Series: How Do You Write

Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You’ll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.

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Ep. 225: What Do You Actually MEAN When You Say to Write Fast and Badly?

In this episode, Rachael Herron answers questions from her Patreon supporters. What does a crappy draft actually look like, for real? Also, we talk about making sure stories move forward in a real way when constrained by historical facts, how to incorporate beta reader feedback if it’s all over the place, and why we flip…

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Ep. 224: Abigail Dean on Writing (Very Deliciously) Dark

How do you write dark? Like, REALLY dark? Abigail Dean tells us. Abigail Dean works as a lawyer for Google, and before that was a bookseller. She lives in London, and is working on her second novel. Girl A is her first novel, just out in the United States after acompetitive international auction that saw…

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Ep. 223: Janna Ruth on Transforming Trauma into Art

In 2016, Janna Ruth’s plans for the new year was one submission to an agent. By the end of the year, she had won a writing competition with German publisher Ueberreuter and was deep in the throes to publish a second novel with a group of self-publishers. That novel, a modern fairy tale retelling with…

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Ep. 222: Lisa Gardner on How To Keep Moving Forward With Your Story

LisaGardneris the #1New York Timesbestselling author of twenty-three suspense novels, includingThe Neighbor, which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers. An avid hiker, traveler, and cribbage player, she lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family. Before She Disappeared is her latest stand alone novel. How Do You Write Podcast:…

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Ep. 221: How Do I Even START Writing My Book? Bonus Episode

In this bonus miniepisode, Rachael talks about how to start writing your book when it’s all you want to do and you’re still not doing it. Also: how to lay groundwork in a first novel in a series for the next book without letting down the reader, how to deal with a revision letter, and…

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Ep. 220: Rachel Lynn Solomon on Speeding up the Slow and Slowing Down the Fast

Rachel Lynn Solomon writes, tap dances, and collects red lipstick in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of the YA novelsToday Tonight Tomorrow,You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone,Our Year of Maybe, andWe Can’t Keep Meeting Like This(June 2021).She will also tell anyone who’ll listen that it really doesn’t rain that much in Seattle, where she…

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Ep. 219: Ashley Audrain on Getting Work Done During Lockdown

AshleyAudrainpreviously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada. Prior to Penguin, she worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children.The Pushis her first novel. How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips…

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Ep. 218: Ricardo Fayet on Finding the Perfect Editor

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy, a marketplace connecting authors to the world’s top publishing talent—from editors to cover designers, book marketers, author website designers, and literary translators. He’s the author of several Reedsy Learning courses on book marketing and a regular presenter at several prestigious writers’ conferences: NINC, RWA Australia,…

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Ep: 217: Show Me the Money, 2020 Edition

Every year, Rachael Herron talks you through what she made over the previous year and how she made it because she firmly believes there’s not enough transparency in publishing. In 2020, she made $186,000, and here’s how she did it. How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael…

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Ep. 216: Heid E. Erdrich on Writing Poetry in the Dark

HeidE. Erdrichis the author of seven collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund, and she has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. She was…

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