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The Writer Files

By Kelton Reid

Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at writerfiles.fm to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Man's War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazine), Emma Donoghue (Oscar Nominee for Room), Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game), Andy Weir (The Martian), Dan Buettner (The Blue Zones), Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist), Daniel Pink (When), and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce.

  1. 1.
    How to Stay Creative with Bestselling Author Austin Kleon: Part One04/16/2019
    24:13
  2. 2.
    ‘The Writer’s Brain’ on Productivity vs. Creativity: Part Two01/16/2019
    31:51
  3. 3.
    ‘The Writer’s Brain’ on Productivity vs. Creativity: Part One01/09/2019
    37:19
  4. 4.
    Happy Holidays! Coming Attractions 201912/22/2018
    3:06
  5. 5.
    The Bright Future of Audiobooks with Tina Dietz: Part Two12/11/2018
    25:35
  6. 6.
    The Bright Future of Audiobooks with Tina Dietz: Part One12/04/2018
    23:03
  7. 7.
    How Bestselling Sci-Fi Author Richard K. Morgan Writes: Part Two11/19/2018
    37:51
  8. 8.
    How Bestselling Sci-Fi Author Richard K. Morgan Writes: Part One11/13/2018
    36:07
  1. 9.
    How Professional Comedy Writer & Author James Breakwell Writes: Part Two11/06/2018
    21:52
  2. 10.
    How Professional Comedy Writer & Author James Breakwell Writes: Part One10/30/2018
    19:07
  3. 11.
    How Bestselling Self-Published Author Steff Green Writes: Part Two10/23/2018
    18:40
  4. 12.
    How Bestselling Self-Published Author Steff Green Writes: Part One10/16/2018
    20:51
  5. 13.
    How Literary Journalist and Novelist Michael Scott Moore Writes10/09/2018
    27:35
  6. 14.
    How to Make a Living as a Pro Content Writer: Part Two10/02/2018
    38:50
  7. 15.
    How to Make a Living as a Pro Content Writer: Part One09/25/2018
    38:40
  8. 16.
    How Bestselling Self-Published Author Mark Dawson Writes: Part Two09/11/2018
    23:21
  9. 17.
    How Bestselling Self-Published Author Mark Dawson Writes: Part One09/04/2018
    24:30
  10. 18.
    5 Things Only Serious Writers Do: Part Two08/29/2018
    44:04
  11. 19.
    5 Things Only Serious Writers Do: Part One08/21/2018
    41:50
  12. 20.
    What’s Your Writing Productivity Type? (with Bec Evans of Prolifiko): Part Two07/31/2018
    21:25
  13. 21.
    What’s Your Writing Productivity Type? (with Bec Evans of Prolifiko): Part One07/24/2018
    19:48
  14. 22.
    21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers: Part Two07/17/2018
    46:07
  15. 23.
    21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers: Part One07/10/2018
    46:41
  16. 24.
    ‘The Writer’s Brain’ on Impostor Syndrome: Part Two06/26/2018
    24:50
  17. 25.
    ‘The Writer’s Brain’ on Impostor Syndrome: Part One06/19/2018
    27:32
  18. 26.
    The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part Five: Fake News06/12/2018
    40:47
  19. 27.
    The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part Four: Writer’s Block06/05/2018
    51:22
  20. 28.
    The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part Three: Storytelling05/29/2018
    34:06
  21. 29.
    The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part Two: Empathy05/22/2018
    28:54
  22. 30.
    The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part One: Creativity05/15/2018
    22:51
  23. 31.
    How Bestselling Author Douglas Coupland Writes05/08/2018
    29:36
  24. 32.
    How Bestselling Author & Investigative Journalist Scott Carney Writes: Part Two05/01/2018
    30:17
  25. 33.
    How Bestselling Author & Investigative Journalist Scott Carney Writes: Part One04/24/2018
    28:21
  26. 34.
    How New York Times Bestselling Author Maria Konnikova Writes04/17/2018
    29:41
  27. 35.
    How Copyblogger’s Editor-in-Chief Stefanie Flaxman Writes: Part Two04/10/2018
    42:39
  28. 36.
    How Copyblogger’s Editor-in-Chief Stefanie Flaxman Writes: Part One04/03/2018
    37:41
  29. 37.
    How the Creator of the ‘Lore’ Podcast (and TV Show) Aaron Mahnke Writes: Part Two02/20/2018
    20:25
  30. 38.
    How the Creator of the ‘Lore’ Podcast (and TV Show) Aaron Mahnke Writes: Part One02/13/2018
    19:02
  31. 39.
    How New York Times Bestselling Author of ‘The Bookseller’ Cynthia Swanson Writes02/06/2018
    36:05
  32. 40.
