Writing Today with Matthew Dewey

Writing Today with Matthew Dewey

By Matthew Dewey
Providing you with educational podcasts, interviews and short stories to enjoy and learn from! Improve your writing skills or develop your imagination with these insightful podcasts.
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10 Ways to Scare Your Reader - Writing Today | S04 E02
It is the eve of Halloween and my thoughts turn to that of terror. The night used to be filled with horrors that kept me awake and my heart pounding. Now, as I’ve grown older, what stresses me isn’t fictional monsters, but the same stresses every adult has. In that sense, it’s difficult to write a thriller to scare my readers. Or is it?
10:02
February 26, 2020
The Writing Inspiration of H.P. Lovecraft - Writing Today | S04 E01
The occult, the supernatural, science fiction and dark fantasy are just a few words to describe the works of H. P. Lovecraft. The cosmic horror from his works have spread around the world, images recognizable or not, his monsters and deities are a favorite among readers. Yet, what does it take to write a cosmic horror, a dark fantasy such as the Lovecraftian mythos? It takes a nightmare.
06:29
February 25, 2020
Writing a Novel Like a TV Show - Writing Today | S03 E10
We all have our own ways of writing. Writers prefer to write for themselves, writing a story in a way that they enjoy reading it. Some writers prefer to write for the readers, giving them a structure the reader is no doubt familiar with. Yet, the question is raised whether you can write an enjoyable story and novel if it were written as a TV show? Let’s find out!
07:31
February 24, 2020
Writing a Book in Character - Writing Today | S03 E09
Writing a book is by no means a simple task, but it can be made easier through a rather interesting method. Whether you write a book with several perspectives or only one, writing the story in the character of the protagonist can have a profound effect. Let’s jump into it!
05:48
February 21, 2020
How Group Writing Improves Your Book - Writing Today | S03 E08
Whether you have been writing for years or for weeks, writing in a group has a profound effect on your work. From speeding up the process of fixing basic mistakes, writing in a group is certainly a method to consider. Let us check out what it has to offer!
06:52
February 18, 2020
The Much Needed Positivity On Writing - Writing Today | S03 E07
You have read it everywhere. The negative articles on writing, the pains and mediocre rewards. Whether they surface on popular websites or in blog posts, these articles contain little to no positives on writing. In that sense, surfing the internet as a writer can be ultimately depressing. To balance it out, here is a mental splurge in the positive aspects of being a writer. Let’s begin!
08:51
February 17, 2020
How You Can Write Every Day - Writing Today | S03 E06
You have seen plenty of articles discuss the benefits of daily writing. Yet, I'm sure few, if any, have told you how to get into daily writing. First, what about writer's block? What's the schedule? Where is the inspiration? I will answer these questions and more. Here is how you can get the daily writing habit. Let's get to it!
06:22
February 13, 2020
The Poetic Beauty of Simplistic Writing - Writing Today | S03 E05
For the beginner writer, writing involves gross amounts of verbiage. For the professional writer, writing is for the target market. For an effective writer, writing is getting a message across to the reader. What better way to do that than through simple, powerful sentences?
07:05
February 12, 2020
15 Writing Rules that Will Improve Your Dialog - Writing Today | S03 E04
Dialogue is a wonderful essential for any book with speaking characters. Yet, it is easy to write mediocre dialogue. Here are 15 rules that ensure your next dialogue serves its purpose and has an impact on the reader. Let's break the ice!
13:50
February 11, 2020
The Worst Lies You've Been Told About Writing - Writing Today | S03 E03
You have heard these lies before. Either from critics, people close to you or even yourself. These are the lies that are slowing you to a halt. The lies which cripple your creative flow, break your self-esteem. In short, these are the lies killing your passion. I am going to tell you why these lies should mean nothing to you.
08:39
February 10, 2020
The Writing Career I Dreamt Of - Writing Today | S03 E02
I had many expectations when it came to my writing career. What I envisioned was cliche, but it was desirable as well. Yet, what I got was completely different in the beginning. That didn't stop the dream, but I had trouble seeing how it would become a reality. For the writers with great expectations, this piece is for you. Read on!
