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Pick Up The Pen with Sadie Chelsea

Pick Up The Pen with Sadie Chelsea

By Sadie Chelsea
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!
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Ep. 14: Turning Your Book into a Major Motion Picture Movie with Mike DeLucia

Pick Up The Pen with Sadie Chelsea

Ep. 14: Turning Your Book into a Major Motion Picture Movie with Mike DeLucia

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Ep. 25: Writing Your Life's Work with Jameson Ketchum
Author, music journalist, and podcaster Jameson Ketchum speaks on how various forms of art and creativity can intertwine with your writing. He also shares with us how writing can start from strange places, blending different art forms into your writing, ways to expand your creativity, the more modern way to getting published, strategies for marketing your self, and more.  If you'd like to hear more from Jameson you can do so by listening to the Godspeed Podcast, where he interviews top musicians, authors, and comics from all over the world. You can also check out his book Namedropping, and even get a free photography and art companion to the book by following Jameson on instagram at namedroppingbook.  Be sure to also follow the Pick Up The Pen Podcast on whatever platform you like to listen to podcasts. Until next time fellow writers, keep on writing on.
July 16, 2021
Ep. 24: Writing While Parenting with Lorna Rose
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  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 - Until next time fellow writers, happy writing and keep on writing on!
April 02, 2021
Ep. 23: How to Set and Achieve SMART Goals with Kelly Reynolds
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,  and more! --- If you'd like to connect with Kelly you can do so on Twitter @boobiespodcast, and take a listen to her show at To claim your FREE "SMART Goals Guide and Workbook," visit 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.
December 22, 2020
Ep. 22: How to Make Your Writing Timeless with Mark Rosendorf
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, and more! Stay to the end of this episode to get your FREE "Back to the Future Rules: A Guide to Making Your Writing Timeless."
December 10, 2020
Ep. 21: How to Make Yourself Unf*ckwithable with Lindsay Manfredi
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!
December 07, 2020
Ep. 20: Simple 1-Minute Practices that Keep Your Writer Brain Sharp with Liz Baker
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.
October 08, 2020
Ep. 19: Content Marketing for Writers During COVID-19 with Linda Rey
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, and more!
June 02, 2020
Ep. 18: How to Do Killer Research to Make Your Book Authentic, Accurate, and Effective with Lindsey Fera
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!
May 25, 2020
Ep. 17: 5 Tips for Beginning Writers with Kaylee Bliss
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!
May 14, 2020
Ep. 16: How to Effectively Use the Big Social Media Platforms in 2020 with Sonia Rosa
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!
May 06, 2020
Ep. 15: BUSTED! Exposing Insider Secrets from the Publishing World and The Conditions of Acceptance with John Adamus
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!) overcoming perfection accepting your limits creating timelines dealing with changes proving something vs loving writing handling expectations 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 & more!
April 28, 2020
Ep. 14: Turning Your Book into a Major Motion Picture Movie with Mike DeLucia
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.
April 16, 2020
Ep. 13: Why You Need to Share Your Message Now (Plus Giving Yourself Permission) with John C. Davis
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.
January 15, 2020
Ep. 12: The 3 Truths Behind Writer's Block and 12 Ways to Overcome It All with A.M. Waters
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.
November 05, 2019
Ep. 11: Getting Through Tough Times & Coming Out on Top
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.  
November 01, 2019
Ep. 10: How to Incorporate Big Themes into Your Writing & Touch Readers' Hearts with Vincent Vezza
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
October 21, 2019
Ep. 09: The Writer's Journey with Martika Shanel: Following Your Intuition, Giving Yourself Permission, and Other Wisdom To Improve Your Writing Life
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.
August 29, 2019
Ep. 08: How to Properly Price Your Books & Meet Your Income Goals
Sick of not making money from your books or published works? This is the RIGHT way to price your stuff to get more readers and sales!
July 11, 2019
Ep. 07: How to Deal with Rejection: 5 Habits that Have Helped Me
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!
April 12, 2019
Ep. 06: The Lost Episode Revealed!
Daria White from Writer in the Making interviewed Sadie Chelsea. A part of the episode that got lost when the internet shut down was recovered! Here, that lost episode is shared.
April 12, 2019
Ep. 05: The Writer's Unexpected Journey with Daria White
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!
April 05, 2019
Ep. 04: The Number One Habit that Damages Your Writing, Plus How to Heal the Damage, Boost Creativity, and Write Words that Matter
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!
March 29, 2019
Ep. 03: 4 Steps to Getting Your Story Chosen By a Publisher in a Saturated Writers' Market
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!
March 22, 2019
Ep. 02: Why the Term "Aspiring Writer" Needs to Die
Learn how calling yourself an aspiring writer is holding you back from being a writer. Learn the one trick you need to move from "aspring writer" to simply "I am a writer."
March 14, 2019
Ep. 01: How to Claim Your Writer's Birthright and Have Creativity at Your Fingertips
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.
March 07, 2019