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Let’s take the next step in your writing life! Maybe you’re a beginner stumped about what to do first. Or you’re experienced but aren’t sure what to do next. Maybe you need help knowing your message or who you’re actually writing for. Maybe you want to reach more readers but without becoming a self-promoting robot. Maybe you’re an author who’s been doing this for years but you long to see how other writers balance the business and marketing side of the writing life. Or you want to know how to write a book or find an agent or just start a regular writing routine. Maybe you’re afraid of failure, or that you’re a bad writer and no one will tell you. Or you think what if I work hard at this and never get published or make even a dollar? What if my spouse or family never understand how much this means to me? What if I share too much and people in my real life get mad? What if I make a fool of myself or break the internet? And what if I’m successful and my life changes and I have to do new things and sacrifice my family? The three of us have collectively written a bunch of books, some of them bestsellers, and we know what it’s like to have all these questions and more. The Hope*writers Podcast will help you skip the long learning curve we’ve struggled through and will put you ahead of the game. Each week you get answers to these questions, from us and from interviews with publishing pros, to help you have clarity for what’s next for you. AND to find out where you are now on the writing journey and take one next step, just take the simple fun quiz at hopewriters.com/quiz.

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Let’s take the next step in your writing life! Maybe you’re a beginner stumped about what to do first. Or you’re experienced but aren’t sure what to do next. Maybe you need help knowing your message or who you’re actually writing for. Maybe you want to reach more readers but without becoming a self-promoting robot. Maybe you’re an author who’s been doing this for years but you long to see how other writers balance the business and marketing side of the writing life. Or you want to know how to write a book or find an agent or just start a regular writing routine. Maybe you’re afraid of failure, or that you’re a bad writer and no one will tell you. Or you think what if I work hard at this and never get published or make even a dollar? What if my spouse or family never understand how much this means to me? What if I share too much and people in my real life get mad? What if I make a fool of myself or break the internet? And what if I’m successful and my life changes and I have to do new things and sacrifice my family? The three of us have collectively written a bunch of books, some of them bestsellers, and we know what it’s like to have all these questions and more. The Hope*writers Podcast will help you skip the long learning curve we’ve struggled through and will put you ahead of the game. Each week you get answers to these questions, from us and from interviews with publishing pros, to help you have clarity for what’s next for you. AND to find out where you are now on the writing journey and take one next step, just take the simple fun quiz at hopewriters.com/quiz.

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Practical and insightful

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So fun and easy to listen to- writers will glean lots of helpful advice.

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By Life4Boys - Oct 13 2017
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Enjoy the practicality and fun relaxed atmosphere of this podcast. Truly gives writers hope!

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107 Ratings
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98
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Practical and insightful

By Charlotte Mason Fan - Mar 23 2018
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So fun and easy to listen to- writers will glean lots of helpful advice.

Excellent!

By Life4Boys - Oct 13 2017
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Enjoy the practicality and fun relaxed atmosphere of this podcast. Truly gives writers hope!

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Let’s take the next step in your writing life! Maybe you’re a beginner stumped about what to do first. Or you’re experienced but aren’t sure what to do next. Maybe you need help knowing your message or who you’re actually writing for. Maybe you want to reach more readers but without becoming a self-promoting robot. Maybe you’re an author who’s been doing this for years but you long to see how other writers balance the business and marketing side of the writing life. Or you want to know how to write a book or find an agent or just start a regular writing routine. Maybe you’re afraid of failure, or that you’re a bad writer and no one will tell you. Or you think what if I work hard at this and never get published or make even a dollar? What if my spouse or family never understand how much this means to me? What if I share too much and people in my real life get mad? What if I make a fool of myself or break the internet? And what if I’m successful and my life changes and I have to do new things and sacrifice my family? The three of us have collectively written a bunch of books, some of them bestsellers, and we know what it’s like to have all these questions and more. The Hope*writers Podcast will help you skip the long learning curve we’ve struggled through and will put you ahead of the game. Each week you get answers to these questions, from us and from interviews with publishing pros, to help you have clarity for what’s next for you. AND to find out where you are now on the writing journey and take one next step, just take the simple fun quiz at hopewriters.com/quiz.

HW 01-01 What I Wish I'd Known Before I Wrote My First Book (Pt 1)

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Learn from our experience what we wish we’d know before we published our first books - the difference between blogging and book writing, how to have a professional attitude, overcoming endorsement fear, ideas for getting connected in the writing community before you write your book, and why the Skinny Abs Diet Workout Routine is not a good book idea.

