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Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful literary types of all stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, agents, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how professional writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring and professional scribes.

Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful literary types of all stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, agents, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how professional writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring and professional scribes.
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Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful literary types of all stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, agents, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how professional writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring and professional scribes.

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She Trekked 4,000 Miles Across Alaska And Lived to Write About It.

4/23/2019
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In March of 2012, Caroline Van Hemert and her husband, Pat, set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they encountered harrowing dangers and beautiful natural wonders. Caroline joins the show to talk about the process of surviving six months in the wild and another couple of years capturing it all in her stunning new book The Sun is a Compass.

Duration:00:52:05

The Do's and Don'ts of Writing YA Novels

4/16/2019
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Young Adult (or YA) fiction is booming. And YA books are often ranked as the most requested genre by agents. So what makes a novel both young adult and really good? Those are some of the questions I pose to my guest Marietta Zacker, who knows YA inside and out. As a partner at the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency, she works with some of the best novelists and illustrators working today. Listen to her take on what works and what doesn't, and tips for penning your own YA masterpiece.

Duration:00:56:41

David Elliott on How To Write (and Not Write) a Children's Book

4/9/2019
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Bestselling author and writing teacher David Elliott joins the show to talk about the crazy way he inked his first publishing deal, where he comes up with his book ideas, and the biggest mistake people make writing for kids. Elliott has written over 20 picture books and young adult novels, including And Here’s to You! Finn Throws a Fit, and Bull. His latest book is Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. Based on transcripts from two of her trials and written entirely in verse, the book...

Duration:01:03:30

How To Silence Your Inner Critic

4/2/2019
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Are you tired of that voice in your head that's always telling you that your writing stinks, that you don't have time to write, that you should just stop and try again tomorrow? Then this episode's for you. I speak to psychologist Dr. Liana Georgoulis and meditation expert Heather Hayward about silencing your inner critic and writing free of judgment and anxiety. Both amazing women have spent their careers working with creatives just like you. They've developed tried-and-true techniques to...

Duration:00:58:30

WaPo's Geoff Edgers on The Untold Story Behind Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and 'Walk This Way'

3/25/2019
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"There are so many better rap songs than 'Walk This Way'...but I would argue there is no more important song," says Geoff Edgers, author of the new book, Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever. On the podcast, we take a deep dive into the story behind the song, time-traveling back to the early 80s when hip hop wasn't even on the radio and hair metal and new wave ruled MTV. Geoff also breaks down his process of writing the book and shares...

Duration:00:46:57

The Inside Story of The Thai Cave Rescue

3/18/2019
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Last June, twelve young Thai soccer players and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave for nine days. Heavy rains kept rescuers out and sealed the boys in. When two British cave divers finally found the boys, the world breathed a sigh of relief. But how would they get the boys out? Marc Aronson details this gripping story in his new book for middle readers, Rising Water: The Story of The Thai Cave Rescue. On this episode, he recounts the events in vivid details and explains the difficult...

Duration:00:53:56

Tech Writer Lance Ulanoff on the Next Big Thing

3/12/2019
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Lance Ulanoff joins the show to talk about the latest gadgets and news from the world of consumer electronics. Lance is a veteran journalist who writes a regular tech column for Medium.com called "The Upgrade." He also makes frequent appearances as a 'techspert' on TV programs like Live with Kelly and Ryan and the Today Show. A former Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, Lance also served as Editor in Chief of PCMag.com. On the show, we rage against spam calls and 3D and...

Duration:00:40:39

Author Claire Hoffman on Surviving Childhood in a Transcendental Meditation Community

3/5/2019
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When Claire Hoffman was in kindergarten, her family moved from New York City to a Transcendental Meditation community in the Iowa cornfields. There her mother said she would literally “learn to fly.” Hoffman’s fascinating and heartbreaking memoir, Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood, recounts her life coming of age in a spiritual community in the shadow of famed guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Her story has a particular resonance with me because I also grew up in a...

Duration:01:21:59

Benjamin Dreyer: Guardian of the Grammar Galaxy

2/25/2019
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Benjamin Dreyer is Copy Chief at Random House and author of the new bestselling book, Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. If you have a question about grammar, he's your guy. On the podcast, he drops his knowledge about the words and sentences you should avoid, the classic grammar rules you should ignore, the proper use of pronouns, adverbs, which, that, as well as, and more! He also recommends avoiding the exclamation point. Oh, well.

Duration:00:56:54

NY Times Writer Katherine Rosman Gives a Master Class in Reporting

2/19/2019
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Katherine Rosman knows her way around a great story. As a staff writer for the New York Times Style section and, previously, the Wall Street Journal, she pens fascinating and often funny pieces about culture and the media. On this episode, she takes us through the lifespan of two recent stories that lit up the internet. She also speaks openly about her thoughts on writing (not a fan), her obsessive reporting habits (big fan), and how even someone with her credentials struggles with impostor...

