The Writer Files

  • 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 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…

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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

    … In this special edition of the show, two writers joined me to opine the death of one of the most influential forms in the history of the written word. I posed the question that many great writers have pondered stretching across the last two centuries … Is the novel dead? And maybe a more up-to-date version of that question is, did the internet…

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  • Is the Novel Dead? Part One

    … In this special edition of the show, two writers joined me to opine the death of one of the most influential forms in the history of the written word. I posed the question that many great writers have pondered stretching across the last two centuries … Is the novel dead? And maybe a more up-to-date version of that question is, did the internet…

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  • The Best of The Writer Files: Volume One

    … find links to these shows in the show notes on Rainmaker FM, and past episodes are easy to find in the archives of your favorite podcast app, in iTunes, or at WriterFiles.fm. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, click subscribe in iTunes to automatically see new interviews. In this “Best of” Volume One, we’ll hear from a handful of past guests…

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  • How Bestselling Author Jay McInerney Writes: Part Two

    … including Eric Ripert, to name a few. Join us for this two-part interview, and if you’re a fan of the show, please subscribe in iTunes to automatically see new interviews and help other writers find us. If you missed the first half, you can find it right here. In Part Two of the file Jay McInerney and I discuss: The author’s astute anatomical…

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