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Latest Episodes

84 – Where The Heck Have You Been?

This week, I’m talking about my depression, absence, andall the brain garbage that goes with it. Episode Script: My name is Matt Brotherton. I’m an indie author struggling to get started in his career. Each episode, I talk about my journey from obscure to awesome. This is the New Writer podcast. #Episode 84 – Where the Heck Have You Been? It’s been a month since I recorded a podcast and about five weeks since one was published. It’s been about the same since I put a short story up on my website at MABrotherton.Com. I haven’t sent an email to my mailing list in that time, either. I’ve taken the same amount of time off from my official Facebook and posted very sparingly on twitter. People are starting to wonder where I am. What’s happened to me. What I’ve been doing. I wish I could say that I was in deep work mode. I wish I could tell you I was in my lab solving the world’s problems. I wish I could say I was doing something–anything–with my life. But I wasn’t. I needed ti...

7 MIN2016 OCT 16
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84 – Where The Heck Have You Been?

83 – Defying the Echo Chamber

Episode Script: If you are like me, you probably listen to a number of podcasts about indie publishing. There are a ton of them. Dozens of them are great. Some of them are considered absolutely essential listening for all indie authors. But, the podcast-o-sphere, like the blog-o-sphere and the 24-hour-cable-news-…o-sphere… are echo chambers. “The Audience” is a vague, amorphous entity and it hungers for content. It needs its regular feedings or it will turn and feed on the only thing it can find. Your soul. So, we give it content… That isn’t inherently bad, in-and-of-itself. The danger comes when we, as “the audience” forget to analyze everything we hear. We forget to use our own minds to determine if something is worth accepting into ourselves or not. Letting something become part of you without making a conscious decision to absorb it is the single most dangerous and destructive habit humans have as a species. We all do it. We can’t help it. It’s human nature. Fortunatel...

11 MIN2016 SEP 11
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83 – Defying the Echo Chamber

82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me?

Episode 82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me? Episode Script: As writers, we spend time mastering the techniques necessary to reroute our reader’s mental plumbing so the pipes dump their emo-juices exactly where we want. The greatest writers are true maestros, playing the whole range of feelings like an expert violinists. And, some of us—like me—are the literary equivalent of a pop rock band. We only know four chords and that’s all we’ll ever need, dang it! The irony of it all is our own fluid emotional states. I don’t know about you, but mine tends to swing back and forth between narcissistic egomaniacs and hypervigilance paranoia. See, one minute, I’ll be typing along and absolutely sure everything I’m writing is the greatest thing anyone has ever written. I’ll be so in the zone, I can’t possibly be stopped. “I am god and you will bow to my whims!” I shout at my characters and they cower before me because they know it is true. But… Then the emotional pendulum swings back ...

8 MIN2016 SEP 4
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82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me?

81 – Year Two in Review

This week, I’m taking an introspective look back onmy writing career and reminding myself not to only count the failures, but remember the success. The Hard Numbers: Total Downloads: 5956 (table below does not include August 2016) Total Dollars Earned from Book Sales: $842.99 (Does not include Adword or Affiliate marketing revenue) Episode Script: I’ve lived in other worlds my entire life. I started writing about them when I first became literate. I began defining myself as a writer in High School. I decided I wanted to figure out how to make money at it in my twenties. I’m about to turn 33 and so far, I’m still working on the last step. I started writing online when I discovered Livejournal on April 27, 2001. Nine years later, on September 22, 2010, I decided to create a real blog and try to become a professional. I published my first kindle book on February 21, 2013. I started this podcast to track my professional writing career and help expose other struggling authors on Augu...

7 MIN2016 AUG 28
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81 – Year Two in Review

80 – Brainstorm!