08:04
February 4, 2020
My Writing Rules That Keep Me Effective and Productive - Writing Today | S03 E01
Every writer has their personal rules that help them strengthen their writing style. These rules not only reinforce their way of writing, but push them to improve their writing as well. If you are sincere about improving your writing, you will start developing your own rules as well. If you don't know what rules to set yourself, I am going to share my writing rules with you so you can get an idea. Let's jump into it!
09:06
February 3, 2020
The Greatest, Must-Read Fantasy Books - Writing Today | S02 E10
Now, this is a piece I have been looking forward to writing for a long time. There are novels that place me in a world that I can escape to. These novels have helped me grow as a person or helped me get through tough times. These are the novels that I can read today for a healthy dose of nostalgia. These are the greatest, must-read fantasy books in my humble opinion, let's take a look!
10:42
January 31, 2020
What Writing Taught Me and Will Teach You Too - Writing Today | S02 E09
Writing has taught me more about business and life than I could have hoped for. I knew it would be a tough career getting into it. After all, the readers today are not the readers when I was growing up. Times have changed and so has the taste of everyone. To put that into perspective, I'm twenty-one and so much has changed. Here is what I know.
11:38
January 30, 2020
Should You Write Full-Time or Hobby Write? - Writing Today | S02 E08
​A question you need to ask yourself if you are considering a career in writing. Don't overestimate your interest in writing as a 'calling'. Your greater purpose in life is whatever you make of it. Like many career choices, you shouldn't jump straight into writing. I am going to ask you some clear questions that will help you decide once and for all if the writing career is for you.
11:32
January 29, 2020
The Brilliance of Side-Characters - Writing Today | S02 E07
More often than not, the side characters are better than the main characters. You may find this a curious statement to make. The main character is the center of attention, so why are side characters better? It all comes down to creative freedom. I am going to tell you what you need to know about side-characters. Make them interesting, make them powerful and here is how!
09:06
January 28, 2020
5 Techniques Which Help Me Write Hundreds of Stories - Writing Today | S02 E06
At the time of writing this article I have written close to three-hundred stories. Writing a short story every day can me straining for even the most imaginative mind. However, after all this time I have developed my own techniques to make the challenge fun, filled with variety and improving my writing with each passing day. These are the techniques I am going to share with you!
10:43
November 15, 2019
Effective Habits of the Successful Writer - Writing Today | S02 E05
Too many writers around the world struggle to write their novels. It’s understandable, every writer struggles with their first book. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t develop the habits of an effective writer as soon as possible. Over the years I have formed my own habits and so have other writers, but a lot of us share similar habits that make us more productive and overall, better writers. Let’s take a look and learn together!
09:51
November 14, 2019
Make the Most of Your Writing and Save Time - Writing Today | S2 E04
The cold hard truth I want to start this article off with is gonna either hit you hard or you already know. Most writers will ultimately fail in their pursuit of writing. It’s terrible to think such talent will go to waste, but the fact of the matter is, you need more than talent to make it in any career, not just writing. Let me start with the first step to being the best writer you can be and make a career out of your work.
10:24
November 6, 2019
10 Tips on Getting the Reader Invested - Writing Today | S2 E03
There are many intricacies when it comes to writing a first chapter, but you want to know how to make it great. I am going to give ten pieces of advice that will help you get your reader interested, gripping them with curiosity so they keep reading your novel. Let’s jump into it!
08:18
November 5, 2019
Dealing with the Writers Burdens - Writing Today | S2 E02
You have no doubt felt it weighing on you. That ever-present pressure that keeps you from progressing, that burden which stands in your way. The writer’s burden is a tough emotional and mental strain. In order to combat this problem, I walked the path so many writers have. Allow me to point you in the right direction; this is how you deal with the writer’s burdens.
08:13
November 4, 2019
5 Tips on How to Make Time for Writing - Writing Today | S2 E01
One of the first problems you have no doubt encountered as a writer is making time for writing. With responsibilities taking priority, such as work or family, you are left scrounging for a half-an-hour to work on the book you have in mind. Sometimes, half-an-hour is the best you can get on a good day alone. I am going to give you some advice and solutions to your dilemma, helping you make more time for writing.
