Become a Writer Today

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Do you want to share your story, earn more money and make an impact with your writing? You're in the right place. On the Become a Writer Today podcast, Bryan Collins interviews creatives and best-selling authors. He profiles their writing processes, so you can learn about everything from writing your book to building a profitable creative business. Subscribe today!

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How to Become a Successful Creative Non-Fiction Writer with Susan Scott
How can you write creative non-fiction? And what makes it stand out? I am fascinated by creative non-fiction. It is a type of writing where the writer or author injects something of themself from their personal life or a little bit of creativity into the work. In other words, it's not simply researching a topic and turning it into another dry business book. Writing creative non-fiction can be a challenge. In addition to selecting an intriguing idea, you need to find the best way to express that idea and tell compelling stories that will captivate the reader's attention. This week's guest is a specialist in writing creative non-fiction. Her name is Susan Scott. Susan has written three books over her career and is a New York Times best-selling author. In this episode, we discuss: Her 22 years plus writing journeyHow to approach creative non-fictionHow creative non-fiction and non-fiction differSusans' research and writing processAnd her influences and inspirationResources: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Susan Scott Twitter: fierce_inc Support the show
The Collaborative Writing Process with Becky Breed & Lucy Adkins
How can you collaborate with other writers and authors? And what should you know before you decide to write an article, essay, or book with someone else? This week's interview is all about collaborative writing, and I caught up with two authors from Nebraska, Becky Breed, and Lucy Adkins, to discuss the process. They are collaborative authors who have known each other for over 20 years. Collaborative writing involves embarking on a creative project, whether big like a book or small like an essay, and writing everything from the first to final draft together. You will both work through the topic, ideas, and edits and decide what the final piece looks like.  This seems a challenging process to me, but many authors have great success with collaborative writing projects. In this episode, we discuss: how they got started togetherthe advantages of collaborationwhere to look to find a suitable collaboratorSupport the show
How to Find Your Creative State Even When a Project Lose Its Meaning with Sharlene Anders
In this episode, I caught up with Sharlene Anders, better known as Shallalla who is a creativity coach based in Germany. Shallalla turns the tables during our conversation and asks me questions about my creative work and what I do when I feel like a project doesn’t have any meaning. Like all authors, I enjoy the process of writing. But when I was writing my parenting book, I would turn on the news and be faced with grim stories about the virus, lockdowns, and other world issues. It left me feeling depressed, isolated, and lonely because I couldn’t see anybody outside my immediate family circle due to the country being in lockdown. There were times when I wrote the book when I would say to myself, “What’s the point in writing this book about parenting when there’s so much more going on in the world? Am I just wasting my time? Shouldn’t I be doing something with more purpose or something that adds more value to everything I’m reading and listening about?” Shallalla explained that It’s a pretty common experience that many creatives went through during the lockdown and the past few years. She offers several strategies that creatives can use when they feel like their work doesn’t have any meaning and they feel creatively blocked. In this episode, we discuss: How to reframe lonelinessUnderstanding how meaning comes and goesThe benefits of journallingTechniques for getting into a flow stateDealing with money beliefsBuilding an audienceResources The Van Gough Blues by Eric MaiselI am ShallallaShallalla on YouTubeSupport the show
Growing and Promoting a Podcast and Should you Script the Episodes? With Jack Rhysider
If you're a regular listener to this podcast, you know I stick to a format where I interview an expert on a particular topic. I talk to them about their background and ask them about their writing process and journey. I like the interview format, but there are other formats that you can use for podcasts like the one popularized by Serial, where you script out an episode in advance and tell a story within the episode. That takes a lot more work, but it's an excellent format for writers. I wanted to get in touch with a podcaster who does just that, which led me to talk to Jack Rhysider. He's the host of Darknet Diaries, an award-winning podcast all about the world of hacking and security. Publications like The Guardian and The New York Times have featured the podcast. Jack has been podcasting for over three years, and he says there is real value in consistency and turning up. He describes some of the growing pains he had at the start of his podcast when he found a competitor talking about the same topic. Jack also talks about how you should go where your community is, and he's built a fantastic community on Discord and Reddit. He finds his community often come to him with story ideas and feedback about the show, and word of mouth has helped him grow the podcast. Jack also offers some advice about the storytelling process and recommends a book that has helped him. In this episode, we discuss: How Jack finds someone willing to talk about being hackedJack's research processUsing Discord and Reddit to engage with the audienceUsing storying telling when scripting an episodeIs it too late to start a podcast?Techniques for growing a podcastResources: Out on the Wire by Jessica AbelLimeLinkDarknet DiariesTwitterSupport the show