Apr 19 2016

37mins

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03-07 How To Capture and Organize All Your Awesome Writing Ideas

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It’s easy to have a million ideas. But what do you do with them? Where do you keep them? How do you organize them? How do you know if your ideas add up to anything valuable? How do you know if it’s a book or - whatever? It’s important to have a system for keeping track of your ideas that works for you as part of your writing lifestyle. To help you come up with your own, this episode will show you three very different systems and how they were used to write real books.

Oct 13 2017

39mins

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03-05 Ian Cron - Enneagram for Writers

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Let’s get to know our writing strengths! “The Road Back to You” author Ian Cron helps us see how the Enneagram personality assessment can help us better take advantage of our strengths, help us understand our built-in weaknesses, and even help us pick an editor. We’ll see how knowing our personality type and being self aware can be invaluable as a writer. You’ll definitely see yourself - and others you know - and you may end up deciding to cut both of you some slack! :)

Sep 08 2017

58mins

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02-08 Ann Voskamp - Inside the Writer's Heart

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Ann Voskamp shares: what practical writing time looks like for her; how she makes writing a low pressure spiritual discipline; writers she loves and how they influence her writing; the disadvantages and overwhelming challenge of a successful first book; why book signings and meeting her readers are so important to her; why she doesn’t read reviews of her work; what she did the day 1000 Gifts released and how it was so different from the day the Broken Way released; and how to gather a safe community of people to help your writing life.

Dec 06 2016

43mins

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HW 01-05 Should You Blog?

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Should you blog? Is blogging dead? Can blogging help your goals as a writer? If so, how? How has blogging changed? What’s the best way to use a blog? If Emily and Myquillyn started a blog today, what would they do? And you’ll hear - from an editor - how editors feel about putting your book ideas on your blog.

May 11 2016

34mins

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02-05 How To Make Money Writing

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How is a part-time - or even full-time - income from your writing possible? You have more options than you realize. Here’s what’s worked for us, how we started, what we changed, and why. It’s an adventure - put your toe in and see what works for you! Just start small and get going - you might even discover a dormant longing that ends up paying you. And don’t miss the last five minutes, “Your Success Path: Choose Your Own Adventure.”

Oct 20 2016

37mins

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HW 01-03 Instagram for Writers

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For the hope writer, Instagram
can be special - it’s another way to share your message and give
hope. But we need to think of it purposefully if we want to have
followers who engage with us and our message. How do you know what
to post, what to say, what not to post and say, and why? There’s
more to it than you think, and this episode will open your eyes to
how Instagram can be an extension of your writing.

Apr 28 2016

38mins

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02-01 How to Find Time to Write

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Thirty minutes to end that ‘I don’t have time to write’ feeling. You’ll change how you think about time, and get practical tips for gaining time to write. You’ll hear how to plan your writing time with your family, see that there are two different kinds of time, learn why you shouldn’t tell people your big writing plans, and discover why ‘following the love’ might be the secret to finding time to write.

Sep 21 2016

33mins

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03-06 Plan Your Perfect Writing Day

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How do you write consistently in the middle of the unpredictability and responsibilities of your everyday life? Managing yourself - knowing how to use your time as a writer, and running your own writing days - is a foundational skill needed to be a writer. NOW is the time to develop that skill. You can decide what a perfect writing day is for you right now, and it can change over time, but whatever it is, you’ll probably have to plan it and prepare for it to happen. This episode will help you do that.

Sep 14 2017

30mins

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HW 01-04 Unlikely Writing Teachers

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Here’s what we can learn from
unlikely writing teachers like Taylor Swift, Bob Marley, Stacy
London from ‘What Not to Wear,’ Lorne Michaels from SNL,
philosopher Marcus Aurelius, and more. Writing school is all around
us if we just open our eyes and pay attention. AND - if you’ve ever
thought writing a blog post that goes viral would be the ultimate
success, don’t miss the last 8-10 minutes of this
episode.

May 04 2016

40mins

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When it doesn't look like plenty

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Nov 02 2014

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02-04 What's Your One Most Important Thing?

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When your writing life feels complicated, having One Most Important Thing to focus on can be sanity saving. What’s most important? Is it writing skill? A certain social media? Your platform? Your niche? It’s different for everyone, and in this episode we’ll each share OUR one most important thing, to help you think about yours.

Oct 13 2016

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HW 01-02 BONUS Pt 2 What I Wish I'd Known

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Part 2 - Three first-time authors share what they wish they'd known before they wrote their first books - HopeWriters Deidra Riggs, Mary Carver, and Amber C Haines.

