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This Week in Writing

This Week in Writing

By The Writing Cooperative
This Week in Writing is advice and encouragement for writers of all genres. We're here to help you write better!

Each week, co-founders of The Writing Cooperative, Jessica Jungton and Justin Cox, bring a quick look at some of the best writing tips available and a featured article from WritingCooperative.com.

Additionally, check-in for occasional bonus episodes only found here on This Week in Writing. These include interviews and discussions with fellow writers, excerpts from our live shows, and much more.

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2020 Holiday Book Recommendations (SEASON FINALE)
This Week In Writing, Justin celebrates the first season finale with a panel discussion about books! We discuss the best books of the year and books making the best gifts this holiday season. The amazing panel includes: Faith Adiele, author of Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun and a writer of A World of Calm on HBO MAX. Eric Smith, author of Don't Read the Comments and literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency. Gretchen Hardin, librarian at the Bee Cave Public Library and creator of the bookstagram, Eating Reading. All of books mentioned in the episode are available in our expanded show notes at The Writing Cooperative.
28:04
November 10, 2020
Writing About Politics
This Week In Writing, Justin discusses writing about political issues, namely equality, with a panel from Our Human Family. The panel includes OHF founder and editorial director, Clay Rivers, and OHF editor for special projects, Sherry Kappel. Check out OHF's book, Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together.
25:59
November 3, 2020
Distraction Free Writing with Adam Leeb
This Week In Writing, Justin talks with Adam Leeb who co-founded Astrohaus, makers of the distraction-free writing device, Freewrite. The two discuss writing without distractions, product launches in a pandemic, and developing products for writers. 
23:47
October 27, 2020
From Medium to Published Novel with Ron Dawson
This Week In Writing, Justin talks with Ron Dawson about how his book went from serial installments on Medium to traditional publisher. Plus, we get into NaNoWriMo tips to get you ready for this year's challenge. Follow Ron on Medium, @RonDawson, check out Ron's book, Dungeons 'n' Durags (don't miss the soundtrack page), and his content marketing company, Blade Ronner Media. 
27:18
October 20, 2020
Can You Make Money Writing Online?
This Week In Writing, Justin talks to Benjamin Sledge and Kayt Molina about making money writing online. What's going on with the Medium Partner Program and what does it mean to diversify your writing? Find out with this week's discussion.  This week's panel: Visit Benjamin's website and follow him on Medium. Follow Kayt on Medium and check out her YouTube channel, It Came From a Box.
34:26
October 13, 2020
All About Self-Publishing
This Week In Writing, Justin talks to the panel about self-publishing. This week's panel includes Anangsha Alammyan and Sarah Hamilton (website, books, instagram).
20:28
October 6, 2020
How To Improve As A Writer
This Week In Writing, Justin discusses how we improve as writers.  Discussion Panel: Kathleen (Kat) O'Keefe-Kanavos: Website Mark Ellis: Website, YouTube Nita Sweeney: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube William (Billy) Fraiser: Website, Medium, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube References: Natalie Goldberg: Writing Down the Bones Cheryl Strayed: Wild Nicolas Cole: The Art and Business of Online Writing (featured on Episode 12 of This Week In Writing) Simon Sinek: Start With Why (book) and TED Talk
28:47
September 29, 2020
Exploring Creativity and Finding Inspiration
This Week In Writing, Justin discusses how we explore creativity and find inspiration as writers. Discussion Panel:  Rowena Roberts: Website, Instagram, and Facebook Michael Shook: Medium References: Phillip Pulman's His Dark Materials trilogy Brenda Ueland: If You Want To Write TED: Do Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson
27:07
September 22, 2020
The Art and Business of Online Writing with Nicolas Cole
This Week In Writing, Justin talks to Nicolas Cole. Cole is a top writers on Quora and Medium. He leveraged both to start an online writing business helping executives tell their corporate stories. Cole just published a book, The Art and Business of Online Writing, where he shares his story and process so you can learn from his journey. Show links:  Buy The Art and Business of Online Writing on Amazon. Visit Cole's website or follow him on Quora, Medium, Twitter, Instagram, and Substack. Subscribe to Justin's Substack. Visit The Writing Cooperative.
34:26
September 15, 2020
ProTips with Bobby Powers
This Week In Writing, Justin is joined by Bobby Powers, author of our wildly popular ProTips series. How does Bobby find time to read 70 books a year and watch every MasterClass on writing? Plus, what is his favorite ProTip of all time? Find out in today's episode. Episode Links Neil Gailman's Top 13 Writing Tips The Art of Writing Fiction by John Gardner ProTips by Bobby Powers Check out Bobby's website and follow him on Medium.
14:38
September 8, 2020
How To Be A Professional Freelance Writer
This Week In Writing Justin talks to a distinguished panel of freelance writers about how they maintain their careers.   This Week's Panel: Deya Bhattacharya, Kendra Stanton Lee, and Melinda Crow.  This Week's Featured Article: How To Be A Professional Freelance Writer: Invest In Yourself by Justin Cox  This Week's Featured Links: (some links provide a small compensation if you purchase a product or service)  Your Yahoo Account Info Was Definitely Hacked by Laura Hautala  Hover  Dreamhost  TechTalk Newsletter by David Koff  33mail  Why Serious Medium Writers Need a Personal Website by Danny Forest  Carrd  Wordpress Now Powers 30% of Websites by Paul Sawers  ProWritingAid
21:30
September 1, 2020
Biggest Writing Mistakes
