How do I write when I don't have time? What about my self-doubt? Is procrastination normal? Am I the only writer who can't seem to get anything done? These are just some of the big questions that writer and coach, Sadie Chelsea, digs into on the Pick Up The Pen Podcast.
In addition to mini masterclasses, step-by-step guides, and top-ranked writer interviews, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action on the most important strategies for writing, being a writer, and improving your writing world. This is a podcast by writers for writers - so, listen in & let's get you writing!
Mother and ex-businesswoman turned writer, Lorna Rose shares with us what it means to live authentically, how to claim your right to write, how to overcome the hurdles of writing as a parent, how to write small about big things, the importance of owning your title and journey, healing from past trauma, and so much more!
If you'd like to connect with Lorna Rose you can do so by visiting lornarose.com
For the next episode, we'll be talking with Mike DeLucia, who makes his second appearance on the podcast to share with us the behind-the-scenes details on what's happened since signing a movie deal for his book Madness. Set your notifications to ON so you can follow the Pick Up The Pen Podcast on whichever platform you use to listen to audio, and tune into the episode. If you'd like to connect with the writing community you can do so on Twitter by using hashtag #writingcommunity and #pickupthepen. You can also dive into writer resources by visiting thehonestwriter.org - Until next time fellow writers, happy writing and keep on writing on!
Screenwriter and "Boobies & Noobies" podcast host, Kelly Reynolds shares with us her SMART goals method, which will allow you to set achievable goals, making your writing journey or career progress even faster and in a more efficient and productive way. Make sure to stay until the end of the episode to claim your FREE "SMART Goals Guide and Workbook." Kelly will also share with us:
how to make your goals suitable for you,
how to achieve writer success,
what success really means for writers,
overcoming comparison anxiety,
what to do when you're overwhelmed,
a new way to think about goal setting,
how to actually get things done in the day, the week, and years to come,
the truth about busy work,
If you'd like to connect with Kelly you can do so on Twitter @boobiespodcast, and take a listen to her show at boobiesandnoobies.com. To claim your FREE "SMART Goals Guide and Workbook," visit https://thehonestwriter.org/23.
For next week's episode, we'll be talking with Paul Hoffman, who shares with us the behind-the-scenes of running a publishing company. Set your notifications to on so you can follow the Pick Up The Pen Podcast on whichever platform you use to listen to audio, and tune into next week's episode. If you'd like to connect with the writing community you can do so on Twitter by using hashtag #writingcommunity and #pickupthepen. Until next time fellow writers, make your goals smart, and keep on writing on.
Young adult author, Mark Rosendarf shares with us his Back to The Future Rules, where we'll learn how to keep our stories and books timeless so they stay fresh and current from one generation to the next, keeping readers wanting your writing no matter how much time passes. Plus, we'll cover:
basic rules for timeless writing,
how to decide which audience to write for,
the number one place you need to be as a writer,
how the changes in technology affect you as a writer,
what publishers look for now,
what to look for when choosing a publisher,
how to select the audience you write for,
what to keep in mind when switching genres,
new perspectives with character development,
Stay to the end of this episode to get your FREE "Back to the Future Rules: A Guide to Making Your Writing Timeless."
Author and musician Lindsay Manfredi, the bass player for the rock band Cold, just came out with her debut self-help book, Unf*ckwithable: A Guide to Inspired Badassery, and she's ready to help you become unf*ckwithable too! In this episode, Lindsay shares with us what it means to empower yourself and use your voice as a tool for good. Plus:
how to overcome the pushback and criticism of others,
how to overcome self-doubt and find your voice,
how to reach your goals,
how to overcome childhood trauma,
how to push through the fear of being honest with yourself, with others, and in your writing,
how you can change the world right from your own back yard,
the most important thing you can do for yourself,
what's it like to focus on a different career while writing a book,
where to find light during COVID-19,
what to do when your original plans change,
what does failing really mean,
what the whole point of life is,
and so much more!
If you'd like to get in touch with Lindsay, well, she's made a pretty big name for herself, so you can google her under Lindsay Manfredi, the bassist for cold. And check out her new book Unf*ckwithable: A Guide to Inspired Badassery. While you're at it, why not listen to some of her band's songs too?
Now for next week, we'll be talking with writer, Mark Rosendarf where he shares with us how to keep your stories and books timeless so they can stand the test of time and be popular from one generation to the next and the next and the next. Tune in for that next Thursday.
