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The Writing Coach

Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach

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The Writing Coach

The Writing Coach

Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach

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Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.

Latest Episodes

Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #102 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author and story coach Marc Graham. Marc is an actor, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whiskey aficionado. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, won the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and National Writers Association Manuscript Contest. When struggling to write a later novel, he turned to one of the most ancient forms of storytelling for inspiration: mythology. Graham discovered that Norse runes (an ancient form of divination) can play an effective role in killing writer’s block. He demonstrates the technique in his new book, Runes for Writers: Boost Your Creativity and Destroy Writer’s Block. During our discussion, Marc describes: * How a traditional Christian upbringing eventually led to a wider exploration of spiritual beliefs and a search for universal truths* The challenges and joys of writing historical fiction* How conventional storytellers can engage in the same creatives practices as the ancient and modern shaman of indigenous civilizations to deepen their writing* Techniques for effectively working research into your fiction writing* How synchronicities help point him in the direction of what story he should pursue next* The power myth and story, and how it can play a role in helping to heal the world’s social ills* And much more! Click below to listen now: The Writing Coach Episode #102 Show Notes Pick up Marc’s new book for writers: Check out Marc’s website. Learn more about my children’s book: Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon. — Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my bookNovel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

37 MIN2 w ago
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Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #101 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak Paul Wilson, author of Bad Karma: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell. Paul is a lifelong resident of coastal San Diego, attending high school at a time when Independent surfing was an option for Phys. Ed., and Rock Poetry was passed off as an advanced English course. It didn’t take much for him to become disenchanted with formal education and drop out of The University of Southern California to embrace his entrepreneurial side. Paul is a multi-patented inventor, a photographer, and has built several successful businesses. Embracing his love of baseball and the ocean, he attends every San Diego Padres home game, and lives in Mission Beach, California with his wife Susan. During our discussion, Paul describes: * Why he had to wa...

37 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. Welcome to episode #100 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast. In this special milestone episode of the show, host Kevin T. Johns answers questions from listeners and clients! During the episode, Kevin answers questions about: * How to keep your story realistic* When to approach beta readers* How to avoid falling into ruts with your writing* The most common mistakes he sees in his clients’ writing* How to know if a subplot is contributing to, or distracting from, the main story* His thoughts on writing software* How to work backstory into your narrative* How to get a writing coach certification* And much more! Click below to listen now: The Writing Coach Episode #100 Show Notes Episode Transcript: First up we have a question from author V.L. Stuart. V.L.’s the author of The Orb and Arrow series. They...

64 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #99 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak Sydney Liu. Sydney is the co-founder of Commaful, a storytelling site where people go to share discover fiction. The site is home to hundreds of thousands of fanfics, short stories, and poems, all shared in a picture-book style format. He loves thinking about the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling and is always down to hear a great story. During our discussion, Sydney describes: * Why a desire to encourage his friends to read his writing was the original inspiration for the Commaful platform* How Commaful differs from traditional blogs and social media platforms* The unique ways in which the platform combines visual media with fiction storytelling and poetry* What he and his co-founder are doing to ensure the Commaful communit...

35 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

Julie Evelyn Joyce: 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner — The Writing Coach 098

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #98 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with Julie Evelyn Joyce. Julie is an award-winning author and a proud Canuck. When she’s not writing quirky and witty romances, she spends her time molding young minds, playing sports, singing karaoke, juggling, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes simultaneously. She’s also in hot pursuit of her own happily ever after, and anxiously awaits the day serial dating becomes an Olympic event. Her debut novel, Steeped in Love, has received glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in romance. During our discussion, Julie describes: * How she got her start as an author by writing Gilmour Girls fanfiction* The important role her mother played in supporting her writing career* The crossroads she came to af...

41 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Julie Evelyn Joyce: 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner — The Writing Coach 098

Jennifer Blanchard on How to Write Your Damn Story — The Writing Coach 097

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #97 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with Jennifer Blanchard. Jennifer is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor, and the Writing Industry’s Mindset Coach. It’s her mission in life to change the way people think and challenge what they believe is possible. Her screenplay, “The Rules,” placed as a Semi-Finalist in the Stage32 Rom-Com Script Contest in 2019. She previously appeared in episode 77 of The Writing Coach, and she was an expert speaker at The Writer’s Craft Summit last spring. During our discussion, Jennifer describes: * Why she loves teaching story structure in particular* How her novel-writing craft knowledge helped launch her screenwriting career* Why an understanding of the fundamentals of writer’s craft technique is essential to t...

39 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Jennifer Blanchard on How to Write Your Damn Story — The Writing Coach 097

Rea Frey on the Benefits of Stepping Outside of the Rules — The Writing Coach 096

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #96 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author Rea Frey. With a degree in creative writing from Columbia and six traditionally published books under her belt, Rea has helped hundreds of clients refine, hone, and craft their own ideas into full-fledged books. Whether it’s working on a book proposal to sell to a publisher, ghostwriting a memoir, or consulting on a great idea, Rea’s fifteen years in the publishing industry will clarify the message, mission, audience, and ultimately help find a home for a client’s work. During our discussion, Rea describes: * How she balances a busy writing schedule with homeschooling her daughter* What it was like studying creative writing in an academic environment* Why her early books not being as successful as she would have liked helped s...

