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

    …, 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. If you missed the first half you can find it right here. In Part Two of this file Jodie Archer and I discuss: How to use Google Docs to co-write a book Why every writer…

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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

    … 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. If you missed…

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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

    …, was published by Crown last January, and his work has appeared in publications including Playboy, The New York Times, and many others. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews as soon as they’re published. If you missed the first half of this show, you can find it right here. In Part Two…

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  • Is the Novel Dead? Part One

    …, was published by Crown last January, and his work has appeared in publications including Playboy, The New York Times, and many others. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews as soon as they’re published. In Part One of the file Robert, Adam, and I discuss: How longer works of writing have…

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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

    … 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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