The Writer Files

    • How the Author of ‘The Bestseller Code’ Jodie Archer Writes: Part Two

      Literary scholar, publishing consultant, and co-author of the critically acclaimed book The Bestseller Code, Jodie Archer dropped by to chat with me about her journey, the coming revolution in publishing, and the insecurities that all writers face. Before earning her PhD from Stanford, Ms. Archer studied English at Cambridge, worked in both journalism and TV, and became an a ...

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  • How the Bestselling Author of ‘The Blue Zones’ Dan Buettner Writes

    … than 500 keynote speeches over the last 10 years. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In this file Dan Buettner and I discuss: Wise words from the author’s mentor George Plimpton Why good stories are the Trojan Horse to winning over readers How a decade of research and writing…

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  • How the Author of ‘The Bestseller Code’ Jodie Archer Writes: Part One

    …, based on a theme, plot, character, and many other big data points. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One of this file Jodie Archer and I discuss: How a word nerd helped program a computer to predict bestsellers with a high degree of accuracy Why all writers of fiction…

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  • How Bestselling Sci-fi Thriller Author Blake Crouch Writes: Part Two

    … of The Writer Files, click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. If you missed the first half, you can find it right here. In Part Two of this file Blake Crouch and I discuss: The author’s tips for conquering writer’s block Why versioning and backing up drafts is crucial How to lean into procrastination and find your most productive…

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  • How Bestselling Sci-fi Thriller Author Blake Crouch Writes: Part One

    … of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One of this file Blake Crouch and I discuss: The power of self-publishing for a traditionally published author Why in-depth research is so crucial to writing believable fiction The importance of outlining for a bestselling author and screenwriter How…

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  • How Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner Writes: Part Two

    … The #1 New York Times bestselling author of 12 books, Jennifer Weiner, took a few minutes to talk with me about the writer’s life, her new memoir, and Revenge of the Nerds. Before her prolific career as a novelist, Ms. Weiner started out as a small town newspaper reporter and freelancer, before signing her first big book deal for her novel…

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  • How Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner Writes: Part One

    … Bigfoot). Her latest offering is the memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, and it “… is about yearning and fulfillment, loss and love, and a woman who searched for her place in the world, and found it as a storyteller.” If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One…

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  • Is the Novel Dead? Part Two

    … kill books? Of course these are famous — almost cliché — theoretical discussions that writers often chew on over stiff drinks, and they raise hackles for those of us who adore them. What you won’t find here is a highbrow literary dissertation, or even a very strict definition as to what the novel is or isn’t. But you will find a lively…

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  • Is the Novel Dead? Part One

    … kill books? Of course these are famous — almost cliché — theoretical discussions that writers often chew on over stiff drinks, and they raise hackles for those of us who adore them. What you won’t find here is a highbrow literary dissertation, or even a very strict definition as to what the novel is or isn’t. But you will find a lively…

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  • The Best of The Writer Files: Volume One

    … of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly, or How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defined Writer’s Block for us. But I do want to dig into the archives with you and pull out a few of my favorites from a handful of the other 40 authors The Writer Files has cross-examined to learn how they keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid writer’s block. You’ll…

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  • How Bestselling Author Jay McInerney Writes: Part Two

    … The bestselling author of 11 books, including the eighties-defining Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney, took a break to chat with me about his new book, the writing process, and some timeless tips from his mentor, Raymond Carver. Vanity Fair called Mr. McInerney “Our modern-day Fitzgerald,” and his most recent book — Bright, Precious Days…

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  • How Bestselling Author Jay McInerney Writes: Part One

    … The bestselling author of 11 books, including the eighties-defining Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney, took a break to chat with me about his new book, the writing process, and some timeless tips from his mentor, Raymond Carver. Vanity Fair called Mr. McInerney “Our modern-day Fitzgerald,” and his most recent book — Bright, Precious Days…

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  • How Critically Acclaimed Literary Scholar Jonathan Gottschall Writes: Part One

    …, and why society is attracted to violent spectacles. Listen to The Writer Files for this two-part interview. In Part One of the file, host Kelton Reid and Jonathan Gottschall discuss: Why writers need to chase what scares them How “drugs” can boost your productivity Why writing 365 days a year may not be ideal The sad reality of writer’s…

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  • How Hollywood Screenwriter and Film Director John August Writes: Part Two

    … Critically acclaimed screenwriter and director John August stopped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process, the film business, and his hit podcast Scriptnotes. Since his breakthrough film debut Go (1999), John has penned an impressive list of big budget Hollywood films from Charlie’s Angels (2000…

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  • How Hollywood Screenwriter and Director John August Writes: Part One

    … Critically acclaimed screenwriter and director John August stopped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process, the film business, and his hit podcast Scriptnotes. Since his breakthrough film debut Go (1999), John has penned an impressive list of big budget Hollywood films from Charlie’s Angels (2000…

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