Write Now with Sarah Werner | For Writers, On Writing

Write Now with Sarah Werner | For Writers, On Writing

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A weekly podcast for aspiring writers looking to find a healthy work/life/writing balance.
CB 039: Robert Tanenbaum
May 19 • 50 min
In this fascinating discussion, novelist Robert Tanenbaum unpacks judicial integrity, American history, and what makes a classic story truly timeless.
All Of The Best Writing Excuses - WN 058
May 16 • 30 min
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!
Coffee Break 038: Renita Bryant
May 8 • 33 min
You just finished your first novel! But… now what? Renita Bryant shares what it takes to go from “hot off the press” to “meet the press”!
Coffee Break 037: Mya Kay
May 4 • 28 min
Join me for a chat with Philadelphia-born author Mya Kay, whose passion and dedication to the craft of writing are changing the landscape of YA fiction.
How To Survive Your Day Job - WN 057
May 1 • 32 min
Corporate structure crushing your spirit? Wishing you could quit your day job and write full time? This episode is for you.
Coffee Break 036: Barbara Kyle
Apr 24 • 36 min
Do you think about writing all day, every day? Barbara Kyle does! That’s what makes her a master of her craft. And today, she’s sharing what she knows.
Coffee Break 035: Kale Lawrence
Apr 17 • 23 min
Today I talk to local writer Kale Lawrence about writing a book series, giving yourself a second chance, and trusting in your own impulsive talent!
Coffee Break 034: Jonathan White
Apr 9 • 32 min
The tides and oceans mean many things to many people around the world. Today’s guest, Jonathan White, won’t rest until he explores them all!
Living A Creative Life - WN 056
Apr 3 • 27 min
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?
Coffee Break 033: Jay Greenfield
Mar 27 • 30 min
Think it’s too late to start your novel? After listening to 84-year-old, first-time published Jay Greenfield’s story, you’ll need a new excuse!
How to Prioritize Your Writing - WN 055
Mar 20 • 36 min
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.
Coffee Break 032: Sandy Kreps
Mar 15 • 36 min
Blogging, bullet journaling, and networking. Oh my! Sandy Kreps gives us the honest truth and helpful tips about becoming a full-time freelance writer.
Coffee Break 031: Jake Heilbrunn
Mar 6 • 24 min
Where there’s a will, Jake Heilbrunn has a way! Join us for an inspiring talk about leaving it all behind and finding yourself in the process.
Introvert & Extrovert Writers - WN 054
Feb 26 • 29 min
Don’t let myths about personality keep you from fully exploring yourself as a writer. Discover your strengths, weaknesses, and how you recharge!
Does Listening to Music Help You Write? - WN 053
Feb 19 • 30 min
What’s the best music to listen to (if any) while you write? Let’s talk about music curation and what different genres of recorded sound can do for you!
Coffee Break 030: Janna Maron
Feb 16 • 32 min
How can creative nonfiction help you to connect with people? What does it take to find or even create a supportive community? Tune in to find out!
Personal Branding for Writers - WN 052
Feb 6 • 34 min
If you write, you have a personal brand! Let’s discuss some ways you can grow, maintain, and market your brand to help readers find your work.
Should I Use A Pen Name? - WN 051
Jan 29 • 30 min
How do you know if writing under a pen name is right for you? This week’s episode of Write Now lays out 6 reasons a pen name might be a smart choice.
Coffee Break 029: Paul Sating
Jan 19 • 38 min
FRIENDS! On today’s Coffee Break episode, I’m talking with writer Paul Sating with a kind of storytelling I haven’t featured before: the audio drama!
The Most Important Question A Writer Can Ask - WN 050
Jan 15 • 28 min
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.
Coffee Break 028: David Galef
Jan 11 • 56 min
Novels, poetry, short stories… if you can name it, David has probably written it. In this fantastic episode, we’re talking about the power of brevity, compartmentalizing your life, & more.
