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A podcast for all writers (aspiring to professional) looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.

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A podcast for all writers (aspiring to professional) looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.

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Like sitting down with a good friend. Equal parts inspiration and comfort

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I adore this podcast. Listening to it feels like sitting down with a creative friend over something warm. Sarah offers support, reassurance, her own struggles in validation of yours and humorous comfort to get you through your day. I smile every time an episode pops up in my feed.

This pod is so inspirational!

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Sarah is such a great story teller and her work is inspirational and moving! I love her! <3

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259 Ratings
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236
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Like sitting down with a good friend. Equal parts inspiration and comfort

By Otterkit - Dec 07 2019
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I adore this podcast. Listening to it feels like sitting down with a creative friend over something warm. Sarah offers support, reassurance, her own struggles in validation of yours and humorous comfort to get you through your day. I smile every time an episode pops up in my feed.

This pod is so inspirational!

By CaptainRyMM - Feb 12 2019
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Sarah is such a great story teller and her work is inspirational and moving! I love her! <3
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Write Now with Sarah Werner

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A podcast for all writers (aspiring to professional) looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance. Get the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion and write every day. Recurring themes include books, coffee, rainy days, truth, beauty, lasers, dinosaurs, and all of your other favorite things.

Rank #1: The Power of a Writers' Group - WN 035

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One thing I always want to stress in the Write Now podcast is the fact that you are not alone. Despite what you might feel, despite what you might what (or think you want), you're not alone. This is important. And it's the focus of Episode 035 of the Write Now podcast.

Before we begin, a quick note that I've made it easier than ever before to support the work I do with the Write Now podcast with my new Tip Jar! :D

OK. Enough of that. Let's begin...
Starting a great writers' group -- or making your current writers' group even better.
Podcast listener Laura emailed me with some questions about best practices for writers' groups:
I wondered if you would consider doing a podcast on good practices for a writing group?  Do you have any suggestions based on your experience?  Exercises and activities? Resources? Pitfalls to avoid?
Great questions, Laura. And YES! I have experience with both successful and failed writing groups, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with you.
Different types of writing groups.
Writer-Specific Groups
What type of writers' group do you want to have? Writing groups that focus on a specific type of writer can include groups for mystery writers, women, veterans suffering from PTSD, sci-fi writers, poets, dissertation students, adolescents, and tons more.

You could also simply just have an umbrella group for people who love to write, regardless of what they're writing.
The Spectrum of Groups: From Encouraging to Critiquing
What do you want your writers' group to do for the folks who join (including yourself)? I've been part of writers' groups that are 75% critique and 25% encouragement, and groups that are 90% encouragement and 10% critique (if that). Each offers different benefits.

Critique-heavy writers' groups will help you develop your skills as a writer, and improve your manuscript (or whatever you happen to be working on) as well as your editing and critiquing skills. They are also great if you want to get better at reading your work in front of others.

Encouraging writers' groups can tend to be a bit more laid-back -- they are places of social inspiration and discussion, and can equip you with the energy and encouragement you need to go home and write up a storm.

Both will give you community and fellowship with like-minded writers, and can help you make both friends and the important connections you need to be successful.
Group Size, Dynamic, & More
You'll want a group that's neither too large nor too small. I recommend the sweet spot of 4-8 regular participants.

There's also the dynamic to consider. I've been in writers' groups where one person is just a really bad fit (perhaps better described as a toxic personality), and we've had to find a way to ask them to leave. It's unpleasant, to say the least.

If you're beginning your own group, consider carefully whom you'll be inviting. I'm not advising you to act under an exclusive mindset, but rather to carefully consider the cocktail of personalities you're mixing together.

You're creating a writers' group, a community, a haven for creatives, a circle of trust. So be intentional about whom you invite.
Beware Entrepreneur's Depression
Bestselling author and blogger Jeff Goins coined this phrase, and I love it: entrepreneur's depression.

Essentially, if you're thinking about starting a writers' group, you're going to have a vision for it. And a vision can be exciting and awesome and amazing. But sometimes, it can also set you up with some unrealistic expectations.