Links in this episode: John L Monk’s Hell’s Children My Bradbury Challenge Story List I definitely have crutches as a writer. For example, my first instinct when I’m coming up on my short story deadline is to just write a murder scene. I’m not going to get into what that says about my psychology, it just is what it is. Early on in the Bradbury Challenge, though, I decided I wouldn’t let myself rely on my crutches. The entire point was to stretch my creative muscles. I’m still trying to find the exact niche, my narrative voice. I think I’m about 78% there, so this may change in the future, but for now, I’m just looking for ways to expand. So, I can’t let myself use my consistent go-to’s, yet. In the future, I might decide to specialize in one type of story or another. It seems like a good way to perfect one aspect of the craft. But, for now, it’s intentional chaos up in this joint. It also serves another purpose. I post all of my short stories on MABrotherton.Com. There is...

11 MIN2016 AUG 14
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80 – Brainstorm!

79 – Identifying My Own Weaknesses

8 MIN2016 AUG 7
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79 – Identifying My Own Weaknesses

78 – 15,000 Words

I am bad as schedules. Timelines. Deadlines. “Getting things done” I’m just not very good at any of it. I get filled with bursts of hyper-powered mojo and crank out ridiculous amounts of work in a very short period of time… Then, I collapse into my own, personal Odinsleep. Time management is definitely not my strong suit. I keep trying. I keep setting deadlines and building schedules. I work really hard to stick to them. I know they would be beneficial to me if I could get myself to stick with them for more than a few hours. Yes. You heard that right. A few hours. I’m not going to give up on trying, though. I’m going to keep on working to get better. A life filled with chaos just isn’t conducive to success. Much like my writing, my life needs structure. But, I think I’ve been trying too hard to fight my nature as a burst monster. At the start of this year, my goal was to write 1,000 words every day. I managed to make it to about January 15. I even managed to average out to a...

8 MIN2016 JUL 31
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78 – 15,000 Words

77 – What Type of Writer am I?

15 MIN2016 JUL 24
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77 – What Type of Writer am I?

Hacked By Shade

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8 MIN2016 JUL 17
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Hacked By Shade

75 – 3 Author Skills I Use In My Day Job

9 MIN2016 JUL 10
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75 – 3 Author Skills I Use In My Day Job

Latest Episodes

84 – Where The Heck Have You Been?

This week, I’m talking about my depression, absence, andall the brain garbage that goes with it. Episode Script: My name is Matt Brotherton. I’m an indie author struggling to get started in his career. Each episode, I talk about my journey from obscure to awesome. This is the New Writer podcast. #Episode 84 – Where the Heck Have You Been? It’s been a month since I recorded a podcast and about five weeks since one was published. It’s been about the same since I put a short story up on my website at MABrotherton.Com. I haven’t sent an email to my mailing list in that time, either. I’ve taken the same amount of time off from my official Facebook and posted very sparingly on twitter. People are starting to wonder where I am. What’s happened to me. What I’ve been doing. I wish I could say that I was in deep work mode. I wish I could tell you I was in my lab solving the world’s problems. I wish I could say I was doing something–anything–with my life. But I wasn’t. I needed ti...

7 MIN2016 OCT 16
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84 – Where The Heck Have You Been?

83 – Defying the Echo Chamber

Episode Script: If you are like me, you probably listen to a number of podcasts about indie publishing. There are a ton of them. Dozens of them are great. Some of them are considered absolutely essential listening for all indie authors. But, the podcast-o-sphere, like the blog-o-sphere and the 24-hour-cable-news-…o-sphere… are echo chambers. “The Audience” is a vague, amorphous entity and it hungers for content. It needs its regular feedings or it will turn and feed on the only thing it can find. Your soul. So, we give it content… That isn’t inherently bad, in-and-of-itself. The danger comes when we, as “the audience” forget to analyze everything we hear. We forget to use our own minds to determine if something is worth accepting into ourselves or not. Letting something become part of you without making a conscious decision to absorb it is the single most dangerous and destructive habit humans have as a species. We all do it. We can’t help it. It’s human nature. Fortunatel...

11 MIN2016 SEP 11
Comments
83 – Defying the Echo Chamber

82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me?