If you liked this episode, be sure to follow, like, and subscribe on wherever you listen to podcasts. And please take a moment to leave a review, as it helps other writers find this podcast as well. If you want to connect with thousands of more writers, you can do so on Twitter by using #WritingCommunity. Thanks for tuning in. I'm Sadie Chelsea, and this is the Pick Up The Pen Podcast. To my fellow writers, happy writing and keep on writing on!
Liz Baker from Real Talk Redhead gets real with us in this episode as she breaks down what it means to be human, have thoughts and feelings, and strengthen your connection as a creative and a general being of this world. She'll also give us one powerful activity to do and three 1-minute mind workouts for your writer brain to get fit, become balanced, stay healthy, happy, focused, flowing with extra creative juices, and all the other awesome sauce things! Plus, listen through to the end to find out how you can get a $70 brain balancing tool for free.
Writer and 30-year content marketer Linda Rey shares tips and ideas to help keep your content marketing and online presence going during COVID-19. She'll also share:
How to boost your content marketing,
Where to find content gold,
How much time you really need to put into creating content,
The secret ingredient to keep content curation, motivation, and drive consistent,
The great advantage of challenges and challenging yourself,
Where to start when you're just beginning,
The myth about "failure" revealed,
Plus bonus tips, like writing for forgiveness and healing,
overcoming the first-book failure statistic,
what our brains are stimulated with,
getting out of your comfort zone,
Historical fiction writer Lindsey Fera joins us to share all her insider techniques on doing research for your book, even when that research seems intimidating and overwhelming. Lindsey also shares with us:
How to dive into research even when it scares you,
How to make your stories more authentic,
How to research effectively,
Where to start research your research,
What to avoid during research,
Overcoming research roadblocks,
The layers of the editing phase,
What to do before querying,
How to get your book to stand out during querying,
& so much more!
Fantasy writer and writing community support member Kaylee Bliss tells us 5 tips for beginning writers, but wait! Even if you're a seasoned writer, you can still benefit from this episode as we talk about so much more, like:
The most important thing to being a writer,
How to get your writing done even with a busy schedule,
How perfectionism affects writing and how to bypass it,
Overcoming the worry and stress of time,
The contradictory methods we use,
The born writer vs. the learned writer,
How to see where you're going wrong in your writing,
What holds us back from writing,
What you need to embrace to become a better writer,
How to edit without hurting your creative flow,
What inhibits your writing growth,
How to keep yourself in your writing flow,
What really happens when you write for money and fame,
Why you need to be writing,
How to choose the money-making career for you,
& so much more!
Sonia Rosa, a literary fiction writer, is here to tell us her process and insider templates she uses for ultimate engagement and growth on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In this episode, we talk everything on social media and marketing for writers in the digital era. As a bonus (and a thank you!) for listening, you get free access to Pick Up The Pen Academy's Social Media Marketing Masterclass. Listen to the end of this episode to get your code and claim free access! In this episode, you'll learn:
How to make the most out of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,
Which one to use depending on your writing style,
Which platform to spend your money on (if you do spend),
The pros & cons of each platform,
Where to find your target audience,
If Medium is right for you,
How to enter the digital Writing Community,
How to boost engagement, likes, and overall analytics,
Which analytics are most important to view,
The 3 steps for riding the social media wagon,
& Much More!
Life-long editor, John Adamus from The Writer Next Door, exposes the experiences of gatekeeping in the publishing world, and the methods used to try and break it. Learn the conditions of acceptance for a writer, plus:
the secret to writing success (tip: it's not a race!)
accepting your limits
dealing with changes
proving something vs loving writing
how to summon internal want and drive
what to do when you don't feel like writing
Competition against other writers
what happens when you try to clone other writers' techniques
how to discover your unique writing voice
letting go for writing freedom
how to write and do what you want to do in an authentic and clear way
Have you always wondered how authors go about getting a movie deal? Mike DeLucia is here to tell us how. Mike is a writer of 37+ years, who's book, Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball is ranked as Amazon's top 100 books to read, a book which is literally being filmed for the big screen, right now. If you want to learn how to get a movie deal and turn your book into a major motion picture without being in Hollywood circles, Mike shares with you his steps and routines for making this dream happen.
