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“Learn how acclaimed writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer’s block.”
Each week, host Kelton Reid chats with guests like Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, on life after becoming a laureate; #1 New York Times bestselling author, Emily Henry on her past life as a YA mid-lister; Celebrated author, Walter Mosley, on his conflicted feelings after winning a National Book Award; NY Times bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline, on what she learned from literary lion Philip Roth; #1 NY Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane on what he borrowed from Clint Eastwood; and bestselling author, Matt Haig, on the process behind his novel, The Midnight Library, and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce.

The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience Podglomerate

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“Learn how acclaimed writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer’s block.”
Each week, host Kelton Reid chats with guests like Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, on life after becoming a laureate; #1 New York Times bestselling author, Emily Henry on her past life as a YA mid-lister; Celebrated author, Walter Mosley, on his conflicted feelings after winning a National Book Award; NY Times bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline, on what she learned from literary lion Philip Roth; #1 NY Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane on what he borrowed from Clint Eastwood; and bestselling author, Matt Haig, on the process behind his novel, The Midnight Library, and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce.

    Living the Dream with Jeff Goins

    Living the Dream with Jeff Goins

    Bestselling author, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and my friend Jeff Goins, recently brought me along on a creative journey called Hey, Creator! and it was some of the most fun I’ve had as a podcast producer. I also learned a lot from Jeff over the course of the show.
    We’re back with another episode from the second season we did together titled “Living the Dream.”`
    Jeff Goins helps creative people succeed. Through his bestselling books, courses, coaching, and speeches, he shares his ongoing transformation journey, inspiring creators to discover their voice and share it with the world.
    He is also the founder of Fresh Complaint, a bespoke creative agency that helps authors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs turn their stories and ideas into books that change the way people think.
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    In this file Jeff Goins and I discussed:
    What tattoos, dreams, and bulls have in common
    This dream-like existence we call life
    The creator’s dilemma of making sense of the mystery
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    goinswriter.com
    freshcomplaint.com
    Hey, Creator! Podcast
    Jeff Goins Amazon Author Page
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Bestselling Author Fred Waitzkin Writes

    How Bestselling Author Fred Waitzkin Writes

    Bestselling author, Fred Waitzkin, spoke with me about journalism, Searching for Bobby Fischer, the thin veil between fiction and non-fiction, and the Zen of his latest novel ANYTHING IS GOOD.
    Fred Waitzkin is the journalist and internationally acclaimed bestselling author of Searching for Bobby Fischer, made into the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.
    His work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes, among other publications.
    Fred Waitzkin’s fourth novel, Anything Is Good, is described as a “... hypnotically compelling tale of a man haunted by the fate of his childhood buddy, and of that friend’s pleasures and misfortunes as he navigates an unhoused life.”
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks said of the book, “Anything Is Good, based on the true story of a brilliant and beleaguered childhood friend, offers a deeply affecting dive into the lives of the unhoused.”
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    In this file Fred Waitzkin and I discussed:
    Finding his unique voice as a journalist
    Why great writers blend non-fiction and fiction
    How he chose the subject matter of his latest book
    The evolution of his process as a novelist
    Why he hates the question, “What’s next?”
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    FredWaitzkin.com
    Anything Is Good by Fred Waitzkin (Amazon)
    Fred Waitzkin Amazon Author Page
    Fred Waitzkin on Facebook
    Fred Waitzkin on Instagram
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 38 min
    How NY Times Bestselling Author Jami Attenberg Writes: Redux

    How NY Times Bestselling Author Jami Attenberg Writes: Redux

    NOTE: This is an updated replay of my amazing chat with New York Times bestselling author, Jami Attenberg, in honor of the start of #1000WordsofSummer that kicked off June 1st! Take a listen to learn more about how to jump in and get going. You can always sign up at 1000wordsofsummer.substack.com to get a letter each day from Jami encouraging you to write 1000 words, additional notes from contributing authors, on writing, creativity, and productivity, and there are write-alongs, a slack channel, and of course the book. Enjoy!
    New York Times bestselling author, Jami Attenberg, spoke with me about documenting the process of being a writer online and off, building a global literary movement, and her latest, 1000 Words: A Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All-Year Round.
    Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins, All Grown Up, and her recent memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You. Her work has been published in 16 languages, she is the founder of the annual #1000WordsofSummer project and maintains the popular Craft Talk newsletter.
    Jami Attenberg’s latest is 1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round. “Inspired by [her] wildly popular literary movement #1000WordsofSummer, this writer’s guide features encouraging essays on creativity, productivity, and writing from [over 50] acclaimed authors including Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, Celeste Ng, Meg Wolitzer, and Carmen Maria Machado.”
    Lit Hub said of the book, “It will be the new Bird by Bird, you heard it here first.” A Booklist, Starred Review called it “A fantastic set of essays… Readers of this collection will feel surrounded and bolstered by like-minded people who have been in the trenches.”
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    In this file Jami Attenberg and I discussed:
    The blessing and the curse of knowing you’re a writer 
    How she built an online writing community into a literary movement
    Her tongue-in-cheek approach to the craft
    The reason she uses the seasons as a metaphor for writers
    How to harness the power of write-alongs
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    JamiAttenberg.com
    1000wordsofsummer.substack.com
    1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami Attenberg (Amazon)
    Jami Attenberg Amazon Author Page
    Jami Attenberg on Twitter
    Jami Attenberg on Instagram
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 37 min
    On Mixtapes, or Curation vs. Creation with Jeff Goins