Your vision may be (like mine was) incredibly optimistic. I imagined 20, 30, 40 people attending my writers' group in downtown Chicago. I imagined a line out the door of the coffee shop where it was held. But instead, I got one or two people. And often none at all.

It was discouraging.

Jan 22 2016

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Rank #2: Coffee Break 001: Barbara Kyle

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A truly delightful conversation with the author of the Thornleigh Saga about crafting a real page-turner.

Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner 

Sep 17 2015

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Rank #3: Coffee Break 010: Kaitlyn Mirison

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Episode 010: Kaitlyn Mirison

Kaitlyn Mirison was one of the first people to get in touch with me when I first launched the Coffee Break offshoot of the Write Now podcast. And I am so grateful that she did.

Kaitlyn is the author of An Artist's Pillars, and host of the Potential & Possibility Podcast, both of which encourage creative folks like you & me to believe in ourselves and deepen our experience of living. "It felt like I was standing on the sidelines of my life." For years, Katilyn worked as an accounting executive, a role in which she was successful but ultimately unfulfilled. She had dreamed of being a writer ever since she was a little girl, but those dreams had been crushed by fear and self-doubt. "At the very core, I didn't believe that I was valuable as a person." In this beautiful and moving episode, Kaitlyn talks about finding the permission you need to write, going against well-intentioned advice when necessary, making peace with your inner critic, and discovering your self-worth & value as a person. "When I started writing my book... that's when I felt like I was coming home." Give today's episode a listen using the controls above or on iTunes, and while you're at it, check out Katilyn's book and podcast. They are both as lovely as she is. :) I will send you emails. You won't regret it if you sign up for my email newsletter! (Probably!) Subscribe to Coffee Break (& Write Now). You can listen to the full Coffee Break episode using the controls at the beginning of this post.

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Feb 29 2016

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Rank #4: How to Prioritize Your Writing - WN 055

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Where does the time go? Between work, family, and countless other obligations, who has the time to write these days? You do! Let's prioritize.

Mar 20 2017

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Rank #5: How To Survive Your Day Job - WN 057

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Corporate structure crushing your spirit? Wishing you could quit your day job and write full time? This episode is for you.

May 01 2017

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Rank #6: What I Learned From Writing A Book In 1 Week - WNP 049

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Get the 10 invaluable writing lessons I learned while writing a book in one week. (That's right: ONE WEEK.)

Jan 09 2017

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Rank #7: Do I Need A Website? - WN 033

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Welcome to episode 033 of the Write Now podcast! Today I am answering the question, "As a writer, do I need a website?" I am also answering the inevitable follow-up questions of "Why?" and "How?" Stay tuned!

Though as you listen, please note: I am not a lawyer! So please take what I say in this episode as my own thoughts & opinions and not official legal counsel. :)
As a writer, do I need a website?
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yessssssssssssssss.

Seriously, a website is a great tool for any writer, whether you're a novelist, a blogger, a journalist, a poet, or... you know. Any other kind of writer.

First, I'd like to establish the need for every writer to have an online presence of some type (if not a website). Whether that's a Twitter profile or an Instagram account, there's a community of other writers and (perhaps more importantly) readers online that you can't afford to ignore.

So why would you need a website if you already have a digital presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Ello, etc.?

Because you don't own those properties. Not 100%.

But! BEFORE I GET IN TO ALL OF THAT, just a quick heads-up that I now have a Tip Jar live on my site!

If you feel that the content I provide is valuable and encouraging, tossing a buck or two into my tip jar will help me continue to produce fun, interesting, & ad-free content on a regular basis.

Thank you! :D

All right. Now back to the good stuff.
Home... home on the web...
You need a home on the web -- a digital base camp -- that you own and control fully. Here's why:
Branding.
You can more fully brand yourself -- you're no longer constrained by the blue boxes and formatting of Facebook, or the 140-character limit of Twitter. You don't have to worry about being censored or having posts removed if you're a fan of four-letter words.
Trust & credibility.
Your own website lends you trust and credibility. You can refer people to [yourname].com instead of encouraging them to find you on Facebook/Twitter/etc.
Professional email.
And you can set up email on your domain so that your queries and correspondences come from something like hello@sarahwerner.com instead of saucylibrarian82@hotmail.
Blog and write whatever you want.
Your website is also a great place to host a blog, where you can establish yourself as an expert in your field -- whether that's novel writing, poetry, book or music reviewing, technical writing, and more.
Build your audience, readership, or tribe.
Your own website is also a great home base from which to build your tribe, a.k.a. your audience or readership. Build loyalty, collect email addresses, send emails to the list you build, and more.

