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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 • 212 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.

    Profitable Side Hustle Ideas for Writers

    Profitable Side Hustle Ideas for Writers

    Looking for a way to earn some extra money as a writer? There are plenty of side hustle opportunities if you know where to look. In Part 1 of our side hustle series, we talk to married couple Alexander and Sarabeth Lewis of Lewis Commercial Writing, who have found success creating copy for businesses hungry for content in all sorts of forms: blogs, white papers, emails, UX, to name a few. In this episode, the Lewis's lay out what's selling, who's hiring, and how to get a piece of the action. 

    • 35 min
    How to Win the War for Your Attention

    How to Win the War for Your Attention

    In this age of social media distraction and "doom scrolling," the ability to be present is often lost. My guest Rob Walker offers a solution to this predicament. In his book and newsletter "The Art of Noticing," he gives suggestions on becoming a clearer thinker, a better listener, and a more creative person. We discuss the power of being able to turn away from your devices and become a "first-class noticer," seeing what others overlook and paying attention to what seemed invisible to everyone else. 

    • 57 min
    A Forensic Psychiatrist Analyzes Donald Trump's Mind

    A Forensic Psychiatrist Analyzes Donald Trump's Mind

    How will Donald Trump's narcissism play out over the next few months? Guest Dr. Bandy Lee offers a sobering analysis. She is a forensic psychiatrist, president of the World Mental Health Coalition, and author of bestsellers The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump and Trump’s Mind and America’s Soul. On the pod, she explains Trump's mental disorder and his uncanny ability to amass so many followers. Dr. Lee also offers some suggestions on how to manage the anxiety so many of us are feeling right now. 

    • 1 hr
    How to Spot Fake News Like a Professor

    How to Spot Fake News Like a Professor

    Misinformation and disinformation fill the news, our social feeds, and our minds in a time when the truth is more important than ever. How do we as readers and writers separate facts from fiction? Thomas C. Foster has some answers. He is the author of How To Read Nonfiction Like a Professor and professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint. In this episode of Write About Now, we talk about strategies for becoming better readers, thinkers, and consumers of media. 

    • 55 min
    A Lost Girl of Sudan Shares Her Powerful Story

    A Lost Girl of Sudan Shares Her Powerful Story

    When Rebecca Deng was just six years old, rebels soldiers ransacked her village in South Sudan, killing her parents. Rebecca escaped into the forest and wandered 1,000 miles to a refugee camp in Kenya. She ultimately found asylum in Michigan. Her tale is captured in a new memoir called What They Meant for Evil. On the pod, Rebecca shares her amazing journey both in war-torn Africa and in her strange new land of Grand Rapids. She also talks of survivor guilt and staying sane in stressful situations. 

    • 59 min
    Astrophysicist Sara Seager Explores Life on Earth and Other Planets

    Astrophysicist Sara Seager Explores Life on Earth and Other Planets

    Is there life beyond Earth? The question has fascinated famed astrophysicist Sara Seager since she was a child. In her new memoir, she chronicles the trials and tribulations of researching exoplanets, while enduring heartache closer to home. Seager was widowed at the age of 40, leaving her a single mom with two young children. Around this time, she also discovered she was on the autism spectrum. This is the moving story of looking within while gazing at the stars.  

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

AnthonyCMoore ,

Well rounded, high level

What a great podcast. Love the guests, really helpful insight on all kinds of writers and writer backgrounds. Great show!

Ben Edge ,

6 stars

Jonathan Small’s podcast offers listeners insight into the writing process with guests of all backgrounds explaining their respective journeys.

Cristiane Q. Maciel ,

The to Go Place

Specially for those like myself; beginners looking for direction and inspiration through the perspectives of those who came before. I did the right thing; subscribed subsequently.

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