The Merry Writer Podcast

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Two chatty authors asking all the ’write’ questions. Hosted by Ari Meghlen and Rachel Poli, The Merry Writer Podcast is a fun, friendly show about all things writing and bookish.

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How Do You Cope With Stress As A Writer? | Ep. 131 | The Merry Writer Podcast
17:14
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Writing a book is awesome but it can also be stressful, so can editing, marketing and publishing!  So what do you do to cope with all that stress?  How do you manage to navigate through all the different levels and requirements needed?  In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss ways to cope with that stress so it doesn't overwhelm you.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Sep 28, 2022
How Should You Budget For Your Novel? | Ep. 130 | The Merry Writer Podcast
26:01
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Self-publishing can cost more than you think. And, as the author, you have to be responsible for all the costs.

This week, Ari and Rachel break down budgeting a book for you.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Resources:

Writers Beware | Kindlepreneur | Atticus | Vellum

 

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Sep 21, 2022
How Can You Protect Your Writing Time? | Ep. 129 | The Merry Writer Podcast
19:34
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Finding time to write can be hard, so what can you do to protect that writing time you've etched out for yourself?  Here are a few ideas.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Sep 14, 2022
How Do You Talk About Your Writing To People? | Ep. 128 | The Merry Writer Podcast
52:07
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Do you love writing but have a hard time talking about it? Promoting your book can be difficult if you're too shy to tell the world about it.

This week, author Chris Tullbane joins Ari and Rachel as we discuss why it's important to talk about your work and how to be confident in doing so. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

ABOUT CHRIS TULLBANE

Chris began as a gleam in someone’s eye, but birth and childhood were quick to follow. He’s been fortunate enough to live in Spain, Germany, and all over the United States of America, and is still planning a tour of the distilleries of Scotland.

He currently lives in Nevada with his angelic wife and ever-expanding whisky collection and occasionally ventures outside to peer upwards, mutter to himself about ‘day stars’, and then scurry back into the house.

Chris is the author of two series; The Murder of Crows and The Many Travails of John Smith.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram  The Murder of Crows | The Many Travails of John Smith  

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Sep 07, 2022
How Can You Fall In Love With Writing Again? | Ep. 127 | The Merry Writer Podcast
17:47
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Have you lost your love of writing?  Is your manuscript getting your down?  Considering throwing in the towel?  Don't worry, we've all been there.  So today, we discuss ways to help you fall in love with writing again.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Aug 31, 2022
How Can You Write Through Tough Mental Health Days? | Ep. 126 | The Merry Writer Podcast
20:49
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Have you had some rough mental health days where you seem like you can't write or do anything at all? We've all had those moments.

This week, Ari and Rachel are discussing how you can continue to write through those rough days and other methods of getting out of the funk.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Aug 24, 2022
What Do You Do With Old Story Ideas? | Ep. 125 | The Merry Writer Podcast
16:13
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Let's talk about all those old stories and ideas you have tucked away.  Or maybe you don't keep any and ruthlessly delete and discard any ideas that so far haven't made it into manuscript form.  Just what do you do with old story ideas or what could you do with them?

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Aug 17, 2022
How Do You Figure Out Your Target Audience? | Ep. 124 | The Merry Writer Podcast
28:04
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Do you know who your target audience is for your book? How do you begin to figure it out?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss what a target audience is and ways you can find yours.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Aug 10, 2022
How Do You Collaborate With Other Authors? | Ep. 123 | The Merry Writer Podcast
30:18
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Have you ever considered collaborating with another author?  If so, then check out today's episode where author Morgan R R Haze joins Ari and Rachel.  This guest author is actually 3 writers who collaborate on their novel series.   

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

ABOUT MORGAN R R HAZE

We are three siblings writing under one pen name. We grew up in the Mojave desert, literally an hour away from everything. Supportive parents, creative friends and hours of play using our imaginations lead us to developing our creative skills.

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Aug 03, 2022
How Do You Write A Good Author Bio? | Ep. 122 | The Merry Writer Podcast
27:40
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Do you have your author bio written yet? How about a few different versions of it?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss how to write a good author bio, such as what elements to include, how long it should be, and more.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Jul 27, 2022
What Are Some Good Marketing Strategies? | Ep. 121 | The Merry Writer Podcast
27:56
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Marketing may not be everyone's favourite thing to do, but there are strategies that can put you on the best footing.  In today's episode, we discuss some marketing strategies to put in place when you are working on your marketing plan.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Jul 20, 2022
What Do You Need To Know About Self-Publishing Companies? | Ep. 120 | The Merry Writer Podcast
28:43
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Do you know the difference between self-publishing your book yourself or going through a vanity press?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss the differences and red flags to watch for when it comes to going through a self-publishing company.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

Resources:

Writers Beware | Kindlepreneur | Atticus | Vellum

 

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Jul 13, 2022
How Do You Plan A Series? | Ep. 119 | The Merry Writer Podcast
44:57

Are you writing a series but aren't sure how to start?  Then check out today's episode where author Helen Scheuerer joins Ari and Rachel in discussing how to plan a series and things you might need to consider. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  ABOUT HELEN SCHEUERER  

Helen Scheuerer is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling series, The Oremere Chronicles and the Curse of the Cyren Queen quartet. Her work has been highly praised for its strong, flawed female characters and its action-packed plots. Her books have often been likened to Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series, and the epic #girlpower film, Wonderwoman.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Writing, majoring at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

Now a full-time author, Helen lives amidst the mountains in New Zealand and is constantly dreaming up new stories.