(For example, check out the black bar at the top of this page, where you have the option to sign up for the Write Now newsletter!)
Make the money you deserve from your work.
Finally! With a bit of finagling, you could sell your books from your website and not deal with the 30%, 60%, 80%, etc. costs of a middleman like Amazon.
How do I get my own website as a writer?
The awesome news is that you don't have to pay an agency $35,000 for your own website. In fact, depending on what you want your site to do, it's quite likely that you can make it yourself for a relatively small investment.
Build it!
Here's what I recommend, depending on your level of comfort with digital & web-based stuff:

Squarespace.com (beginner)
Wordpress.com (intermediate)
Wordpress.org (advanced)

I built my website on wordpress.org, if you're curious. And no, none of these platforms is paying me to shill them (sadly). I actually do recommend them.
Measure your analytics & success.
Web analytics (such as Google Analytics, which is free and easy to install) provide a treasure trove of valuable information.

Jan 04 2016

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Rank #8: Living A Creative Life - WN 056

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Are you living the life you want to live? Living a creative life is about making your own decisions and breaking the mold. But what does that mean?

Apr 03 2017

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Rank #9: The Most Important Question A Writer Can Ask - WN 050

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Sometimes the most important aspect of writing is not the words you string together but the questions you ask. And one question in particular is incredibly helpful.

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #10: Writing Full-time - WN 065

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Making the switch to a career writer is tough, but you can do it! Here are some pointers that can help your writing dream become a reality.

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #11: How to Write When You Don't Feel Like Writing - WN 008

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If you're looking for episode eight of the "Write Now" podcast, you've come to the right place. OR SHOULD I SAY THE WRITE PLACE BAH HA HA HA HAAA haaaaaaaaa I'm such a dork.
I probably should be writing, but I just don't feel like it.
There are days when it's hard to even think about writing. I know -- I've been there. (In fact, I may or may not be there right now.)

It's so easy to feel disheartened or stupid or restless or any of those other thousand things that can keep you from writing.

But I've come up with a decision tree you can follow that will help you start writing and keep going on even the worst days (or to know when it's time to get the rest you need).

1. Enter your writing space. Shut the door and sit down.
2. Honestly assess how you feel. If you are actually exhausted, go to sleep. But if you are simply feeling lazy (i.e., if you feel a tinge of guilt or regret when you think about ditching your writing session), then you need to write.
3. Create a "journal" file on your computer, or grab a notebook you can use as a journal. In it, begin writing about why you don't feel like writing today.
4. Take action to combat whatever you've written down, or simply use your journaling momentum to continue writing for your writing project.
Either way, the key here is finding a active/creating path, and not tripping merrily along a passive/consuming path. Listen to this episode to get the full details.

I also reference episode WN 004, "Go On, Surprise Yourself", which you can listen to if you need to liven up your storytelling.

Also, while I'm at it, here are a couple of the passive "Do Not"s:
1. Do not watch a movie.
2. Do not watch TV.
3. Do not play video games.
4. Do not take a nap.
5. Do not surf the internet. Despite your best intentions, you will get lost in a black hole of unproductivity.
I hope this helps. Because you're a smart, capable writer with a great story to tell. And I want you to tell it.
The book of the week.
I just finished Rachel Hartman's Seraphina. It's a YA fantasy novel about a 16-year-old girl and dragons and political unrest and OMG YOU GUYS I LOVED IT. And despite your age/gender/whatever, you might love it, too.

Seraphina is a great example of a strong female character -- not in the "Angelina Jolie can bend bullets" or "Viking woman is a better fighter than the Viking men" way, but in a way that's real. She's confident, passionate, and true to herself while dealing with various personal flaws and realistic relationships.