How to Write Technical Topics in a Fun and Accessible Way with Steve Krug
Steve Krug is the author of the book Don’t Make Me Think. He’s rewritten the book three times, and so far, it’s sold over 600,000 copies.  During the interview, I got into why he decided to rewrite the book several times and how the book helped him build a business around writing technical non-fiction for his audience.  Steve also talks to me about what he’s up to these days and gives some valuable tips for overcoming problems in the creative process like procrastination and writer’s block.  Listening to Steve is reassuring as it shows that writers of all levels have issues with procrastination and motivation.  In this episode, we discuss: The best approach for setting up a new website todayHow Steve came to write his bookWhat Steve is writing todayUsing the Getting Things Done methodology How procrastination has been an ongoing problem for SteveThe books that have significantly influenced him.Resources: Don't Make Me ThinkSensibleGetting Things DoneSteve on TwitterSupport the show
How Writers and Content Publishers Can Use AI Content Generation with James Scherer
As a writer, you may be concerned that AI writing tools will replace you. The answer is no, at least not just yet.  I've tested multiple tools, and while they're helpful and save time, they won't help if you are writing something complex or requiring creativity or in-depth research.  What they can do is help overcome problems like writer's block. They can help you figure out topics you need to cover in your articles and content. They can also help you develop headlines, meta descriptions, and other elements that you should include to help your content rank.  Now, I wanted to catch up with someone who is an expert on the topic, and so in this episode, I talked to James Scherer, the VP of Growth at Codeless.  In the first half of the interview, we talk about James's SEO approach and recommendations for somebody who is starting a site from scratch and his approach to link building.  In the second half of the interview, we get into AI, and James provides some practical tips which will help you get started using AI as part of your writing or content publishing workflow.  In this episode, we discuss: Is it too late to start content marketingHow to speed up results from content marketingHow to start a content site from scratchWhen should you introduce AI tools into your content marketingTips for trying AI software for the first timeResources: the show
NFTS for Writers or Are They a Scam? With Jessica Artemisia
Jessica Artemisia Mathieu is a sci-fi, fantasy author and digital marketing agency owner. She's also the creator of The Sovereigntii, which uses NFTs on blockchain as a new form of storytelling, community, and income. Jessica is one of the few writers I've talked to so far who's successfully using NFT as part of her writing career. I wanted to find out how she's doing it and how writers can get involved today. My key takeaway from talking to Jessica is that we're still incredibly early, so if you find some of the language, terminology, and steps to buying NFTs confusing, don't worry, you're not alone. But now's a good time to learn about the space because NFTs are here to stay for creatives. And it'll be interesting to see how writers and authors use NFTs in future years to connect with their fans and readers. In this episode, we discuss: How to create an NFT based on a piece of writingHow NFTs are opening the door for artists worldwideAre NFTs expensive and what are the alternatives?Why do NFT creators use pseudonyms?Keeping yourself safe in the NFT spaceResources HEN Support the show
Why Non-fiction Writing Is So Powerful with Dr. Joan Smoller
Dr. Joan Smoller is a creative non-fiction writer, a writing coach, a former lecturer at NYU, and author of three books. She’s also written for multiple high-profile publications in the United States, including the New York Times. In this interview, she talks about the power of non-fiction, how writers could use it to inspire social change and what non-fiction has done for her.  Joan demonstrates that a writing career can be diverse. She has taught, instructed, edited, has prepared multimillion-dollar grant proposals, has written about topics like skin cancer, and has run a successful writing program. In other words, the genre or subject that you’re writing about today doesn’t necessarily have to be the genre or topic that you will pursue tomorrow. Joan talks about advice she gives her students: the importance of writing every day and the value of freewriting. I was delighted when Joan mentioned free writing because I’ve used it on and off over the years.  If you’re not familiar with freewriting, Joan describes how to apply it, and she also gives some tips which can help you get over a fear of self-judgment and what other people think. In this episode, we discuss: How writing can be a lifesaverChoosing to write about specific genres How writing has changed over the yearsCommon mental hurdles that writers have to overcomeThe benefits of freewritingWhat to do in order to get your non-fiction to succeedWriting about difficult topicsOvercoming the fear of self-judgement  Resources Resume Support the show
What Is Creative Independence and How Can You Find It? With Jay Clouse