Apr 22 2016

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Myquillyn's system for taking a break

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Myquillyn shares her system to make the most of downtime and seasons of breaks

Dec 24 2015

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HW 01-07 Overwhelmed? How to Save Your Writing Life

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Writing can take a lot out of you. How can you move forward and be creative when you feel like you’ve been doing things a certain way forever? How can you make the most of your writing energy? The answer: You need to find your own balance of system and soul. Emily talks with her friend and fellow Hope*Writer Kendra Adachi from the lazygeniuscollective.com. Emily shares how Kendra helped her with practical ideas to funnel her writing energy, and with ways to organize her writing with categories and rhythms to make the most of her time. Everybody has a writing system, whether your realize it or not. This episode will help you recognize and make the most of your system, and balance it with your soul.

May 25 2016

28mins

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God rest ye merry Annie Downs

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Author and loud laugher Annie Downs chats with us about merriment, and about the journey of embracing how God wired you as a gift to others.

Dec 03 2014

23mins

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02-09 Logan Wolfram - Don't Let Your Voice Get Lost

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What’s it like to be busy and successful at doing good things that are some people’s dreams, but that come with an unknown cost? Logan was chief steward and curator of the Allume conference for four years. Then she stopped, and the conference ended. Why? Plus, the behind the scenes reality of an event where the one running the event doesn’t always get paid. Also - valuable insight on working with a publisher; find out why a two-book deal might not be a great idea; and sometimes a friend says something so meaningful that it makes you cry - don’t miss the last ten minutes and why Logan is still crying.

Dec 30 2016

39mins

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The Day I Realized I Had a Job

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What IS a job, anyway? What do you do when your passion becomes a commitment, and the lines between home, family, and work are hard to see?

May 02 2015

35mins

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HW 01-06 Steal Our Genius Moves

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Ideas we’ve tried for living and working that have turned into genius moves that help us as writers, and that that have made life easier, better, and more fulfilling. Steal ours or come up with your own! You never know when some idea you try might turn into a life-changing move.

May 17 2016

23mins

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02-06 What's On Your DON'T List?

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Most people have a to do list. A DON’T list can be just as important. Writing is a deep work; your energy and time for writing is worth protecting. We’ll share the things we’ve chosen - on purpose - to NOT do to help you with your own DON’T do list, because you can’t do everything. It’s kinda personal, kinda crazy, maybe a little awkward, and you might be surprised at some of the things we don’t do.

Oct 28 2016

37mins

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47. Facebook for writers--before you run ads, with Amanda Bond

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So how should a writer use facebook? How do you know if you’re doing it right? How do you know what’s working? Do you boost posts? Buy ads? Is it worth it? 

Whether you want to build a platform, promote your book, or just get your message to readers, there’s a certain order to doing things. 

Amanda Bond is an expert on using facebook and buying ads. In this episode she’ll help you learn a few basic things a writer should do on facebook first, before you buy ads or boost posts.

Then the next episode will guide us in how facebook ads work so you get results and don’t waste your money.

So what does a writer do first on facebook? Before spending any money? Let’s listen!

Dec 09 2019

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46. Inside the Mind of a Children’s Author - with Matthew Paul Turner

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Writing for children is a different kind of writing. One of the beautiful things about it is when you successfully keep things simple, you can end up reaching far beyond children. 

That’s how it’s worked for Matthew Paul Turner, a long time writer who tried writing for children as an experiment. He’s now written “When God Made Light,” “When God Made You,” and “When I Pray for You” which you can find at Target and Sam’s and Walmart and all over the place.

How is writing for children different? How do you think and see in a very simple - but sometimes profound - way? What goes on inside the mind of a children’s author? 

Well, if you’re interested in writing for children, or think you might be someday, or if you just want to see how to tap into the parts inside you that can matter to others, this episode is for you. 

Oct 29 2019

19mins

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45. Starting and Becoming a Writer with Christie Purifoy

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You like books and reading. You like to write. But you don’t feel like you’re one of “those” writer people.

It’s just something inside you - something a little restless - like there’s somewhere you want to get to, but you’re not sure where or how.

But you wonder about it - and you kinda like the idea of being a writer. And maybe you’ve even taken a bunch of steps.

But how do you end up there - how do you get there? 

Well in this episode, we’ll hear author and podcaster Christie Purifoy’s story of how she moved from a “kinda writer” to “yes a writer” - and we’ll see what starting to be a writer can look like.

Oct 09 2019

14mins

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44. How to find an agent with Rachelle Gardner

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To get published by a publisher takes a team. One of those team members we need is a literary agent. 

But how do you find an agent? Are there guides, books with names of agents? - yes! In this episode you’ll find out what they are and how to read them. You’ll get ideas for finding agents online and in person. And you’ll learn a couple of great backdoor ways to find an agent that you’d never think of on your own.