There are a few plot holes here and there, but it was otherwise an incredibly satisfying read. I can't wait to start the sequel.

Keep up-to-date with my reading exploits on Goodreads.
I will email you.
I'll send you super-fun emails when you least expect it! Don't worry, none of it will be spam. Promise. Sign up to get email updates from me. >>
Submit a question.
I like answering questions, and I didn't have one this week! So visit my contact page and type out your thoughts. You can also email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.
Listen to the full podcast.
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Tell me your thoughts.
How do you make yourself write when you've had a long day and don't feel like writing? Let me know in the comments below, or send a quick email to hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.
The Write Now podcast is on Facebook, apparently.

Join the online community here. Ask questions, share your thoughts, let me know what you're writing, recommend books, and more. :)
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Mar 22 2015

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Rank #12: Go On - Surprise Yourself - WN 004

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Welcome to the fourth episode of "Write Now", the podcast that helps aspiring writers to find the time, energy, and courage you need to pursue your passion and write every day. I'm so glad you're here.
Go on -- surprise yourself.
My own ability to surprise myself is my all-time favorite thing about writing. I've never been able to fully articulate how it works, or where the magic comes from.

But I take a stab at it in today's podcast episode. I also talk about what it means to be "in the zone" when you're writing. Get very excited.

AND SO! Today you'll get the answers to questions such as:
1. What is the value of surprise for both the writer and the reader?
2. How do I get to that place where I'm surprising myself in my own writing?
3. How do I get into the "writing zone"?
4. Is writing an inherently selfish or narcissistic act?
5. Am I insane?
Since I'm not a particularly humble person, I'd like to tell you that I think this is my favorite episode I've recorded yet. But I'll let you be the judge of that.
Book of the week!
This week's book gave me the inspiration for today's podcast. I heartily recommend Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury if you haven't read it before.

Keep up-to-date with all of my reading exploits on Goodreads!
Submit a question.
I'll do my best to answer it. Just visit my Contact page and type out what you're thinking. You can also just email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.

Today's question is: "What can I do with an English major?"
Listen to the full podcast.
You can listen to the full podcast using the controls at the beginning of this post.

OR! Download it from iTunes! And maybe also subscribe on iTunes! :D
Tell me your thoughts.
How do you get into the "writing zone"? Or is it something you haven't yet experienced? Let me know in the comments below!
My words. Your inbox.
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Like what you've heard?
I'm on Patreon! It's a great platform that helps folks who appreciate the arts to support content creators like myself.

I'm trying to do this without sounding like a sales-y jerk. So if you find value or inspiration in the information I share, please consider becoming a contributor on Patreon. :)

Your generosity will go a long way in helping me continue to produce fun, interesting, and useful content on a regular basis. Thank you!

Help support this podcast! >>

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Feb 07 2015

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Rank #13: Self-Writing and Self-Talk - WN 061

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Words have power—especially the words we say and think about ourselves. So whether you think you're slime or God's gift to writing, the way you think about yourself can have an immense effect on your work. 

For show notes, links, & more, visit http://www.sarahwerner.com/self-writing-and-self-talk-wn-061/

Jul 10 2017

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Rank #14: Do I Need A Writing Degree? - WN 062

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"Do I need a writing degree?" It's a complex question that involves factors like time, money, lifestyle, goals, & more. Work through your own decision with help from today's episode of the Write Now podcast!

Aug 02 2017

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Rank #15: Regain Your Confidence - WN 005

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It's the fifth episode of "Write Now"! Hooray! I hope that this podcast is helping you to find the time, energy, and courage you need to pursue your passion and write every day.
Regain your lost confidence in 5 steps.
Say it's been a long time since you've written. Say you've been rejected, you've been told (or told yourself) you're not good enough, you've lost a job, or you've simply been intimidated by the sheer number of books at the bookstore.