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Successful Series Bonus Bundle

 

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Jul 06, 2022
What Does A Book Publicist Do? | Ep. 118 | The Merry Writer Podcast
36:49
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Do you know what a book publicist is? Do you know how they can help you as an author? In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss what a book publicist is, what they do, the average cost of hiring one, and more.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Jun 29, 2022
How Do You Identify Your Ideal Reader? | Ep. 117 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:19
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Have you ever created an Ideal Reader?  This is a specific marketing technique and in today's episode it's what we are going to be discussing! 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Jun 22, 2022
How Do You Approach Writing Black Historical Fiction? | Ep. 116 | The Merry Writer Podcast
44:05
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Have you ever tried writing diverse characters and didn't know where to start? Or maybe you want to dive deeper into historical fiction?

This week, author Yecheilyah Ysrayl joins Rachel in discussing how to approach writing black historical fiction with plenty of tips, advice, and fun conversation. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  ABOUT YECHEILYAH YSRAYL

Yecheilyah (e-see-li-yah) Ysrayl is an Author, Book Blogger, and Poet from Chicago, Illinois. She studied Technical and Professional Writing at Chicago State University and Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Studies at Argosy University, Atlanta. Yecheilyah has been writing since she was twelve years old and has published fourteen books to date, including her 2019 Award-Winning Poetry Collection I am Soul. 

Ysrayl writes to empower the Black community and hopes her work will aid in the restoration of black historical truth. Though Poetry is her first love, she also writes Black Historical Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Inspirational Nonfiction. 

When Yecheilyah's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She hopes to visit Accra, Ghana, and Cairo, Egypt, one day.

Yecheilyah now lives in Dallas, Georgia, with her husband.

Website | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube 

African American History: Research Guides and Websites

https://www.blackpast.org/research-guides-websites/

 

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Jun 15, 2022
Do Writers Really Need Beta Readers? | Ep. 115 | The Merry Writer Podcast
18:54
QUICK NOTE: Apologies for the sound quality at the start, I was having issues with my mic.  It does get better pretty soon, so please do persevere.  Thanks ~Ari   EPISODE SHOW NOTES   How important are beta readers?  Do you think you'll recruit any for your novel? Today, we discuss whether writers really need beta readers.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Jun 08, 2022
How Do You Approach Writing Fantasy? | Ep. 114 | The Merry Writer Podcast
52:37
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Are you interested in being a fantasy author?  This week, author I. L. Cruz joins Ari to discuss how to approach writing fantasy and things to consider when building your fantastical worlds.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

  ABOUT I. L. Cruz

I.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the economic downturn in 2008. Since then she’s used her BA in International Relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue.

When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much sci-fi and reads until her eyes cross. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

Connect with Ivia and buy her books:

Website  |  Blog  |  Twitter

Buy A Noble's Path

 

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Jun 01, 2022
Should You Add Pictures Into Your Book? | Ep. 113 | The Merry Writer Podcast
15:03
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Today, we discuss the concept of adding pictures to your novel and the different forms these can take.  Do you think you would ever add imagery to your book?  

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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May 25, 2022
How Can You Creatively Get Rid Of Characters? | Ep. 112 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:31
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Have you ever come across a secondary character in your novel that doesn't need to be there? Or maybe a character's death needs to advance the character development of the MC?

This week, we discuss a few ways to get rid of your characters - and yes, that means we're talking mostly about character deaths. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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May 18, 2022
Should You Let Family And Friends Read Your Manuscript? | Ep. 111 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:48
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When you have finished your manuscript, is it a good idea to let family and close friends read your work?  You may be surprised by our thoughts on this one. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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May 11, 2022
What Are Some Tips For Writing Craft Books? | Ep. 110 | The Merry Writer Podcast
45:37
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Have you ever thought about writing craft books? Or do you read them and haven't quite found the information you're looking for? Luckily, that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's episode.   Author Sacha Black joins Ari and Rachel in talking about her process of writing craft books for writers. We cover outlining, difficulties, research, and more.   Thanks for listening and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.   ABOUT SACHA BLACK

Sacha Black is a bestselling and competition winning author, rebel podcaster, speaker and casual rule breaker. She has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories,  self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers, sapphic fiction for teens, and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

Connect with Sacha and buy her books:

Website | The Rebel Author Podcast | Amazon Book Page | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Instagram

8 Steps to Side Characters13 Steps to Evil | 10 Steps to Hero | The Anatomy of Prose

 

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May 04, 2022
Should You Offer Your Books For Free? | Ep. 109 | The Merry Writer Podcast
29:54
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We are back with a Marketing episode today, when we ask "Should You Offer Your Books For Free?"  and whether the free book is a good marketing strategy or not.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Apr 27, 2022
Should You Have A Writing Buddy? | Ep. 108 | The Merry Writer Podcast
24:57
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Writing can be a lonely job and there are many other writers who have similar setbacks with their novels as you do. Also, they have different strengths and weaknesses than you. 

In this week's episode, we're discussing whether you should have a writing buddy or not. We discuss pros of having writing buddies and also a few cons to having one. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Apr 20, 2022
How Do You Deal With Decision Fatigue? | Ep. 107 | The Merry Writer Podcast
26:55
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you find yourself getting tired throughout the day, and struggling to make good decisions?  You might be suffering from Decision Fatigue.   That's the topic of this week's podcast episode as we discuss what it is, how it affects us and what we can do to combat it.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the episode. 

