The Working Writer
By Brad Staggs
If you're a writer of any kind but have a full-time job (or two) to pay the bills, this is the podcast for you! We can write together and keep each other motivated. Each week, we'll talk about how to use your precious time to get your writing going and be accountable for getting it done! Every other week, we'll feature an interview with somebody who can tell you what they expect out of your writing... actors, directors, producers, and yes, other writers!
The Working Writer, Episode 21 - Ridley Pearson
The great Ridley Pearson is our guest for Episode 21! We talk about writing for Disney, being friends with Dave Barry, and what it takes to be a best-selling author for over 36 years. Ridley Pearson Website (http://ridleypearson.com)
November 14, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 20 - Author Michael Koryta
Author Michael Koryta is our guest on the podcast! The author of 18 published mysteries... most best sellers... talks to us about how he began writing, publishing his first book at 22! And how he keeps his writing output at such a high level of quality. Of course, we might talk a little Indiana University basketball, too. Michael Koryta's website (michaelkoryta.com) Ben Yagoda: The Sound on the Page: Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing (Available on Amazon) The Working Writer Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast) Email us at WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com
October 31, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 19 - Writing Dialogue
How do you write good dialogue? We delve into what it takes this week. Sources: New York Book Editors (https://nybookeditors.com/2017/05/your-guide-to-writing-better-dialogue/) MasterClass (https://www.masterclass.com/articles/strategies-for-improving-dialogue-in-your-writing) Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast. Email us at WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com
October 30, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 18 - Dr. Gavin Hughes
Dr. Gavin Hughes, Research Associate at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, is our guest! We talk about a bit of Irish history, a bit of Cricket, and a lot of Educational Writing. I prove that an American podcaster can be out-classed and out-thought by an Irish historian and that laughter is always welcome. Listen to the Homespun History Podcast at homespunhistory.podbean.com Follow Homespun History on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homespunhist and on Twitter @HistoryHomespun Email us at WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast and on Twitter @BradStaggs
October 17, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 17 - What is Art?
What do you think art is? Are you trying to write something that will be considered art forever? You might want to change the way you think. We also talk about the reasons you might want to become part of a writer's group. Is it worth your time? Write to us at WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com Follow us at www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast
October 17, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 16 - Playwright James Still
James Still is the playwright in residence for the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Today, he talks to us about his career and gives great advise to beginning writers. Email the Working Writer Podcast (email@example.com) Indiana Repertory Theatre Website (https://www.irtlive.com)
October 3, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 15 - Dealing with Rejection
How do you deal with rejection? Do you take it in stride or shut down? It's part of writing, so you need to steel yourself to it. Email The Working Writer Podcast
October 3, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 14 - Peter Lenkov
Showrunner, Producer, and Writer Peter Lenkov talks to us about his start in the business (yes, Demolition Man is his) and what it took to reboot three of the greatest television franchises of all time. Come for the conversation, stay for the writing advice.
September 19, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 13 - Your TV Pilot
Do you have a TV pilot written? Want to film it yourself? Here's how we did it... on a budget. You can watch the TV pilot of Ex-Kid by clicking HERE or at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0eG0b2zFtdZc-gg5k9-_Pf3fg_IouNNv You can also see it HERE or by going to https://www.bradstaggsvo.com/ex-kid-television-pilot You can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook.