Fear not! Seriously. I'm here to tell you that you're awesome, and that you can regain the confidence you need to start writing again. Here's how:

1. Free yourself of the pressure.
2. Remember that you are a writer, and nothing can change that.
3. Be proactive -- don't let despair win.
4. Form a habit of writing every day -- for while practice won't make you perfect, it will make you better.
5. Find a writing coach, mentor, or someone you trust to read your work.
I mention a couple of previous podcasts in this episode, which you can find below if you haven't listened to them already:

WN 001: What's keeping you from writing?
WN oo3: Writing as self-care

Remember, you have potential. So regain your confidence, get back on the horse (or bicycle or Vespa or dinosaur or whatever you prefer to ride), and live it out.

I know you can do it.
Book of the week!
I am DEFINITELY NOT EMBARRASSED about what I read this week. Which is The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton, a.k.a. the sixth book in the infamous "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series.

It's kind of like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-meets-paranormal romance-meets-'90s noir. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, I'd recommend starting with the first book in the series, Guilty Pleasures. Or not. It's your life, and you're free to read whatever books you like in whatever order you wish.

Keep up-to-date with all of my reading exploits on Goodreads!
Submit a question.
Give me more cool stuff to talk about! Visit my contact page and type out your thoughts. You can also email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.

I'm not telling you what today's question is. Ha!
Listen to the full podcast.
You can listen to the full podcast using the controls at the beginning of this post. Or find it on iTunes! >> (And subscribe!)
Tell me your thoughts.
If you've ever lost confidence in your ability to write, how did you gain it back? Or if you haven't yet gained it back, what's keeping you from doing so?
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Like what you've heard?
I'm on Patreon! It's a great platform that helps folks who appreciate the arts to support content creators like myself.

I'm trying to do this without sounding like a sales-y jerk. So if you find value or inspiration in the information I share, please consider becoming a contributor on Patreon. :)

Your generosity will go a long way in helping me continue to produce fun, interesting, and useful content on a regular basis. Thank you!

Help support this podcast! >>

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Feb 25 2015

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Rank #16: Finding Your Voice - WN 011

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Hey friends. Welcome to Episode 011 of the "Write Now" podcast. I'm glad you're here.
How do I develop my writer's voice?
You can probably name a lot of great writers who have their own particular voice. You might have heard something referred to as "Kafka-esque" or "Lovecraftian", or you might recognize echoes of similarity between one particular writer and his or her mentor.

So what is this elusive element we call a voice? And how do we go about developing our own?

Fortunately, you've already taken care of the first step.

Unfortunately, you might have taken a ton of additional steps that you didn't need to take, or that you need to un-take.

As the wise Yoda said, sometimes we must un-learn what we have learned.

It's about finding yourself all over again.
This week's episode of "Write Now" will help you get to the root of where your own personal writer's voice lives, and develop it from there.

It's not a quick or easy process, but I think you'll find it's well worth the journey.

Your voice will allow you to create real, innovative works that will set you apart from the million other writers out there.
The book of the week.

It's so RARE that a book consistently surprises me. Lev Grossman's The Magicians did just that.

Readers either tend to love or hate this book -- and I'm not sure I loved it, but I certainly enjoyed reading it, to the point where the mind-momentum had built up to a point where I couldn't stop reading it. And I valued (so lame a word!) the constant surprise.

This is not so much a cohesive novel as it is a collection of connected vignettes centered around two conceits -- first, that the Harry Potter world is real, and real teenagers react realistically (and more raucously) to the situations such a world presents them with; and second, that the Narnia world is real, and the Harry Potter-world young adults have access to it.

The result is this oddly wonderful mish-mash of the naive and the profane, the cheerful and the dirty, the wondrous and the cynical. I thought it was an excellent portrayal of the post-college-graduation dump into the "real world" of 8-5 jobs and the magical possibilities that seem just out of reach.

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What do you think?
Have you found your voice as a writer? How did you do it?

Do you struggle with being "great" vs. being "real"? Have you ever felt guilty for being a "hack"?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or email me your thoughts at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com!

