around the world to combat global terrorism -- and one of them goes missing. When the book she set in Egypt, written while she lived there, didn't sell, Natalie found lots of ideas about how we can make sure nothing we create is wasted. She has moved characters to another story, used settings somewhere else, given her readers snippets of deleted scenes, and more. Learn more about Natalie and her books at her website https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/ (https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/) and follow her on Facebook and Instagram (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100041917969557 (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100041917969557) and https://www.instagram.com/nataliewalters_writer/ (https://www.instagram.com/nataliewalters_writer/)). And if you're interested in working with Kitty to finish your book, email her at kitty AT kittybucholtz DOT com to schedule a time to talk about what you'd like to accomplish and how she can help.
66 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Dancing with Wisdom: An Interview with Dr Sunil Raheja
EPISODE 274I Today's guest is Dr Sunil Raheja, author of https://amzn.to/3Ft0G9i (Dancing with Wisdom: A Sacred Quest to Restore Meaning, Purpose and Fun to Your Life and Work). He's also the host of the Dancing with Wisdom podcast, and a psychiatrist and executive coach. "For the really important decisions in life, there’s no textbook that’s going to give you the answers," Dr Sunil tells us. He shares how he got started on his journey to understand how life works, and he gives us many tips about what he's found. He intersperses in the story of the book the writing of the book as well -- what he had to give up to finish it, what his writing coach taught him, and how much more time and work he ended up putting into it than he expected. To learn more about Dr Sunil's work, and to get the first chapter of Dancing with Wisdom for free, visit his website https://drsunil.com/ (https://drsunil.com/). For more information about working with Kitty to finish writing your book, sign up for a free strategy session on her website: https://www.writenowworkshop.com/writingcoach/ (https://www.writenowworkshop.com/writingcoach/)
53 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Your Copyright Questions Answered: An Interview with Kathryn Goldman
EPISODE 273I Today's guest is attorney Kathryn Goldman, founder of https://creativelawcenter.com/ (Creative Law Center) online. This is a fascinating and informative look into copyright, copyright registration, fair use, public domain, the difference between giving credit and getting permission when using someone else's work, and so much more. Soon Kathryn also pointed listeners to an article on her site about fair use (https://creativelawcenter.com/fair-use-guidelines/ (https://creativelawcenter.com/fair-use-guidelines/)), a chart on Cornell University's site about determining public domain works (https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain (https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain)), an article about museums who give away images of public domain works (https://creativelawcenter.com/museums-open-access-images/ (https://creativelawcenter.com/museums-open-access-images/)), and She also shares several reasons why you should register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office (https://www.copyright.gov/registration/ (https://www.copyright.gov/registration/)). She also shares several reasons why you should register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office (https://www.copyright.gov/registration/ (https://www.copyright.gov/registration/)). And one of them, she says, is that soon the Copyright Claims Board will open as an alternative to going to federal court for copyright disputes so long as you have registered the disputed item. Find Kathryn and her many tools and resources for writers at https://creativelawcenter.com/ (Creative Law Center) (https://creativelawcenter.com/ (https://creativelawcenter.com/)). There you'll find https://creativelawcenter.com/workshops/ (lots of workshops), including the recorded "How to Minimize Risk When Writing Memoir" and the upcoming "Publishing Services: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" live on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. You can also join the Business and Legal Resources Membership for Entrepreneurs and Creatives and get access to forms, contracts, workshops, and more (https://creativelawcenter.com/register/membership-signup/ (https://creativelawcenter.com/register/membership-signup/)).
18 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
Thankful for Writing: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 272E In this Encouraging Words episode, I talk about the fun benefits you can get out of writing during National Novel Writing Month and using the https://nanowrimo.org/ (NaNoWriMo.org) website. I also mention Rachel Aaron's fabulous book for writing faster, https://amzn.to/3bFrdDl (2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love), and other tips I've used to write more words during this month. Even just having a grateful, positive attitude will help you write more (and possibly better).
56 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Planning Your Books and Career: An Interview with Betsy St Amant
EPISODE 272E Today's guest is https://betsystamant.com/ (Betsy St. Amant), the funny author of the new romantic comedy, https://amzn.to/3bGFIXE (Tacos For Two). In addition to talking about writing food into stories, Betsy shares how she works with her critique partner, ways she's found to increase reader engagement, how she thinks about planning her books, and much more. A fun and informative interview! Learn more about Betsy and her books on her website, https://betsystamant.com/ (https://betsystamant.com/), and follow her on social media. Sign up for her newsletter to learn about her upcoming book signings (including one in Shreveport, LA) and to be eligible for all the things she loves to give away.
52 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Fantasy and Role Playing Games: An Interview with James R Hannibal
EPISODE 270 Today's guest is https://jamesrhannibal.com/ (James R Hannibal), returning to share with us the story of how he purchased the rights to DragonRaid, a role playing game, and not only prepared to reissue it with a new name -- https://lightraiders.com/ (LightRaiders) -- but also decided to write a book series around it. https://amzn.to/3EqZmmY (Wolf Soldier), book one in the series, is about the band of young adventurers who rekindle the Lightraider Order and have to travel to the Dragon Lands to battle to save their homeland. James tells us all about the process, including the many other people involved -- collaborative storytelling at its finest! They even created a language to go with the new game! Learn more about James, his books, and the LightRaiders game at https://jamesrhannibal.com/ and https://lightraiders.com/.
18 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Enjoy Today: An Encouraging Words Episode
EPISODE 269E Our mindset is a crucial part of how we live our lives, how we react to and interact with the world around us. We can control our thoughts if we try to notice them, and we can choose to focus on the positive in life. I share some examples from my recent run of the Copenhagen Half Marathon, and I encourage you to look for the positive in your own life, focus on what you're grateful for, and start noticing the changes that grow out of these things.
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