Plus, how do you know when you’re ready for an agent? And what will the agent be looking for from you? You’ll learn all those things, too.

Now If you’re wondering if you actually need an agent, well, that was part one of this conversation with agent Rachelle Gardner - #43 “Do I need an agent?”

Something helpful for knowing when you need an agent is to know where you are on the writing path - there’s an order for doing things when you want to be published. To find out which stage of the writer’s journey YOU’RE on, take the quick free quiz at https://www.hopewriters.com/quiz

Oct 01 2019

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43. Do you need an agent? With Rachelle Gardner

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To get published by a publisher, it takes a team. One of those team members we need is a literary agent. 

Well, do you have to have an agent? What difference do they make? How do you know if you need one? 

Even if you’re a published author - even if you’ve had an agent - you’re going to love this conversation with top agent Rachelle Gardner. 

It’s so good - we had to split it into two episodes : )  This episode is “Do you need an agent?” and the next one is “How to find an agent.”

Something helpful for knowing when you need an agent is to know where you are on the writing path - there can be an order for doing things when you want to be published. To find out which stage of the writer’s journey YOU’RE on, take the quick free quiz at https://www.hopewriters.com/quiz

Sep 23 2019

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42. Podcast Advice with Kendra Adachi

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Whether you’re an experienced podcaster, or just starting out, or just thinking about it - this episode’s for you.

We’re going to talk about the most basic, most important part - the words, the content. Of course! We're writers, right? 

And you’ll hear a content tip in the first 8 seconds of this episode : )

This episode gives you some basic but important advice, and probably a few things you hadn’t considered. How do you trust yourself? How do you know what kind of podcast to do? How do you know what to talk about and how to talk about it? That’s coming up.

Even though we’re writers - and love words - sometimes writers love saying the words. So lots of writers also podcast. Kendra Adachi is one of those writers. She writes “The Lazy Genius Collective” blog, which will turn into a book sometime in 2020. And she hosts “The Lazy Genius Podcast.” 

You’ll love Kendra! 

And, to find out which stage of the writer’s journey YOU’RE on, take the quick free quiz at https://www.hopewriters.com/quiz

Sep 16 2019

20mins

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41. What Makes You a Writer? with Jeff Goins

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It’s kinda funny when we’re afraid to call ourselves a writer - as if we’re scared of ourselves and our full potential. 

Do you find it easy to not say you’re a writer - for example when you don’t have many readers? And when you don’t call yourself a writer, isn’t it easy to just not write? 

Writer Jeff Goins says whatever we think about we become. Can you relate? Do you own being a writer? Do you struggle believing who you’re supposed to be? 

Jeff said that for a long time he called himself a wannabe writer and so he wrote like a wannabe. Then he realized he needed to “own” being a writer and call himself one and act like it, and it changed everything. 

But it was a struggle - and for us too, it can be a struggle to own what we really want. Can you relate? Well, let’s work on that together.

Sep 09 2019

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40. Writing for the Long Haul with Annie Downs

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Annie Downs shares how to be a writer for the long haul, and how failure has helped her be successful. 

She’s definitely in it for the long haul. She’s written multiple books in the last 10-12 years - one of them has sold 100,000 copies - just at Target. Yeah, not counting Amazon. 

She’s also a national speaker and host of the “That Sounds Fun” podcast. 

And, you know how when you face the challenge of overcoming discouragement and failure, and want to learn from it and still make progress? Well, don’t miss the last 6 minutes and Annie’s story of the Flatiron building.

Sep 02 2019

17mins

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39. Writing Memoir with Marion Roach Smith

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How do you write for readers who don’t know you or care about your story? What’s in it for them?

Marion Roach Smith has written and taught about memoir for over 20 years. She says, “Memoir is not about you and it’s not a diary.” Well, if memoir isn’t about you, then what is it? 

Even if you don’t write memoir - your writing probably includes you, and your experiences, and things you’ve learned and how you’ve changed. 

If you DO write memoir, your writing includes a LOT of you.

So, how DO you include your own story and experiences in anything your write? And how do you ever write anything about yourself, if it’s not about you?

By the time this episode is over, you’ll know.

Aug 26 2019

19mins

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03-07 How To Capture and Organize All Your Awesome Writing Ideas

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It’s easy to have a million ideas. But what do you do with them? Where do you keep them? How do you organize them? How do you know if your ideas add up to anything valuable? How do you know if it’s a book or - whatever? It’s important to have a system for keeping track of your ideas that works for you as part of your writing lifestyle. To help you come up with your own, this episode will show you three very different systems and how they were used to write real books.