07:46
October 31, 2019
Cyberpunk, Writing the Growing Genre | Writing Today | S1 E10
 Cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that is growing in popularity of late. As a writer who is interested in the genre, I was left curious on how to write an investing cyberpunk novel. Having experience in science fiction, I did further research into cyberpunk and have collected some golden advice and guidelines to help you write your cyberpunk novel. Let’s get into it! 
08:16
June 28, 2019
Darkest Winter | Short Story Podcast | S2 E15
Did you think you could hide it? Perhaps from them, the enemy was never so smart, but not from us. Opportunity is knocking, Doctor, you best open.
07:08
June 28, 2019
Red Teeth | Short Story Podcast | S2 E14
There is a strange itch that cannot be scratched, a strange monster within us all. Only mine has red teeth and you will never see them till it's too late
07:15
June 27, 2019
10 Techniques to Help Improve Your Writing - Writing Today
 Your book has an interesting plot and you’re writing plenty in your process. However, you have that feeling at the back of your mind that the book can be improved. Changes could be made in order to make it stand out, to make the writing really stick in the reader's mind. How does one improve one’s writing? Here are ten techniques that will do just that! 
10:36
June 26, 2019
Offices and Dragons | Short Story Podcast | S2 E13
An adventure awaits you traveller! Will you raise your strength above those too fearful?
07:18
June 26, 2019
Welcome to Cold Street | Short Story Podcast | S2 E12
Something about Cold Street makes it different from any other. So make strange occurrences that leave me...scared
06:48
June 25, 2019
The Protagonist's Desires | Writing Today | S1 E08
 The protagonist is a difficult character to write. You need to meet the expectations of the reader and at the same time, not be so generic. Afterall, so many protagonists seem to go the same way in writing today. I’m going to show you how to write a protagonist that both fits your plot, and fits their personality. ​Let’s begin! 
07:06
June 24, 2019
Cold Steel Lake | Short Story Podcast | S2 E11
An adventure is beginning. A cold man , a strong woman and the forest awaits them both.
07:21
June 24, 2019
The Importance of Research on Improving Your Writing - Writing Today
 You are preparing to write your book, but your lack of factual depth is apparent. Thus, you have reached the point where you are searching for the right information to back your novel. What happened in certain periods of time? How does this machine work? What is the benefit of putting research into your story? I am going to tell you why! 
06:44
June 21, 2019
Rust and Spikes | Short Story Podcast | S2 E10
The higher you go, the more enemies you make. Some enemies will devote themselves towards your destruction
07:38
June 20, 2019
Top 5 Tips for Writing a Great First Chapter - Writing Today
You’ve experienced it before. Whether you read the first chapter or someone else did, the sense of starting and finishing the novel wasn’t there. You need to grip your reader and you’re only going to do that when you write a great first chapter. Here are five great tips to help you write the first chapter that draws your reader in. 
07:18
June 19, 2019
Scratch | Short Story Podcast | S2 E09
No matter what, do not, under any circumstances, enter Scratch Hospital
07:09
June 19, 2019
Cold Hands | Short Story Podcast | S2 E08
There is evil in this place. It belongs to someone past, but someone still here...
08:19
June 19, 2019
5 Great Fantasy Clichés in Writing Today
 We have all tried to avoid clichés in our writing. Clichés are overused ideas or tropes in any form of media and to have a clichéd character just feels lazy when you're writing. However, with most ideas already being done-to-death, there comes a time to realize that some clichés are just enjoyable to write and to read. Which is why I will be discussing with you some great clichés in fantasy writing. Let’s check them out! 
08:38
June 17, 2019
Among the Aisles | Short Story Podcast | S2 E07
To live a full life is not easy, but to live a simple life with a mind that works against you, that is a hell of its own...
08:34
June 17, 2019
Long Live the... | Short Story Podcast | S2 E06
The lands have been ruled by a tyrant for too long and as such, a champion has been chosen to free it from the mad monarch
09:38
June 16, 2019
Call in the Night | Short Story Podcast | S2 E05
There a dangerous people out there, horrible people. You cannot take chances anymore, not in this neighbourhood anyhow
07:27
June 15, 2019
10 Essential Writing Tips for a Strong Villain - Writing Today
 ​You are struggling to create a villain that grips you. A villain which you can fear and respect, a villain which embodies everything that you hate. Well, I am about to give you some tips on making a strong villain that is not only great to read, but great to write as well. I will help you take your villain from basic to legendary! 
