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Author entrepreneurs Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant answer questions, offer quick tips, and deliver keen insight to help creative people who want to make a good living off of their hard work. In just a few minutes a day, we promise to help you get smarter faster.

Author entrepreneurs Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant answer questions, offer quick tips, and deliver keen insight to help creative people who want to make a good living off of their hard work. In just a few minutes a day, we promise to help you get smarter faster.
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Author entrepreneurs Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant answer questions, offer quick tips, and deliver keen insight to help creative people who want to make a good living off of their hard work. In just a few minutes a day, we promise to help you get smarter faster.

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English


Episodes

SA387 You Have the Time if You Make the Time

4/26/2017
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LIES! You DO have time to write. Today, Johnny talks some simple things you can do to create extra time in your schedule. But in truth, you aren’t adding time at all. You’re freeing it up. When you understand how Parkinson’s Law works against you, you can also turn it around to work FOR you. […] The post SA387 You Have the Time if You Make the Time appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:32

SA386 Unseat Your Hero with a Terrible Secret

4/24/2017
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Every hero needs a great knockdown off their high horse, and a deep, dark secret is a great way to do that. Today, Sean talks about some great ways to make your hero’s world turn on its head. From discovering your father sees hooker because you’re the call girl who shows up at his door […] The post SA386 Unseat Your Hero with a Terrible Secret appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:41

SA385 Why Are Your Books Worth Reading?

4/21/2017
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Everyone wants to be a writer. But you need to answer a question: Why are your books worth reading? Why are you different? Why are you better? You need to find your unique selling point. Once you identify this, you’ll be better able to break through the flood of self-publishing that’s currently in the market. The post SA385 Why Are Your Books Worth Reading? appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:04:08

SA384 Give Your Characters a Strong Sexual Identity

4/19/2017
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As storytellers and artists in general, we should give our characters a strong sexual identity. This doesn’t mean sex, but who your character is. Sean explains how you can ‘future-proof’ your stories, especially with the world changing as it currently is. This isn’t just about giving your characters a quirk; sexual identity, paired with other […] The post SA384 Give Your Characters a Strong Sexual Identity appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:22

SA383 What is the Best Genre to Write In?

4/17/2017
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We’re not going to give you a simple, formulaic answer because there are several things to consider. Today, Johnny talks about the questions you need to ask yourself before you choose the genre you want to write in. From stylistic to knowledge and desirability to knowing your why, you must be honest with yourself and […] The post SA383 What is the Best Genre to Write In? appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:57

SA382 What is an Everyman?

4/14/2017
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Everyman is a term we throw around, but what does it really mean? An ‘everyman’ is the average Joe. He’s not special, perfect, at the top of the food chain, or anything like that. It someone we can all relate to. Today, Johnny talks about what makes a good everyman, and how not to screw […] The post SA382 What is an Everyman? appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:58

SA381 Change your Story Mood or Tone

4/12/2017
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Your tone or mood can take a drama and make it a comedy, romance, or even a thriller. Today, Sean talks about how you can take a story’s beats and change the tone to get a totally different version. Consider all the different takes on the Batman franchise, even from way back in the 60s. […] The post SA381 Change your Story Mood or Tone appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:43

SA380 The Red Herring Explained

4/10/2017
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What’s a red herring? It’s a clue or piece of information that is nothing more than a misdirection. Today, Johnny talks about how we come across red herrings in real life, and how it can and should be mirrored in art. Every clue your hero finds shouldn’t lead him to his goal. That would be […] The post SA380 The Red Herring Explained appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:44

SA379 What Are Tent Poles?

