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The Prolific Writer is about writing fast, writing often, and writing well. Follow writer and publisher Ryan Pelton as he discusses processes and strategies for writing hundreds of thousands of words and sharing them with the world. TPW podcast will also interview fellow writers and discuss their tips and tricks on the craft of writing and share advice on latest trends in publishing.

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The Prolific Writer is about writing fast, writing often, and writing well. Follow writer and publisher Ryan Pelton as he discusses processes and strategies for writing hundreds of thousands of words and sharing them with the world. TPW podcast will also interview fellow writers and discuss their tips and tricks on the craft of writing and share advice on latest trends in publishing.

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A MUST LISTEN!!! 👍👍

By 406Loveloy - Nov 14 2019
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After stumbling upon Ryan’s awesome podcasts I can tell you I am a fan. I’ve been slowly working my way through the podcasts from the very beginning. I love all the guest writers and the great advice Ryan dishes out. He motivated me to finally put pen to paper and I have 35k words. Thanks again Ryan.

Inspiring and Motivating

By Napasnewgirl - Aug 02 2019
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After listening to just one podcast I could not drive home fast enough to write this review. Ryan and his wisdom are inspiring and motivational. It was as if he found a way inside my head and turned on the lightbulb. The prolific writer is highly recommended as a tool for writers of all experience.

iTunes Ratings

72 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
5
3
1
3

A MUST LISTEN!!! 👍👍

By 406Loveloy - Nov 14 2019
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After stumbling upon Ryan’s awesome podcasts I can tell you I am a fan. I’ve been slowly working my way through the podcasts from the very beginning. I love all the guest writers and the great advice Ryan dishes out. He motivated me to finally put pen to paper and I have 35k words. Thanks again Ryan.

Inspiring and Motivating

By Napasnewgirl - Aug 02 2019
Read more
After listening to just one podcast I could not drive home fast enough to write this review. Ryan and his wisdom are inspiring and motivational. It was as if he found a way inside my head and turned on the lightbulb. The prolific writer is highly recommended as a tool for writers of all experience.
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The Prolific Writer

Latest release on Feb 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: TPW 065: Joe R. Lansdale on Do the Work

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Prolific writer Joe R. Lansdale, has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as "Batman: The Animated Series." As of 2018, he has written 45 novels and published 30 short-story collections along with many chapbooks and comic-book adaptations. He has much to teach us! Many of Joe's stories have won prestigious awards, Joe was inducted into The Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and several of his novels have been adapted to film. Ryan and Joe chat about what it takes to become a successful writer, why writing is a job, and we should treat it as such, why chasing markets is a bad idea, how to write cleaner first drafts, his process for churning out millions of words, and much more. You can get Joe R. Lansdale's latest updates and find his books at: http://www.joerlansdale.com/

Jun 08 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #2: TPW 059: Michael Anderle on Writing Books People Want to Read

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Micheal Anderle is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who never dreamed of the success come his way. His runaway hit series Kutherian Gambit exceeded his humble expectations to put it lightly. In this episode Ryan and Michael discuss what makes a book worth reading, what are whale readers, myths for beginning writers and publishers, true success, and much, much more. You can find Michael Anderle and his books at: http://kurtherianbooks.com/

Mentioned Sponsor: Bahama Jane's https://bahamajanes.com

Mar 30 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: TPW 050: Lindsay Buroker on the Evolving Indie Landscape

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Lindsay Buroker is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who burst on the scene in 2011. Some called it the hay-day of indie publishing and Ebook Revolution. Lindsay hasn't slowed down and has since published 30+ titles. In this episode Ryan and Lindsay discuss her humble beginnings from nonfiction and online marketing to fiction. What are the best forms of marketing for books (you'll be surprised)? What has changed in the indie writing landscape (what has stayed the same)? Her process for writing so many books, and much, much more. You can find Lindsay Buroker at: http://lindsayburoker.com/

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Write what you're excited about.
  2. Package book like a pro.
  3. Don't be too precious about your books.
  4. Writing the next book is your best marketing. 

Proud sponsor: Subculture Corsets and Clothing https://subculturecorsets.com

Dec 01 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: TPW 039: Joanna Penn on Author Mindset

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Every writer deals with fear and self doubt. In this episode, Ryan interviews prolific and international bestselling author Joanna Penn. She explains how mindset is what allowed her to leave a suffocating day job and build a writing and publishing empire. Regardless of where you are in your writing journey Joanna will inspire you to go further. But first, you have to deal with what's between your ears. Find Joanna Penn and her work at: TheCreativePenn.com. 

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Mindset is essential for success.
  2. You have to write through the fear.
  3. You can make a living writing. Multiple streams of income.
  4. Know yourself.