13:50
June 14, 2019
Broken Notes | Short Story Podcast | S2 E04
There is a world of music and I have an obsession with it.
07:27
June 14, 2019
What Apocalypse? | Short Story Podcast | S2 E03
The strangest people can find the light in even the darkest circumstances
07:57
June 13, 2019
5 Writing Mistakes You Are Making and How to Fix Them | Writing Today
Yes, you’re doing it wrong. Mistakes are common enough in writing, from spelling errors to bad grammar, but here are some mistakes that aren’t so obvious. I will help you identify these mistakes as well as provide you with the solution. Here are 5 mistakes you have made in your writing and how to solve them!
08:17
June 12, 2019
No Trespassers | Short Story Podcast | S2 E02
You really think I wouldn't protect it? You really think I wouldn't keep it safe?
09:05
June 12, 2019
To Face a Wolf | Short Story Podcast | S2 E01
The apocalypse is dangerous, man or beast must fight to survive. No exceptions
10:22
June 11, 2019
How to Develop an In-Depth Name for Your Character | Writing Today
Have you ever wondered how to create a great name for your character? In this podcast discussion I give you some of the best advice I learnt when writing on how to name a character. From realistic to ridiculous, find out how to develop the ideal name in Writing Today!
07:33
June 7, 2019
The Still Cave | Short Story Podcast | Episode 040
Overwhelming fear sent me away, but will overwhelming curiosity bring me back?
08:48
June 6, 2019
Static | Short Story Podcast | Episode 039
We all know who he is, but do we have the courage to survive him?
09:00
June 6, 2019
Doors | Short Story Podcast | Episode 038
A dream where everyone is connected, now if only there was a way to control it...
07:42
June 6, 2019
Overtime | Short Story Podcast | Episode 037
With heart comes dedication and with these two, wonderful things can happen
07:25
June 4, 2019
The Tree Fell in the Night | Short Story Podcast | Episode 036
For a skilled and intelligent man, it was a way of bringing the mob to it's knees.
08:29
June 4, 2019
Mountain Climbing | Short Story Podcast | Episode 035
A beautiful view, an opportunity of a life-time
07:20
June 4, 2019
Silver Stars | Short Story Podcast | Episode 034
The strangest time in a long time can change who you are and those around you in many strange and sinister ways
07:34
June 3, 2019
Down the Hill | Short Story Podcast | Episode 033
I'm sure I saw those lights here...could you help me find them?
08:17
June 3, 2019
Ocean Floor | Short Story Podcast | Episode 032
To be trapped for so long and finally freed...
06:45
June 3, 2019
The Underground | Short Story Podcast | Episode 031
Some fears are unexplainable, but sometimes, so are their causes...
06:44
June 2, 2019
Lost | Short Story Podcast | Episode 030
There is a time an place to die and I am searching for it.
07:16
June 1, 2019
The Challenge for Young Writers Today | Writing Today | Episode 001
When it comes to writing, young writers have many difficulties to face before they can become successful. I am here to discuss these difficulties with you and help any young writers overcome them.
07:42
May 31, 2019
Freedom | Short Story Podcast | Episode 029
Adventure is calling and you must escape the traps that keep you from answering
07:42
May 31, 2019
Beneath the Sands | Short Story Podcast | Episode 028
The world is filled with many wondrous things and for those with a curious heart, they are right beneath your feet
06:57
May 31, 2019
The Hidden Library | Short Story Podcast | Episode 027
A journey is coming to an end, but it won't be for nothing.
07:31
May 31, 2019
To Be Disturbed | Short Story Podcast | Episode 026
Some things are more wondrous than scary, yet few see it that way
07:31
May 31, 2019
Soldier of Fortune | Short Story Podcast | Episode 025
Some people joined the war to be a hero, others joined it for fortune
07:13
May 30, 2019
Light Switch | Short Story Podcast | Episode 024
Some people really need a big neon sign telling them to GET OUT THE HAUNTED HOUSE!