Episode 82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me? Episode Script: As writers, we spend time mastering the techniques necessary to reroute our reader’s mental plumbing so the pipes dump their emo-juices exactly where we want. The greatest writers are true maestros, playing the whole range of feelings like an expert violinists. And, some of us—like me—are the literary equivalent of a pop rock band. We only know four chords and that’s all we’ll ever need, dang it! The irony of it all is our own fluid emotional states. I don’t know about you, but mine tends to swing back and forth between narcissistic egomaniacs and hypervigilance paranoia. See, one minute, I’ll be typing along and absolutely sure everything I’m writing is the greatest thing anyone has ever written. I’ll be so in the zone, I can’t possibly be stopped. “I am god and you will bow to my whims!” I shout at my characters and they cower before me because they know it is true. But… Then the emotional pendulum swings back ...

8 MIN2016 SEP 4
Comments
82 – Is Everyone Laughing at Me?

81 – Year Two in Review

This week, I’m taking an introspective look back onmy writing career and reminding myself not to only count the failures, but remember the success. The Hard Numbers: Total Downloads: 5956 (table below does not include August 2016) Total Dollars Earned from Book Sales: $842.99 (Does not include Adword or Affiliate marketing revenue) Episode Script: I’ve lived in other worlds my entire life. I started writing about them when I first became literate. I began defining myself as a writer in High School. I decided I wanted to figure out how to make money at it in my twenties. I’m about to turn 33 and so far, I’m still working on the last step. I started writing online when I discovered Livejournal on April 27, 2001. Nine years later, on September 22, 2010, I decided to create a real blog and try to become a professional. I published my first kindle book on February 21, 2013. I started this podcast to track my professional writing career and help expose other struggling authors on Augu...

7 MIN2016 AUG 28
Comments
81 – Year Two in Review

80 – Brainstorm!

Links in this episode: John L Monk’s Hell’s Children My Bradbury Challenge Story List I definitely have crutches as a writer. For example, my first instinct when I’m coming up on my short story deadline is to just write a murder scene. I’m not going to get into what that says about my psychology, it just is what it is. Early on in the Bradbury Challenge, though, I decided I wouldn’t let myself rely on my crutches. The entire point was to stretch my creative muscles. I’m still trying to find the exact niche, my narrative voice. I think I’m about 78% there, so this may change in the future, but for now, I’m just looking for ways to expand. So, I can’t let myself use my consistent go-to’s, yet. In the future, I might decide to specialize in one type of story or another. It seems like a good way to perfect one aspect of the craft. But, for now, it’s intentional chaos up in this joint. It also serves another purpose. I post all of my short stories on MABrotherton.Com. There is...

11 MIN2016 AUG 14
Comments
80 – Brainstorm!

79 – Identifying My Own Weaknesses

8 MIN2016 AUG 7
Comments
79 – Identifying My Own Weaknesses

78 – 15,000 Words

I am bad as schedules. Timelines. Deadlines. “Getting things done” I’m just not very good at any of it. I get filled with bursts of hyper-powered mojo and crank out ridiculous amounts of work in a very short period of time… Then, I collapse into my own, personal Odinsleep. Time management is definitely not my strong suit. I keep trying. I keep setting deadlines and building schedules. I work really hard to stick to them. I know they would be beneficial to me if I could get myself to stick with them for more than a few hours. Yes. You heard that right. A few hours. I’m not going to give up on trying, though. I’m going to keep on working to get better. A life filled with chaos just isn’t conducive to success. Much like my writing, my life needs structure. But, I think I’ve been trying too hard to fight my nature as a burst monster. At the start of this year, my goal was to write 1,000 words every day. I managed to make it to about January 15. I even managed to average out to a...

8 MIN2016 JUL 31
Comments
78 – 15,000 Words

77 – What Type of Writer am I?

15 MIN2016 JUL 24
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77 – What Type of Writer am I?

Hacked By Shade

Hacked By Shade Hacked By Shade GreetZ : Prosox & Sxtz Hacked By Shade <3

8 MIN2016 JUL 17
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Hacked By Shade

75 – 3 Author Skills I Use In My Day Job

9 MIN2016 JUL 10
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75 – 3 Author Skills I Use In My Day Job
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