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Rule #3 People Have Short Memories

My third writing rule on this week's episode of How to Write Good. Why does it matter why people have short memories. Join me as I talk about rubix cubes, spinning plates, translating math problems (eww), and the best word of the week in the history of words of the week. Stay in touch at


Rule #2 Grammar Serves Meaning

On this week's episode of How to Write Good, I continue with my second rule: Grammar Serves Meaning, where I talk about everything from creoles, pidgins, babies babbling, grammar rules, grammar non-rules, and my pet peeves. Stay in touch by visiting my website,


Rule #1 Writing Follows Language

In this episode of #howtowritegood, I am a hypocrite. Though I promised that I would never tell anyone how to write, I am presenting my rules for writing. With these rules, I am attempting to find what is true for writing across the board. What is the first rule? Writing Follows after Language. Learn how to write by learning how to write on How to Write Good. As always, stay in touch by visiting my website


Why We Love Horror; Peter Laws Guests

Peter Laws joins me on this episode of How to Write Good, and we discuss why people enjoy getting scared (Which really doesn't make much sese to me at all). Find out more about Peter on his website, You can also follow him on twitter @peterlaws or check out his book that came out yesterday, The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death, and Gore. Stay in touch with me at my website:


The Mundane

On this week's episode of How to Write good, I talk about how writing is not a glamorous endeavor. Good writing does not come from sudden flashes of genius that send the writer into an hour-long writing binge. They come from setting aside a little bit of time every day and writing. Check out my website to stay in touch:


A Different Language Than Your Father's

In this episode, I talk about how reflecting on past writers is important to building the skill of writing, but too many people see mimicking others as the primary way in which good writing is developed. Since the language has changed, so too has good writing, and writers should seek to experiment and find what sounds and fits best with the current language (and possibly even the future of the language) to find their unique voice. Check out my website at to keep up with​ my...


The Shakespeare Effect

On this 46th Episode of How to Write Good, I discuss the elevating issues in the plays of Shakespea. . . No, I don't. On this week's episode, I discuss how I believe that individuals in the English literature world believe that they enjoy Shakespearean plays. When studying Shakespeare, I noticed the tendency to assume Shakespeare and therefore look at how Shakespeare is a genius first, rather than first looking at Shakespeare to see whether his plays have merit in our modern world. Join me...


Clint Gilman Guests

Today I have a writer of historical fiction. Clint and I talk about the writing process and crappy first drafts.


When Everything Falls Apart

This week ​may actually be relevant to more people than writers. I talk about the power of writing to take chaos and distill even the most disordered emotions and bring them into order. ​


Growing as a Writer

In this episode, I talk about my own journey as a writer. I have been thinking about stepping out and taking risks despite the chance of failure. In particular, I talk about my struggles with particular pieces of storytelling and how I have grown in those areas. One thing I mention in this episode is the big five personality test. Here is a test for you to take if you want to. I did not whether this one is good, but I think it is: As always,...


A Chaotic World

This week I talk about ideas presented in the tv show, ​Rick and Morty. In the show, the universe and humans are presented as meaningless. After talking at some length about meaninglessness in the world. In the main bulk of the episode, I talk about how pain leads to searching and how searching can lead to the creation of really good art. As always, check out my website to stay in touch: danielpoppie.comAs always, check out my website to stay in touch:


Creativity and the Corporate Machine

As always, check out my website at This week on How to Write Good, I talk about bad storytelling and bad art. What is the culprit? Avoiding risk. Authors who make it big lose their edge because they have become comfortable and do not take risks. One of the reasons I like authors is because they get better with age (like a fine wine or something like that), but some authors I loved in the past seemed to have made some money, gotten comfortable, and decided that they could...


Wizards, Evan Swonke Guests

Evan Swonke, guitarist and lead-singer of the Colonnades, guests on this week's episode of How to Write Good. We talk about his musical genre, why he writes music, and the different types of musicians. Evan explains the three types. Join on this week on How to Write Good. You can find more about the Colonnades at If you want to check out the band he mentioned, he can check them out here:


Fantasy Shmantasy

Last week, I talked about how stories can draw us into a and can help us elicit memories and feelings that border on fantasy. This week, I continue talking about what fantasy is about. Historically, fantasy has been looked down on, but I think fantasy has much to offer the literature and people in general. Here is one very interesting book about fantasy, but it is a littlle long:...


Mythology Memory

I have this weird experience almost daily where I experience something that isn't part of my memory. Similar to nostalgia, this experience deals with the past and is maybe even nostalgia in part, but it is more like experiencing the world through the eyes of a child or coming into contact with something out of folklore or mythology. I find it difficult to explain it myself. Join me​ this week on How to Write Good as I talk about how art has the power to make us experience something that...


The American Spirit

Happy July 4th! This week I talk about how Americans are unique among all other cultures. I take a broad overview of what people say about Americans before talking about how Americans compare to their closest relatives; Europeans. I look at American in relation to British literature and French art before finally talking about the oddly good relations between the United States and Japan and why that might be. Finally, I talk about the specifics of what the key factors are that make Americans...


The Count, My Grandmother, and Seeing Through Another's Eyes

This week on How to Write Good, Emily Brady of the podcast Plotboilers guests. We talk about two different books, The Count of Monte Cristo and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. We talk about how slow and satisfying the character change of the main character is in the Count of Monte Cristo, and we talk about the the value that comes through the story-telling of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, a tale told through the eyes of a little girl. Find out more about...


Metaphor and Human Connection

This week I talk about the power of metaphor both in stories and in the human life. Starting out with the idea of vivid descriptions, I first talk about an author's ability to paint a picture that engages all the senses, rather than just telling what someone is doing or seeing or feeling. This goes back to the advice of 'show, don't tell,' but I think that it goes even beyond that. Metaphor's, visualizations​, the ability to explain things in a way that engages how a person interacts with...


Learning to Fail

When thinking about doing anything creative or entrepreneurial​, many of us can be faced with worry that causes us to avoid acting at all. In this episode of How to Write Good, Daniel Poppie talks about failure and the necessity of allowing oneself to fail.


Killing the Creative Process

Many writers have rituals they use to get into the mindset of writing, whether this ritual is dressing up in their fanciest clothes or have a cigarette and coffee. On this week's episode of How to Write Good, Daniel Poppie talks about how a person is able to get into the creative process as well as what a person can do to kill that creativity.