What I Learned From Writing A Book In 1 Week - WNP 049
Jan 8 • 34 min
Get the 10 invaluable writing lessons I learned while writing a book in one week. (That’s right: ONE WEEK.)
Coffee Break 027: Jocelyn K. Glei
Dec 19, 2016 • 30 min
Creativity expert-turned-full-time writer Jocelyn K. Glei & I talk about the balance between business and creativity, distraction, and so much more!
Coffee Break 026: Patrick Hicks
Dec 7, 2016 • 40 min
“Whatever scares you to write… that’s what you should be writing.” I talk with author Patrick Hicks about how to see the world through a writer’s eyes, how traveling can change the way you write, how to deal with fear, and more.
Coffee Break 025: Fauzia Burke
Nov 28, 2016 • 38 min
Fauzia and I talk about the NY book publishing bubble, the joys of self-publishing, social media marketing, taking risks, and more!
Coffee Break 024: Ginny Carter
Nov 15, 2016 • 25 min
Ginny “The Authormaker” Carter and I have a lovely conversation for you about the nonfiction book-writing process, different modes of publication, and Ginny’s favorite aspect of being a writing coach.
30 Tips for 30 Days of NaNoWriMo - WNP 048
Nov 2, 2016 • 42 min
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.
Coffee Break 023: Kevin T. Johns
Oct 20, 2016 • 38 min
Fellow writer, podcaster, ghostwriter, and writing coach Kevin T. Johns and I have a great (and honest) conversation about making the most of our time as busy writers.
Coffee Break 022: Honoree Corder
Oct 13, 2016 • 51 min
Honorée is a speaker, business coach, writing coach, and Writer with a capital W. She is also a smart, successful entrepreneur who has published 20 books and knows what it takes to sell them.
What They Didn’t Teach You In School - WN 047
Oct 5, 2016 • 39 min
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!
Coffee Break 021: Jenny Bravo
Sep 23, 2016 • 29 min
Author Jenny Bravo & I talk about writing sprints, handwriting with pen & paper, keeping a scene list, our mutual love of Twitter, and tons more!
Crafting Your Mission Statement - WN 046
Sep 12, 2016 • 32 min
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!
Coffee Break 020: Andrew Coons
Sep 5, 2016 • 35 min
Poet & filmmaker Andrew Coons and I have a great conversation about career writing, anxiety, depression, self-worth, and getting back into the things you love after putting them on hold.
Careers for Writers - WN 045
Aug 30, 2016 • 46 min
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.
Coffee Break 019: Hend Hegazi
Aug 22, 2016 • 28 min
Today’s show is an interview with Arab-American author Hend Hegazi, who has just published her second novel about gratefulness, forgiveness, and the universal yet hidden struggles we all deal with. I hope you enjoy it.
Coffee Break 018: Mark Messick
Aug 16, 2016 • 23 min
Meet Mark Messick, the 16-year-old bestselling author of more than eleven books. Today we’re talking about possibility, positivity, and living the life you want to live. Join us!
How Do I Find My Muse? - WN 044
Aug 9, 2016 • 26 min
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?
Coffee Break 017: Andrew Chapman
Jul 27, 2016 • 46 min
I am simply thrilled to feature screenwriter and television producer Andrew Chapman. In addition to writing scripts for Disney’s Pocahontas and TNT’s spy thriller “Legends”, he has also sold pilots to ABC, Fox, Amazon, ABC Family, and Sony, and published
How Important Is Networking For Writers? - WN 043
Jul 5, 2016 • 36 min
I know, I know. You hate networking. I hate networking. It feels so corporate and shallow and sell-out-y. But it’s important for writers nonetheless. That’s why this episode is here to help you navigate the turbulent waters of this essential skill.
Coffee Break 016: Melissa Johnson
Jun 20, 2016 • 38 min
Enjoy a great conversation about how to fit creative writing into a busy schedule with entrepreneur, author, and my own personal mentor, Melissa Johnson.