Recommended Resources:

  1. Software- Scrivener
  2. Books- Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
  3. Books- Goals and Dreams by Kathryn Rusch
  4. Books- The Stand by Stephen King
  5. Free email course- theprolificwriter.net/free

Sep 15 2017

58mins

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Rank #5: TPW 04: 20 Tips for Better Writing Stephen King

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In this episode, Ryan shares twenty tips for better writing from the master storyteller Stephen King.

On the show Ryan explores excerpts from King’s book “On Writing” and shares how you can write faster, often, and well.

Resources mentioned: Atlantic article On Writing by Stephen King 

Dec 20 2016

40mins

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Rank #6: TPW 040: Sean Platt on Being True to Self and Write, Publish, Repeat

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Sean Platt a fixture in the indie writing community stops by the show. From his breakout serialized dystopian hit Yesterday's Gone with writing partner Dave. How about popular Sci-Fi hits The Beam and Alien Invasion with his other writing partner Johnny? Not to mention their popular show the Self Publishing podcast and growing story studio Sterling and Stone. Despite all the success, books, podcasts, and software innovation, it comes down to one simple truth. The key to indie writing success: Be true to yourself and Write-Publish-Repeat. You can find Sean and his story team at: http://sterlingandstone.net.

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Do the work. You have to want to do the work.
  2. Writing is a journey not an event.
  3. Invest in yourself.
  4. Write-Publish-Repeat key to success.
  5. Be ready. Be prepared.

Recommended Resources:

  1. Software- Story Shop
  2. Software- Slack
  3. Fiction- Lexicon by Max Berry
  4. Non Fiction- Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
  5. Movie- The Invitation

Sep 22 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: TPW 09: Libbie Hawker on Outlining for Speed

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In this episode, Libbie Hawker tries to convince Ryan why outlining is essential for writing fast and with quality.

Will he be persuaded?

Libbie is an author of over 30 fiction books and explores outlining for speed in her popular non-fiction work Take Off Your Pants

Jan 23 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: TPW 049: Jonathan Maberry on Never Too Late To Start

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In this episode Ryan interviews New York Times bestselling and award winning author Jonathan Maberry. Maberry is a genre hopping author writing for young adults and adults. He writes crime thrillers, horror, supernatural, comics, and plays. Not to mention, Jonathan teaches writing, edits anthologies, writes short stories, and writes for TV and film. In this interview Jonathan explores his humble beginnings, why it's never too late to start, his process for creating so much content, and much, much more. Find Jonathan at www.jonathanmaberry.com.

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Be relentless!
  2. Understand the difference between writing and publishing.
  3. Have fun!

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

  1. Must read fiction - Christopher Golden
  2. Must see TV - Arrow, Stranger Things, Z-Nation
  3. Must see Movies - Thor

Nov 24 2017

57mins

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Rank #9: TPW 078: Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Creating a Long and Satisfying Writing Career

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Her 30+ years of writing, editing, and publishing have garnered multiple awards and accolades. Today, Ryan and Kristine explore what it takes to have a long and satisfying professional writing career. In a day when writers are looking for shortcuts, get-rich-quick schemes, and fame and glory from their books, Kristine has a better, tried and true way, of finding a successful and satisfying writing life. Take notes because Kristine has much to say on the subject. You can find Kristine at: https://kriswrites.com/

Oct 05 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: TPW 043: Thien Doan on Starting the Writing Journey and Early Success

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Thien Doan knows the realities of humble beginnings. Refugee family from Vietnam barely scraping by, influence of drugs in the home, and a spiritual quest beginning in high school causing tension in the family. Despite the turmoil of early life, Dr. Doan found a new calling, a calling to write. Listen in as Thien discusses his victories and failures after writing and publishing his first books. Be encouraged, inspired, and challenged no matter where you're at in the writing journey. Find Thien H. Doan at www.thiendoan.net.

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. You need a consistent writing habit.
  2. Seek internal purpose (not external)- your why?
  3. Start small, go deep, but dream big.
  4. Read tons of craft and business books.
  5. Balance public and private life.

Recommended Resources:

  1. Fiction- Vince Flynn books
  2. Non Fiction- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  3. Software- Grammarly and Hemingway
  4. TV/Movie- The Orville and Lonesome Dove
  5. Podcasts- Petal to the Metal and James Altucher

Support Our Work on Patreon! http://patreon.com/ryanjpelton  

Oct 13 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: TPW 089: How to Write a Novel Without an Outline?

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In this episode, Ryan tackles a topic that only few dare to tread: writing a novel without an outline. Much writing advice and many books have been written on how to outline a novel. How about scrapping the outline and writing into the dark? Ryan will show you how. More writer resources: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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Jan 18 2019

36mins

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Rank #12: TPW 073: How to Start a Writing and Publishing Business?