In this episode, we talk with writer, musician, teacher, and inspirational speaker, John C. Davis, as he walks us through his journey, explaining how he went from hiding his story ideas in a desk drawer to publicly sharing them with over 1,000 people - live! He'll also share with us:
The One Thing You Need to Do To Overcome Perfectionism For Good,
How to Allow Ideas to Flow From You,
How to Overcome What People Think,
How to Give Yourself Permission to Be a Writer & Share Your Work,
Why You need to Share Your Message NOW,
& So Much More!
Listen in for inspiration, deep insight, and action steps to better your writing world.
A.M. Waters is a freelance writer and soon-to-be author, who has struggled with writer's block, even though she's been writing since she was a child. She proves that even the experienced of us still struggle with this issue. In this episode, we speak with A.M. Waters as she expands on the three truths behind writer's block and the twelve solutions she uses to combat the block. We'll also learn how to overcome the fear of writing, eliminating perfectionism, how to make time to write, discovering and recovering your muse, when to have routines and when to break them, how to clear out your mind's gunk and clutter, how to find social content for your writing, discover and use a creative outlet suited just for you, help your words flow more easily, and so much more! Listen in now to learn and incorporate these insights into your writing world.
Life is full of surprises, but they're not always happy ones. It can feel like as soon as we're on a roll, doing all the right things, life slaps us in the face, throwing us off course. With that time comes the tears, anger, frustration, and even depression. But, we're given these times for a reason, which is exactly what we'll cover in this episode. Whether you're going through a loss of a loved one, a toxic relationship, financial struggle, parental doubt, or any of the infinite tough situations life throws our way, you can get through this, and you can do so using a handful of simple tactics. We'll go over how to apply acceptance, what it means to change perspectives, the surprising use of self-expression, how to reach out to someone even when you're terrified, what honesty can do for you, dropping labels, and so much more. Go ahead, listen in, and let's get through this tough time together.
Vincent Vezza is a regional representative for North Carolina's Writers' Network. Under the pseudonym Jackson Badgenoone, Vincent is the author of "The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek" and "Neverborn." In this episode Vincent shares with us: the importance of writing groups and how to find them, when to consider using a pen name, how to incorporate deep themes into your writing like life death and change, finding the balance in sharing sensitive in your writing, how to touch the hearts of your readers, and much more! For resources mentioned in this episode, visit Thehonestwriter.org
Too often we think life has to go a certain way. But every journey is different. Children's author, Maritka Shanel, shares with us her journey from college to the workforce to motherhood, military life, traveling, and trying to follow her intuition throughout it all, while becoming an educator and writer. If you're wondering how your writing journey should look, then listen in on Martika's story as she shares her multiple changes before becoming a writer. She proves that no journey is ever the same, and that's totally okay. It's about accepting and giving yourself over to the process. She'll also tell us about following intuition, giving yourself permission to be a writer and love yourself, three things to add into your schedule for boosting inspiration, how to fit reading and writing into a busy schedule, and a secret piece of advice for aspiring writers.
As writers, rejection is unavoidable. Even worse, rejection hurts, but it doesn't have to crush and define you. The difference between letting rejection hold you back and turning rejection into a strengthening and healing experience depends on how you process the rejection. In this episode, we cover 5 simple perspectives and habits that you can immediately use to help transform that rejection into your personal success story, making you and your writing even better!
In this episode, we interview indie author Daria White, who originally planned on becoming a medical doctor. Daria shares her unexpected journey on switching careers, overcoming fear on pursuing your passion, sharing your words with the world, self and traditional publishing advice, and much more! Listen to the end to find out how to get a free copy of Daria's book "My What If Christmas Wish," and get another freebie by Sadie Chelsea, "24 Secrets to Better Writing." Get your two free copies at the end of the episode!
Learn how the number one thing you do every day is hurting your inner writer, blocking your creativity, and damaging your writing career. Learn the few simple things you can do to boost your creativity, write better, leave a lasting legacy, and live a full life!
Do you think the writer's market is saturated? Are you worried you'll never be chosen to be published when millions of other writers are competing for the same thing? In this episode, you'll learn 4 techniques that will get you from a doubtful, unnoticed writer to getting your story in the hands of a publisher and getting your book out in the market with adoring fans who crave your words!
Learn what's holding you back from calling yourself a writer and pursuing writing as a career, how to claim your birthright as a writer, how to eliminate fear and rejection, and have creativity and the muse ready for you when you sit to write.