This Week In Writing, Justin talks to our community panel about the biggest mistakes they've made in their writing careers. Panel Members:  Matt Inman: Visit Matt's website and follow him on Instagram and Medium Marijke McCandless: Visit Marijke's website and follow her on Medium and Facebook Erik van Mechelen: Email Erik or explore his 4-week course Caroline Schley: Visit Caroline's website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram Bonus Link: The Bell an the Blackbird by David Whyte Featured Article: My Publisher Got My Name Wrong by Melinda Crow Interested in publishing your book through a traditional publishing company? Melinda Crow has a few tales of caution for you in this week's featured article. Follow Melinda on Medium @melindacrow.
27:36
August 25, 2020
Overcoming Procrastination
This Week In Writing Justin discusses procrastination with a panel of Writing Cooperative community members.  Panel Members:  Alan Trapulionis: Follow Alan on Medium Amanda Dzimianski: Visit Amanda's website and follow her on Medium and Instagram Brianne McGuire: Visit Brianne's website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter Joey Held: Visit Joey's website and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn Bonus Link: Joey's piece on The Austin Pun-Off Featured Article: Stuck? Go Back To Basics. by Eric Pierce Just about every writer struggles with writing at some point. In today's Featured Article, Eric Pierce shares a very important writing lesson from the movie, Chef. Follow Eric on Medium @ew_pierce.
27:00
August 18, 2020
Action Book Recommendations with Gretchen Hardin
This Week In Writing, Justin is joined by Gretchen Hardin, librarian at the Bee Cave Public Library outside of Austin, TX. She gives us some great action book recommendations for our late summer reading. Plus we discuss her fantastic Instagram account, Eating / Reading which supplies a never-ending list of book recommendations paired with fantastic food. What more could you ask for? Plus, stay tuned for 3 Reasons Your Fight Scene Sucks by J.A. Taylor Are you writing fight scenes? Do they suck? In this week's featured article, J.A. Taylor shares some tips and tricks to make your fight scenes pop. Follow J.A. on Medium @itsjimnotjames. Episode Links Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham  Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer Steelheart by Branden Sanderson (part of The Reckoners Series) The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapowski Eating / Reading on Instagram Follow Gretchen on Twitter Follow Bee Cave Library on Instagram
14:31
August 11, 2020
Exploring Content Writing with Eva Gutierrez and Kirstie Taylor from Content Writer's Mastermind
This Week In Writing, Justin is joined by Eva Gutierrez and Kirstie Taylor of Content Writer's Mastermind for a discussion about content writing. What is content writing? How do you get started as a content writer and pitch your first client? And how do you deal with rejection? We cover all these topics and more. Episode Links Patreon.com/ContentWritersMastermind Follow Eva Gutierrez: @theevagutierrez on Instagram, Website Follow Kirstie Taylor: @wordswithkirstie on Instagram, Website
31:41
August 4, 2020
How To Tell Everybody That You're In Writing Mode by Viggy Hampton
How To Tell Everybody That You're In Writing Mode by Viggy Hampton Writing from home can be difficult, especially when you don't live alone. Thankfully, Viggy discovered an unconventional way to signify she's in writing mode. Follow Viggy on Medium @vmp22. This Week's Discussion: What is your quirky writing ritual?  Do you have a routine that gets you in the zone to write? That's what we're talking about in today's discussion. This Week's Links: Rhode Island Novelty Brown Emoji Poop Hat
08:26
July 28, 2020
What is Burnout and is it Permanent? by Emily Wilcox
What is Burnout and is it Permanent? by Emily Wilcox You will have heard of it. You will have felt it. And you will have, I’m sure, wholeheartedly resented it. In today's episode, Emily Wilcox shares how writers can overcome burnout. Follow Emily on Medium @emwilcoxwrites. This Week's Discussion: What is your favorite word? We all have one. What is yours and how do you slip it into your writing?
10:31
July 21, 2020
4 Things I Did To Improve My Vocabulary by Devin Gleeson
4 Things I Did To Improve My Vocabulary by Devin Gleeson How sizable is your diction? Did you know there are active and passive vocabularies? In today's featured article, Devin Gleeson shares how to grow your vocabulary. Follow Devin on Medium @DevinGleeson. This Week's Discussion: What is your favorite word? What is your favorite word and how do you weave it into your writing? This Week's Links: English Live: How Many Words Are In The English Language The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon When Were French Words Borrowed Into English? Eytmonline
15:27
July 14, 2020
Characters Done Well: Personality Traits by Lynda Dietz
Characters Done Well: Personality Traits by Lynda Dietz Have you ever taken a personality test? The DISC, Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram? In today's Featured Article, Lynda Dietz shares how these tests can help build our characters. Follow Lynda on Medium @lyndadietz4. This Week's Discussion: What is your personality type?  We talk about our personalities is and how they help or hinder our writing. This Week's Links: DISC Personality Test 16 Personalities HumanMetrics Personality Test
13:40
July 7, 2020
The Personal Essay is Not Dead by Cherie Glimour
The Personal Essay is Not Dead by Cherie Glimour Apparently, the personal essay is dead. It died the same year as Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’. In today's Featured Article, Cherie Glimour explains why personal essays and blogs are still a valid form of writing. Follow Cherie on Medium @cherielee_37146. This Week's Discussion: Do you experience writer's block?  This week we share a few unique ways to overcome the pesky problem. This Week's Links: The Personal Essay Boom is Over by Jia Tolentino The First Person Industrial Complex by Laura Bennett I Married a Conservative by Cherie Glimour
12:27
June 30, 2020