07:21
May 30, 2019
Endless Sand | Short Story Podcast | Episode 023
The world has fallen and so has its people, those who survived are less than human
07:24
May 30, 2019
The Basement | Short Story Podcast | Episode 022
The story has so many twists its back on the original track
07:32
May 30, 2019
The Strings | Short Story Podcast | Episode 021
You ever have those days where yo believe that everything has been predicted by a mad dude in his room, typing your whole story out on his computer only to publish it to his blog, thepennedsleuth.com, and then make a podcast reading it? I have those days...
07:34
May 29, 2019
Office Sprint | Short Story Podcast | Episode 020
Runners at the mark! Tighten your belts, button your shirts and straighten your ties! Read, set, GO!
07:40
May 29, 2019
The Abandoned | Short Story Podcast | Episode 019
The scariest moments often occurred in childhood, but the most difficult hit in adulthood.
08:23
May 29, 2019
Silence Manor | Short Story Podcast | Episode 018
Madness is a funny thing, as in you have to be mad to find it funny...okay, sometimes it is funny
07:12
May 29, 2019
Redemption | Short Story Podcast | Episode 017
In the most difficult world you must fight to survive, no matter how much you want to lay down and die
06:06
May 29, 2019
The Devil's Contract | Short Story Podcast | Episode 016
This is a moment in time that will haunt him till his final days.
08:09
May 28, 2019
Omerta | Short Story Podcast | Episode 015
There is only one thing required of you in this situation and that is silence. Follow the law of Omerta
07:05
May 28, 2019
The Black Torii | Short Story Podcast | Episode 014
There comes a time in everyone's life to go out on a journey of discovery. Some travel the world, some take up a new hobby and others go further into legend...
07:28
May 28, 2019
The Less Grey | Short Story Podcast | Episode 013
You know, I like to think it would be easy to survive in the wild if I had too. I mean, how hard could it be to make a fire?
07:12
May 27, 2019
Light Roast | Short Story Podcast | Episode 012
You know, some jobs never get easier, especially if you work with people who only make it harder
07:39
May 27, 2019
Synthetic Lights | Short Story Podcast | Episode 011
To be trapped and tortured is maddening. A nightmare that you can only hope to end
07:18
May 27, 2019
Mist Valley | Short Story Podcast | Episode 010
You know, it started out as a great idea, but then the snakes appeared, the wolves...and the bears...
07:55
May 26, 2019
Night Shift | Short Story Podcast | Episode 009
There is a strangeness to this job, but no matter how many passengers I move from one place to another, I can't pin down why
07:01
May 25, 2019
An Introduction to the Penned Sleuth
Hello listeners! This is an introduction to who I am and what I am doing with the Penned Sleuth. I am bringing you content and courses on writing. I write, read, teach and discuss everything that I see fit to discuss with writing. It is a passion of mine and I am sure it is a passion with other young writers out there as well. I hope you enjoy this introduction to the Penned Sleuth! Good day, goodnight and I will see you in the next episode. Bye for now!
07:22
May 24, 2019
Idle Hands | Short Story Podcast | Episode 008
While investigating the scene of a fire, our detective finds more than he wanted to and realises the true horror of what he will dealing with in the future.
07:27
May 24, 2019
Happiness | Short Story Podcast | Episode 007
Everyone has their own way, their own purpose. Some know exactly what it is and no matter what the circumstance they are in they will work towards it, happily, through any hardship.
07:49
May 23, 2019
Halloween 1974 | Short Story Podcast | Episode 006
The mind a strange wonder; it can change and twist you in ways you can never fully understand
07:36
May 22, 2019
Cloud 8 | Short Story Podcast | Episode 005
The future is strange and wonderful. However, for Zed and Qu, it would be something far greater and far more sinister. Cloud 8 is only the beginning of a dark story into a new world
07:31
May 21, 2019
Echo | Short Story Podcast | Episode 004
Some places deserve the proper respect.
07:57
May 20, 2019
Mechanical Difficulties | Short Story Podcast | Episode 003
The strangest people seem to appear in the most common places
07:47
May 19, 2019
Dark Waters | Short Story Podcast | Episode 002
Some memories will never die
08:51
May 18, 2019
Deep Blue Sea | Short Story Podcast | Episode 001
Deep Blue Sea, a story of finding home at the end of a journey.
08:53
May 17, 2019