Are There Any Original Ideas Left? - WN 042
Jun 5, 2016 • 35 min
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!
Coffee Break 015: Karan Bajaj
May 27, 2016 • 35 min
I absolutely loved interviewing bestselling Indian author (& striving yogi!) Karan Bajaj, whose new book, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, hit bookstores earier this month. Join us as we talk about the burden and freedom of a creative habit, the power of a j
Should Writers Be Paid? - WN 041
May 17, 2016 • 30 min
We hear it all the time: “We can’t afford to pay our writers,” or, “Your payment will be exposure and experience!” But is that true? Should we take that unpaid internship? Find out in Episode 041 of Write Now.
Coffee Break 014: David Faux
May 12, 2016 • 35 min
David is a church-custodian-turned-tow-truck-driver who is querying his first sci-fi novel. We’re talking worldbuilding, NaNoWriMo, & hope in today’s show.
How To Deal With Rejection - WN 040
May 3, 2016 • 34 min
Rejection happens to every writer. This week’s episode explores different types of rejection and how some of them can actually help us to become better writers.
Coffee Break 013: Diane Vallere
Apr 17, 2016 • 28 min
Diane & I talk about finding the courage to do what you love and love what you’re doing, the ups and downs of self-publishing, and what it’s like to be a “pantser”.
The Worst Writing Advice - WN 039
Apr 5, 2016 • 32 min
The internet is brimming with writing advice, both good and bad. Here’s how to tell the difference — and a rundown of the worst offenders.
Coffee Break 012: JoAnna Ver Meer
Apr 1, 2016 • 37 min
Meet JoAnna Ver Meer, a poet whose gentle and quiet spirit manifests beautifully in her new book, Syllables. Come for the poetry, stay for the friendship.
Coffee Break 011: Matt Paulson, Take 2
Mar 25, 2016 • 35 min
Matt Paulson is back, and we’re talking about being smart enough to know when you’ve hit a wall, the perks of self-publishing, and writing on the treadmill.
Give Yourself Some Grace - WN 038
Mar 14, 2016 • 32 min
My deep, dark secret is that often I don’t like myself very much. I never feel like I’m *enough*. If you feel like this, you might just need some grace.
Coffee Break 010: Kaitlyn Mirison
Feb 29, 2016 • 32 min
In this beautiful and moving episode, Kaitlyn talks about finding the permission you need to write, going against well-intentioned advice when necessary, making peace with your inner critic, and discovering your self-worth & value as a person.
De-Clutter Your Life So You Can Write - WN 037
Feb 23, 2016 • 29 min
Balance, clutter, distraction, scheduling, & grace collide as we answer the question: “What needs to happen for you to sit down, focus, and write?”
The Pressure To Be Great - WN 036
Feb 15, 2016 • 30 min
Today’s episode is about how to deal with and respond to pressure in a way that creates positive outcomes (inspiration) instead of negative outcomes (crippling fear & doubt).
Coffee Break 009: reShoUNn Foster
Feb 5, 2016 • 37 min
Today I’m talking with writer reShoUNn Foster, who is working to invigorate Detroit with the art of words through her Hip n Zen in the Northend project.
Coffee Break 008: Deane Barker
Jan 27, 2016 • 57 min
A great conversation with nonfiction author & web content management veteran Deane Barker about being “friendzoned” by your dream, editing fatigue, & more.
The Power of a Writers’ Group - WN 035
Jan 22, 2016 • 46 min
Belonging to a writers’ group can have some amazing benefits. Avoid the pitfalls & make the most of your writers’ group with today’s episode of Write Now.
Feeling Like A Fraud - WN 034
Jan 14, 2016 • 29 min
Sometimes our doubts get the better of us. Sometimes we listen to the voice that asks, “Who gave YOU permission to be a writer?” Here’s how to fight back.
Do I Need A Website? - WN 033
Jan 4, 2016 • 28 min
Many writers wonder whether they need a website. Today I’m answering that question & providing tips on creating a solid online presence.