 

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Apr 13, 2022
What Are Some Tips For Writing A Series? | Ep. 106 | The Merry Writer Podcast
48:59
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Have you ever thought about writing a series of books but thought it might be too daunting to start? This week, author KM Allan joins Ari and Rachel as we discuss tips and tricks to writing a series of novels.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

About KM Allan

K.M. Allan is an identical twin, but not the evil one. She started her career penning beauty articles for a hairstyling website and now powers herself with chocolate and green tea while she writes novels and blogs about writing. When she’s not creating YA stories full of hidden secrets, nightmares, and powerful magic, she likes to read, binge-watch too much TV, spend time with family, and take more photos than she will ever humanly need. Visit her website, www.kmallan.com, to discover the mysteries of the universe. Or at the very least, some good writing tips.

 

Connect with KM Allan

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | AllAuthor | Amazon | Buy Black Birch 1 | Buy Black Birch 2

 

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Apr 06, 2022
What Should You Include At The Front Of Your Book? | Ep. 105 | The Merry Writer Podcast
38:50
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Today on the show we are going through the different things you should and could include in your Front Matter (the front of your book). 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Mar 30, 2022
How Do You Deal With Writing Distractions? | Ep. 104 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:25
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Do you get distracted while you're trying to write? There could be a few reasons for that whether you're mind isn't in the story, you need a break, or something else pulls you away.

In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss how to deal with writing distractions and when to let the distractions run their course.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Mar 23, 2022
Should You Give Your Chapters Titles? | Ep. 103 | The Merry Writer Podcast
12:39
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Do you prefer chapter numbers or chapter titles?  Today we discuss giving your chapters titles and why some authors do it, along with our own thoughts on whether we would do it. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode. Also, do you have writing advice you'd like to share?

 

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Mar 16, 2022
How Do You Set Writing Deadlines? | Ep. 102 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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Deadlines... we either love them, hate them, or wave to them as they whoosh by. Do you set yourself writing deadlines? Do they work for you?

In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss setting writing deadlines and how to stick to them (and when it's okay not to stick with them).

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the episode. 

 

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Mar 09, 2022
Do You Need To Include Trigger Warnings In Your Novel? | Ep. 101 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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Not always an easy topic, but today we are looking at the concept of Trigger Warnings in novels.  What they are, why you might include and where to put them if you do.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

 

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Mar 02, 2022
Podcast Tag Questions | Ep. 100 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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Can you believe The Merry Writer Podcast has reached 100 episodes? We truly appreciate all the shares, listens, and comments.

So, in this week's episode, we decided to do a podcast tag where we answer some questions about starting a podcast and running it. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for listening!

 

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Feb 23, 2022
What Are The Best Tips For Writing Dialogue? | Ep. 099 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:06
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As we teeter on the cusp of triple digits for our episodes, we decided to discuss some tips for writing dialogue and things you might want to avoid!

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode. Also, do you have writing advice you'd like to share?

 

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Feb 16, 2022
What Are The Best Tips For Writing Descriptions? | Ep. 098 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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Have you ever been stuck on writing descriptions in your novels? Maybe you info-dump or don't add enough?

 

In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss writing descriptions in your novels from what it means to tips and tricks. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and thank you for listening.

 

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Feb 09, 2022
What Are The Benefits Of Participating In Writing Contests? | Ep. 097 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you want to try something different for 2022?  Then how about writing contests?  Don't worry, Rachel and Ari are joined by author Paula Sheridan who founded the Page Turner Awards and discusses the benefits of entering writing contests and what you might need to consider.   Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode.   ABOUT PAULA SHERIDAN Paula  Sheridan is an award-winning author and is best known for helping  authors and writers through her businesses, Page Turner Awards and Book  Luver. Paula writes as Paula Wynne and received an award from the  People's Book Prize for her debut novel, The Grotto's Secret.   Paula and her husband Ken run Page Turner Awards which is for authors,  writers, and screenwriters to place their writing projects in front of  literary agents, publishers and film producers who are looking for  writers. Ken and Paula live in Spain, and also runs Secret World Writing  Retreat.   LINKS https://pageturnerawards.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PageTurnerAwards/ https://twitter.com/pageturneraward   RESOURCES MENTIONED IN PODCAST 3 Pack Authors Book Marketing Series: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/6dxumdbyxw ProWritingAid free trial: https://bit.ly/2022-PWA-2022-Trial    ABOUT PAGE TURNER AWARD Page Turner Awards is an inclusive writing and book awards with one  goal – to change the lives of as many writers as possible. The team at  Page Turner Awards passionately believes that talented writers can be  from any background, age, race, religion, or interest.   Page Turner Awards gives unpublished writers the chance to enter  unpublished fiction and non-fiction books, to be read by a carefully  curated judging panel made up of influential players in the publishing  industry.   And published authors, whether mainstream published or  independently published, the chance to get their fiction story or  non-fiction book recognized by successful authors, high-calibre industry  professionals and film producers. Plus screenwriters the chance to  showcase their screenplays to film producers and film production  companies actively looking for scripts to produce.    Prizes span  everything from mentorships to audiobook production and publishing  packages.

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Feb 02, 2022
What Are Some Writing Advice From Big Authors? | Ep. 096 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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When you first begin to write, it's typical to see what others do and you try to get as much advice and information as possible. This week, we're sharing some advice from big-name authors and whether we agree with them or not.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode. Also, do you have writing advice you'd like to share?

 

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Jan 26, 2022
Should You Share Your Writing Journey? | Ep. 095 | The Merry Writer Podcast
17:12
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Today we are discussing whether writers should share their writing journey with the world and what might the reasons be for doing (or refraining from doing) that. 

 

Thanks for listening and do let us know in the comments what your thoughts are, do you share your writing journey details?

