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Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful writers of all types and stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring and professional scribes.

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    • 4.9 • 162 Ratings

Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful writers of all types and stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring and professional scribes.

    Her Family Hid This Secret for Years. Then She Learned the Truth.

    Her Family Hid This Secret for Years. Then She Learned the Truth.

    In 2016, Dani Shapiro uncovered a stunning secret about her family. She has captured this story brilliantly in her memoir Inheritance. On this episode, she shares the revelation that forever altered her life and caused her to rethink who she really is. Dani is a bestselling novelist, memoirist (she's written five), and host of the popular podcast fittingly titled "Family Secrets." This is a replay of an interview we did in 2020. 
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    • 49 min
    The Benedict Cumberbatch Obsession—Explained

    The Benedict Cumberbatch Obsession—Explained

    Millions of people around the world are obsessed with actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The most hardcore fans refer to themselves as 'Cumberbitches.' Author Tabatha Carvan, a wife and mother, counts herself among the Cumberbatch groupies. But in her new book, This Is Not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch: On Finding Your Thing & Loving It Like Your Life Depends on It, she argues there's nothing wrong with her fixation. In fact, she says her passion for the man helped her find her sense of self and regain joy in her life.  

    • 45 min
    Helpful Ways to Improve Your Memory

    Helpful Ways to Improve Your Memory

    Do you find yourself forgetting things more and more? You're not alone. Information overload, stress, lack of exercise, and age contribute to memory loss. But your brain can fight back. Dr. Gary Small (no relation, we think) is an expert on memory and brain aging. His book The Memory Bible offers techniques and brain exercises that will improve your memory immediately. On the pod, we talk about what memory is exactly, why we forget things, and how writers can reach deep down into their memory reserves to retrieve forgotten moments for their personal essays and memoirs.
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    • 56 min
    'I'm Empowering Myself': A Disney Actress Becomes a Porn Star

    'I'm Empowering Myself': A Disney Actress Becomes a Porn Star

    Boy Meets World star Maitland Ward talks about her provocative new memoir, Rated X, which chronicles her transformation from a successful Hollywood actress to an adult movie star. Ward talks candidly about the cruelty and sexism she encountered in mainstream entertainment and how porn saved her by allowing her to express her sexuality. Cast aside any preconceptions you might have about the shadowy adult industry. Ward shines a surprising new light on the skin trade. 
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    • 51 min
    7 Secrets to Making Your Content Binge Worthy

    7 Secrets to Making Your Content Binge Worthy

    Whether you're thinking about writing a novel, in the process of writing a novel, or you just wonder what makes the novels you love so readable, you will really enjoy this episode. Guest Heather Davis is a book coach who works one-on-one with writers worldwide on their novels. Heather talks about how a book coach helps writers make their books binge-worthy. She also sheds light on the biggest mistakes new novelists make when pitching an agent.

    • 52 min
    The Habits That Are Hurting Your Productivity and Well-Being

    The Habits That Are Hurting Your Productivity and Well-Being

    What time is the best for drinking coffee? Are naps actually good for you? Do I need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? These are just some of the daily habits and routines I talk about with Dr. Stuart Farrimond on this week’s episode. Dr. Farrimond is a trained medical doctor, teacher, and author of Live Your Best Life (also called The Science of Living in the UK). In his book, Farrimond consults research and science experts to provide more than 200 ways of rethinking the habits that create our daily routines. On the pod, he addresses some of them, including important matters of our workspace, sleep schedule, and water intake. You’ll probably with a different daily routine after listening, and find yourself a better writer—and human—for it.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

Comedy Salesman ,

Growing enthusiasm!

I’ve enjoyed Jon Small’s podcast since the beginning, and my enthusiasm has been growing of late, with so many different angles and fascinating guests… as a writer, I was drawn from the beginning; as a listener, I’m just digging the show!

ShippyL ,

Excellent Podcast, Terrific Host

Wonderful show, filled with knowledgeable people chatting about various aspects of writing. The host, Jonathan Small, is a true pro. He asks interesting questions and seems to have great rapport with his guests. Overall, a top-notch pod.

E McG-Penn ,

Equal parts writing advice, life wisdom, and fun

I subscribe to several high-quality writing podcasts, and Jonathan’s obvious talent for interviewing sets “Write About Now” apart from the crowd. He’s affable, funny without being annoying, and genuinely interested in his guests’ stories, backgrounds, and perspectives on craft and career, etc. Nothing about this podcast is precious, which I appreciate. Each time I listen it’s as if I’m sitting down with Jonathan and his guest at a neighborhood pub, having a down-to-earth yet fascinating chat about writing, our favorite thing. So, yeah, treat yourself to a frothy pint of writing advice, life wisdom, and fun—give this one a listen!

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