TPW Podcast

TPW Motivation Monday's 004: What Are You Doing Between 8-12?

In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores how to find time to write. All the complaints, excuses, and noise in the world. How will we get the work done?

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TPW 089: How to Write a Novel Without an Outline?

In this episode, Ryan tackles a topic that only few dare to tread: writing a novel without an outline. Much writing advice and many books have been written on how to outline a novel. How about scrapping the outline and writing into the dark? Ryan will show you how. More writer resources:

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TPW Motivation Monday's 003: Nobody Cares About Your Writing Career

In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the freedom writers can find by one simple truth: nobody cares about you. It's a hard truth, but a necessary one for having a long term writing career. 

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TPW 088: Jim Heskett on Writing Smart Thrillers

Jim Heskett is an award-winning author, a world traveler, podcaster, purveyor of TV, movie, book reviews, and writing advice. In this interview, Ryan and Jim discuss his journey from screenwriting to novels, the reason he chooses to primarily indie publish, thriller tropes, finding time to build a backlist with full-time work, tips on craft from his own process, and much more. Find Jim and his work:

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TPW Motivation Monday's 002: What Will It Take in 2019?

Welcome to another installment of Motivation Monday's. In this episode, Ryan discusses what it will take to reach your writing goals for 2019. It might sound simple, but it's the path for every writer and creative. More writing resources:

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TPW 087: Jo Ho on Persistence and Pushing Boundaries

Jo Ho is a self-taught, award-winning British screenwriter, director and now, author, who gained her first broadcast credit when she created and wrote one of CBBC’s most ambitious productions in history, the action packed-fantasy, SPIRIT WARRIORS starring Jessica Henwick (GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and Marvel's IRON FIST) and Benedict Wong (DOCTOR STRANGE, MARCO POLO). Now, in addition to screenwriting, Jo has penned multiple Young Adult novels, including her popular Chase Ryder series. In this interview Ryan and Jo explore how she felt stifled in screenwriting and wanted the full canvas of a novel, why persistence and pushing boundaries in our creativity is essential for success, how you can teach yourself new skills, and much, much, more. You can find Jo:

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TPW Motivation Monday's 001: Writing Goals, Resolutions, and Challenges

Join Ryan every Monday to get your writing week kicked off in the right direction. In this episode, Ryan explores the place of writing resolutions, goals, and challenges. If you aren't thinking about your writing goals for 2019, it's not too late. More writing resources:

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TPW 086: Write a Novel in 45 Days (2 Year Anniversary Show)

In this two year anniversary episode, Ryan walks through a step-by-step blueprint for writing a novel in 45 days (or less). He's used this same process to write seven novels of his own. Writing at a prolific pace is not the enemy of quality, and Ryan explains why taking years (or months) to complete a novel may be working against your best efforts. Find Ryan and more writing resources at:

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TPW 085: A.J. Flowers on the Day Job Myth

Fantasy author A.J. Flowers (AKA: Alyssa Flowers), has written 10+ books in the last couple years, and found a rabid audience for her stories. And she's done it all with a demanding day job. Join Ryan and Alyssa as they discuss why having a day job doesn't have to hold you back as a writer, how Alyssa has used a traditional publishing mindset to create quality work, why good covers matter, how writing the next book is your best marketing, and much more. Find Alyssa and her work at:

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TPW 084: How Do I Fund My Writing Habit?

So you've finished your manuscript and want to hit publish. But you're low on funds, scratch, the cash. What now? In this episode, Ryan discusses free, cheap, and creative ways to fund your writing habit. Too many writers are wasting money on services they don't need, or paying way too much. Ryan will show you how to create quality work without breaking the bank. You can subscribe to the show and find other resources at:

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TPW 082: Kenny Sills on Finding Your Next Story Idea

Kenny Sills is not afraid of a fight. He has spent the last twenty years learning the skills of martial arts and is now the owner of a studio focused on teaching children and young adults. While martial arts has taught the finer points of self defense, Kenny has now conquered another important skill... writing a novel. In this episode, Ryan and Kenny discuss how to find great ideas for stories, what he learned from writing his first novel, how pain is a great teacher for writing and creativity, and much more. You can find Kenny and his work at:

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TPW 083: Clare Connelly on 0 to 70 Books in 4 Years

Romance author Clare Connelly had little expectation when she published her first book in 2014. After 70 books, half a million downloads, publishing deals, and a growing fanbase, Clare is living her writing dreams. Join Ryan and Clare as they discuss how she writes so many books despite having young children, her process for being a prolific writer, why spending money on ads and other marketing tactics aren't always necessary, and much, much, more. You can find Clare at:

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TPW 081: Special Edition- How to Dominate National Novel Writing Month?