4/7/2017
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Hold the silly jokes… tent poles are very important! We’re using the term with story in mind, and whether you’re a plotter or pantser, you should keep them in mind, too. Today, Johnny talks about tent poles, how they help your reader stay interested in your story, and how to plan them well to prevent […] The post SA379 What Are Tent Poles? appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:16

SA378 Why You Need to READ, READ, READ

4/5/2017
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There’s a simple quote from William Faulkner every author should take to heart: “Read, read, read.” Today, Sean talks about what his take on the quote is, and while some of it is obvious, he digs into how he’s put his reading to practical use in making his self-publishing career a success. The post SA378 Why You Need to READ, READ, READ appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:06:04

SA377 Use a Timer to Write Faster

4/3/2017
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Everyone talks about enhancing productivity, but it’s hard to know what will work for you. Today, Johnny talks about what took him from fast to light speed, and it’s probably something you already have at home… a kitchen timer. He explains how he uses it with Scrivener’s word count to up his productivity and quick […] The post SA377 Use a Timer to Write Faster appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:03:33

SA376 Take a Break Already

3/31/2017
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Are you a hard-working Smarter Artist? Well of course you are but even the hardest working among us need to take a breather every now and then. In this episode, guest host C. Steven Manley suggests some ways to take a little stress out of your day and help you find just the right amount […] The post SA376 Take a Break Already appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:26

SA375 Why the Second Act is Hardest and How to Make It Easier

3/29/2017
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Many people agree: the second act is the hardest to write. In the beginning, you have discovery and excitement. At the end, you have velocity. But the middle can be a wasteland. Today, Sean talks about why the second act is challenging, how to combat it, and simple things you can do to prepare and […] The post SA375 Why the Second Act is Hardest and How to Make It Easier appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:39

SA374 Try Casting Your Characters

3/27/2017
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The idea of casting characters is something we’ve referred to very often on our various podcasts and in our books. Today, Johnny gives a solid overview of how you can be very practical in creating your characters to help you and your collaborators remember appearance and personality. Here’s an example: this character is Daniel Day […] The post SA374 Try Casting Your Characters appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:04:31

SA373 Flexibility as an Author with Jamie Davis

3/24/2017
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Pantsers and plotters are the dogs and cats of the writing world. They can’t coexist, right? Maybe not. In this episode, I explore the creative freedom of being flexible not just in the narrative itself but also in how you approach your writing at its most basic level. Don’t be a monolith, who only plots […] The post SA373 Flexibility as an Author with Jamie Davis appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:37

SA372 You Are Your Own COO

3/22/2017
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If you want to self publish, then you need to take the business side of your dream seriously. While you probably don’t need to draft an entire org chart with you in every role, you do need to know the different realms of being an indie author. Today, Johnny shares an overview of where you […] The post SA372 You Are Your Own COO appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:04:52

SA371 Why Your Character Should Never Stand on a Soapbox

3/20/2017
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As a writer, it’s impossible not to insert yourself into your stories. But as a responsible storyteller, you can’t put your character on a soapbox if it doesn’t hold true to that characters. In other words, don’t preach! It turns readers off. Today, Sean gives you some step-by-step advice to deal with this common problem […] The post SA371 Why Your Character Should Never Stand on a Soapbox appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:06:32

SA370 The Art of Selective Apathy

3/17/2017
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Many artists navigate by ‘feel.’ This often leads to fear paralysis, causing the artist to create nothing at all. Today, guest host C. Steven Manley explores the definition of art, and when an artist should and should not pay attention to their feelings. There are some feelings you MUST ignore, and this is the selective […] The post SA370 The Art of Selective Apathy appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:05:23

SA369 Why Every Smarter Artist Needs a Mentor

3/15/2017
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You might already be a successful smarter artist, but there’s something missing in your life: a mentor. Sure, you can keep treading water, but you won’t truly grow until you have ideas and observations from the outside, especially in the form of a mentor. Today, Sean talks about the benefits of having a mentor, and […] The post SA369 Why Every Smarter Artist Needs a Mentor appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:06:03

SA368 Make Your Characters Real Instead of Perfect

3/13/2017
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How many people in your life are perfect? How many people try to be and it annoys you to no end? Today, Johnny talks about how the best characters are aren’t perfect. Sometimes good people do bad things and bad people do good things; that’s life. Your story should reflect life because it will resonate […] The post SA368 Make Your Characters Real Instead of Perfect appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:04:45