SA387 You Have the Time if You Make the Time


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LIES! You DO have time to write. Today, Johnny talks some simple things you can do to create extra time in your schedule. But in truth, you aren’t adding time at all. You’re freeing it up. When you understand how Parkinson’s Law works against you, you can also turn it around to work FOR you. […]

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SA386 Unseat Your Hero with a Terrible Secret


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Every hero needs a great knockdown off their high horse, and a deep, dark secret is a great way to do that. Today, Sean talks about some great ways to make your hero’s world turn on its head. From discovering your father sees hooker because you’re the call girl who shows up at his door […]

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SA385 Why Are Your Books Worth Reading?


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Everyone wants to be a writer. But you need to answer a question: Why are your books worth reading? Why are you different? Why are you better? You need to find your unique selling point. Once you identify this, you’ll be better able to break through the flood of self-publishing that’s currently in the market. […]

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SA384 Give Your Characters a Strong Sexual Identity


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As storytellers and artists in general, we should give our characters a strong sexual identity. This doesn’t mean sex, but who your character is. Sean explains how you can ‘future-proof’ your stories, especially with the world changing as it currently is. This isn’t just about giving your characters a quirk; sexual identity, paired with other […]

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SA383 What is the Best Genre to Write In?


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We’re not going to give you a simple, formulaic answer because there are several things to consider. Today, Johnny talks about the questions you need to ask yourself before you choose the genre you want to write in. From stylistic to knowledge and desirability to knowing your why, you must be honest with yourself and […]

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SA379 What Are Tent Poles?


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Hold the silly jokes… tent poles are very important! We’re using the term with story in mind, and whether you’re a plotter or pantser, you should keep them in mind, too. Today, Johnny talks about tent poles, how they help your reader stay interested in your story, and how to plan them well to prevent […]

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SA378 Why You Need to READ, READ, READ


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There’s a simple quote from William Faulkner every author should take to heart: “Read, read, read.” Today, Sean talks about what his take on the quote is, and while some of it is obvious, he digs into how he’s put his reading to practical use in making his self-publishing career a success. Help a friend…FacebookEmailTwitterBufferGoogle+MoreHelp […]

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SA377 Use a Timer to Write Faster


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Everyone talks about enhancing productivity, but it’s hard to know what will work for you. Today, Johnny talks about what took him from fast to light speed, and it’s probably something you already have at home… a kitchen timer. He explains how he uses it with Scrivener’s word count to up his productivity and quick […]

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SA375 Why the Second Act is Hardest and How to Make It Easier


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Many people agree: the second act is the hardest to write. In the beginning, you have discovery and excitement. At the end, you have velocity. But the middle can be a wasteland. Today, Sean talks about why the second act is challenging, how to combat it, and simple things you can do to prepare and […]

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SA374 Try Casting Your Characters


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The idea of casting characters is something we’ve referred to very often on our various podcasts and in our books. Today, Johnny gives a solid overview of how you can be very practical in creating your characters to help you and your collaborators remember appearance and personality. Here’s an example: this character is Daniel Day […]

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SA373 Flexibility as an Author with Jamie Davis


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Pantsers and plotters are the dogs and cats of the writing world. They can’t coexist, right? Maybe not. In this episode, I explore the creative freedom of being flexible not just in the narrative itself but also in how you approach your writing at its most basic level. Don’t be a monolith, who only plots […]

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SA371 Why Your Character Should Never Stand on a Soapbox


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As a writer, it’s impossible not to insert yourself into your stories. But as a responsible storyteller, you can’t put your character on a soapbox if it doesn’t hold true to that characters. In other words, don’t preach! It turns readers off. Today, Sean gives you some step-by-step advice to deal with this common problem […]

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SA370 The Art of Selective Apathy


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Many artists navigate by ‘feel.’ This often leads to fear paralysis, causing the artist to create nothing at all. Today, guest host C. Steven Manley explores the definition of art, and when an artist should and should not pay attention to their feelings. There are some feelings you MUST ignore, and this is the selective […]

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SA369 Why Every Smarter Artist Needs a Mentor


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You might already be a successful smarter artist, but there’s something missing in your life: a mentor. Sure, you can keep treading water, but you won’t truly grow until you have ideas and observations from the outside, especially in the form of a mentor. Today, Sean talks about the benefits of having a mentor, and […]

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SA368 Make Your Characters Real Instead of Perfect


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How many people in your life are perfect? How many people try to be and it annoys you to no end? Today, Johnny talks about how the best characters are aren’t perfect. Sometimes good people do bad things and bad people do good things; that’s life. Your story should reflect life because it will resonate […]

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SA367 You Need a Creative Author Calendar


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Do you have a plan for your writing one year, two years, five years down the road? If not, you need a creative calendar. Guest host Jamie Davis shares his creative calendar planning tool with the Smarter Artists listening out there. He explains the importance of having goals and a plan that is written down […]

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SA365 Rules Versus Guidelines in Self Publishing


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Just because there aren’t rules in self publishing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow the guidelines. Sure, you can publish literally anything, but if you want a real, long-lasting career in self publishing, there are conventions you should heed. Today Johnny talks about some of the biggest and most important guidelines to adhere to if you […]

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SA364 The Value of a Wart


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In this episode of The Smarter Artist, guest host C.Steven Manley talks about imperfections in your characters and provides three actionable tips to help make them more realistic and relatable. It’s possible to find the perfect elixir of traits for your character AND your story. Help a friend…FacebookEmailTwitterBufferGoogle+MoreHelp a friend…FacebookEmailTwitterBufferGoogle+More

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SA363 How to Decide the Profit Potential of a Book


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So how much will that billionaire vampire romance book make? There are a lot of factors to consider, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Today, Johnny talks about some of the things you need to consider when projecting potential profits for your book, your genre, and your current platform. Help a friend…FacebookEmailTwitterBufferGoogle+MoreHelp a friend…FacebookEmailTwitterBufferGoogle+More

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