    How New York Times Bestselling Author Daniel Pink Writes01/09/2018
    25:48
  33. 41.
    How Award-Winning Cartoonist & Bestselling Author Zach Weinersmith Writes: Part Two12/19/2017
    24:18
  34. 42.
    How Award-Winning Cartoonist & Bestselling Author Zach Weinersmith Writes: Part One12/12/2017
    21:23
  35. 43.
    How to Crack the ‘Bestseller Code’ with Jodie Archer & Matt Jockers: Part Two11/28/2017
    26:32
  36. 44.
    How to Crack the ‘Bestseller Code’ with Jodie Archer: Part One11/23/2017
    39:28
  37. 45.
    How the Bestselling Sci-Fi Author of ‘The Martian’ Andy Weir Writes11/14/2017
    42:17
  38. 46.
    How Noted Scientist & Bestselling Author of ‘Soonish’ Dr. Kelly Weinersmith Writes11/07/2017
    38:40
  39. 47.
    How WNYC Podcast Host and Author of ‘Bored and Brilliant’ Manoush Zomorodi Writes10/31/2017
    44:57
  40. 48.
    How Essayist & Author of Debut Novel ‘The Floating World’ C. Morgan Babst Writes10/24/2017
    34:22
  41. 49.
    How New York Times Bestselling Author & Mortician Caitlin Doughty Writes10/17/2017
    34:39
  42. 50.
    How Content Marketing Pioneer & Serial Entrepreneur Brian Clark Writes: Part Two10/03/2017
    37:35
  43. 51.
    How Content Marketing Pioneer & Serial Entrepreneur Brian Clark Writes: Part One09/27/2017
    28:50
  44. 52.
    How Data Journalist & Author of ‘Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve’ Ben Blatt Writes: Part Two09/19/2017
    22:39
  45. 53.
    How Data Journalist & Author of ‘Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve’ Ben Blatt Writes: Part One09/12/2017
    21:39
  46. 54.
    More International ‘Writer Porn’ with Journalist Adam Skolnick08/29/2017
    52:03
  47. 55.
    Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist with Jeff Goins: Part Two07/25/2017
    24:08
  48. 56.
    Busting the Myth of the Starving Artist with Jeff Goins: Part One07/18/2017
    27:22
  49. 57.
    How Award-Winning Short Story Writer Abigail Ulman Writes: Part Two07/11/2017
    25:40
  50. 58.
    How Award-Winning Short Story Writer Abigail Ulman Writes: Part One07/03/2017
    24:19
  51. 59.
    How Merriam-Webster Lexicographer and Author Kory Stamper Writes: Part Two06/27/2017
    21:56
  52. 60.
    How Merriam-Webster Lexicographer and Author Kory Stamper Writes: Part One06/20/2017
    25:05
  53. 61.
    How Bestselling Author Ryan Holiday Writes06/13/2017
    41:54
  54. 62.
    How Award-Winning Author & Educator K.M. Weiland Writes: Part Two06/06/2017
    23:44
  55. 63.
    How Award-Winning Author & Educator K.M. Weiland Writes: Part One05/30/2017
    21:52
  56. 64.
    How Bestselling Fantasy & Sci-Fi Author Catherynne M. Valente Writes: Part Two05/23/2017
    28:01
  57. 65.
    How Bestselling Fantasy & Sci-Fi Author Catherynne M. Valente Writes: Part One05/16/2017
    26:41
  58. 66.
    How Senior BuzzFeed Writer and Author of ‘Startup’ Doree Shafrir Writes: Part Two05/09/2017
    20:49
  59. 67.
    How Senior BuzzFeed Writer and Author of ‘Startup’ Doree Shafrir Writes: Part One05/02/2017
    23:32
  60. 68.
    How Hugo Award Winning Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi Writes: Part Two04/18/2017
    34:40
  61. 69.
    How Hugo Award Winning Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi Writes: Part One04/11/2017
    32:32
  62. 70.
    How Bestselling Author Greg Iles Writes: Part Two04/04/2017
    19:29
  63. 71.
    How Bestselling Author Greg Iles Writes: Part One03/28/2017
    17:40
  64. 72.
    How New Yorker Writer and Author of ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’ Ariel Levy Writes03/21/2017
    30:50
  65. 73.
    How the Author of ‘The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking’ Oliver Burkeman Writes: Part Two03/14/2017
    20:56
  66. 74.
    How the Author of ‘The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking’ Oliver Burkeman Writes: Part One03/07/2017
    20:33
  67. 75.
    How Journalist and Author of ‘The Power of Meaning’ Emily Esfahani Smith Writes: Part Two02/28/2017
    18:48
  68. 76.
    How Journalist and Author of ‘The Power of Meaning’ Emily Esfahani Smith Writes: Part One02/21/2017
    17:47
  69. 77.