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Apr 27 2015

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Rank #17: Writing With All of Your Senses - WN 029

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I'm back from my mission trip to Jamaica, my friends. And I have several stories and writing insights to share with you. It's all here in episode 029 of the Write Now podcast.
Is travel a "must" for writers?
Travel is a great way for writers to learn, grow, and gain an entirely new perspective. The only downside is that it's not feasible or accessible for everyone. Travel can be expensive, and not everyone can take an extended leave of absence from work, family, or other duties.

This is why I'm so grateful to my employer, Click Rain, for sending me on an annual overseas mission trip to inland Jamaica for the past three years. In today's podcast episode, you'll hear all about my trip and how it affected me as a writer.

A more complete and engaging story.
I acknowledge the irony of lauding "writing with all of your senses" in the same episode in which I visit a village for the deaf. But I'm not saying that you need all five senses (or only five senses) to be a good writer. Not at all.

I think that films and movies have done great things for our imaginations, but they have rather limited the way we tell stories. I've read many writers that rely on the same two elements -- sight and sound -- that movies use... and nothing else.

But what about touch and taste and smell? Or any other kind of knowing?

Today's podcast episode encourages you to create a multi-sensory experience for your reader, and not just convey sights and sounds in the tradition of the silver screen.
Book of the week.
This week's pick is Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, an incredibly fun mashup between historical fiction and mystery.

Lady Julia Grey is recently widowed and GASP! is there the possibility that her husband could have been murdered?

This book has everything I love about the mystery genre, from lovable, genuine characters to smart and snappy plot twists, and in some ways pays a gentle homage to Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series.

Lady Julia completes an enjoyable character arc that leaves us with a spunky, satisfying heroine who's quite progressive for her time. Plus, there's a dashing, mysterious, and very Heathcliff-ian hero named Brisbane, plenty of tea, a tiny dog named Mr. Pugglesworth, and a raven named Grim. I think you'll like it.

Keep up-to-date with my book-related adventures on Goodreads.
What do you think?
I'd love to hear from you. Submit your thoughts or questions on my contact page, or simply email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.
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Nov 23 2015

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Rank #18: Letting Go - WN 030

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Letting go is one of the hardest things a writer (let alone a human being) has to do. It speaks of loss -- whether willful or not -- and grief and all manner of unpleasant things.

But as a writer, you have to do it. And it would benefit you to learn to do it well, and with grace.

Today, in Episode 030 of the Write Now podcast, we'll talk about the different types of letting go you may face in your daily writing, work, and life overall.

And I'll try not to get that Disney song stuck in your head.
How to let go of:

Perfectionism. Remember, done is better than perfect.
Things that have changed and you cannot change back. And how to be OK with it.
Needing to change other people (and letting go of your own ego). You are a finite resource, and you may need to pick your battles.
Your own self-deceit. Sometimes clinging to a good idea prevents you from working on a great idea.

Finally, we'll talk about how to know when to let things go, and how to give yourself some breathing room.

This is important stuff. I hope you like it.

Book of the week (x3!).
This week, I read three books that ended up in my "started-but-never-finished" pile. :/

YES, I am one of those people who is willing to put down a book that isn't particularly engaging or to my liking. The way I see it, there are just too many amazing books in the world (and too little time) to spend time on books I'm not enjoying.

Here's what I read:

The Killing Floor by Lee Child
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods

None of these books are bad books. I think I was just in a wrong place/wrong time scenario with them.

Keep up-to-date with my book-related adventures on Goodreads.
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Do you have trouble letting go -- of words, of situations, of your own ideas or ego? I sure do. And if you do, too, I'd love to hear from you. Submit your thoughts or questions on my contact page, or simply email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com.
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Nov 30 2015

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Rank #19: WN 060: Make Them Tell You No

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What's the worst that will happen if you put yourself out there? How will you handle rejection? Even worse, what happens if you do nothing?

Jun 20 2017

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Rank #20: Why Is It So Important For Writers To Read? - WN 015

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Welcome to Episode 015 of the Write Now podcast. We're going to be talking about something I've wanted to talk about for a while. SO I HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN WANTING TO HEAR IT! (Hint: the topic is BOOKS, you guys!)
Why do writers need to read?
"Reading is essential if you're going to be a writer." You've heard it from teachers and fellow writers and books on writing. Heck, you've even heard it from me.