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Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? In this episode, Ryan shares his Two Page Publishing Business Plan for shifting from a hobbyist writer to building an empire with your words. Ryan walks through step-by-step the vital questions to ask when starting your publishing business. You can find more writing resources at: https://theprolificwriter.net

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Questions to Ask (Two Page Biz Plan):

  • What kind of books do I sell?
  • Who is my ideal reader?
  • How will my books help people?
  • How much will they cost?
  • How will I distribute books to readers?
  • What other ways can I make money from my books?
  • How will people hear about my books?
  • What is my version of success?
  • What is my yearly production schedule?
  • What obstacles do I have right now?
  • How will I solve these problems?
  • What other details must I consider?

Aug 31 2018

43mins

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Rank #13: TPW 094: Sarah K.L. Wilson on Rapid Releases

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USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. In this episode, Ryan and Sarah discuss what drives Sarah to be so prolific, her unique rapid release book strategy, why shorter books are the wave of the future, the best writing advice for someone starting out, and much more. You can find Sarah and her books at: https://www.sarahklwilson.com/

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Mar 01 2019

39mins

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Rank #14: TPW 095: Catherine Banks on Writing One Million Words in 2019

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Catherine Banks is a USA Today bestselling fantasy author that pushes the boundaries of prolific writing. Banks has penned over forty novels and is set to complete one million words in 2019... all with a family and a day job. In this interview, Ryan and Catherine discuss the evolution of indie publishing since 2010, her process for writing millions of words with a day job, why covers matter, some unique marketing advice, and much more. You can find Catherine and her work at: https://www.catherinebanks.com

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Mar 08 2019

50mins

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Rank #15: TPW Motivation Monday's 007: The One Dirty Secret for Writing

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In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan reveals the one secret, and possibly the dirty little secret... most writers ignore. It's the key for any writers success. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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Feb 13 2019

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Rank #16: TPW 042: M.L. Bullock on Writing What You Love

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Monica Bullock never dreamed writing ghost stories would take her so far. From a young age Monica loved reading and writing stories about the supernatural. After ghostwriting a couple bestsellers Monica wanted to go on her own. Never in her wildest imagination could she fathom these stories would allow her husband to retire and live her writing dream. Monica is another testimony of how never giving up and writing what you love can take you wherever you want to go. Find M.L. Bullock on Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorMLBullock

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Plenty of room for all writers.
  2. Be true to yourself.
  3. Keep your chin up.
  4. Never be scared to experiment in your process and genre.
  5. Write what you love.

Recommended Resources:

  1. Fiction- Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead
  2. Non Fiction- The Mary Kay Way
  3. Software- Dragon Anywhere
  4. TV- Stranger Things and Lost
  5. Monica's books- Gulf Coast Paranormal
  6. Patreon Page

Oct 05 2017

50mins

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Rank #17: TPW 064: Jake Bible on Four Weeks to a Finished Novel

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He's back! Jake Bible, Mr. Prolific himself, the one who kicked off this podcast in 2016, is back with the writer goods. Jake and Ryan discuss his new book, Four Weeks to Finished, and how he writes a novel a month. Yeah, that's right! Bible also explains why quantity and quality are not enemies, how to prepare yourself to write, tips on editing, how to find ideas for stories, and much more. You can find Jake Bible's  books on Amazon, get his latest news, and updates at: https://jakebible.com/

Show sponsored by: Subculture Corsets & Clothing (https://subculturecorsets.com/). Get 10% off your first purchase with promo code: The Prolific Writer. 

May 25 2018

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Rank #18: TPW 086: Write a Novel in 45 Days (2 Year Anniversary Show)

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In this two year anniversary episode, Ryan walks through a step-by-step blueprint for writing a novel in 45 days (or less). He's used this same process to write seven novels of his own. Writing at a prolific pace is not the enemy of quality, and Ryan explains why taking years (or months) to complete a novel may be working against your best efforts. Find Ryan and more writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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Dec 21 2018

48mins

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Rank #19: TPW 076: Amy Meyer on Choosing the Right Genre

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Anne-Marie Meyer (Amy Meyer) wasn't always a successful romance author. It took multiple attempts, in multiple genres, to find her sweet spot. As they say, the rest is history. Amy and Ryan discuss the importance of choosing the right genre, reader expectation, learning from other writers, and much, much, more. You can find Amy at: http://anne-mariemeyer.com/

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Sep 21 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: TPW 070: Jay Sigler on Bootstrapping Your First Novel

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Debut author Jay Sigler discusses his first book Train Thoughts. Jay chipped away for years on his morning commute for what would become his first novel. Ryan and Jay discuss the ways Jay bootstrapped his first novel with little knowledge of publishing, the role of a supportive community for finishing your work, early success, and much more. Find Jay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrainThoughtsBook/

Sponsor: Subculturecorsets.com ("theprolifcwriter" 10% discount)

Aug 10 2018

43mins

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