September 12, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 12 - Ian Hauer, Playwright
Ian Hauer has written and produced his first full-length play entitled American Brutus. We talk to him about the writing experience and what it's like to see your work on stage for the first time! Let us know how you like the podcast here or write to us at email@example.com. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast
September 5, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 11 - Dave Barry
Dave Barry. Yes, THAT Dave Barry, is our guest! The man himself talks to us about how he got started, his road from small-town journalism in Pennsylvania to big-town fun at the Miami Herald, and his writing process. Learn from this living legend and enjoy hearing about the day he won his Pulitzer Prize. Dave Barry's Website: https://www.davebarry.com Dave Barry's Blog (https://blogs.herald.com) Drop the Working Writer an email at: WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast
August 22, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 10
We've put out the One-Act Play Challenge, but do you know how to write a one-act play? In this episode, we discuss what it takes to make a one-act play. I also give you an update on my screenplay in progress, Y Gelli. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Facebook at Working Writer Podcast www.bradstaggsvo.com/writing
August 15, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 09 - Mari K. Eder
Maj. Gen. (R) Mari K. Eder, author of the new book The Girls Who Stepped Out Of Line is our guest this week. She talks to us about how she got started writing, her Benson books for young readers, her books which have become necessary reading for military Public Affairs professionals, and what it took to write a book of amazing, unrecognized women from throughout military history. We also announce our first Working Writer Podcast Writer’s Challenge! Sit back and enjoy our conversation. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast Write to us at WorkingWriterPodcast@gmail.com Buy The Girls Who Stepped Out Of Line at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WYX7H3L/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_FPGSVHEQ62J8Y6VW3JKS Wall Street Journal Article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/mari-eder-was-an-army-unicorn-11627662502?fbclid=IwAR2cCpyZ4m8TZrb3iU2jwOFPvRD8aOaQ6VovC0YXeYEIfBWXpCpFBUa5gVk
August 8, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 08
What is your writing kryptonite? What can make you stop writing? Let's talk about a few of these things and, hopefully, get you back into that writing frame of mind again. www.bradstaggsvo.com/writing
August 1, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 07 - Playwright Kristen Lazarian
Have you always wanted to take an online writing course but don't want to waste your time and money? Leave that to me! We take a look at just a few of the courses available on the interwebs. We then have a proper chat with L.A. playwright and screenwriter Kristen Lazarian! (I apologize now for mispronouncing your name once. Won't happen again.) bradstaggsvo.com/writing newplayexchange.org stage32.com careerauthors.com Now get to writing!
July 25, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 06
Should you go back and take a look at things you've written in the past? How about things you started and never finished? Today, we talk about whether it's worth your time to live in the past or just look to the future. It's a short one but we're just setting up for things to come! Join us! https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWriterPodcast
July 18, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 05 - Director Mark Racop
What's the difference between Story and Plot? We dive into the details today before we talk to Film Producer/Director Mark Racop from MagicHouse Productions and Fiberglass Freaks in Logansport, Indiana. https://fiberglassfreaks.com Now Get to Writing!
July 11, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 04
Happy Fourth of July! Let's get our writing motivation going as we talk about characters and character development. As always, I'll give an update about where I am with my latest script "Y Gelli". It's been a long week but carve out your time and get to writing! bradstaggsvo.com/writing
July 4, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 03 - Actor Katy O'Brian
In this episode of The Working Writer, we talk to actor Katy O'Brian about what she, as a working actor, expects from the written material she receives. We have a review of several programs which will help you format your project and I give you an update on "Y Gelli." https://www.finaldraft.com/ https://www.trelby.org https://4thewords.com https://www.literatureandlatte.com/ (Scrivener) https://www.dabblewriter.com https://www.bradstaggsvo.com/writing
June 27, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 02
What do you do when you can't figure out what to do to start writing? This week, we discuss methods of overcoming blank page phobia and how to get started on that writing project you need to get out! I also give you an update on my screenplay Y Gelli in order to hold myself accountable for writing each week. You can click HERE and go to the bottom of the page to download the latest version of Y Gelli that we'll be talking about. Have a brilliant week and get to writing!
June 20, 2021
The Working Writer, Episode 01 - Editor Angela Vitosky Staggs
This is it! The first episode of The Working Writer! If you love to write but hold down a regular job or two in order to pay the rent, this podcast is for you! In this episode, I'm we're going to talk about how to remain motivated when life gets in the way of your writing. I'll also start a writing project which you can hold me accountable for finishing as the podcast goes on. I hope you will start a project of your own! My special guest is very near and dear to me... my Editor who also happens to be my Wife, Angela Staggs! We'll discuss what an Editor expects out of a writer and what a writer can expect from the editor.
June 13, 2021
The Working Writer Podcast Preview
Are you a writer who just happens to work regular jobs to pay the rent? This podcast is for you! The people who love to write in any genre but need a little motivation after a day (or night) at work. Join me starting Sunday, June 13, for a talk about writing when it's not what keeps a roof over your head. We'll have a guest every other week and you can join me as I start a new project from inception. Now get to writing!
June 6, 2021