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Three authors chat about the "other" side of writing--mental health, time management, support systems, and more. It airs weekly, with new episodes appearing on Tuesdays.

Alive & Writing Chautona Havig, April Hayman, C.R. Rowenson

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Three authors chat about the "other" side of writing--mental health, time management, support systems, and more. It airs weekly, with new episodes appearing on Tuesdays.

    Chapter 2 Episode 27 7 Valuable Skills You Need as an Author

    Chapter 2 Episode 27 7 Valuable Skills You Need as an Author

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    Writers’ Got Skillz

    Turns out that being a writer isn’t just about the writing. Okay, let’s back up a step. First, if you’re writing for yourself, then yes, writing is all you need. However, if you’re like us and want to sell your novels, then you’re going to need more skills than just whipping an awesome story.

    If you’re selling your stories, then you’re a small business owner. And like many small business owners, you’re going to need more than just a single skill to be successful. In this episode, we discuss why we need skills beyond those of writing, what they are, and how to implement them.

    Mentioned in the Episode

    Project Management Institute

    Agile Project Management: A complete beginner’s guide by Marcus Ries

    11 Reasons Why Indie Authors Need Social Media

    Digital Photography School

    YNAB (You Need a Budget)

    Free Image Sites We Like



    * Pexels

    * Unsplash

    * Freepik

    * Pixabay



    Canva – a free image editing program

    Taxes for Authors by Novel Marketing Podcast

    All of Chapter 1 of Alive and Writing is now on YouTube. Go watch now!

    Future Episodes:

    What You Need To Know About the Differences in the Publishing Industry

    What Is Project Management & Why You Should Care



    Have you missed our last few podcasts? Check them out here:

    Chapter 2 Episode 24 Improving “Fighting Fire” with Killer Critiques

    Chapter 2 Episode 25 Why Making a Complete Mess Is Good for Mental Health

    Chapter 2 Episode 26 What is Reader’s Block & What Can You Do About It

    • 24 min
    Chapter 2 Episode 26 What Is Reader’s Block & What Can You Do About It

    Chapter 2 Episode 26 What Is Reader’s Block & What Can You Do About It

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    Reader’s Block Is Real! 

    Ever get to the point where you can’t, for the life of you, pick up a book and read? You, my friend, have encountered “reader’s block.” There are many causes, like boredom, overload, or exhaustion. Basically, we think reader’s block is a lot like writer’s block but eviler.

    Okay, maybe not eviler, per se, but a problem that authors (or anyone for that matter) may encounter once in a while. After all, Stephen King says that if you’re not reading, you’re not writing. You can see how this may cause an issue for writers, no?

    So, in this podcast episode, we chat about the various causes of reader’s block and offer a long list of how to overcome it so you can get back to writing!

    Mentioned in the Episode

    Books by Charlie Polsipher

    Books by Barbara Cartland

    Books by Louise Penny

    I’d Rather by Reading by Anne Bogel

    What Should I Read Next podcast by Anne Bogel

    Our Childhood Favorites



    * Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

    * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    * The Redwall Series



    Chapter 1 on YouTube

    Future Episodes:

    7 Valuable Skills You Need as an Author

    What You Need To Know About the Differences in the Publishing Industry

    What Is Project Management & Why You Should Care



    Have you missed our last few podcasts? Check them out here:

    Chapter 2 Episode 23 Exploring the 4 Stages of Magic in The Kingdom of Ruins

    Chapter 2 Episode 24 Improving “Fighting Fire” with Killer Critiques

    Chapter 2 Episode 25 Why Making a Complete Mess Is Good for Mental Health

    • 21 min
    Chapter 2 Episode 25 Why Making a Complete Mess Is Good for Mental Health

    Chapter 2 Episode 25 Why Making a Complete Mess Is Good for Mental Health

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    Making a Mess + Being Creative = Better Mental Health 

    Did you know that being messy can help you be more creative? It’s true according to a study on the American Psychological Association website. Unfortunately, the same study says that to get things done, you need to clean up and have an organized space.

    Interested to know how we at Alive and Writing feel about being messy (spoiler: we love it!)? Listen in as we discuss the connections between creativity, making a mess, and better mental health.

    Mentioned in the Episode

    A Messy Desk Encourages a Creative Mind, Study Finds

    Splitcoast Stampers

    Future Episodes:

    What is Reader’s Block & What Can You Do about It

    7 Valuable Skills You Need as an Author

    What You Need To Know About the Differences in the Publishing Industry



    Have you missed our last few podcasts? Check them out here:

    Chapter 2 Episode 22 3 Ways Running an RPG Will Make You a Better Writer

    Chapter 2 Episode 23 Exploring the 4 Stages of Magic in The Kingdom of Ruins

    Chapter 2 Episode 24 Improving “Fighting Fire” with Killer Critiques

    • 21 min
    Chapter 2 Episode 24 Improving “Fighting Fire” with Killer Critiques

    Chapter 2 Episode 24 Improving “Fighting Fire” with Killer Critiques

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    How to Critique a Short Story…the Second Time Around

    This week’s episode is a bit late. Why? Well it’s not only a long-form episode but we also had to re-record it. Apparently, the audio didn’t record correctly the first time, which is why you’ll hear us refer to the previous recording in this week’s episode. We apologize.

    But this episode is good. Really good. We critique a short story, Fighting Fire, by Clark. In this episode, we chat about what a critique is, how it differs from feedback, and how to structure critiques. We also delve into Clark’s short story and figure out what makes it less “broken.” Heads up…it’s not.

    Mentioned in the Episode

    Chapter 1 Episode 12 Feedback

    ABC method of Critique (originally by Mary Kowal Robinette)

    Writer’s of the Future

    Future Episodes:

    Why Making a Complete Mess Is Good for Mental Health

    What is Reader’s Block & What Can You Do about It

    7 Valuable Skills You Need as an Author



    Have you missed our last few podcasts? Check them out here:

    Chapter 2 Episode 21 How to Fight the Urge to Do “All the Things”

    Chapter 2 Episode 22 3 Ways Running an RPG Will Make You a Better Writer

    Chapter 2 Episode 23 Exploring the 4 Stages of Magic in The Kingdom of Ruins

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