Your New Year’s Writing Resolution - WN 032
Dec 27, 2015 • 28 min
This year, make (and keep!) a writing-centric New Year’s resolution with these 8 simple tips.
Coffee Break 007: Vanessa Blakeslee
Dec 21, 2015 • 31 min
The marvelous Vanessa Blakeslee and I chat about character agency, subconscious stew, and the impetus behind her first novel.
Creating In A Time of Destruction - WN 031
Dec 13, 2015 • 27 min
Destruction is deeply tied with loss and grief and pain, but it’s a reality we as writers have to deal with and respond to. Here’s how.
Coffee Break 006: Kate Dyer-Seeley
Dec 3, 2015 • 26 min
Author Kate Dyer-Seeley and I fight a spazzy Skype connection to bring you a conversation about writing cozy mysteries for a modern era.
Letting Go - WN 030
Nov 29, 2015 • 44 min
Letting go is one of the hardest things a writer has to do. Here’s how to let go of perfectionism, ego, control, & more — graciously & gracefully.
Writing With All of Your Senses - WN 029
Nov 23, 2015 • 32 min
I’m back from my mission trip to Jamaica, my friends. And I have several stories and writing insights to share with you. It’s all here in episode 029 of the Write Now podcast.
Coffee Break 005: Abraham Allende
Nov 18, 2015 • 26 min
Language has been a central part of Bishop Allende’s career, from teaching high-school French to broadcasting Cleveland Indians games under the name Allen Davis. And he continues to speak, teach, and write professionally today — though now it’s from t…
My Writing Retreat - WN 028
Nov 15, 2015 • 24 min
I’ve spoken with many writers over the years about the merits of a writers’ retreat. But what good can a short-term retreat do? Find out in this episode.
NaNoWriMo and You - WN 027
Oct 25, 2015 • 30 min
NaNoWriMo is a marathon for writers. The challenge: write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. It’s insane, but fun, & a great way to form a daily writing habit.
Coffee Break 004: Dave Booda
Oct 22, 2015 • 51 min
Dave Booda of the Darken the Page podcast chats with me about the pros and pitfalls of the creative process and our shared love of writing.
When Life Kinda Sucks - WN 026
Oct 19, 2015 • 43 min
Sometimes things like illness, depression, toxic people, and bad situations at work can get the best of us. So what’s a writer to do?
Coffee Break 003: Matt Paulson, Take 1
Oct 2, 2015 • 25 min
I talk with my good friend Matt Paulson about his publishing platform, blogging, email marketing, and how he wrote a book in 18 days.
My 10 Favorite Books - Part II - WN 025
Sep 27, 2015 • 28 min
There’s always a reason behind why your favorite books are your favorites. Here are the next 5 on my list — and why.
Coffee Break 002: Mad Like Alyce
Sep 25, 2015 • 48 min
We chat with blogger Mad Like Alyce about both the creative and technical sides of blogging. Tons of great info for beginning bloggers!
My 10 Favorite Books - Part I - WN 024
Sep 24, 2015 • 40 min
We all have our favorite books. Here are the first 5 of my top 10, complete with why I love them oh-so-much.
Coffee Break 001: Barbara Kyle
Sep 17, 2015 • 28 min
A truly delightful conversation with the author of the Thornleigh Saga about crafting a real page-turner.
What Does Success Look Like For You? – WN 023
Sep 9, 2015 • 33 min
Success is something that we all daydream about but rarely give any serious thought. But it is possible, if you plan for and work toward it. Here’s how.
Was I Meant To Be A Writer? - WN 022
Aug 30, 2015 • 27 min
When you wonder whether you were “meant” to be a writer, whose mandate are you following? This week’s episode will help you answer this tough question.
How To Defeat Writers’ Block - WN 021
Aug 24, 2015 • 38 min
Writers’ block happens to most writers. Here are some ways you can fight back.