National Novel Writing Month is about learning how to start and finish your work. How to fight the resistance and get more words on the page. Whether you are participating in this years event, or not, this episode is designed for any aspiring or seasoned novelist. Ryan explores and discusses how NANOWRIMO changed his life, nine tips for rocking NANOWRIMO (or any book), and much more. You can find more writerly resources at:

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TPW 080: William Schlichter on Inspiring the Next Generation of Writers

William Schlichter is an author and teacher who has a passion to inspire the next generation of writers. From his early influence of Star Wars he knew the path of his life was paved... writer, director, or artist. In this interview Ryan and William talk about his award winning screenplays, why this generation is hungry to write, how writing is the best therapy, when you can call yourself a writer, and much more. You can find William at:

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TPW 079: Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn on Collaborative Storytelling

Prolific writers and podcasters Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn return for an enlightening conversation about collaborative storytelling. Armand and Jay have written hundreds of stories and in the last few years have worked together on four novels. In this episode, Jay and Armand discuss their latest work: Yard Full of Bones. They explore the genesis of the story, how they write a novel together, what to consider in collaborative storytelling, and much more. You can find Yard Full of Bones, and Jay's and Armand's other work on Amazon.

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TPW 078: Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Creating a Long and Satisfying Writing Career

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Her 30+ years of writing, editing, and publishing have garnered multiple awards and accolades. Today, Ryan and Kristine explore what it takes to have a long and satisfying professional writing career. In a day when writers are looking for shortcuts, get-rich-quick schemes, and fame and glory from their books, Kristine has a better, tried and true way, of finding a successful and satisfying writing life. Take notes because Kristine has much to say on the subject. You can find Kristine at:

TPW 077: L. Bachman on Working on Your Craft

At a young age, L. Bachman started creating stories and art. This form of expression led to becoming a published author with the stories Maxwell DemonHuman Ouija, and Harvest. She has also been included in several anthologies. Bachman is also a popular cover designer. In this episode, Ryan and L. discuss her early influences in horror and dark fantasy, how to become a better storyteller, why writing is not a get-rick-quick profession, and much much, more. You can find J. Bachman and her work at:

Prolific Writer Tips:

  • Work on your craft.

  • Connect with readers on an emotional level.

  • Don't bore readers.

  • It's okay not to write.

  • Make characters believable. 

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TPW 076: Amy Meyer on Choosing the Right Genre

Anne-Marie Meyer (Amy Meyer) wasn't always a successful romance author. It took multiple attempts, in multiple genres, to find her sweet spot. As they say, the rest is history. Amy and Ryan discuss the importance of choosing the right genre, reader expectation, learning from other writers, and much, much, more. You can find Amy at:

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TPW 075: Jacob Airey on Fighting Through a Bad Publishing Deal

Jacob Airey loved stories from the day his parents bought him The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the age of 9. From that book spawned a love of reading stories and from that: a love for writing them. Since then, he has written the novel Cacophony: A Tale Of Faith And Fear. In this interview, Ryan and Jacob discuss his early misfortune of a traditional publishing deal gone bad, our fascination with Geek Culture, how to write in multiple genres, and much, much, more. You can find Jacob and his work at:

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TPW 074: Matthew W. Quinn on Selling Books in Person

Matthew W. Quinn dreamed of writing since childhood. After getting a degree in journalism, and writing for a local newspaper, things went south. He lost his job, pivoted careers, and yet never gave up the pursuit of living his author dreams. Quinn has penned multiple short stories, a novel, and more on the way. Join Matthew and Ryan as they discuss his writing journey, secrets on writing fast, how to sell books at Cons, bookstores, in person, and much, much, more. Find Matthew W. Quinn at:

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