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

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July 31, 2021 68 min

Good Day to you all, my wonderful listeners. I’m thrilled that you have, once again, tuned into the show that makes the world go round, or at least my world, All Things Writing

We have a lot of authors and writing related people on this show and that is great. But remember that there is a cast of thousands who work in the creative world and they all add that subtle bit of awesome sauce to what we do.

I do have some podcasters on, b...

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Welcome everyone to this next episode of All things writing. 

This year I was fortunate to be a vendor at ConGregate 2021. It was my first time back in the convention waters in a long time and it was really nice to know that we are getting back to the regular routine of things. When we go to Cons, authors do spend time talking with our colleagues about what is going on in the business. I lucked out to get a spot next to my next gues...

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There are some books you read which really tell you a ton about the author and how they have grown. Roadside Attractions is that book for friend of the show, Eric Lahti. Come with me as we talk about what I liked about the book!

I will give you a hint. I love good characters and amazing dialogue.

Want to know more? Check it out here!

-Bryan the Writer

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As I am sure you know by now, this is All Things Writing and I am your host Bryan the Writer. Thank you for joining me on this huge milestone of a show. We have done it, dear listener. We have broken through the barrier that is 1,500 downloads and are already well on our way to the next milestone.

I could not have done it without the support of the people listening and the people who have come on the show to be my guests since I sta...

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June 19, 2021 72 min

Welcome to the show! Today I have the distinct pleasure of talking with the amazing writing coach, Ann Kroeker. Join Ann and I while we talk about all kinds of things. Here are only a few topics we covered during this episode.

  • What is it that a writing coach can do for a writer?
  • What are reasonable goals, do you feel, for a new writer who is just starting out and trying to navigate these waters we call writing?
  • Outside of hiring a wri...
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    The Impromptu Show:
     
     I was on my way to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. What’s in Glenwood Springs, you might ask? That is the last place that the world’s most famous dentist lived and where he died. The world’s most famous dentist? Why on earth would we even want to talk about the world’s most famous dentist? I did leave out the part where I should have said he is not famous for being a dentist.

    Of course, I’m referring to the legendar...

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    No, I am not talking about the Golden Globes or the People's Choice awards, I am talking about the literary awards which shine a light on your amazing work!

    Like me, you probably once thought that the New York Times bestsellers list was compiled by how many books were sold in the US. As it turns out, that’s only mostly true in terms of sales numbers. 

    According to a recent New York Times article dated 23 September 2020, come hell...

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    Have you ever read a book where the world played as much of a role as the characters did? I don't mean strong writing in the sense of world building, I mean in the sense that the world itself was a living, breathing thing?

    How about characters who were as much a part of the world building in the sense that their dialogue actually made the scene work?

    Truth is that a lot of time we, as writers, intentionally blur the lines between...

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    You’re ready to go. You have your swim trunks packed, enough T-shirts to ensure you only have to wear them two days in a row. You recounted your underwear twice. And you’ve made sure you have access to your best socks. You remember to throw in your toothbrush, and off you go. Ready for a wonderful vacation. Or so you thought.

    Vacations don’t have to be a complete drain in your productivity. There are a few things you can do while yo...

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    Welcome to this next episode of All Things Writing. I am your host, Bryan Nowak.

    Do you hate rejection? Naturally, you do, we all hate rejection. However, rejection is a part of life when you are a writer. Most of us avoid rejection like we would avoid the day-old package of gas station sushi. And yet, dear writer, I am going to let you in on a little secret about rejection.

    You need it.

    Rejection hurts, but not as much as flat-out fa...

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    Today I am joined by my friend, fellow author, and podcaster Kenneth J McKay who is written the books, Your Story is Worth Telling, Level Up, 30 Days of Thankfulness, and a couple of companion books as well. He is also the host of the podcast show, author your dream, he was born here in the US, but lives in the United Kingdom.

    In this show we are going to tackle:

    Q1) What was it that brought you to writing?

    Q2) So, how do we integrate...

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    Show versus tell... show versus tell... show versus tell...

    If we are true to ourselves, no other bit of writing advice has been given out more times than any other. Editors are perpetually yelling at us to show and not tell.

    For old hands at the wheel, we know it when we see it and usually say something. Editors have magic red pens that can write "Show... not tell" on your manuscripts automatically by saying some sort of inc...

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    March 27, 2021 35 min

    Some days are just cooler than others in all respects and this is one of those days. Why? You might ask? Well, I have as a guest today guy that I’m happy to call a friend and fellow horror writer. But his talents do not just stop there. I became an instant fan when I read his books, The Night Parade and Bone White. You may know of him from the band Veer. Of course, I am talking about Mr. Ronald Malfi. 

    Join us as we talk about all k...

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    Back to horror. Horror, at least the term horror, really is an umbrella. It covers a lot of different things from the stories which make you want to close the cover of the book and put it down to the stories that cause you to sniggle wildly at something that should not be funny, but is. Like a plant, shooting its head off. That to me is impossibly hilarious. Now the implications of the story are essentially that planet earth is doo...

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    Last show was all about mysteries. We talked about different types of mysteries, stuff I have read, stuff I loved to read and some of you will remember I made an admission that day. I admitted to liking a good cozy mystery from time to time.

    Which brings me to something amazing that happened. I am so happy to announce my next guest, someone who wrote a book I loved, called “Death is Long Overdue.” So yes, I am talking about the wond...

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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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