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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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By baker/author - Jul 20 2019
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This is the first podcast I’ve really gotten into, I love this. It’s very inspiring to me. I’m a young writer, amateur and this really keeps me going.

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

229 Ratings
Average Ratings
207
12
6
3
1

Great podcast

By baker/author - Jul 20 2019
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This is the first podcast I’ve really gotten into, I love this. It’s very inspiring to me. I’m a young writer, amateur and this really keeps me going.

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: 5 Steps to Making Your Writing Goals a Reality - WN 002

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Woo! I've officially made it to the second 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've also been told by several listeners that my voice is "soothing" and "mellow", which I'm counting as a win. 5 Steps for making your writing goals a reality. You probably already know that goals are extremely important to writers of all kinds.

But how do we set goals -- and stick to them?

This episode explores five steps for setting realistic goals and following through on them: 1. Begin to set your goal by defining something tangible you want to accomplish. 2. Establish your own realistic expectations. 3. Translate those realistic expectations into realistic goals. 4. Stick to those goals. 5. Move beyond your goals by internalizing them. I also take a look at some of the goals and habits of famous American writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, and others. You can read more about these fascinating folks in this Flavorwire article. Book of the week! This week's book is the lovely (and starkly honest) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.

This is a must-read for any writer -- yes, even despite the fact that King is widely regarded as a hack. I don't care. This book offers fantastic, practical advice on world-building, vocabulary, truth-telling, plotting, getting an agent, and more.

You should read it. Q&A I answer your burning questions! This week, it's, "Help! I'm constantly distracted by the internet! What should I do?" Submit a question. I'll do my best to answer it. Just visit my Contact page and type out what you're feeling. You can also just email me at hello [at] sarahwerner [dot] com. Listen to the full podcast. You can listen to the full podcast using the controls at the beginning of this post.

IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON iTUNES, YO! Download and subscribe and all of those pretty things. Tell me your thoughts. How do you stick to your writing goals? Shout it out in the comments below! What's that? You wish there was some way you could receive awesome emails from me? WELL MY GOOD SIR/LADY, YOU ARE IN LUCK.

Sign up for awesome email updates here. >> 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!

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Jan 14 2015
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Rank #2: 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
32 mins
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Rank #3: 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
28 mins
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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
36 mins
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Rank #5: What They Didn't Teach You In School - WN 047

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We learned a lot of great things in school. But our educational system isn't perfect, and there are some things we should have learned about writing (and life) that we didn't. All of those (and more!) in this week's episode!

Oct 05 2016
39 mins
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Rank #6: 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
32 mins
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Rank #7: 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
34 mins
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Rank #8: The Worst Writing Advice - WN 039

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The internet is brimming with writing advice -- both good and bad. Episode 039 of Write Now talks about how to determine which advice is worth following, and gives you a rundown of what I think are the worst offenders.
Bad advice is bad.
I think we've all received bad general advice at one time or another, such as:

"Gun it! You can totally make it through that yellow light."
"Aw, come on. You can totally handle one more drink."
"You don't really need to study for the bar exam."
"Your kids would totally respect you more if you dyed your hair blue."

Sometimes it's easy to tell whether advice is good or bad -- it's just up to us to make the correct decision. But other times, the line between good and bad is a bit more blurry.
Discerning good advice from bad advice.
Advice, like so many things, is relative. Advice that's good for one person might be bad for another person (think of medical advice as an example here).

So when you receive a piece of advice that sounds pretty good, ask yourself:

Is it true?
Who is giving me this advice? (Are they trustworthy?)
Why is this person giving me this advice?

Alex Cavoulacos of themuse.com offers two more great questions to ask when considering the source of the advice, in her article called "A Simple Test That Will Help You Tell If You're Getting Bad Advice":
"The vast majority of advice you’ll be given in your life will be one of two types: Either ‘Do what I did’ or ‘Do what’s best for me right now.’ Make sure you take the time to identify if either is the case before taking the advice at face value."
If either is the case, that doesn't immediately mean the advice is bad -- it just means that you have extra context to consider.