Truth In Fiction - WN 020
Aug 9, 2015 • 25 min
Some people say “Writers are liars.” But I think that all writers, especially fiction writers & poets, are the penultimate truth-tellers. Here’s why.
7 Reasons You Need A Writing Mentor - WN 019
Jul 28, 2015 • 33 min
A mentor might be the best thing that ever happens to you as a writer. Here are 7 reasons you need a writing mentor — and how to find one.
Fail A Lot - WN 018
Jul 20, 2015 • 31 min
I’m going to give you some advice that you probably don’t hear very often: FAIL A LOT. In fact, the more you fail, the more you’ll succeed. Here’s why.
Your Professional vs Creative Self - WN 017
Jul 13, 2015 • 31 min
Are your professional & creative selves ever at odds with each other? How does that affect your writing? And how do you find a healthy balance?
How to Make Writing Fun Again - WN 016
Jul 6, 2015 • 27 min
Remember when writing used to be fun? Or better yet, satisfying? Re-ignite the spark and douse the shame with this week’s podcast episode.
Why Is It So Important For Writers To Read? - WN 015
Jun 12, 2015 • 35 min
“Reading is essential if you’re going to be a writer.” You’ve heard it from teachers and fellow writers and books on writing. But WHY? Here’s 8 amazing benefits writers get from reading.
Creating A Space For Writing - WN 014
Jun 6, 2015 • 32 min
What is your perfect writing environment? And is that where you do your best writing? Why do we take our writing environments so seriously?
7 Ways to Write Yourself Out of a Corner - WN 013
May 19, 2015 • 34 min
You’ve written yourself into a corner and you have no idea how to fix it. Well, being in the corner sucks, so here are 7 ways you can try to get out.
My 8 Favorite Writing Tools – WN 012
May 5, 2015 • 37 min
In which we explore some great writing tools, caffeine addiction, unhealthy pencil obsessions, and (bonus!) Jane Austen’s homemade ink recipe.
Finding Your Voice - WN 011
Apr 27, 2015 • 40 min
What is this elusive element we call a voice? And how do we go about developing our own?
Writing Is Our Passion - WN 010
Apr 19, 2015 • 26 min
You’re passionate about writing. But the word “passion” means “to suffer”. What does that mean for us as writers?
Say Yes to Writing - WN 009
Apr 1, 2015 • 29 min
There are only 24 hours in a day. So saying “yes” to writing often means saying “no” to other stuff. Fun stuff. Important stuff. And that’s hard.
How to Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing - WN 008
Mar 21, 2015 • 33 min
It can be incredibly hard to write every day. But I’ve found a way to make myself write (and write well) even when I don’t feel like it. Find out how in this week’s podcast.
Who Is My Audience? - WN 007
Mar 11, 2015 • 32 min
You want people to read and like (and buy!) your novel/book/etc. A great way to do that is to write stuff that people want to read. But who are those people, and how do you engage them?
Walk It Off - WN 006
Mar 3, 2015 • 24 min
Dumpster diving. Mall walking. A 19th-century transcendentalist. Oh yeah, and how going for a walk can help free you from writers’ block.
Regain Your Confidence - WN 005
Feb 25, 2015 • 28 min
All writers second-guess their abilities at some point. Here’s 5 tips on how to regain your lost confidence and become awesome again.
Go On - Surprise Yourself - WN 004
Feb 6, 2015 • 28 min
My own ability to surprise myself is my all-time favorite thing about writing. I’ve never been able to fully articulate how it works, or where the magic comes from. But I take a stab at it in today’s podcast episode.
Writing as Self Care - WN 003
Jan 23, 2015 • 29 min
The idea of using writing as a way to attain and maintain both physical and mental health isn’t new. Explore the ways in which writing can provide healing.
5 Steps to Making Your Writing Goals a Reality - WN 002
Jan 13, 2015 • 34 min
As writers, how do we set goals — and stick to them? This episode explores five steps for setting realistic goals and following through on them.