All Things Writing

All Things Writing

Do you dream of one day writing your own book? Do you already a write, edit, or publish? Maybe just a reader who wants to know more about how the writing gets done or just like books in general? Come take a ride with me through the world of writing. I will share my advice, tips and tricks, insight, funny stories, and interviews with people in the business. -Bryan the Writer... Show More

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February 20, 2021 24 min

Welcome to the show! 

So, what the heck is a mystery? I would love to claim to have come up with all of this stuff myself, but I didn't. Valerie Peterson wrote a wonderful article on the topic. So good, in fact that I would have a hard time improving on it. So, instead of doing that, I am going to follow her outline closely and add my own commentary. 

But You Can Read The Article Here

I think we can all agree that ultimately when ...

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February 13, 2021 27 min

As a reminder, if there is any topic you want me to cover on the show, I am more than happy to entertain requests. Just drop me a line at Bryanthewriter@bryannowak.com.

The show, thanks to you all, is going to smash, or will nearly smash a thousand downloads in the month of February or get really close. Most of you are listening to me on iheart radio. Love iheart radio, and no they did not pay me to say that. I actually do liste...

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Hey everyone and welcome to this, our fourth show of the season. I want to thank all of you for joining me today.

Welcome to a cold and snowy day out here in Northern Virginia (at least when I recorded this).

On this episode I give you a quick update on what is going on in the life of Bryan the Writer and then I launch into a discussion about ISBN. Not necessarily what it is, but where did it come from in the first place.

You know the...

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I know copyright doesn't sound like and interesting topic for a podcast. But there is more than meets the eye in terms of history where copyright is concerned. Plus you get to hear me do my best British accent.

For more info about copyright and its implications, check out these resources.

Wikipedia has, at least as of this recording, a pretty good page on the issue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_copyright

The U.S. Copy...

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I want to give a big shout out to the listeners in San Jose California who are listening the heck out of the show. I greatly appreciate it, you guys are the best.

As a reminder, if you like anything you here please remember to hit that like button. But enough of that, now onto her show. At the beginning I read a quote and that quote comes from a book written by a good friend of the show, Michael Thompson.

World of the orb fits into w...

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Welcome to 2021! 

My plan this year is to do 35 shows in 2021. This first show really is a kind of reintroduction to me. However, that doesn't take very long so I am going to spend more time discussing how to plan out your writing year.

Well, if you are new to the show, I would encourage you to go back and listen to the shows I did last year. There are some amazing shows, with some great interviews. But, in the meantime, let me r...

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Welcome and Merry Christmas!

As you undoubtedly know by now, this is my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations, the lights, I love the stories. I know I mentioned my love of A Christmas story, but what you may not know is that I have a favorite Christmas poem. I love it so much in fact that this week I am dedicating a whole show to it.

Not only is it an amazing poem, but it is also one of the oldest and most popular Christ...

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December 19, 2020 30 min

Welcome to another special holiday edition of All Things Writing. This week I have another special guest with me to spread the joy of the season. I have invited Samantha Parish, the author of Inglorious Ink to join me to talk about the book and anything else she is working on.

We are going to talk about:

  • How she got into the tattoo theme of her work?
  • Going to, of course, ask her to tell us about her book?
  • How does she describe her writ...
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    What would be the holidays without our favorite holiday movies? These movies hold a special place in my heart, and they still pretty much make up a cornerstone of my Christmas traditions, and some of the traditions that I’ve imparted to my children.

    It’s a Wonderful Life came on television seemingly on every station at least once a day. At any given moment, you could easily find a station that was running that movie. To me it still ...

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    I am super excited about this time of year. I have to tell you that the holidays are easily my favorite time of the year. Ever since I was a kid I loved all of it. The smells, the sights, my grandparents spoiling us kids to death. It was a great time.

    I know what you are going to say and you would be right, 2020 is not that kind of year, but I say bully to you and am going to try and get back some of that holiday spirit with holiday...

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    November 20, 2020 21 min

    The show this week has to do with an experience I had recently which, while not intending to be writing focused, has profound implications for me and my fellow writers. So, sit back and enjoy the show. This one is going to be deep.

    Never before have we faced a situation where four generations simultaneously have access to social media networks that allow them to reach across the world instantaneously. While this sounds like it would...

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    November 14, 2020 40 min

    Michael Thompson and I have been friends for a few years now. He is a multi talented author whose work I instantly took a liking to. So, this week, on All Things Writing, I sit down with him and we talk about tons of things! There may even be a couple of exclusive revelations in this weeks show. So, sit back and enjoy as we talk about, 

    1) What got you started in writing?

    2) You are a huge fan of the whimsical. What pushed you toward...

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    Welcome to this week’s show and welcome to Halloween in a year that has been definitely one of the annals of human history. 

    This year I thought maybe it might be kind of fun to inject a little Poe back into everyone’s life. So instead of doing something about writing, I thought it could be fun to recite a couple of my favorite works by Edgar Allen Poe. 

    Edgar Allen Poe, or Poe as we call him, was born on January 18th 1809 in Boston....

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    Why do we like horror? 

    One of my earliest memories I had was watching King Kong on the big screen at a local theater. I remember being scared. This is probably the first time I remember being scared while watching something fictional.

    I was very young, but later on it would lead me to wonder why it was that something that didn’t really exist could scare me. Consider fear. It’s a natural reaction which hinges on self-preservation. Bu...

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    Welcome to the podcast. I am Bryan Nowak, the author of The Dramatic Dead mystery series, the horror novels, Riapoke and Crimson Tassels. I also wrote the book The Bagorian Chronicles, a wonderful little SciFi novel, and I wrote the Dean Cordaine novellas.

    Thank you so much for joining me. If you like the podcast, please remember to hit the subscribe button so when new ones come out you can get them delivered. Also, it is not requir...

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    October 3, 2020 52 min

    One of the best parts about this program is being able to hang out with friends in the writing world. Today, I have the greatest honor of welcoming New York Times, and USA Today best selling author C.J. Ellisson. 

    On this episode we are going to talk about all kinds of things including; 

  • What was her path and what started her down that road.
  • What attracted her to the genre she finally settled on. 
  • What her process is for planning out h...
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    Some of you are at home right now, listening to his podcast, making spaghetti sauce, trying to keep your three year old from terrorizing the dog, while trying to keep the dog from stealing the ingredients you have gathered to make the sauce.

    So, when are you going find time and space to write?

    Remember that creativity, to an artist, is as essential as air or water.

    Find a spot in your house where you can focus. For me it’s essential t...

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    September 19, 2020 43 min

    Welcome to Podcast #26!

    On this weeks podcast, we are going to be talking about a bunch of different topics ranging from the attraction of anthologies, the attraction, essence, and nature of horror.

    Join me and my friend Liam Bradley where we delve into these and lots of other topics on this week's episode of "All Things Writing".

    I want you to take a moment and check him out on Amazon. You will also find a link to the boo...

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    September 12, 2020 22 min

    Start with a strong character. The true essence of a good story line is a strong central character. That character begins in your mind. Before you ever put pen to paper, you really need to think about how it is that that character is going to live in whatever world you’re going to create. What I mean is that who is that character as a person? For reference you may want to check out my podcast dealing with character sheets.

    Remember ...

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    Podcast #24

    There is no easier way to clear a room of writers than telling them you want to sit down and dissect their marketing programs. Truth be told, most of us do not have a program, but that is something that needs to change. And I gotta be honest, for me, it is a very hard thing to do. But I have some great news. 

    Last week I told you how freaking excited I was to have the author of the book, “The Golden Toilet” on my show and...

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