And again, advice is only ever just advice. It's not a marching order, and so it's your responsibility to consider it fully before taking or not taking it.
The worst writing advice.
Here's my list of the worst offenders:

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." -- This is simply untrue. I love to write, but at the same time I recognize that it is often frustrating and incredibly hard work.
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." -- This quote from da Vinci may ring true, but it's terrible writing advice. It seems to be saying that if you decide a piece is finished (and gasp! submit it for publication), you're abandoning it, which is shameful and guilt-inducing.  When a mother bird pushes her baby birds out of the nest, she's not abandoning them -- she's sending them out into the world to flourish and grow.
"You can't force good writing." -- Au contraire! If you've written for a deadline before and produced anything decent, you've likely forced good writing. Now, what you may not be able to force is creativity -- but if you take this as writing advice, all you're going to get is the license to be lazy.
"I'm against schedules. Write when you feel excited by the prospect." -- This one is from novelist Rick Moody, and it happens to be bad advice for me. (Though it might be great advice for you!) I'm just so busy that if I never scheduled in my writing time, I would never get to do it -- even though I love it.
"You need [X] to write." -- Here, "X" can be coffee, booze, a lucky pencil, a program like Scrivener, a specific typewriter, or any other crutch. If someone tells you that you need "X" to write, they are probably trying to sell you "X". The only thing you need to write is you.
"Write what you know." -- Just... ugh. I hope you know how terrible and limiting this can be. Please do not take it as writing advice. Ever.

What about you? What's the worst (or best) writing advice you've ever received? Let me know in the comments below!

The Book of the Week.
I AM STILL READING Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. I am SO SORRY ABOUT THAT.

Apr 05 2016
32 mins
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Rank #9: 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
27 mins
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Rank #10: 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
29 mins
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Rank #11: 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
42 mins
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Rank #12: Are There Any Original Ideas Left? - WN 042

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Is it true that there's "nothing new under the sun", that we just keep retelling the same 3 stories over and over, and that Hollywood is out of ideas? Find out in the latest episode of Write Now!

Jun 06 2016
35 mins
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Rank #13: Crafting Your Mission Statement - WN 046

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A mission statement is a valuable tool for a writer -- it can help you understand your own story, remind you of your purpose, and guide you toward your goals. Today's episode of Write Now podcast will help you create one!

Sep 12 2016
32 mins
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Rank #14: 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
28 mins
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Rank #15: Careers for Writers - WN 045

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Stuck in a soul-sucking, toxic day job while you dream of being a paid writer? Today's episode covers 10 different career paths for writers just like you.

Aug 31 2016
46 mins
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Rank #16: 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
26 mins
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Rank #17: 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
25 mins
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Rank #18: Coffee Break 060: Erin Pringle

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Short story author Erin Pringle shares how loss and grief spurred her to publish, as well as the therapeutic and calming power of creative writing.

Feb 01 2018
25 mins
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Rank #19: Writing as Self Care - WN 003

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You guys, I am super stoked about this week's podcast topic. BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT:
Writing as self care.
The idea of using writing as a way to attain and maintain both physical and mental health isn't new.

From amateur journaling to more official psychoanalysis efforts, writing is often used for external processing, personal introspection, and the sheer (and necessary) act of creation.

Today's podcast explores:
1. Writing as healing.
2. Writing as maintenance.
3. Writing as social healing.
My question to you is: how do we make the act of writing -- and its inherent benefits -- part of our daily routine?

Book of the week!
This week's book is the sparse and starkly beautiful The Cold Dish, the first of the Walt Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson. Ever wonder what would happen if Cormac McCarthy were to write a mystery novel set in rural Wyoming?

Wonder no more.

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.
Listen to the full podcast.
You can listen to the full podcast using the controls at the beginning of this post.

You can also download or subscribe to the Write Now podcast on iTunes! I tend to release new episodes on Mondays.
Tell me your thoughts.
Have you ever experienced healing via writing or reading? 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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Jan 23 2015
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Rank #20: 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
29 mins
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