 

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Jan 19, 2022
What Are Some Tips For Launching A Debut Book? | Ep. 094 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Hey, everyone! Are you prepping to launch your debut novel in 2022 but don't know where to start? Then you're in luck!   This week, Rachel is joined by author Cassie Sanchez to discuss launching your debut book from how to prepare for the launch, marketing, and more.   Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode.   ABOUT CASSIE SANCHEZ  

Growing up, Cassie Sanchez always wanted superpowers and to be a warrior princess fighting alongside unlikely heroes. Suffice it to say, she lost herself in books, from fantasy to sci-fi to a suspenseful romance.

Currently, Cassie lives in the southwest with her husband, Louie, while pestering her two adult men-children. She can usually be found drinking too much coffee while working in her office with her dog, Gunner, and Bullet, warming her feet.

When she isn’t writing about magic and sword fights, she enjoys golf, spending time with friends, or partaking in a satisfying nap. You can visit her online at cassiesanchez.com.

Preorder Chasing the Darkness here or on Amazon.

 

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Jan 12, 2022
What Are Our Goals For 2022? | Ep. 093 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:39
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We are finally in 2022 and in our first episode of the year, we are laying out our goals for 2022 - podcasting and writing.  What goals are you aiming to achieve this year?

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Jan 05, 2022
2021 Bloopers! | Ep. 092 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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Another year has come and gone! Listen to our many screw-ups from 2021.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Dec 29, 2021
Would You Rather? [Christmas Edition] | Ep. 091 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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EPISODE SHOW NOTES As Christmas is approaching we decided we would do another round of Would You Rather, "Christmas Edition".  Play along with us and feel free to leave your own answers to the questions, in the comments!  

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Dec 22, 2021
Who Is Ari Meghlen? | Ep. 090 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Get to know more about the host of The Merry Writer Podcast, Ari Meghlen! In this week's episode, Rachel interviews Ari about her and her writing.   Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode.   ABOUT ARI MEGHLEN  

Ari is a fantasy author, avid blogger, busy entrepreneur, and cleverly disguised as a responsible adult. Unimpressed with reality, 8-year-old Ari set out on a mission to create new exciting worlds full of demons, pirates, gods, dragons, and even a few screaming trees...and many MANY years later, she has no intention of stopping.  Her first short story, The Locksmith, was published in the 2019 anthology From Ashes to Magic, and her second short story, Sanctuary was published in 2021 in the anthology From Myths to Monsters.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Dec 15, 2021
Who Is Rachel Poli? | Ep. 089 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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As we are heading towards the end of the year, we decided to do something a little different.  In today's episode, we put Rachel in the hot seat as we learn more about her. 

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

About Rachel

Rachel Poli is an indie author, content writer, and podcaster residing in New England. While she writes mainly cozy mystery novels, she’s a multi-genre authors dabbling in short stories and flash fiction.

When she’s not writing, she’s most likely reading, playing video games, or cleaning.

Links 

Website

Buy Rachel's book

Instagram

Twitter

 

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Dec 08, 2021
What Elements Should You Include In Your Science Fiction Novel? | Ep. 088 | The Merry Writer Podcast
45:40
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you want to write science fiction, but don't know what to include? Maybe you don't want to have the same cliches and tropes as other sci-fi stories.   In this week's epsiode, Ari and Rachel talk about elements to include (and not include) in your science fiction novel along with sci-fi author, Dal Cecil Runo.   Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode.   ABOUT DAL CECIL RUNO

 

Dal Cecil Runo is a partially blind author of fiction and poetry. Before entering the world of writing, Dal was an independent singer/songwriter under another stage name and a blind photographer with a few exhibits across Europe. Dal is currently working on a science fiction trilogy and short stories in multiple genres. As a writer with a disability, it is a priority for Dal to include blind, visually impaired and/or other characters with disabilities in every piece of fiction. The inclusion of LGBTQ+ and multicultural characters is also of importance in all of Dal’s work.

She has lived in and travelled to several countries. Ice-skating in winter, and listening to audiobooks are some of Dal’s favourite pastimes. She can be found on most social media as DalCecilRuno.

 

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Dec 01, 2021
How Do You Avoid Creating Mary Sue Characters | Ep. 087 | The Merry Writer Podcast
17:59
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We are back with another character-drive episode, today we discuss the issues of creating Mary Sue characters and how to avoid these pitfalls!

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Nov 24, 2021
Can Writing Challenges Really Help Writers? | Ep. 086 | The Merry Writer Podcast
20:23
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   How do you continue writing your novels? Do you sit down and type? Or do you have writing challenges to help you meet that word count?   This week, Ari and Rachel discuss different writing challenges to help you keep your creativity going.   As always, thanks for listening and for your continued support. We hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Nov 17, 2021
Should You Create A World Book For Your Novel? | Ep.085 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:06
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If you caught last week's show where writer Tobias Salem joined the show to discuss world-building, you might not be surprised that today's episode is all about creating a World Book!  Whether you create a complex world or a fictitious city in the real world, this episode will give you some ideas!

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Nov 10, 2021
How Do You Approach Worldbuilding? | Ep. 084 | The Merry Writer Podcast
36:09
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Writers, have you ever considered worldbuilding? Then certainly give this episode a listen!   This week, Ari and Rachel talk to writer Tobias Salem about approaching worldbuilding. We cover advice, hurdles, and more.   We hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening.   ABOUT Tobias Salem Tobias Salem, when not writing or procrastinating instead of writing, enjoys reading, hiking, listening to metal, playing games, and exploring old cemeteries. He lives near Winston-Salem with his wife, daughter, dogs, and cats. You can find him on Twitter @TobiasZSalem.  

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Nov 03, 2021
How Do You Deal With Imposter Syndrome? | Ep. 083 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:15
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Have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? Or maybe you don't and haven't realised it? In today's episode Ari and Rachel explain what it is, and how to deal with it..

