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Do you want to share your story, earn more money and make an impact with your writing? You're in the right place. On the Become a Writer Today podcast, Bryan Collins interviews creatives and best-selling authors. He profiles their writing processes, so you can learn about everything from writing your book to building a profitable creative business. Subscribe today!

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Do you want to share your story, earn more money and make an impact with your writing? You're in the right place. On the Become a Writer Today podcast, Bryan Collins interviews creatives and best-selling authors. He profiles their writing processes, so you can learn about everything from writing your book to building a profitable creative business. Subscribe today!

    How Writers and Creatives Can Master Productivity with Oliver Burkeman

    How Writers and Creatives Can Master Productivity with Oliver Burkeman

    One of the most impactful books I've read about productivity and time management is the best seller, Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. The book proposes that the average human lifespan is just 4,000 weeks long, which is a blip in the grand scheme of things.

    Oliver also writes about how we're just 35 lifetimes separated from the ancient Egyptians.

    He uses these types of numbers to put in a framework what it means to try and get more things done and why this is a fool's errand.

    I'm a former productivity nerd. I still like testing the latest productivity software and dipping in and out of the occasional book about productivity. I even wrote a column for Forbes several years ago, all about this exact topic.

    These days, I think less about productivity and getting more done than I think about the right things or creative projects to work on.

    In this book, Oliver proposes many different questions and ways that all types of people — including creatives and writers — can figure out what they want to work on and what they should just let slip.

    It's a thought-provoking book if you've ever wondered how you're spending your time or if you've been obsessed with productivity, efficiency, and getting things done.

    It's also a fantastically written non-fiction book that resonates with people from all industries.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    Whether you should commit to a writing or research systemThe Zettelkasten methodOliver's approach to researchUsing a newsletter to interact with your audienceWorking as a columnist for a busy newspaperOlivers next projectResources:
    Oliver's Website
    What Is The Best Zettelkasten Software?
    11 Creative Rules For Creator Economy Workers
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 28 min
    Writing Speculative Fiction with Gary Bengier, For All Sci Fi Enthusiasts

    Writing Speculative Fiction with Gary Bengier, For All Sci Fi Enthusiasts

    I'm a big science fiction reader. I also like to watch a lot of science fiction on television. But I have little interest in writing science fiction because it's the type of genre that I like to read when I want to switch off.
    The best science fiction or speculative fiction books always have a big idea behind them. They have topics they want to tackle and often explain how these things may change our world for the better or worse.

    I love learning from speculative science fiction authors because it's great to hear how they approach big ideas and turn them into a piece of work that readers can enjoy.

    That's what this week's guest has done. His name is Gary Bengier, and he is the author of the award-winning speculative fiction or cross-fiction book, Unfettered Journey.

    I was fascinated to catch up with Gary because he had another career before he became a science fiction author. He was the CFO for eBay back in the late 1990s. It's fascinating to talk to somebody who had a corporate career but secretly wanted to become a writer and an author.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    How Gary funded his dream careerLessons from the corporate worldThe importance of measuring your output as a writerPractical tips for hitting deadlinesResources:
    Gary's Website
    What Is Hard Science Fiction? Top 10 Examples
    Best Science Fiction Authors of All Time: 9 Writers To Read
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 26 min
    Writing Tips for Beginners

    Writing Tips for Beginners

    It's good that you want to become a successful writer, but what tips should you know if you're a beginner? 
    In this episode, I will share 35 tips to help you become a better writer. These are the tips I wish I'd known when I started my writing career before earning a living from writing online.

    These tips have helped me; they've helped successful authors and can help you too.

    Resources:
    The Become a Writer Today Website
    35 Effective Writing Tips For Taking Charge Of Your Prose
    How to Get A Job In Writing: 9 Top Tips
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 24 min
    Is a Book Coach The Key To Your Success as a Writer? With Jennie Nash

    Is a Book Coach The Key To Your Success as a Writer? With Jennie Nash

    Do you need a book coach? If so, what should you expect from a book coach, and how can they help you become a successful author? 
    Writing can be a lonely process. Sometimes you'll come up with an idea for a book and wonder, is it any good? You might ask a friend or a family member, or a colleague. The result can be conflicting feedback, and it can be difficult to know if this type of feedback is worth listening to.

    This is where a book coach can help.

    This week, I caught up with Jennie Nash. She is a professional book coach. She also teaches other writers and authors how to become book coaches.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    What to expect from a book coachHow a book coach fits into the writing processHow a book coach facilitates critical analysisAn example of a successful author working with a book coachResources:
    Jennie's Website
    The 5 Biggest Myths About Writing a Book – Debunked
    Writing Your First Book: 10 Painful Truths
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 30 min
    Balancing Creative Writing, Business and Ghost Writing With Jessie Kwak

    Balancing Creative Writing, Business and Ghost Writing With Jessie Kwak

    Balancing writing fiction and nonfiction, can you do it? What about writing across genres? Should you pick one genre or take on multiple genres for your books?

    A couple of years ago, I worked with a marketing executive for Become a Writer Today, and he asked me what I liked to write.

    I explained that I wrote a series of books about the craft of writing, a couple of books about creativity, and some short stories back in the day.

    I'd also recently written a book called I Can't Believe I'm a Dad.

    I asked him which of these projects he could help me promote. He said, "the writing books" because they connected to my business.

    When I asked about I Can't Believe I'm a Dad, a passion project I wrote that I really wanted people to read, he said, "Bryan, you need to stay in your lane. You need to pick one genre and stick to it."

    What he said struck a chord with me. At first, I wondered if he was right.

    But here's the thing about writing and creative work — while it's OK to write something that pays the bills, sometimes you need to write something because it's a story you want to tell or a message you want to get out into the world.

    So if you're writing something outside of your genre or niche, don't necessarily worry about sales or the result. Write it because you love it and because you enjoy the process.

    The divergence between creative and nonfiction work is a theme for this week's podcast episode. I recently caught up with Jessie Kwak. She's a science fiction author. She also writes supernatural thrillers and is a ghostwriter and former copywriter.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    How copywriting helped Jessie get a break in professional writingHer career as a ghostwriterWhy Jessie chose to write fiction and nonfictionHow she balances two completely different types of writingWhat her typical daily writing routine looks likeThe challenges that freelance writers face when they go out on their own for the first timeResources:

    Website: http://www.jessiekwak.com/
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 30 min
    Get Your Book Out There! How Deadlines Can Help Writers With Mark Pawlosky

    Get Your Book Out There! How Deadlines Can Help Writers With Mark Pawlosky

    Deadlines, should you be afraid of them? How much do you plan your books or even your series of books? In my early twenties, I learned one important lesson - the importance of deadlines. 
    Deadlines can help you write book chapters, sections of your book, and even your entire book on time. They can also help you work with editors and then ship it so you can start earning book royalties.

    If you need help setting deadlines for your book, I recommend that you break it down into smaller milestones. So, rather than saying I'm going to write a book in six months, tell yourself I'm going to write act one in one month, and put that date in your Google Calendar.

    More experienced authors will use this approach to map out an entire series, and that's something that this week's guest did.

    His name is Mark Pawlosky. He's an experienced journalist who worked for CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    The importance of deadlinesMark's approach to planning out an entire seriesTurning a book into an audioResources:
    Website
    Support the showIf you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollins

    Thanks for listening!

    • 23 min

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