41 MIN2019 AUG 12
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Rea Frey on the Benefits of Stepping Outside of the Rules — The Writing Coach 096

Amy Collins on How to Find an Audience — The Writing Coach 095

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #95 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author and book marketing expert Amy Collins. Amy is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing content providers in the US. She is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and as a former Book Buyer for a chain of bookstores in New York and Sales Director for a large publishing company, she has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, and is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. In the last 20 years, Amy and her team have sold over 40 Million books into the bookstore, library, and Chain store market for small and midsized p...

42 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Amy Collins on How to Find an Audience — The Writing Coach 095

Fred Waitzkin Shares his Creative Process — The Writing Coach 094

Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #94 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author Fred Waitzkin. Fred was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. When he was a teenager he wavered between wanting to spend his life as a fisherman, Afro Cuban drummer, or novelist. He went to Kenyon College and did graduate study at New York University. His work has appeared inEsquire,New Yorkmagazine, theNew York Times Sunday Magazine,theNew York Times Book Review,Outside,Sports Illustrated,Forbes, theHuffington Post, and theDaily Beast, among other publications. His memoir,Searching for Bobby Fischer, was made into a major motion picture released in 1993. His other books areMortal Games,The Last Marlin,The Dream Merchant,andDeep Water Blues. Recently, he has completed an original screenplay,The Rave. Waitzkin lives in Ma...

46 MIN2019 JUL 1
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Fred Waitzkin Shares his Creative Process — The Writing Coach 094

Kit Irwin on Graphic Recording — The Writing Coach 093

Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #93 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with graphic recorder, Kit Irwin. Kit creates visual representations of live events in real time to make meetings more effective, presentations more memorable, and participants more engaged. Her short stories have been published online, in literary magazines, and in anthologies, such as Flash Fiction Forward. She also creates visual bios for solo entrepreneurs to tell their story on their website’s About Us page. During our discussion, Kit describes: * What the work of a graphic recorder entails* The role metaphor plays in the creation of her sketchnotes* How a Master’s degree in ‘Critical and Creative Thinking’ has benefited her career* Why her desire to make e-learning less boring led to her work as a graphic recorder* Her number o...

32 MIN2019 JUN 24
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Kit Irwin on Graphic Recording — The Writing Coach 093
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Latest Episodes

Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #102 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author and story coach Marc Graham. Marc is an actor, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whiskey aficionado. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, won the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and National Writers Association Manuscript Contest. When struggling to write a later novel, he turned to one of the most ancient forms of storytelling for inspiration: mythology. Graham discovered that Norse runes (an ancient form of divination) can play an effective role in killing writer’s block. He demonstrates the technique in his new book, Runes for Writers: Boost Your Creativity and Destroy Writer’s Block. During our discussion, Marc describes: * How a traditional Christian upbringing eventually led to a wider exploration of spiritual beliefs and a search for universal truths* The challenges and joys of writing historical fiction* How conventional storytellers can engage in the same creatives practices as the ancient and modern shaman of indigenous civilizations to deepen their writing* Techniques for effectively working research into your fiction writing* How synchronicities help point him in the direction of what story he should pursue next* The power myth and story, and how it can play a role in helping to heal the world’s social ills* And much more! Click below to listen now: The Writing Coach Episode #102 Show Notes Pick up Marc’s new book for writers: Check out Marc’s website. Learn more about my children’s book: Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon. — Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my bookNovel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

37 MIN2 w ago
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Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #101 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak Paul Wilson, author of Bad Karma: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell. Paul is a lifelong resident of coastal San Diego, attending high school at a time when Independent surfing was an option for Phys. Ed., and Rock Poetry was passed off as an advanced English course. It didn’t take much for him to become disenchanted with formal education and drop out of The University of Southern California to embrace his entrepreneurial side. Paul is a multi-patented inventor, a photographer, and has built several successful businesses. Embracing his love of baseball and the ocean, he attends every San Diego Padres home game, and lives in Mission Beach, California with his wife Susan. During our discussion, Paul describes: * Why he had to wa...

37 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. Welcome to episode #100 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast. In this special milestone episode of the show, host Kevin T. Johns answers questions from listeners and clients! During the episode, Kevin answers questions about: * How to keep your story realistic* When to approach beta readers* How to avoid falling into ruts with your writing* The most common mistakes he sees in his clients’ writing* How to know if a subplot is contributing to, or distracting from, the main story* His thoughts on writing software* How to work backstory into your narrative* How to get a writing coach certification* And much more! Click below to listen now: The Writing Coach Episode #100 Show Notes Episode Transcript: First up we have a question from author V.L. Stuart. V.L.’s the author of The Orb and Arrow series. They...

