TPW Podcast

TPW 097: Greatest Hits Episode with Joe R. Lansdale

*Ryan was not feeling well, so he's doing another Greatest Hits episode with Joe R. Lansdale. One of our most popular shows. This show was recorded June 8, 2018.  

Prolific writer Joe R. Lansdale, has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as "Batman: The Animated Series." As of 2018, he has written 45 novels and published 30 short-story collections along with many chapbooks and comic-book adaptations. He has much to teach us! Many of Joe's stories have won prestigious awards, Joe was inducted into The Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and several of his novels have been adapted to film. Ryan and Joe chat about what it takes to become a successful writer, why writing is a job, and we should treat it as such, why chasing markets is a bad idea, how to write cleaner first drafts, his process for churning out millions of words, and much more. You can get Joe R. Lansdale's latest updates and find his books at: http://www.joerlansdale.com/

TPW Motivation Monday's 012: Everything's on Loan

In this Motivation Monday's, Ryan reflects on a commencement speech by Stephen King. The essence of the talk: everything's on loan, we don't own anything, we're just stewards. How does this relate to our writing life... and all of life? Listen in, and find out. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW Motivation Monday's 011: 5 Advantages for Being a Prolific Writer

In the latest installment of Monday Motivation's, Ryan explores the advantages for being a prolific writer and creator. Does quantity diminish quality? Listen in and find out. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 096: Tim Tigner on Teaching Yourself to Write

Intent on combining his creativity with his experience, Tim began writing thrillers in 1996 from an apartment overlooking Moscow’s Gorky Park. Twenty years later, his passion for creative writing continues to grow every day. In this interview, Ryan and Tim discuss how he learned to write, why outlining is a must for thrillers, how Tim's military experience shapes his writing, why most marketing advice is dumb, and much more. You can find Tim at: http://timtigner.com/

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TPW Motivation Monday's 010: Know Thy Self Know Thy Season

In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the secret for becoming a prolific writer. It has nothing to do with technology, software, or skill. It's all about knowing thy self... and season. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 095: Catherine Banks on Writing One Million Words in 2019

Catherine Banks is a USA Today bestselling fantasy author that pushes the boundaries of prolific writing. Banks has penned over forty novels and is set to complete one million words in 2019... all with a family and a day job. In this interview, Ryan and Catherine discuss the evolution of indie publishing since 2010, her process for writing millions of words with a day job, why covers matter, some unique marketing advice, and much more. You can find Catherine and her work at: https://www.catherinebanks.com

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TPW 094: Sarah K.L. Wilson on Rapid Releases

USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. In this episode, Ryan and Sarah discuss what drives Sarah to be so prolific, her unique rapid release book strategy, why shorter books are the wave of the future, the best writing advice for someone starting out, and much more. You can find Sarah and her books at: https://www.sarahklwilson.com/

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TPW Motivation Monday's 009: Are You Playing the Short or Long Game?

In another installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the short versus the long game of writing and publishing. We're all tempted to take shortcuts and become impatient with our work. But if we play the long game of publishing our short term disappointments are lessened. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 093: Glen Robins on the Adventure of Writing

Glen Robins loves a good adventure. Whether going on one, reading about them, and now, writing them. Glen is carving a path for living a new adventure with his writing dreams. Glen Robins is the author of the popular "Off" thriller/action-adventure series. In this episode, Ryan and Glen discuss what makes a good thriller, how to write depth into your characters, finding time to write, the importance of goals, fighting perfectionism, and much more. You can find Glen at: https://www.glenrobinsbooks.com/

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TPW Motivation Monday's 007: The One Dirty Secret for Writing

In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan reveals the one secret, and possibly the dirty little secret... most writers ignore. It's the key for any writers success. More writing resources at: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 092: Lynne Hinton on the Healing Power of Writing

Lynne Hinton is the author of twenty books, including the NY Times Bestseller, Friendship Cake and Pie Town, the 2011 NM Book of the Year: Fiction/Adventure, Drama Category and 2011 National Federation of Press Women's Fiction Book of the Year. Her latest book The View from Here is available now. In this interview, Ryan and Lynne discuss the role seminary played in her calling to write, how faith and art are not enemies, why she doesn't use an outline, the changing landscape of traditional publishing, how storytelling can heal, and much more. You can find Lynne Hinton at: http://www.lynnehinton.com/index.php

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TPW Motivation Monday's 006: Writing Motivation from Tom Brady

In another installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores some writer motivation from an unlikely source: Tom Brady. Brady might be the best quarterback of all time, but he offers great advice for writers and publishers wanting to go to the next level. More writing resources: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 091: Brinton Woodall on Overcoming Obstacles for the Writing Dream

Brinton J. Woodall was born in the Bronx, New York. During his childhood years numerous educators voiced to Brinton that he was learning disabled and would not graduate from high school. Nonetheless, Brinton excelled triumphing a multitude of obstacles and graduated from high school in 2008. He later would graduate college in three years, and now has written five books. In this episode, Ryan and Brinton talk about overcoming obstacles in writing, how to publish with a small budget, how shorter books work in our digital age, why editing is worth the money, and much more. You can find Brinton and his books on Amazon and all social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/brinton.woodall

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TPW Motivation Monday's 005: The One About Language

In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses one of the hang ups of every writer, language. Are my prose flowery enough? Do I use punctuation and grammar correctly? Does it matter? More writer resources: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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TPW 090: Ruth Amos on Just Do It!

Ruth Amos has a PHD in chemistry, and spent the last ten years teaching in universities. But not anymore. She's living the full time author dream and not looking back. Join Ryan and Ruth, as they discuss finding time to write with a full time gig, why knowing reader expectation in your genre is essential, the importance of having a support system for the writing life, best writing advice ever, and much more. You can find Ruth and her books at: http://rjamos.com/

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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: https://www.theprolificwriter.net/

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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: http://www.jimheskett.com/about

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