    How Screenwriter and ‘All Our Wrong Todays’ Author Elan Mastai Writes: Part Two02/07/2017
    29:58
  70. 78.
    Behind the Scenes: How ‘The Writer Files’ Is Produced01/31/2017
    1:00:37
  71. 79.
    How Screenwriter and ‘All Our Wrong Todays’ Author Elan Mastai Writes: Part One01/24/2017
    29:12
  72. 80.
    How the Editor of ‘Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living’ Manjula Martin Writes: Part Two01/17/2017
    19:22
  73. 81.
    How the Editor of ‘Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living’ Manjula Martin Writes: Part One01/09/2017
    17:42
  74. 82.
    How Journalist and Bestselling Author of ‘The Revenge of Analog’ David Sax Writes: Part Two12/19/2016
    30:33
  75. 83.
    How Journalist and Bestselling Author of ‘The Revenge of Analog’ David Sax Writes: Part One12/12/2016
    27:00
  76. 84.
    How the Bestselling Author of ‘The Blue Zones’ Dan Buettner Writes12/05/2016
    31:16
  77. 85.
    How #1 Hit Podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Co-Creator Jeffrey Cranor Writes: Part Two11/28/2016
    31:23
  78. 86.
    How #1 Hit Podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Co-Creator Jeffrey Cranor Writes: Part One11/21/2016
    28:29
  79. 87.
    How the Author of ‘The Bestseller Code’ Jodie Archer Writes: Part Two11/14/2016
    23:57
  80. 88.
    How the Author of ‘The Bestseller Code’ Jodie Archer Writes: Part One11/07/2016
    21:57
  81. 89.
    How Bestselling Sci-fi Thriller Author Blake Crouch Writes: Part Two10/31/2016
    18:57
  82. 90.
    How Bestselling Sci-fi Thriller Author Blake Crouch Writes: Part One10/24/2016
    19:20
  83. 91.
    How Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner Writes: Part Two10/17/2016
    19:08
  84. 92.
    How Bestselling Author Jennifer Weiner Writes: Part One10/10/2016
    22:24
  85. 93.
    Is the Novel Dead? Part Two10/03/2016
    32:25
  86. 94.
    Is the Novel Dead? Part One09/26/2016
    29:59
  87. 95.
    The Best of The Writer Files: Volume One09/19/2016
    28:25
  88. 96.
    How Bestselling Author Jay McInerney Writes: Part Two08/29/2016
    18:02
  89. 97.
    How Bestselling Author Jay McInerney Writes: Part One08/22/2016
    18:34
  90. 98.
    How ‘Sweetbitter’ Author Stephanie Danler Writes: Part Two08/15/2016
    26:48
  91. 99.
    How ‘Sweetbitter’ Author Stephanie Danler Writes: Part One08/08/2016
    24:25
  92. 100.
    How Wired Magazine’s Senior Maverick Kevin Kelly Writes: Part Two08/01/2016
    30:10
  93. 101.
    How Wired Magazine’s Senior Maverick Kevin Kelly Writes: Part One07/25/2016
    30:03
  94. 102.
    How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Writer’s Block: Part Two07/18/2016
    28:13
  95. 103.
    How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Writer’s Block: Part One07/11/2016
    25:58
  96. 104.
    How Publishing Consultant, Educator, and Author Jane Friedman Writes: Part Two06/27/2016
    15:47
  97. 105.
    How Publishing Consultant, Educator, and Author Jane Friedman Writes: Part One06/20/2016
    16:41
  98. 106.
    How Bestselling Debut Novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Writes: Part Two06/13/2016
    17:22
  99. 107.
    How Bestselling Debut Novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Writes: Part One06/06/2016
    17:11
  100. 108.
    How Advice Columnist and Author Heather Havrilesky Writes: Part Two05/23/2016
    37:34
  101. 109.
    How Advice Columnist and Author Heather Havrilesky Writes: Part One05/16/2016
    34:20
  102. 110.
    How Bestselling Hybrid Author Dean Wesley Smith Writes: Part Two05/09/2016
    19:40
  103. 111.
    How Bestselling Hybrid Author Dean Wesley Smith Writes: Part One05/02/2016
    20:10
  104. 112.
    How Long-Form Journalist Kent Russell Writes: Part Two04/25/2016
    27:56
  105. 113.
    How Long-Form Journalist Kent Russell Writes: Part One04/18/2016
    28:36
  106. 114.
    How Punk Rock Entrepreneur Jonny Nastor Writes: Part Two04/04/2016
    19:36
  107. 115.
    How Punk Rock Entrepreneur Jonny Nastor Writes: Part One03/28/2016
    19:20
  108. 116.