(And from Stephen King.)

But why? Why is it so essential for writers to read?

8 benefits of reading for writers:

Reading lets you understand what a reader wants -- and what you need to give your own readers.
Reading gives strong fundamentals in story structure and plot development.
Reading gives you a feel for and can expand your own ideas of stylistic items such as graceful narration, metaphor, transition, voice, and more.
Reading gives you both inspiration and drive to move forward in your own work.
Reading is a great way to get ideas!
Reading shows you what's already been done.
Reading lets you take advantage of lessons already learned by generations of smart writers.
And, via our good friend Stephen King's excellent book On Writing: "The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing... Constant reading will pull you into a place... where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness."

My point is, a writer who doesn't have time to read is like a musician who doesn't have time to listen to music, or a chef who doesn't have time to eat. The two activities are complementary and necessary if you're going to write well.
6 ways to fit reading into your busy schedule:
Starting with the most obvious!

Read in your favorite reading place during your free time -- whether that's out on the beach, in a cozy armchair by the fireplace, or in bed before falling asleep.
Read over lunch at your desk or in the break room. Wear headphones (whether or not they're playing music) as necessary.
Read while waiting -- at the doctor's office, in line at the DMV, while you're waiting for your daughter to emerge from school, on the toilet... wherever you can.
Read during your commute to work, if you happen to ride a train or bus, or travel via carpool (but not if you're driving, bicycling, or walking).
Read while you're exercising on a treadmill, elliptical, spinner, or another piece of equipment that doesn't need you to, you know, keep an eye on anything.
Read EVERYWHERE ELSE (while jogging, gardening, vacuuming, driving, attending a boring party, etc.) with the magic of audiobooks!

Bonus:
I coin the phrase "predilection for fiction" in this episode. You're welcome.
The book of the week.
It must be Stephen King week in my brain or something.

YOU GUYS. I read Bag of Bones and I was really glad I did. And not just because it was gripping and compelling, etc., but because it's about a writer and the struggles all writers face.

It's also about ghosts and lucid dreams and a truly disturbing custody battle.

I won't give any spoilers here -- part of the pleasure of reading this book, of course, is all the twists and turns it takes as it unfolds. But I think you will enjoy the exploration of grief and what it means to be haunted -- not only by literal ghosts, but by memories and hidden histories and resounding echoes of lost talents.

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Jun 12 2015

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What Makes A Good Writing Goal? - WNP 076

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How do you know if you've set a good writing goal for yourself? Or is goal-setting for writing even a good idea? Today's episode explores how we move along the path toward success.

Links:

Your New Year's Writing Resolution - WNP 032

Crafting Your Mission Statement - WNP 046

For full show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/what-makes-a-good-writing-goal-wnp-076/

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Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing!

— Sarah

Jan 14 2020

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What Are You Afraid Of? - WNP 075

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Fear shows up for us writers in a lot of ways we don't expect or recognize. Let's explore those fears — and how they're holding us back — together.

For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/

To support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast, become a patron on Patreon! https://patreon.com/sarahrheawerner

Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing!

— Sarah

Jan 06 2020

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Getting Back Into Writing - WNP 074

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It's been a while — maybe longer — since you've written. And with all of the rust buildup, thoughts of inadequacy, and other factors... how do you get back into it?

For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/

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Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing!

— Sarah

Dec 20 2019

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How Do I Know When I'm Good Enough? - WNP 073

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Today's topic comes from a listener question: How will I know when I'm good enough to publish — and that I won't look back on my work in 10 years and cringe? Join us for a chat about fear, bravery, and constant action.

For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/how-do-i-know-when-im-good-enough/

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Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing!

— Sarah

Aug 26 2019

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Finishing What You Start - WNP 072

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Not to toot my own horn here, but I am really, really good at starting new creative projects. Finishing them... not so much. Today, we're talking about the fears that keep us stuck and how to finish a creative project in a smart and snappy way. Enjoy!

For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/finishing-what-you-start-wnp-072

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Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing!