Jay Clouse is the host of the popular podcast, Creative Elements. A couple of months ago, I took one of Jay's podcasting courses, which changed how I think about podcasting and creative work. In this episode, Jay and I discuss the value of consistency. He's interviewed several top performers, like Seth Godin, and turning up and doing consistent work is often the key to their success. Jay also says that it's not too late to start a podcast, write a book, or whatever your creative goals are. Jay has talked to podcasters who started their shows as late as 2007, proving that if you're passionate about a topic and understand your niche, you can connect with an audience. I also asked Jay how he's promoted and built his podcast over the years, and he offers some actionable tips.  We finish the interview talking about NFTs or non-fungible tokens. So if that's something you're interested in, stay tuned until the end of the podcast. In this episode, we discuss: The techniques he's used for getting high profile guests on his podcastHow long it takes Jay to edit a podcast episodeHow Jay balances all of his work projectsWhy it's not too late to start a podcastHow to monetize your podcastWhy all creatives should consider NFTsResources: Creative Elements @jayclouse on TwitterSupport the show (
How to Go Viral on Medium with Amardeep Parmar
Amardeep Parmar is a content creator and a prolific Medium writer.  Within around two years, he built up approximately 60,000 followers. One of his articles went viral, he's got millions of views, and he's featured in top-tier publications online like Wired and Morning Brew.  Amar's experience shows that if you feel like it's too late to start online writing or it's too hard to build an online portfolio and stand apart, you can still do it. It is possible to start writing today and have readers and followers tomorrow. Amar talks about balancing creativity with a scientific approach to the writing process. And he describes how he picks his topics, plans and edits them, and then prepares them for publication.  Amar also talks about why he set up his podcast and describes how he turns content from the podcast into articles.  In this episode we discuss: Amar's viral Medium articleThe writing processTools that Amar uses when writingPlanning out future articlesRepurposing podcast contentHow Amar balances all of his projectsResources: mindfuldriven.comSupport the show (
It’s Not Too Late to Earn Money from Blogging with Debbie Gartner
Debbie Gartner is known as The Flooring Girl.  Her website is all about home improvements, but the emails she sends to her list are all about SEO, creating content, and affiliate marketing.  I wanted to find out how somebody can run two different business models and earn a living. Debbie is very open and transparent about what works in her business and what she earns from it. She produces monthly income reports where you can see the types of digital courses that people are interested in and she provides inspiration for the types of digital products you can create.  Debbie started The Flooring Girl as a side project and it turned into a business when she found herself in debt. She also honed her SEO skills and began coaching clients in SEO and then transitioned to teaching what she knows about SEO into digital courses and other products.  Debbie confesses in the interview that she doesn’t like to write which is interesting considering she’s built a successful content business. She also describes her process for creating all of her digital products.  In this episode, we discuss: Using an email list to generate income and promote productsFinding the right products to promote as an affiliateChoose one thing and implement it wellStop going after the next shiny objectWhich digital products work wellResources: The Flooring GirlSEO CourseSupport the show (
Managing Distractions as a Writer with Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke is the founder of, a service designed to help you focus on your task. It was popularized in 2016 via an AppSumo deal but has gone through many iterations since then. helps you manage distractions which can be a real challenge for writers. Distractions can take you away from your flow state and affect your writing. Dan Clark talked with me about how evolved and how writers and creatives can use it. Dan also states that it pays to understand what time of the day you’re creative, what time you’re productive, and what times you should step back from your work, switch off, and even do nothing. He talks about finding a balance between being bored and hyper-energetic and how that sweet spot can help you get into a creative groove. This interview is a more extended episode than usual because Dan has given a free preview of, which you can listen to at the end of this episode around the 25- or 30-minute mark. In this episode, we discuss: What is and how does it work?What are binaural beats?How the music is createdThe most effective way of listening to Brain.fmHow writers can use Brain.fmHow the product is changing and adapting Resources: Support the show (

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4.9 out of 5
16 reviews
pacorcoran62 2022/01/10
Awesome Podcast
I have been listening to this podcast for about six months now and he has a very interesting podcast with information for writers. He answers the ques...
Andria9804 2021/10/13
Always engaging
Brian always picks great guests and keeps it simple with great interview questions—things aspiring writers really want to know! It’s easy to listen to...
Alexstrath1 2021/06/16
Bryan brings the resources
Bryan had created a network of guests on his show that give you everything you need to be a successful writer. Love Bryan and his action-focused guest...
Trina.McBailey 2021/02/11
Excellent content
You can tell he has a journalism background. Excellent questions.
Anabean79 2021/01/29
Great Interviewing
Every question Bryan Collins asked during the interview I thought, “Great question!” Insightful and down to earth podcast.
Chase0328 2020/06/05
Great Podcast
Love this podcast, Bryans a great interviewer!
CaseyRK 2020/06/05
Love it
Bryan is definitely a natural interviewer. He has just the right questions, and really knows his stuff :)
Jordan gross 2020/05/01
Such awesome chats!
This podcast really dives deep! It's so great because the host really knows his guests and gets the most out of them!


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