Duration:00:49:21

He Started Puberty At Age 4

2/12/2019
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Patrick Burleigh joins Write About Now to talk about his viral story for New York Magazine and Epic.com entitled, "A Four Year Old Trapped in a Teenager's Body." The moving and funny personal essay recounts his childhood living with a rare genetic mutation called testotoxicosis, which caused him to go through puberty -- muscle development, body hair, hormonal sex drive -- at a very early age. Burleigh is now an LA-based actor and writer, known for Ping-Pong Diplomacy and Ant-Man and the...

Duration:00:39:50

He Went Through Puberty At Age 4

2/12/2019
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Patrick Burleigh joins Write About Now to talk about his viral story for New York Magazine and Epic.com entitled, "A Four Year Old Trapped in a Teenager's Body." The moving and funny personal essay recounts his childhood living with a rare genetic mutation called testotoxicosis, which caused him to go through puberty -- muscle development, body hair, hormonal sex drive -- at a very early age. Burleigh is now an LA-based actor and writer, known for Ping-Pong Diplomacy and Ant-Man and the...

Duration:00:39:50

Entrepreneur Editor-in-Chief Jason Feifer on How to Become a Thought Leader

2/5/2019
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As EIC of Entrepreneur Magazine, host of two popular business podcasts, public speaker, and novelist, Jason Feifer not only talks a good game—he backs it up with action. He is the Sultan of the Side Hustle, constantly dreaming up new ideas and executing them, while simultaneously holding down a full-time job. Along the way, Jason's become a sought-after thought leader in entrepreneurship. And you'll see why in this podcast. For over an hour of lively conversation, we talk about "working your...

Duration:01:12:48

Turning the Tables: Peter Jumrukovski Interviews Me

1/29/2019
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And now for something a little different. On this episode, the interviewer becomes the interviewee, as I sit down for my first (and probably last) appearance as a guest on my own show. The interview originally aired on the I Love Success Podcast where the host, Peter Jumrukovski, grilled me on a number of topics, including how I got my start as a writer, how to find your passion, and what it means to be successful. Peter asked me a bunch of tough questions that really made me think—and...

Duration:01:06:14

Science Nerds Kelly and Zach Weinersmith Predict the Future

1/22/2019
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In their New York Times bestseller, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, Kelly and Zach Weinersmith describe a future world of space elevators, brain-computer interfaces, and asteroid mining, in a manner that's totally accessible and terribly funny. They bring that same engaging humor and excitement to the podcast -- making even the most science-challenged (aka me) feel a little smarter. Kelly is an adjunct assistant professor at Rice University in the...

Duration:00:56:36

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick Rethinks The Revolutionary War

1/15/2019
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The Wall Street Journal called my guest, Nathaniel Philbrick, "one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction." He's a scholar, a sailor, and a master storyteller. Philbrick is the author of 11 books, including best-sellers In the Heart of the Sea (which was adapted into a movie by Ron Howard), Mayflower (a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize), and Bunker Hill. On the show, he talks to us from his home on Nantucket island about his latest book, In the Hurricane’s Eye: The...

Duration:00:45:35

S.C. Gwynne on The Rise and Fall of the Comanches and Stonewall Jackson

1/8/2019
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Pulitzer Prize finalist and acclaimed journalist, S.C. Gwynne, writes best-selling books about historical figures who made incredible personal transformations. On this podcast, he shares the stories of Cynthia Ann Parker, her son Quanah, and Civil War legend Stonewall Jackson. Starting with the Parkers, Gwynne talks about the story he captured so vividly in his 2010 classic, Empire of the Summer Moon. In 1836, nine-year-old pioneer girl Cynthia Parker was captured during a Comanche raid,...

Duration:01:18:27

How to Conquer Common Writing Struggles

1/3/2019
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Gabriela Pereira is the founder of DIYMFA.com, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She is also a TedX speaker, podcast host for DIY MFA Radio, and author of the book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community. On this episode of Write About Now, she talks about how master's degree programs fail many writers, the myths we believe that hold us back from reaching our potential, and how to overcome imposter syndrome. To learn more about the...

Duration:00:56:59

A Murder on the Frozen Prairie

12/18/2018
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On December 8, 2013, a farmhouse in Alberta, Canada burned to the ground, killing three occupants Monica, Sandi, and Gordon Claus. What really happened to them that night remained a mystery until the Canadian police conducted a bizarre sting operation that led to the capture of their killer. Crime writer Jana G. Pruden has written an electrifying feature on the case for The Globe and Mail. She joins me from Alberta to talk about the story, her career as a crime writer covering the mysterious...

Duration:00:50:23

Mike Sager on How to Improve Your Writing

12/12/2018
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He's been called "the beat poet of American Journalism." As a novelist and contributor to such pubs as Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, and Playboy for 40-plus years, Mike Sager has lived hard and written harder. He's penned stories about everything and everyone from crack gangs in LA to Aryan Nation troopers in Idaho. But he's perhaps best known for his true crime masterpiece, 'The Devil and John Holmes,' which inspired the movie Boogie Nights. In this expansive interview, Sager shares his long,...

Duration:01:17:25