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. 215: Jeff Elkins on Making Dialogue Really WORK in Your Book!

Jeff Elkins is the author of twelve novels and leads the writing team for an innovative technology company that simulates difficult conversations for professionals to practice. In the Fall of 2020, Jeff began a new business,, that helps writers defeat mono-mouth by coaching them to build engaging characters and write realistic dialogue that will…

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Ep. 214: Bonnie Tsui on Finding Flow in Writing (and in the Water)

Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and longtime contributor to The New York Times. She is the author ofAmerican Chinatown, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her new book, Why We Swim, was published by Algonquin Books in April 2020; it was a New York Times Book Review…

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Ep. 213: Melissa Storm on Writing with OCD

Melissa Storm is a New York Times and multiple USA Today bestselling author of Women’s Fiction, Inspirational Romance, and Cozy Mysteries. Despite an intense, lifelong desire to tell stories for a living, Melissa was “too pragmatic” to choose English as a major in college. Instead, she obtained her master’s degree in Sociology & Survey Methodology—then…

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Ep. 212: Bryan Washington on How Much Setting Matters

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree, and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and The New York Times Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. His new book, Memorial,is the book he wanted to read, the one he didn’t see out in the…

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Ep. 211: How to Write Dialogue for Characters Very Unlike Yourself

In this mini-episode, Rachael Herron answers how to write dialogue for characters who aren’t like you at all, as well as how to breathe life into an old, almost-dead book, and what the heck is the difference between a collection of essays and a non-chronological memoir? How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of…

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Ep. 210: Pam Rosenthal on Not Letting the Page Know You’re Afraid

Pam Rosenthal has written award-winning sexy historical romance and award-winning brainy BDSM erotica, as well as occasional essays and reviews for, the SF Chronicle,, and Socialist Review. She stands behind the quality of her product, but confesses that her writing process has been more than a little bit fraught. Currently, she’s looking toward…

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Ep. 209: Matt Haig on Literally Writing the Multiverse

Matt Haigis the author of the internationally bestselling memoirReasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet, along with six novels, including How To Stop Time, and several award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and his brand new book is The Midnight Library. How Do You Write Podcast: Explore…

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Ep. 208: CJ Cooke on the Thrills of Contemporary Gothic Horror

C. J. Cooke is an award-winning poet and novelist published in twenty-three languages. She teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow, where she also researches the impact of motherhood on women’s writing and creative writing interventions for mental health. The Nesting is her most recent release. How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes…

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Ep. 207: Donna Baier Stein’s Surprising Tip for Getting Into the Voice of a Character

Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Foreword Reviews Winner), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist), Letting Rain Have Its Say, and Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton(Foreword Reviews Finalist). A Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review, she founded and publishes…

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Ep. 206: Do You Need a Writing Mentor? Or a Pen Name?

Rachael Herron tackles some difficult questions in this mini episode: Do you need a writing mentor? Or a pen name? How DO you write in a year like 2020, anyway? And what’s the best way to hack your way to a productive writing day? How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers…

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