— Sarah

Jul 22 2019

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Supposed To For Writers - WNP 071

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There are a lot of "supposed to"s in the writing world. We're "supposed to" write every day, love every minute of the writing process, and punch fear in the face. But are we REALLY supposed to do these things? Where do the "supposed to"s come from? How do we escape the guilt and obligation that come with them? And what could we create if we were free of the "supposed to"?

Find the show notes for this episode of Write Now at https://www.sarahwerner.com/supposed-to-for-writers-wnp-071 .

Support my work on the show by becoming a patron on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner

Thanks as always for listening, and happy writing. :) 

Jul 08 2019

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Burned Out, Exhausted, and Overwhelmed - WNP 070

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So many of us -- writers, parents, employees, students -- are in a state of constant burnout, exhaustion, and overwhelm. Today's episode will help you identify where you are on that spectrum... and how we might begin to deal with it.

Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner

Full show notes & links: https://www.sarahwerner.com/burned-out-exhausted-overwhelmed-wnp-070

Apr 18 2019

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Affirmations for Writers - WNP 069

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As if doubting our own work wasn't enough, most writers also doubt themselves. But a little positivity can go a long way. This week, Sarah shares several affirmations that can help get your mind not only ready to write but ready to write successfully and joyfully.

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View show notes and more at https://www.sarahwerner.com/

Apr 01 2019

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Putting Yourself Out There - WNP 068

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Some of the most frequent questions I get asked by writers are, "How do I get my name out there?" and "How do I get noticed as a writer?" Today, we'll talk about the two things you can do to find an audience.

Become a Write Now patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sarahrheawerner

View show notes on my website: https://www.sarahwerner.com/

Thanks for listening, and happy writing!

Mar 25 2019

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Coffee Break 086: Sam Boush

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Author and publishing veteran Sam Boush shares his insight into the politics behind book distribution, marketing, and becoming a full time writer.

Sep 03 2018

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Coffee Break 085: Jonathan Small

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Writer and podcaster Jonathan Small dishes all about the wild and wonderful topics and people you can discover when you uncover a good story.

Aug 27 2018

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If and When Someone Steals Your Idea - WNP 067

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Has someone ever had the same idea as you or just downright stole it? Let's talk about how writers should handle idea theft and when to reclaim credit.

Aug 20 2018

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Coffee Break 084: Erin Forbes

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Teen fantasy author Erin Forbes shares her unique perspective on self-publishing, as well as time management and how to market your book on social medias.

Aug 13 2018

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Coffee Break 083: Raul Vega

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Podcaster and film sound designer Raul Vega shares his experience telling stories through sound with Hans Zimmer and developing his own audible mysteries.

Aug 06 2018

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Coffee Break 082: Cheryl Muir

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Media strategist and life coach Cheryl Muir shares her experiences with personal branding, social media promotion, and thinking like an entrepreneur.

Jul 30 2018

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Coffee Break 081: Ginger Moran

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Author and writing coach Ginger Moran exposes the vulnerability of storytelling, the pitfalls of literary writing, and why you should trust your characters.

Jul 23 2018

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Critics and You - WN 066

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How should writers approach criticism? How do we tell if it's constructive or not? Most importantly, should we allow criticism to affect our writing?

Jul 16 2018

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Coffee Break 080: Jason Pinter

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Author and publisher Jason Pinter talks about the entire publishing industry—from a writer's daily time sacrifices to founding his own publishing house.

Jul 09 2018

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Coffee Break 079: K.A. Statz

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Horror podcaster and writer K.A. Statz shares her thoughts on writing and self worth, opening up to criticism, and the surprising merits of scary stories.

Jun 25 2018

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Coffee Break 078: Philip Kenney

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Psychotherapist and author Philip Kenney sheds some light on the universal obstacles of creatives, the benefits of meditation, and trusting in your muse.

Jun 18 2018

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I adore this podcast. Listening to it feels like sitting down with a creative friend over something warm. Sarah offers support, reassurance, her own struggles in validation of yours and humorous comfort to get you through your day. I smile every time an episode pops up in my feed.

This pod is so inspirational!

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Sarah is such a great story teller and her work is inspirational and moving! I love her! <3