64 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #99 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak Sydney Liu. Sydney is the co-founder of Commaful, a storytelling site where people go to share discover fiction. The site is home to hundreds of thousands of fanfics, short stories, and poems, all shared in a picture-book style format. He loves thinking about the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling and is always down to hear a great story. During our discussion, Sydney describes: * Why a desire to encourage his friends to read his writing was the original inspiration for the Commaful platform* How Commaful differs from traditional blogs and social media platforms* The unique ways in which the platform combines visual media with fiction storytelling and poetry* What he and his co-founder are doing to ensure the Commaful communit...

35 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

Julie Evelyn Joyce: 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner — The Writing Coach 098

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #98 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with Julie Evelyn Joyce. Julie is an award-winning author and a proud Canuck. When she’s not writing quirky and witty romances, she spends her time molding young minds, playing sports, singing karaoke, juggling, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes simultaneously. She’s also in hot pursuit of her own happily ever after, and anxiously awaits the day serial dating becomes an Olympic event. Her debut novel, Steeped in Love, has received glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in romance. During our discussion, Julie describes: * How she got her start as an author by writing Gilmour Girls fanfiction* The important role her mother played in supporting her writing career* The crossroads she came to af...

41 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Julie Evelyn Joyce: 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner — The Writing Coach 098

Jennifer Blanchard on How to Write Your Damn Story — The Writing Coach 097

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #97 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with Jennifer Blanchard. Jennifer is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor, and the Writing Industry’s Mindset Coach. It’s her mission in life to change the way people think and challenge what they believe is possible. Her screenplay, “The Rules,” placed as a Semi-Finalist in the Stage32 Rom-Com Script Contest in 2019. She previously appeared in episode 77 of The Writing Coach, and she was an expert speaker at The Writer’s Craft Summit last spring. During our discussion, Jennifer describes: * Why she loves teaching story structure in particular* How her novel-writing craft knowledge helped launch her screenwriting career* Why an understanding of the fundamentals of writer’s craft technique is essential to t...

39 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Jennifer Blanchard on How to Write Your Damn Story — The Writing Coach 097

Rea Frey on the Benefits of Stepping Outside of the Rules — The Writing Coach 096

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #96 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author Rea Frey. With a degree in creative writing from Columbia and six traditionally published books under her belt, Rea has helped hundreds of clients refine, hone, and craft their own ideas into full-fledged books. Whether it’s working on a book proposal to sell to a publisher, ghostwriting a memoir, or consulting on a great idea, Rea’s fifteen years in the publishing industry will clarify the message, mission, audience, and ultimately help find a home for a client’s work. During our discussion, Rea describes: * How she balances a busy writing schedule with homeschooling her daughter* What it was like studying creative writing in an academic environment* Why her early books not being as successful as she would have liked helped s...

41 MIN2019 AUG 12
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Rea Frey on the Benefits of Stepping Outside of the Rules — The Writing Coach 096

Amy Collins on How to Find an Audience — The Writing Coach 095

Welcome toThe Writing Coach.On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #95 ofThe Writing Coachpodcast, I speak with author and book marketing expert Amy Collins. Amy is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing content providers in the US. She is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and as a former Book Buyer for a chain of bookstores in New York and Sales Director for a large publishing company, she has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, and is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. In the last 20 years, Amy and her team have sold over 40 Million books into the bookstore, library, and Chain store market for small and midsized p...

42 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Amy Collins on How to Find an Audience — The Writing Coach 095

Fred Waitzkin Shares his Creative Process — The Writing Coach 094

Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #94 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author Fred Waitzkin. Fred was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. When he was a teenager he wavered between wanting to spend his life as a fisherman, Afro Cuban drummer, or novelist. He went to Kenyon College and did graduate study at New York University. His work has appeared inEsquire,New Yorkmagazine, theNew York Times Sunday Magazine,theNew York Times Book Review,Outside,Sports Illustrated,Forbes, theHuffington Post, and theDaily Beast, among other publications. His memoir,Searching for Bobby Fischer, was made into a major motion picture released in 1993. His other books areMortal Games,The Last Marlin,The Dream Merchant,andDeep Water Blues. Recently, he has completed an original screenplay,The Rave. Waitzkin lives in Ma...

46 MIN2019 JUL 1
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Fred Waitzkin Shares his Creative Process — The Writing Coach 094

Kit Irwin on Graphic Recording — The Writing Coach 093

Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #93 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with graphic recorder, Kit Irwin. Kit creates visual representations of live events in real time to make meetings more effective, presentations more memorable, and participants more engaged. Her short stories have been published online, in literary magazines, and in anthologies, such as Flash Fiction Forward. She also creates visual bios for solo entrepreneurs to tell their story on their website’s About Us page. During our discussion, Kit describes: * What the work of a graphic recorder entails* The role metaphor plays in the creation of her sketchnotes* How a Master’s degree in ‘Critical and Creative Thinking’ has benefited her career* Why her desire to make e-learning less boring led to her work as a graphic recorder* Her number o...

32 MIN2019 JUN 24
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Kit Irwin on Graphic Recording — The Writing Coach 093
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