    How Acclaimed Horror Author Jonathan Janz Writes: Part Two03/21/2016
    38:33
  109. 117.
    How Acclaimed Horror Author Jonathan Janz Writes: Part One03/14/2016
    27:35
  110. 118.
    How Bestselling Poet Tyler Knott Gregson Writes03/07/2016
    42:39
  111. 119.
    How Bestselling Thriller Author Mark Dawson Writes: Part Two02/29/2016
    23:24
  112. 120.
    How Bestselling Thriller Author Mark Dawson Writes: Part One02/22/2016
    24:08
  113. 121.
    How Bestselling Author Maria Konnikova Writes02/08/2016
    28:22
  114. 122.
    How Award-Winning Sports & Travel Writer Adam Skolnick (Author of One Breath ) Writes: Part Two02/01/2016
    21:46
  115. 123.
    How Award-Winning Sports & Travel Writer Adam Skolnick (Author of One Breath ) Writes: Part One01/25/2016
    30:41
  116. 124.
    How Oscar Nominee Emma Donoghue (Screenwriter of ‘Room’) Writes: Part Two01/11/2016
    15:17
  117. 125.
    How Oscar Nominee Emma Donoghue (Screenwriter of ‘Room’) Writes: Part One01/04/2016
    20:12
  118. 126.
    How Bestselling Author Jeff Goins Writes: Part Two12/21/2015
    45:03
  119. 127.
    How Bestselling Author Jeff Goins Writes: Part One12/14/2015
    34:18
  120. 128.
    How NextDraft’s Dave Pell Writes12/07/2015
    40:17
  121. 129.
    How Bestselling Author Joanna Penn Writes: Part Two11/30/2015
    18:11
  122. 130.
    How Bestselling Author Joanna Penn Writes: Part One11/23/2015
    25:33
  123. 131.
    How Critically Acclaimed Literary Scholar Jonathan Gottschall Writes: Part Two11/16/2015
    21:18
  124. 132.
    How Critically Acclaimed Literary Scholar Jonathan Gottschall Writes: Part One11/09/2015
    18:53
  125. 133.
    How Hollywood Screenwriter and Director John August Writes: Part Two11/02/2015
    18:11
  126. 134.
    How Hollywood Screenwriter and Director John August Writes: Part One10/26/2015
    6:53
  127. 135.
    How Michelle Miller (Writer and Producer of ‘The Underwriting’) Writes: Part Two10/19/2015
    22:37
  128. 136.
    How Michelle Miller (Writer and Producer of ‘The Underwriting’) Writes: Part One10/12/2015
    24:30
  129. 137.
    How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part Two10/05/2015
    32:04
  130. 138.
    How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part One09/28/2015
    28:34
  131. 139.
    How Andy Weir (Bestselling Author of ‘The Martian’) Writes: Part Two09/21/2015
    23:19
  132. 140.
    How Andy Weir (Bestselling Author of ‘The Martian’) Writes: Part One09/14/2015
    19:56
  133. 141.
    How Demian Farnworth (Copyblogger s Chief Content Writer) Writes09/07/2015
    31:47
  134. 142.
    How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Storytelling08/24/2015
    34:01
  135. 143.
    How Bestselling Author Hugh Howey Writes08/10/2015
    2:28
  136. 144.
    How Veteran Podcaster and Content Marketer Jerod Morris Writes08/03/2015
    42:21
  137. 145.
    How Bestselling Author Daniel Pink Writes07/27/2015
    25:31
  138. 146.
    How ProBlogger s Darren Rowse Writes07/20/2015
    38:04
  139. 147.
    How Pamela Wilson (VP of Educational Content for Copyblogger) Writes07/13/2015
    45:49
  140. 148.
    How Novelist and Prolific Podcaster Brad Listi Writes07/06/2015
    40:49
  141. 149.
    How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes: Part Two06/29/2015
    29:15
  142. 150.
    How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes: Part One06/22/2015
    43:09
  143. 151.
    How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Empathy06/15/2015
    28:12
  144. 152.
    Writer Porn: Standing Desks, Binge Reading, and James Patterson s MasterClass06/08/2015
    40:48
  145. 153.
    How Copywriter and Entrepreneur James Chartrand (of Men with Pens) Writes06/01/2015
    25:44
  146. 154.
    How Sarah Stodola (Author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors ) Writes05/18/2015
    21:16
  147. 155.
    How Chief Content Officer Sonia Simone Writes05/11/2015
    18:38
  148. 156.
    How Bestselling Author Ann Handley Writes05/04/2015
    28:26
  149. 157.
    How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Creativity04/27/2015
    22:17
  150. 158.
    How Award-Winning Journalist Adam Skolnick Writes04/20/2015
    29:14

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