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Oct 27, 2021
How Do You Do Research For Your Novels? | Ep. 082 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:20
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Depending on the genre you're writing, research has to be done. It doesn't matter if you're writing fiction or non-fiction.

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss some sure-fire ways to accurately conduct research for your novels.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Oct 20, 2021
How Important Is Character Motivation? | Ep. 081 | The Merry Writer Podcast
14:23
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This week, Ari and Rachel discuss characters and their different motivations and how these motivations can affect your plot.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Oct 13, 2021
How Do You Approach Writing Science Fiction? | Ep. 080 | The Merry Writer Podcast
36:00
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Writers, have you ever considered writing science fiction? Then certainly give this episode a listen!   This week, Ari and Rachel talk to sci-fi author R.J. Sorrento about approaching science fiction. We cover advice, hurdles, and more.   We hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening.   ABOUT R.J. Sorrento I’m a writer, a parent of two children, and a librarian in training. My blog is at RJSorrento.com and you can find me on Twitter @RjSorrento. My Bookstagram handle is @rjs.readingnook. My Captain Stellar series is available on Amazon.  

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Oct 06, 2021
How Do You Create a Business Plan For Your Writing? | Ep. 079 | The Merry Writer Podcast
17:00
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Is your plan to make writing a career? Do you want to take your writing more seriously? Then consider creating a Business Plan for your Writing.  In today's episode, we go through how to build your business plan and what to include.

  We hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks for listening.

 

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Sep 29, 2021
What Can You Include In Your Author Newsletter? | Ep. 078 | The Merry Writer Podcast
20:38
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There are many things you can include in your author newsletter and yet, we sometimes run out of ideas.

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss different things to include in your author newsletter and ways to engage with your readers.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Sep 22, 2021
How Do You Write A Story With Multiple Main Characters? | Ep. 077 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:09
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Want to try writing a larger cast of characters?  Feel like a singular main character just isn't enough for your story?  Then this is the episode for you.  This week, Ari and Rachel give some tips about tackling multiple main characters and what you might want to consider.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Sep 15, 2021
How Do You Organize Your Books With Trello? | Ep. 076 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:36
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Do you have a ton of writing projects that you don't know what to do with? Or maybe you're working on more than one novel at a time? Organize them with Trello!

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss ways you can utilize Trello for all your writing projects and more.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Sep 08, 2021
What Are The Benefits Of Using Wattpad? | Ep. 075 | The Merry Writer Podcast
40:06

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This week, author Chris Harvey joins Ari and Rachel, and shares this thoughts and experiences with using the online platform "Wattpad".  So if you have thought about using this platform for your writing or you didn't even know it existed, give this episode a listen for some tips on getting the most of Wattpad.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

ABOUT CHRIS HARVEY

Chris Harvey is a teacher and hobbyist writer who writes mainly YA science fiction and fantasy. His most recent book is a comedy novella set inside a moustache.

Links:

Website - https://harveycd.wordpress.com Twitter - https://twitter.com/harveycd_writer Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authorchrisharvey Wattpad - https://www.wattpad.com/user/TheDuckA Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17834590.Chris_Harvey. Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TheDuckA  

 Chris's Books:

World Cup Dreams - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MZH5Z6U/ A Close Shave with Destiny - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Close-Shave-Destiny-Chris-Harvey-ebook/dp/B07JLJF381   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Sep 01, 2021
How Do You Edit Your First Draft? | Ep. 074 | The Merry Writer Podcast
29:44
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The first draft is always the messiest. Therefore, editing the first draft is always the hardest. This week, we're discussing how we each edit our own first drafts.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Aug 25, 2021
Do You Have An Author Mindset | Ep. 073 | The Merry Writer Podcast
29:18
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Your mindset can play a big part in your writing journey, so in today's episode we look at the concept of the author mindset and discuss different aspects.  Join us in answering some of the questions we pose about having an author mindset.

 

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Aug 18, 2021
What Types Of Characters Should You Include In Your Novels? | Ep. 072 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:15
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Do you have a large cast of characters that you don't know what to do with? Or maybe you're not sure if they all should be in the book in the first place.

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss various types of characters you should include in your novels to spice things up a bit.

As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Aug 11, 2021
How Do You Approach Writing Historical Fiction? | Ep. 071 | The Merry Writer Podcast
33:53
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Writers, have you ever considered writing historical fiction? Then this is the episode for you, today Ari is joined by author Anne Clare who writers historical fiction who shares her experience and advice on writing historical fiction.   We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for listening   ABOUT ANNE CLARE Anne Clare lives in the gorgeous green Pacific Northwest with her husband, three childre, and a small menagerie of cats and reptiles. She has a BS in Education and divides her time between her family, working as a part-time teacher and church musician, and writing and blogging about WWII and other odds and ends.   LINKS website: thenaptimeauthor.wordpress.com Facebook Author Page: Anne Clare: Sharing Stories of the Second World War - Home | Facebook Goodreads: Anne Clare ( of Wartime Christmas Tales) Second World War Club on FB: Second World War Club | Facebook (there are also directions on this page for joining the private WWII author's group) Pages of the Past: Celebrating Historical Fiction fb group (another nice one): Pages of the Past: Celebrating Historical Fiction | Facebook   ANNE'S BOOKS Novel "Whom Shall I Fear?" Kindle edition: Whom Shall I Fear? - Kindle edition by Clare, Anne. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Paperback: Whom Shall I Fear?: Clare, Anne: 9781072975106: Amazon.com: Books   Anthology I'm included in: Amazon.com: Wartime Christmas Tales: A WWII Flash Fiction Anthology eBook: Kang, Alexa, Ascroft, Dianne, Brooks, Mary D., Clare, Anne, Donovan, Eileen Joyce, Glatte, Chris, Harmon, Paula, McGinness, Eilidh, Montcombroux, Geneviève, Oakley, J.L., Pittam, Jennifer , Tanner, Margaret , Yates, Phil , Sowards, A.L.: Books  

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Aug 04, 2021
Would You Rather? Reader's Edition | Ep. 070 | The Merry Writer Podcast
28:34
EPISODE SHOW NOTES This week, we're doing another round of Would You Rather, but reading-related questions this time.  