Oct 13 2017

39mins

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03-06 Plan Your Perfect Writing Day

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How do you write consistently in the middle of the unpredictability and responsibilities of your everyday life? Managing yourself - knowing how to use your time as a writer, and running your own writing days - is a foundational skill needed to be a writer. NOW is the time to develop that skill. You can decide what a perfect writing day is for you right now, and it can change over time, but whatever it is, you’ll probably have to plan it and prepare for it to happen. This episode will help you do that.

Sep 14 2017

30mins

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03-05 Ian Cron - Enneagram for Writers

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Let’s get to know our writing strengths! “The Road Back to You” author Ian Cron helps us see how the Enneagram personality assessment can help us better take advantage of our strengths, help us understand our built-in weaknesses, and even help us pick an editor. We’ll see how knowing our personality type and being self aware can be invaluable as a writer. You’ll definitely see yourself - and others you know - and you may end up deciding to cut both of you some slack! :)

Sep 08 2017

58mins

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03-04 Book Launch Secrets Google Won't Tell You

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If writing a book is important to you, sooner or later you’ll find yourself confronting a book launch. You need more than tips you find on google - you need to know how you can launch a book yet remain a human being whose family still knows you and loves you.

Here are our stories of what we didn’t realize for some of our launches, and how we now see that it didn’t have to be so awful.

You’ll hear the inside reality of how a book launch feels and how to take the pressure off. Tips and ideas on how to enjoy your launch and feel happy and satisfied. When to start thinking and planning your launch. And how to launch in a way you’re happy with, that serves your reader, and maximizes sales.

Jun 10 2017

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03-03 How to Know When to Change Course

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So you’ve been writing for awhile but you feel like you’re not really growing an audience, like nobody really cares. Should you change what you write about? And what would you change to? How can you get to where you write about something you’re deeply interested in AND that deeply resonates with your reader? Changing and pivoting is human. Learning what works is part of the natural process. So let’s learn to pivot together.

May 04 2017

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03-02 How to Find the Perfect Writing Mentor

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Thinking you need a writing mentor is way easier than actually finding one. And there are questions you may not have considered: Are you even ready to be mentored? Are you already being mentored without realizing it? What if you could make the progress you want, learn what you need to learn, and get the perspective and insight of a person you respect - without ever meeting them? Is that mentoring? In this episode we’ll help you really think through finding the perfect mentor for you. BUT, it might not be what you expect, and when we’re done, you might forever change how you think about mentoring.

Apr 02 2017

38mins

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03-01 The Million Dollar Email Question

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You’d never guess it’s controversial but it is. Once a month in the Hope*Writers Facebook group a friendly debate pops up about the best way to let readers know you’ve written a new blog post. What do you do when the guru’s say one thing and your gut says another? What is a guru anyway? Plus, before you decide how to use email, there’s a bigger question to answer. Let’s talk about that question, and about what’s best for you and your readers.

Mar 15 2017

38mins

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02-09 Logan Wolfram - Don't Let Your Voice Get Lost

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What’s it like to be busy and successful at doing good things that are some people’s dreams, but that come with an unknown cost? Logan was chief steward and curator of the Allume conference for four years. Then she stopped, and the conference ended. Why? Plus, the behind the scenes reality of an event where the one running the event doesn’t always get paid. Also - valuable insight on working with a publisher; find out why a two-book deal might not be a great idea; and sometimes a friend says something so meaningful that it makes you cry - don’t miss the last ten minutes and why Logan is still crying.

Dec 30 2016

39mins

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02-08 Ann Voskamp - Inside the Writer's Heart

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Ann Voskamp shares: what practical writing time looks like for her; how she makes writing a low pressure spiritual discipline; writers she loves and how they influence her writing; the disadvantages and overwhelming challenge of a successful first book; why book signings and meeting her readers are so important to her; why she doesn’t read reviews of her work; what she did the day 1000 Gifts released and how it was so different from the day the Broken Way released; and how to gather a safe community of people to help your writing life.

Dec 06 2016

43mins

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02-07 Q&A's Live from the H*W Workshop

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How to get more readers. How to start an online writing encouragement group. How blogging and book writing go together. Ideas for helpful books and courses. And more!

Nov 24 2016

34mins

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02-06 What's On Your DON'T List?

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Most people have a to do list. A DON’T list can be just as important. Writing is a deep work; your energy and time for writing is worth protecting. We’ll share the things we’ve chosen - on purpose - to NOT do to help you with your own DON’T do list, because you can’t do everything. It’s kinda personal, kinda crazy, maybe a little awkward, and you might be surprised at some of the things we don’t do.

Oct 28 2016

37mins

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