In Episode 38, Barbara Hinske and J. W. Judge discuss various aspects of their writing businesses. J. W. is deep into the writing of his fifth novel, which has involved a significant amount of hurricane research so he can accurately terrorize his characters. Barb is focused on the business side of developing keywords that will prompt more search results, clicks, and purchases of her books.
The Write Approach, Episode 38: Hurricane Research and Keyword Hunting
In Episode 37 of The Write Approach, Barb talks about how a recent trip to Paris has affected her inspiration, including one particular interaction that she definitely plans to incorporate into a future novel. We also talk about generally about building travel experiences and settings into your creative works.
The Write Approach, Episode 37: A New Location Can Affect Your Inspiration
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In Episode 36, we talk with developmental editor and author Tiffany Yates Martin about writing dialogue that drives your story and provides more color for your characters. Effective dialogue is as much about what your characters are saying with their body language as with the words they’re using.
The Write Approach, Episode 36: Writing Effective Dialogue with Tiffany Yates Martin
In Episode 35, we talk with author and podcaster Kristina Adams about the physical, mental, and emotional toll that writing can have on a person. But we don’t just identify problems. Adams also talks about things authors can do to better take care of themselves and improve their well-being.
And ghosts. We also talk about ghosts.
If you enjoy this topic on mindfulness and self-care, check out our past episode with Claire Parsons.
The Write Approach, Episode 35: Beware the Toll that Writing Takes with Kristina Adams
J. W. Judge and Barbara Hinske discuss the value of consistently showing up to do your creative work regardless of your perceived progress. Consistency drives you toward hitting inflection points and give you the opportunity to success that you otherwise wouldn’t have if you didn’t persevere.
The Write Approach, Episode 34: The Power of Consistently Showing Up to do Your Creative Work
In our conversation with NYT bestseller Alessandra Torre, we talk about launching into indie publishing in 2012 as a romance author and how her early success enabled her to quit her job to write full time. As a hybrid author, Torre has had huge success in both the indie and traditional publishing spaces. But more recently, she has made strategic business decisions about the kinds of novels she wants to write and who she wants to publish through, to attempt to amplify her success and reach new levels. In addition to her writing, Torre is the founder of Inkers Con, so we talk about why this project and connect with other authors has been important enough to take time away from writing.
Many authors have the idea that working with a publicist can change the trajectory for commercial success or failure of their book. Frequently, their expectations are unreasonable or not aligned with the budget. Kathleen Schmidt is our guest for Episode 32 of The Write Approach to talk about what it’s like to work with a publicist, what it is that publicists do, and how authors can have an effective relationship with the person doing the publicity work for their books.
You can find Kathleen on Twitter and subscribe to her Substack newsletter, Publishing Confidential, where she sheds light on the inner workings of the publishing and publicity industries.
The Write Approach, Episode 32: What to Expect When Working with a Publicist with Kathleen Schmidt
One of the keys for a successful writing career marketing yourself and networking with other writers. It can take a while to figure out what sorts of marketing and networking are sustainable for you and your personality type. But like many other aspects of your writing career this is worth experimenting with and stepping out of your comfort zone.
For Jessie Kwak, science fiction writer and author of Big Idea to Book: Create a Writing Practice That Brings You Joy, stepping out of her comfort zone includes launching her own conference, Author Alchemy Summit, for February 2024.
The Write Approach, Episode 31: Strategies for a Sustainable Writing Career with Jessie Kwak
Author, lawyer, and entrepreneur Lisa M. Lilly knows what it’s like to have ambitions of becoming a writer, setting that aside for a time, and coming back to fiction writing as a second career. In Episode 30, we talk with Lilly about practical measures that busy professionals can take to pursue writing as a second career.
As a certified Story Grid editor and the co-host of the Story Nerd Podcast, Valerie Francis knows so much more about the art of story than we could have ever hoped to discuss in one episode. So in Episode 29 of The Write Approach, we keep the interview to a high-level discuss about how authors can study and apply story theory without getting lost or overwhelmed.