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

 

If you haven't already, give our first Would You Rather a listen where we asked each other writing-related questions here.

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Jul 28, 2021
How Do You Write Effectively While Working From Home? | Ep. 069 | The Merry Writer Podcast
15:26
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   This week we are all about working from home and finding that balance between working and writing efficiently while working from home.    The pandemic brought a lot of changes, one of which was more people are working from home (some, permenantly) so how do you go about making sure you are working and writing effectively?

 

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Jul 21, 2021
What Are The Different Types Of Editing? | Ep. 068 | The Merry Writer Podcast
19:59
  EPISODE SHOW NOTES   This week, we're diving deep into the different types of editing. What they are, what they mean, and whether you can do it yourself or should hire an editor. (Spoiler alert: always get an editor!)   We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for listening!

 

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Jul 14, 2021
What Are The Best Marketing Tactics For Writers? | Ep. 067 | The Merry Writer Podcast
14:18

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Do you shudder at the very idea of marketing? Is it the part of all this writing biz that you struggle with? Don't worry, you're not alone!  That's why we throw in a few marketing episodes, like this one!

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss four marketing points that can help you get started with your marketing.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Jul 07, 2021
How Do You Stay Motivated When Writing? | Ep. 066 | The Merry Writer Podcast
15:33

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Do you drift off into la-la land in the middle of a writing session? Do you need to work on your novel but just don't feel like it?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss some tips and tricks to stay motivated during a writing session or before a session.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Jun 30, 2021
How Do You Deal With Criticism? | Ep.065 | The Merry Writer Podcast?
17:45

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What do you do when faced with criticism? As writers, criticism is part of the package but we don't have to like it.  Nothing stings more than pouring your heart and soul into a story and someone criticises it.

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss just how to deal with criticisim.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Jun 23, 2021
Should You Compare Yourself To Other Writers? | Ep. 064 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:46

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Do you compare yourself to other writers? Are you your own worst critic?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss why it's okay (and sometimes not okay) to compare yourself to other writers.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Jun 16, 2021
Are You A Hobby Writer or a Professional Writer? | Ep .063 | The Merry Writer
20:16

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On today's episode we decided to discuss Hobby Writing and Professional Writing! Which do you do?

 

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Jun 09, 2021
What Is The Process Of Creating And Publishing An Audiobook? | Ep. 062 | The Merry Writer Podcast
41:30

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Have you ever wanted to publish an audiobook version of your stories but never knew how to go about it? Spoiler alert: it's easier than you think!

This week, author Tori Zigler joins Ari and Rachel, discussing the process of creating and self-publishing an audiobook.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

ABOUT TORI ZIGLER

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children's author.  Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales.  Now she lives in Wales again, along with a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.

Despite spending far more time than she’d have liked in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria - or Tori, if you prefer - has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon.  So far she has published nine poetry books and 46 children’s books, all of which are available from a variety of online retailers in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.  Additionally, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults, which are available via Praise My Pet.

Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, but is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.

Links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717 Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakYxH7BNyc2Lxr1g1nbP9w

Tori's Books:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6/

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Jun 02, 2021
Do You Need A Dedicated Space For Writing? | Ep. 061 | The Merry Writer Podcast
21:56

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Do you have a dedicated writing space? Do you think they can help make you move productive or be a constraint?  Check out today's episode to get our scoop on writing spaces!

 

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May 26, 2021
What Are Good Self-Care Tips For Writers? | Ep. 060 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:07

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Have you ever forgotten to take a shower for a few days? Or maybe you forgot to leave your computer and move your body for a bit.

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss some self-care tips for writers. We could all use a little TLC!

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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May 19, 2021
Do You Review Books That You Read? | Ep. 059 | The Merry Writer Podcast
21:27

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This week, we are talking about writing reviews on books.  As writers we need reviews, so it's important we consider reviewing other books - do you review books you read?

 

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May 12, 2021
How Do You Deal With One-Star Reviews? | Ep. 058 | The Merry Writer Podcast
45:52

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Have you ever gotten the dreaded one-star review on your book? Guess what? There's nothing to be worried about!

This week, author Wilmar Luna joins Ari and Rachel, discussing how to deal with one-star reviews on your books.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please share it with any writer friends who you think might enjoy the podcast. Thanks for listening!

ABOUT WILMAR LUNA

Wilmar Luna couldn't be a superhero in real life so he decided to write his own. When he's not writing about empowered female characters he can be found watching films, reading books, and playing too many video games.

Website: https://www.thesilverninja.com

For news on upcoming releases, discounts, and book news, please sign up for the newsletter at: https://www.thesilverninja.com/newsletter/

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May 05, 2021
What's Your Favourite Childhood Story? | Ep.057 | The Merry Writer Podcast
24:34

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Yesterday was Tell A Story Day, so with that as inspiration, we decided to discuss our favourite childhood stories, those ones that helped us fall in love with the written word and the importance of getting children reading eary.

