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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.

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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

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

iTunes Ratings

250 Ratings
Average Ratings
229
11
7
3
0

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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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.

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

28mins

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Coffee Break 063: Monica Leonelle

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Is there a correlation between an author's word count or financial success and the quality of a book? Monica Leonelle has a few things to say about that!

Feb 19 2018

32mins

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How Do I Find My Muse? - WN 044

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Chances are, you've heard of the concept of a muse, whether you've read your fair share of Shakespeare or simply seen Disney's "Hercules". But can a muse possibly have an effect on us here in the modern world?

Aug 10 2016

26mins

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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

32mins

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De-Clutter Your Life So You Can Write - WN 037

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I've been thinking a lot about work/life/writing balance ever since I committed to writing a book this year. And so Episode 037 of the Write Now podcast is about just that -- balance, clutter, distraction, scheduling, and so much more.
Just keep spinning...
This is what I feel like a lot of the time:

It's not incredibly fun (though maybe it looks cool from the outside).

Being busy is fine if you can balance it well. But how many of us can actually claim that we balance it well?
What's really important?
Before we take a look at what's cluttering our life, let's look at the non-clutter -- the important stuff.

In today's podcast episode, I encourage you to think of 5 things that are deeply important to you -- 5 things, whether they're objects or entities -- that are integral to who you are.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Spending time with family
Nurturing healthy relationships with your friends
Serving the community and volunteering
Your faith
Your creative time spent writing, drawing, painting, dancing, photographing, etc.
Your vintage car collection
Your career
Personal fitness
That plant your mother gave you that you've triumphantly managed to keep alive for nearly a year
Reading
Etc., etc., etc.

If the other stuff in your life doesn't support these things, it might just be clutter.
Distraction destruction.
Clutter creates distraction. I know that when I used to think about my email inbox of 300,000-odd unread emails, my eyes would glaze over and my stomach would knot with dread. It's hard to write when your mind is on all of the emails you've never responded to.

Same goes with a cluttered desk or office, a cluttered sink full of dishes, even a cluttered schedule.

Sometimes it's worth it to devote the time to purge that stuff from your life. Sometimes it's even worth sacrificing one writing session for. Clean it up, get it over with, and get back to writing.

Ultimately, the question you need to ask is:
What needs to happen for you to sit down and write with the focus that you need to write?
The answer might surprise you.
It also might be time to give yourself some grace.
I'm not very good at all at doing this for myself. But if you accidentally spend 45 minutes answering emails instead of writing during your writing hour, just forgive yourself, move on, and be more intentional about writing during your writing hour tomorrow.

We're human, after all. We're not perfect. So give yourself some grace, move on, and set yourself up for a successful distraction-free writing session tomorrow.

The Book of the Week is on its way.
Uh. Yeah. I am still working on reading Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. It's really, really good, but also really, really long. (And I've been really, really busy.)

More to come... in the meantime, keep up-to-date on my book-reading adventures on Goodreads!
MERCH?!?!?!
This week marks the soft launch of my MERCH store!!! You'll find a ton of varieties & colors of pro-writing, pro-reading shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, and more -- all of which support the work I'm doing here at the Write Now podcast. :D

Or if you prefer, please do feel free to take full advantage of my Tip Jar:

What's cluttering your writing life? What's distracting you from writing?
Let me know via my contact page, or simply email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com. I can't wait to hear from you. :)
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Feb 23 2016

29mins

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30 Tips for 30 Days of NaNoWriMo - WNP 048

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From turning off your phone to staving off fear and/or hunger, this episode of the Write Now podcast is here to help you write through NaNoWriMo.

Nov 02 2016

42mins

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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

36mins

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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

31mins

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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

36mins

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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

25mins

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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

27mins

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Coffee Break 067: Albert Flynn DeSilver

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Poet, author, and speaker Albert Flynn DeSilver talks about transformation through writing, striving for beauty, and our shared human birthright.

Mar 26 2018

27mins

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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

28mins

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Coffee Break 058: Audrey Knapp

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Can you gain readers by supporting other authors? Can you make money marketing on social media? Can you successfully self publish? Audrey Knapp thinks so!

Jan 15 2018

32mins

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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

34mins

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All Of The Best Writing Excuses - WN 058

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Do you ever put off writing because you need to wash the dishes or watch American Idol with your spouse? Are these legit reasons -- or just excuses? Learn how to ditch the excuses and just write in this week's episode of the Write Now podcast!

May 16 2017

30mins

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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

22mins

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Coffee Break 066: Esther Goldenberg

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Teacher and independent author and publisher Esther Goldenberg makes reading fun for reluctant readers and talks about children's and YA self publishing.

Mar 19 2018

28mins

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Tips for Writing While Traveling - WN 063

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Trying to write while traveling can be one of the most frustrating things for a writer. Let's explore some ways to jumpstart our creativity on the road!

Sep 06 2017

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Coffee Break 054: Helen Scheuerer

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Fantasy author HelenScheuerer explains how exercise, daily routine, and group critiques fuel her writing and helped publish her latest novel.

Nov 16 2017

26mins

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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/

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

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

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

Jul 22 2019

32mins

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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

31mins

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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.

Support the Write Now podcast on Patreon! https://patreon.com/sarahrheawerner

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

Apr 01 2019

29mins

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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

31mins

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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

23mins

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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

34mins

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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

43mins

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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

25mins

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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

54mins

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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

29mins

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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

36mins

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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

38mins

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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

25mins

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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

31mins

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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

37mins

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Coffee Break 077: Anthony Olivieri

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Audio drama creator Anthony Olivieri and I talk about balance, inspiration, and building both a sense of mystery and deeper meaning into your work.

Jun 11 2018

46mins

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Coffee Break 076: Andrew Chamberlain

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Podcaster and creative writer Andrew Chamberlain shares advice on building characters, utilizing story structure, and listening to writing advice.

Jun 04 2018

41mins

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Coffee Break 075: Mark Millien

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Podcaster Mark Millien shares how to overcome the fear of creative exposure, avoid world-building pitfalls, and flex your creative muscles through D&D!

May 28 2018

31mins

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