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Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You'll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.
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How Do You Write Rachael Herron

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Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You'll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.
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    Ep. 237: Kristin Beck on How to Shut Up Your Inner Editor

    Ep. 237: Kristin Beck on How to Shut Up Your Inner Editor

    Kristin Beck first learned about World War II from her grandmother, who served as a Canadian army nurse, fell in love with an American soldier in Belgium, and married him shortly after VE Day. Kristin thus grew up hearing stories about the war, and has been captivated by the often unsung roles of women in history ever since. A former teacher, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington and a Master's in Teaching from Western Washington University. Kristin lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. This is her first novel.
    How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. 
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    • 23 min
    Ep. 236: Kathleen West On Deliberately Writing Scenes You Won’t Use

    Ep. 236: Kathleen West On Deliberately Writing Scenes You Won’t Use

    Kathleen West's novels, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes and Are We There Yet?, have been best books picks by Real Simple, Newsweek, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Pop Sugar, and the New York Post. A teacher for 20 years before she published her first novel, Kathleen is particularly interested in the topics of motherhood, ambition, competitive parenting, and the elusiveness of work-life balance. She is a life-long Minnesotan and lives in Minneapolis with her family.
    How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. 
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    • 30 min
    Ep. 235: Nancy Stohlman on Why Writing Short is So Exciting

    Ep. 235: Nancy Stohlman on Why Writing Short is So Exciting

    Nancy Stohlman is the author of four books of flash fiction including Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities (a finalist for a 2019 Colorado Book Award), The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014), and The Monster Opera (2013). She is the creator of The Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series and FlashNano in November. Her craft book, Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, is forthcoming from Ad Hoc Fiction in 2020. She teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder. When she is not writing flash fiction she straps on stilettos and becomes the lead singer of the lounge metal jazz trio Kinky Mink.  She dreams of one day becoming a pirate.
    How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. 
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    • 46 min
    Ep: 234: Should I Write a Book Proposal?

    Ep: 234: Should I Write a Book Proposal?

    Bonus mini-episode, brought to you by my mini-coached Patrons! Question include: Should I write a book proposal? What’s fictionalized memoir, anyway? And how can I learn to revise my book? 
    Books mentioned: 
    Moonglow, Michael Chabon - https://amzn.to/3dmmg3Z
    How Should a Person Be, Sheila Heti - https://amzn.to/3dm81fH
    Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill - https://amzn.to/3abGUlh
    For revision: 
    Story Engineering, Larry Brooks - https://amzn.to/3gi8Rfc
    Anatomy of Story, John Truby - https://amzn.to/3tq38HX
    Intuitive Editing, Tiffani Yates Martin - https://amzn.to/3tntJoV
    Novel Editing Workbook - https://amzn.to/3tA9DZ3
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    • 15 min
    Ep: 233: Why Your Writing Goals Don't Matter That Much!

    Ep: 233: Why Your Writing Goals Don't Matter That Much!

    YES, you should have writing goals. But here’s why they don’t (actually) matter that much. And it’s going to blow your mind. Enjoy. 
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    • 18 min
    Ep. 232: Sonya Lalli on Using Romance Beats in Mainstream Fiction

    Ep. 232: Sonya Lalli on Using Romance Beats in Mainstream Fiction

    Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon and at Columbia University in New York, and later completed an MA in creative writing and publishing at City, University of London. Sonya has a black belt in tae kwon do and loves travel, yoga, and cocktail bartending. She lives in Toronto with her husband.
    How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing. 
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    • 28 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Great for all kinds of writers

I love this podcast. Rachael's style is very engaging. Her standard questions provide a great structure but have lots of scope for variety. And she has wonderful guests. It is fascinating to hear about other people's writing processes. There is no one right way to write, and this podcast gives you lots of ideas for what might work for you.

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