 

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Apr 28, 2021
How And When Did You Begin Writing? | Ep. 056 | The Merry Writer Podcast
31:05

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This week, we're sharing our stories about how we started writing. Let us know what you think on Twitter using #TheMerryWriterPodcast and share your story about how you began your writing journey!

For a laugh, be sure to check out Rachel's earlier writing here.

 

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Apr 21, 2021
How Important Are Book Covers? | Ep. 055 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:33
This week on the podcast we are talking all about book covers and why they are so important. As the storefront of your story, covers need a lot of thought and a good cover artist is worth their weight in gold! Check out our thoughts on covers and things you need to consider.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Apr 14, 2021
How Many Rounds Of Edits Do You Typically Do? | Ep. 054 | The Merry Writer Podcast
34:33

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In this week's epsiode, Ari is joined by special guest, Kim Golden, where they discuss all things about editing your novel. Enjoy!

 

ABOUT KIM GOLDEN

Kim Golden is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction. Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Kim left the US in 1995 and moved to Sweden for love with a capital L. When she isn't writing love stories, she writes copy for a pretty famous Swedish home furnishings brand.

Website: kim-golden.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/kimigm

Instagram: instagram.com/kimgoldenbooks

Preorder Near Enough to Hold: bit.ly/NearEnoughToHold

Link to donate directly to West Park Cultural Center: westparkcultural.org/donate/

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Apr 07, 2021
How Do You Write Female Characters? | Ep. 053 | The Merry Writer Podcast
21:31

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In honour of International Women's Day (that was this month, March 8th... yes we know we're late, we do explain!) We decided to discuss Writing Female Characters, things we love seeing and things we really don't when it comes to female characters!

In case you missed our Writing Male Character Episode, you can find it here: https://themerrywriterpodcast.podbean.com/e/how-to-write-male-characters-ep-034-the-merry-writer-podcast/

 

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Mar 31, 2021
How Do You Create Character Profiles? | Ep. 052 | The Merry Writer Podcast
19:55
Characters are the heart of every novel, so this week's we discuss a way you can keep track of their development through character profiles. Enjoy and thanks for listening.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Mar 24, 2021
What Is One Things You Wish You Were Better At As A Writer? | Ep. 051 | The Merry Writer Podcast
39:30

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Writing is a constant learning game, and no matter what stage of the journey you are at there will always be things you wish you were better at as a writer.  On today's episode we are joined by special guest Mark Gelinas Snr who shares his one thing he wishes he was better at as a writer.

 

ABOUT MARK

Mark Gelinas is a writer of technical manuals, historical science fiction, and YA fiction. Fortunate enough to work at home, he pursues his writing career from middle Georgia. He shares home office space with his wife, youngest daughter, and two cats.

Twitter | Facebook

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Mar 17, 2021
How Did The Merry Writer Start? | Ep. 050 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:23
The podcast is almost a year old and the Twitter hashtag game turns 3-years-old this year. It's crazy how time flies, but to celebrate we did a special episode for our 50th (!!!) and we're explaining how The Merry Writer came to be. Enjoy and thank you for your continued support! :)   From Myths To monsters (Supernatural Beings Anthology vol 2) featuring Ari Meghlen's short story Sanctuary) is AVAILABLE NOW.  Links below:   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com   Kobo   Apple Books   Smashwords   Barnes & Noble   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Mar 10, 2021
What Are Some Tips For Running An Anthology?| Ep. 049 | The Merry Writer Podcast
39:10

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Have you ever been interested in running an Anthology? Want to get the scoop on what is involved and want some tips? Then check out today's episode were we welcome our special guest, Author Mikki Noble who runs the #SupernaturalBeings anthologies.

 

ABOUT MIKKI

Mikki, the eccentric Canadian, has been writing in some form or another for nearly a quarter of a century; since writing her very first poem at age eleven. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her cats, guinea pig and rabbit.

She found her niche in teen fiction because it’s captivating, open-minded, fast-paced, and every sense is heightened. And that’s also the reason why it’s her favorite genre to pick up at a bookstore. Mikki has a diploma in both, Business Administration and Creative Writing.

She loves creating things, animals, books and movies, trying to make people smile, and talking to her social media friends.

