Rank #1: HW 01-01 What I Wish I'd Known Before I Wrote My First Book (Pt 1)
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
Rank #2: HW 01-05 Should You Blog?
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
Rank #3: HW 01-03 Instagram for Writers
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
Rank #4: 03-07 How To Capture and Organize All Your Awesome Writing Ideas
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
Rank #5: 02-08 Ann Voskamp - Inside the Writer's Heart
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
Rank #6: 03-05 Ian Cron - Enneagram for Writers
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
Rank #7: 02-05 How To Make Money Writing
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
Rank #8: Simply Tuesday
Emily's new book! Why we love small, slow, and ordinary.
Aug 18 2015
Rank #9: When it doesn't look like plenty
Nov 02 2014
Rank #10: God rest ye merry Annie Downs
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
Rank #11: 02-04 What's Your One Most Important Thing?
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
Rank #12: 03-06 Plan Your Perfect Writing Day
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
Rank #13: 02-02 How to Never Self-Promote Again
Here’s the end of that icky self-promotion feeling, the end of thinking that God should maybe market your writing without you. We long to get our message out, but we’re uncomfortable with what we think it requires. So how do faith and marketing work together? This could change how you think about promoting and marketing. And if you’re super-sensitive to being accused of self-promotion, don’t miss the last two minutes and Brian’s reaction to being told worse things than you’ll ever hear.
Sep 29 2016
Rank #14: HW 01-09 How Summer Changes the Writing Life
AKA: How to take a break. How to make the most of your summer, or of any time you’re able to take a break. Crazy as it seems, it can take courage, planning, and effort to rest - but it’s worth it. Just planning a break and knowing you have one coming can be life giving, and here are some ideas to start. Emily and Myquillyn share what they’re doing to make the most of this summer. Over time, they’ve learned how important a break is, and they work hard to be able to take one. This is what they do
Jun 09 2016
Rank #15: The Q&A Show!
We answer your questions about successful transitions, meal memories, hanging pictures, and more
Feb 03 2015
Rank #16: 02-03 You Might Be a HopeWriter If
Your hopewriter calling is not just writing - it’s a calling to spread hope, to connect, and to be relentlessly helpful, without sacrificing your life and family. But, the writing life can have so many pieces, industry standards, and things it seems like you’re supposed to do. How do you know what’s best for YOUR calling? This is the Hopewriter Way - a perspective, a camera angle, a value system that focuses only on what YOU should do, think, and feel.
Oct 06 2016
Rank #17: 02-06 What's On Your DON'T List?
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
Rank #18: The New Year Your Way
You don't have to start a new year with resolutions and goals. In this episode, we each share our un-goals and un-resolutions as our personal examples of how to plan your new year your way.
Jan 01 2015
Rank #19: 39. Writing Memoir with Marion Roach Smith
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
Rank #20: 02-09 Logan Wolfram - Don't Let Your Voice Get Lost
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