How Do You Write? Podcast

I’ve really been enjoying Rachael Herron‘s “How Do You Write?” podcast.  It is relatively new, and up to 21 episodes.  I’m a knitter and had been following Rachael’s knitting blog for years.  In 2006, she completed NaNoWriMo and that manuscript was traditionally published in 2010.  It was with great pleasure that I attended her signing […]


No Plot? No Problem! Author: Chris Baty This little book is a powerful tool to help frustrated writers get past their perfectionistic, procrastinating tendencies using a secret weapon that works on most of us in our adult professional lives, a deadline.  If only we were 5, it would be candy… But for all too serious […]

Your First 1000 Copies Review

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book Author: Tim Grahl Length: Compact, quick read but bonus content available online If there were a theme to Tim Grahl’s book, Your First 1000 Copies, it might be “There is No Easy Button.” Either that or, “Slow and Steady Wins the Day.”   This […]

Using Dictation on the iMac to Write Your Book

As the old adage goes, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in 30 days. How does one crank out roughly ~1700 words a night? I had listened to a couple of podcast interviews where the guests had discussed writing fiction through the use of dictation, and […]

StoryShop Podcast

In contrast to the Self Publishing Podcast, which features the same three writers, the StoryShop Podcast is a compact and helpful resource. Length: 25 min. Format: a 9 episode series, not including the intro episode.  I blasted through these in two nights of walking the dog.  All three of the authors contribute, and it is very interesting […]

Can Just Anyone Be A Writer?

Of course.  It is what Nike’s ad genius once said.  “Just Do It.”  I was recently in France and I was able to walk miles – in museums, along the Seine, into churches and past street booksellers. Yes, the book is still art in France and these booksellers each keep a box that they lock […]

How To Write a Novella in 24 Hours Review

How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours Author: Andrew Mayne Length: Short I am a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited.  As a result, since I read on a Kindle, I have no idea the page length of the book.  I read a lot of non-fiction, probably a dozen a month either actually reading or listening […]


Though I have been writing at night, after the routine of dinner, homework, bathtime, storytime and my evening stroll with the dog, I occasionally write early in the morning.  But I prefer to go hiking instead.  Sometimes you catch a deer crossing too. The conflict remains one of time allocation.  I can write or I […]

The Story Grid Podcast

This is a relatively young podcast (less than a year old) and I came across it after the co-host Tim Grahl was a guest on The Creative Penn.  I absolutely love it. Tim is the aspiring fiction writer, who comes to the podcast after nearly a decade of launching writers and his co-host is Shawn […]

Self Publishing Podcast

I had never heard of these folks, but it was mentioned on an episode of The Creative Penn Podcast so I checked it out. I tried 2 episodes and couldn’t even get half way through the 2nd episode. The three hosts, Sean, Johnny, and Dave have co-authored a number of successful series and they apparently […]