Website – http://www.mikkinoble.com

Designer Site – http://www.paracozedesigns.com

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/missmikkinoble

From Myths To monsters (Supernatural Beings Anthology vol 2) featuring short stories from Mikki Noble & Ari Meghlen is out now!  Links below:   Amazon.co.uk  |  Amazon.com  |  Kobo  |  Apple Books  |  Smashwords  |  Barnes & Noble   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0  
Mar 03, 2021
Which Social Media Platform Is The Best For Writers? | Ep. 048 | The Merry Writer Podcast
33:38
Which social media platform do you think is the best for writers? This week, we compare Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest with pros and cons for each platform. Enjoy and thanks for listening!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Feb 24, 2021
Where Do You Start When Writing Your Novel? | Ep. 047 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:52
Writing a novel is hard, so do you jump in at the beginning and keep to the path or do you dive in the middle?  Today's episode we discuss where we start when writing our novels and why we do it the way we do! :)   From Myths To monsters (Supernatural Beings Anthology vol 2) featuring Ari Meghlen's short story Sanctuary) is now available for Pre-Order.  Links below:   Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.com   Kobo   Apple Books   Smashwords   Barnes & Noble   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Feb 17, 2021
Cupid's Book Lover Tag For Valentine's Day | Ep. 046 | The Merry Writer Podcast
34:54
We decided to do another tag this week with Valentine's Day around the corner! We did our best to keep this romance-themed, so we hope you enjoy. Thanks for listening!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Feb 10, 2021
How Do You Come Up With Names In Your Book? | Ep. 045 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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We are all about the names today!  As writers, we need to come up with a lot of names - characters, locations, titles etc.  So this week, we ask: How Do You Come Up With Names In Your Book?   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Feb 03, 2021
What Has Inspired Your Writing? | Ep. 044 | The Merry Writer Podcast
32:50
Inspiration is all around us in people, places, and things in real life and even in our own imagination. This week, we discuss a few things that have inspired our own novels. What inspiration have you found?   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Jan 27, 2021
How Do You Build A Following On Social Media? | Ep. 043 | The Merry Writer Podcast
30:38
Being on social media is one way to connect with your audience and potential readers, but how do you build up that elusive "following" that we are all chasing after?  We break down our tips for doing just that!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Jan 20, 2021
What Do You Do When You Hit A Roadblock In Your Novel? | Ep. 042 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:27
Hey, everyone! Welcome to episode 042 where we discuss how to overcome roadblocks when writing your novels. Thanks to Marty Vee for suggesting this topic. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the conversation in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag, #TheMerryWriterPodcast. As always, thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy it.    Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Jan 13, 2021
What Are Your Goals for 2021? | Ep. 041 | The Merry Writer Podcast
20:23
We have officially said goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020 and are jumping straight into 2021 with enthusiam and motivation.  We over here at The Merry Writer Podcast do this by creating Yearly Goals.  Check out today's episode where we share some of our main goals for this coming year.  Don't forget to let us know any of your Yearly Goals.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Jan 06, 2021
2020 Bloopers | Ep. 040 | The Merry Writer Podcast
12:51
2020 is coming to an end. We've had a lot of fun with this podcast and the support has been amazing! For something a little different, we've compiled our favorite bloopers from our episodes recorded this year. Enjoy and thanks as always for listening. :)   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Dec 30, 2020
Christmas Tag Edition | Ep. 039 | The Merry Writer Podcast
21:08
Since we are only 2 days from Christmas, we decided to so something a little different.  Welcome to our Christmas Tag Edition where we ask several Christmas-y questions.  We've love it if you joined in, answer these questions and post your answers in the comments section or over on Twitter using #TheMerryWriterPodcast.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Dec 23, 2020
Are You A Marketing Newbie Or A Marketing Guru? | Ep. 038 | The Merry Writer Podcast
22:01
Do you know your way around the book marketing world? This week, we discuss how marketing is always changing and in order to become a guru, you need to always learn and adapt to social media, etc.   Thanks for listening and let us know your thoughts in the comments!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Dec 16, 2020
What Is Your Favourite Part To Write? | Ep. 037 | The Merry Writer Podcast
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What part of your novel gets you excited to write?  Do you love fight scenes or love scenes? What about landscape descriptions or inner monologues?  Today's episode we discuss our favourite parts to write and why.   As always, do let us know what your favourite parts to write are, we love to hear from you.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Dec 09, 2020
Which Method Of Writing Do You Prefer? | Ep. 036 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:04
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Hey, everyone! How do you go about writing your novels? Do you type on the computer or a typewriter? Do you write in a notebook or do speech to text? This week we're discussing various methods to write and which ones are our favorite. Enjoy and thanks for listening!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music: Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Dec 02, 2020
How Do You Deal With The Fear Of Failure? | Ep. 035 | The Merry Writer Podcast
14:40
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you sometimes get gripped with the fear of failure?  Does it stop you in your tracks?  You aren't the only one!  Today's episode, we discuss why that fear takes hold and what you can do to let it go.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Nov 25, 2020
How To Write Male Characters | Ep. 034 | The Merry Writer Podcast
23:45
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   In this week's episode, we're honoring "International Men's Day" (which is November 19th) by discussing how to write male characters. Listen in to our questions and answers and share your own in the comments! Thanks for listening!   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music: Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Nov 18, 2020
How Do You Overcome Writers Block? | Ep. 033 | The Merry Writer Podcast
18:28
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Have you ever experienced Creative Constipation - otherwise known as Writers' Block? Almost every writer get's hit back that crushing block at one time or another and so we choose this as our topic for today's question of how you overcome writers block.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music:   Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Nov 11, 2020
What's The Best/Worst Writing Advice You've Received? | Ep. 032 | The Merry Writer Podcast
45:52
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   In this week's episode of The Merry Writer Podcast, we are joined by our good friend and fellow author, Ian Gough, to discuss writing advice. Enjoy!   About our Guest:  

Ian Gough is a UK based author who mainly writes a mixture of fantasy, comedy, horror or a combination of the three, but will happily tackle any story that his imagination conjures up. He took up writing back in 2016 and published the first of his fantasy Core Lands novels, Lotan the Librarian later that year. Since then he’s released two more fantasy novels and had both fantasy and horror short stories published. With so many ideas struggling to break free, he’s planning on releasing more into the wild in 2021 and beyond.

 

Website: Iangauthor.com Amazon Author Page www.amazon.co.uk/Ian-Gough/e/B075RDKFBH

Twitter - @LotanB1     Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music: Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Nov 04, 2020
How Do You Choose Which Story To Write? | Ep. 031 | The Merry Writer Podcast
25:59
EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you often feel overwhelmed with story ideas?  Are you sometimes caught with indecision as to which one to write first?  Don't worry, you're not alone, we know that feeling and that's why today we decided to tackle the question of how to choose which story to actually write first.   Support the Podcast:   Patreon Want to support our show and show our little podcast some extra love, then please consider popping over to our Patreon Page and snap up some goodies for as little as $1 a month!   Share If you enjoy our podcast, please share episodes on social media to spread the word about our show.   Music: Intro & Outro – “Inspired” composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com | Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0
Oct 28, 2020