    On Mixtapes, or Curation vs. Creation with Jeff Goins

    Bestselling author, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and my friend Jeff Goins, recently brought me along on a creative journey called Hey, Creator! and it was some of the most fun I’ve had as a podcast producer. I also learned a lot from Jeff.
    We’re back with another episode from the first season we did together titled “On Mixtapes, or Curation vs. Creation.”
    Jeff Goins helps creative people succeed. Through his bestselling books, courses, coaching, and speeches, he shares his ongoing transformation journey, inspiring creators to discover their voice and share it with the world.
    He is also the founder of Fresh Complaint, a bespoke creative agency that helps authors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs turn their stories and ideas into books that change the way people think.
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    In this file Jeff Goins and I discussed:
    How to make a perfect playlist
    Why taste is integral to all creation
    What it takes to turn a piece of creative curation into an actual work of art
    Why what you leave out is more important than what remains
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    goinswriter.com
    freshcomplaint.com
    Hey, Creator! Podcast
    Jeff Goins Amazon Author Page
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 46 min
    How to Plan, Write & Publish Nonfiction with Hungry Authors Hosts Ariel Curry & Liz Morrow

    How to Plan, Write & Publish Nonfiction with Hungry Authors Hosts Ariel Curry & Liz Morrow

    Writers, publishing experts, and hosts of the Hungry Authors podcast, Liz Morrow and Ariel Curry, spoke with me about the biggest mistake you can make as a writer, the mindset needed to persevere, and their much-anticipated publishing guide.
    Ariel Curry is a writer and editor at Ariel Curry Editorial with over 10 years of experience in traditional publishing. Her partner in crime at hungryauthors.com is Liz Morrow, a traditionally published ghostwriter for entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and business experts who specializes in personal and professional development and memoir.`
    Their forthcoming debut as co-authors is Hungry Authors: The Indispensable Guide to Planning, Writing, and Publishing a Nonfiction Book (August 6, 2024), available for preorder now.
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    In this file Ariel, Liz and I discussed:
    The definition of “book mapping”
    Seeing the underlying code of The Matrix
    How to publish kick-ass nonfiction
    Some big names whose books flopped
    Why publishing a book is within every writer’s reach
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    hungryauthors.com
    Hungry Authors: The Indispensable Guide to Planning, Writing, and Publishing a Nonfiction Book by Liz Morrow and Ariel Curry (Amazon)
    Hungry Authors - Podcast w/ Ariel Curry & Liz Morrow
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 40 min
    How NY Times Bestselling Author April Henry Writes

    How NY Times Bestselling Author April Henry Writes

    Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author April Henry, spoke with me about winning the Edgar Award, killing people on paper, and researching her latest cat-and-mouse survival story, STAY DEAD.
    April Henry is the acclaimed bestseller of mysteries for adults and over 15 novels for teens, including the bestselling Girl, Stolen; Girl Forgotten; The Girl I Used to Be (Edgar nominated and winner of the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery), and most recently winner of the 2024 Edgar Award in the Best Young Adult category for her novel, GIRL FORGOTTEN (2023).
    Her latest novel, Stay Dead (May 28, 2024), is described as “... a thrilling murder mystery featuring a teen with an assassin on her trail fighting to uncover the truth behind a government cover-up.”
    New York Times bestselling author Ellie Marney called it a “Pacy survival tale, eco-thriller, and murder mystery all rolled into one."
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    In this file April Henry and I discussed:
    A crazy thing that happened to her after she won the Edgar
    The postcard she got from Roald Dahl that started it all
    How she made the transition to full-time writer
    Why she trained with real FBI agents
    Her love of the treadmill desk
    And a lot more!
    Show Notes:
    aprilhenry.com
    Stay Dead by April Henry (Amazon)
    April Henry Amazon Author Page
    Kelton Reid on Twitter
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

Essovaro ,

Very informative

I have ADHD so listening to this episode let me understand that I am not the only one struggling to sit down and write. It also helped with some suggestions I could use.

Tess Enterline ,

A great listen!

If you’re a writer (and even if you’re not), you’ll find listening to The Writer Files to be time well spent. Kelton Reid knows how to interview a writer and keeps it interesting.

1979Camaro ,

My Favorite Podcast on Writing

Just began listening to the show, starting from the first episodes and absolutely love it. Such a fantastic show for writers.

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