By Practical help and direction for writers of hope from sisters Emily P Freeman and Myquillyn Smith, dad Gary Morland, and Brian J Dixon
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You want your writing to help people and give hope, and we want to help YOU and give YOU hope! Maybe you’re a beginner stumped with questions about your next steps. Or you’ve been writing for a while but feel you need some clarity in why you write. Maybe you want help to live the life you’re encouraging others to live, without feeling like a phony. Or maybe you’re an author who’s been doing this for years but you long to see how other writers balance the business side of the writing life. Well, we fill every episode with encouragement, inspiration, and practical advice about the writing craft, business, and calling. Emily and Myquillyn have been writing online for nearly ten years. The four of us have published a total of seven books, several of them best sellers. We know what it’s like to feel stuck, aimless, and uninspired in our writing. And we want to help you skip the learning curve we’ve had to struggle through. With The HopeWriters Podcast you’re going to feel so far ahead of the game. You’re going to see your writing dreams more clearly than ever. You’re going to gain hope. And you’re going to have fun.
||Clean03-07 How To Capture and Organize All Your Awesome Writing Ideas||It’s easy to have a million ideas. But what do you do with them? Where do you keep them? How do you organize them? How do you know if your ideas add up to anything valuable? How do you know if it’s a book or - whatever? It’s important to have a...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-06 Plan Your Perfect Writing Day||How do you write consistently in the middle of the unpredictability and responsibilities of your everyday life? Managing yourself - knowing how to use your time as a writer, and running your own writing days - is a foundational skill needed to be a...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-05 Ian Cron - Enneagram for Writers||Let’s get to know our writing strengths! “The Road Back to You” author Ian Cron helps us see how the Enneagram personality assessment can help us better take advantage of our strengths, help us understand our built-in weaknesses, and even help...||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-04 Book Launch Secrets Google Won't Tell You||If writing a book is important to you, sooner or later you’ll find yourself confronting a book launch. You need more than tips you find on google - you need to know how you can launch a book yet remain a human being whose family still knows you and...||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-03 How to Know When to Change Course||So you’ve been writing for awhile but you feel like you’re not really growing an audience, like nobody really cares. Should you change what you write about? And what would you change to? How can you get to where you write about something you’re...||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-02 How to Find the Perfect Writing Mentor||Thinking you need a writing mentor is way easier than actually finding one. And there are questions you may not have considered: Are you even ready to be mentored? Are you already being mentored without realizing it? What if you could make the...||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-01 The Million Dollar Email Question||You’d never guess it’s controversial but it is. Once a month in the Hope*Writers Facebook group a friendly debate pops up about the best way to let readers know you’ve written a new blog post. What do you do when the guru’s say one thing and...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-09 Logan Wolfram - Don't Let Your Voice Get Lost||What’s it like to be busy and successful at doing good things that are some people’s dreams, but that come with an unknown cost? Logan was chief steward and curator of the Allume conference for four years. Then she stopped, and the conference...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-08 Ann Voskamp - Inside the Writer's Heart||Ann Voskamp shares: what practical writing time looks like for her; how she makes writing a low pressure spiritual discipline; writers she loves and how they influence her writing; the disadvantages and overwhelming challenge of a successful first...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-07 Q&A's Live from the H*W Workshop||How to get more readers. How to start an online writing encouragement group. How blogging and book writing go together. Ideas for helpful books and courses. And more!||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-06 What's On Your DON'T List?||Most people have a to do list. A DON’T list can be just as important. Writing is a deep work; your energy and time for writing is worth protecting. We’ll share the things we’ve chosen - on purpose - to NOT do to help you with your own...||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-05 How To Make Money Writing||How is a part-time - or even full-time - income from your writing possible? You have more options than you realize. Here’s what’s worked for us, how we started, what we changed, and why. It’s an adventure - put your toe in and see what works for..||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-04 What's Your One Most Important Thing?||When your writing life feels complicated, having One Most Important Thing to focus on can be sanity saving. What’s most important? Is it writing skill? A certain social media? Your platform? Your niche? It’s different for everyone, and in this...||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-03 You Might Be a HopeWriter If||Your hopewriter calling is not just writing - it’s a calling to spread hope, to connect, and to be relentlessly helpful, without sacrificing your life and family. But, the writing life can have so many pieces, industry standards, and things it seems..||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-02 How to Never Self-Promote Again||Here’s the end of that icky self-promotion feeling, the end of thinking that God should maybe market your writing without you. We long to get our message out, but we’re uncomfortable with what we think it requires. So how do faith and marketing...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-01 How to Find Time to Write||Thirty minutes to end that ‘I don’t have time to write’ feeling. You’ll change how you think about time, and get practical tips for gaining time to write. You’ll hear how to plan your writing time with your family, see that there are two...||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-09 How Summer Changes the Writing Life||AKA: How to take a break. How to make the most of your summer, or of any time you’re able to take a break. Crazy as it seems, it can take courage, planning, and effort to rest - but it’s worth it. Just planning a break and knowing you have one...||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-08 Learn From Our Idiot Moves||Real stories we’re embarrassed by today - that seemed like such good ideas at the time. BUT we can learn from it, and laugh at ourselves, and use it to motivate ourselves, right? Brian's story of how NOT to get an editor’s attention. Emily and how..||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-07 Overwhelmed? How to Save Your Writing Life||Writing can take a lot out of you. How can you move forward and be creative when you feel like you’ve been doing things a certain way forever? How can you make the most of your writing energy? The answer: You need to find your own balance of system...||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-06 Steal Our Genius Moves||Ideas we’ve tried for living and working that have turned into genius moves that help us as writers, and that that have made life easier, better, and more fulfilling. Steal ours or come up with your own! You never know when some idea you try might...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-05 Should You Blog?||Should you blog? Is blogging dead? Can blogging help your goals as a writer? If so, how? How has blogging changed? What’s the best way to use a blog? If Emily and Myquillyn started a blog today, what would they do? And you’ll hear - from an editor..||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-04 Unlikely Writing Teachers||Here’s what we can learn from unlikely writing teachers like Taylor Swift, Bob Marley, Stacy London from ‘What Not to Wear,’ Lorne Michaels from SNL, philosopher Marcus Aurelius, and more. Writing school is all around us if we just open our eyes..||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-03 Instagram for Writers||For the hope writer, Instagram can be special - it’s another way to share your message and give hope. But we need to think of it purposefully if we want to have followers who engage with us and our message. How do you know what to post, what to say,..||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-02 BONUS Pt 2 What I Wish I'd Known||Part 2 - Three first-time authors share what they wish they'd known before they wrote their first books - HopeWriters Deidra Riggs, Mary Carver, and Amber C Haines.||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHW 01-01 What I Wish I'd Known Before I Wrote My First Book (Pt 1)||Learn from our experience what we wish we’d know before we published our first books - the difference between blogging and book writing, how to have a professional attitude, overcoming endorsement fear, ideas for getting connected in the writing...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMyquillyn's system for taking a break||Myquillyn shares her system to make the most of downtime and seasons of breaks||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSimply Tuesday||Emily's new book! Why we love small, slow, and ordinary.||8/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat only summer can teach me||School's out and summer takes over - and we love what it's taching||7/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's pull out our summer brain||Let's slow down together, and give our soul a solstice.||6/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Day I Realized I Had a Job||What IS a job, anyway? What do you do when your passion becomes a commitment, and the lines between home, family, and work are hard to see?||5/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYes, It's Worth Celebrating||Let's celebrate the under-appreciated, under-used art of celebrating. And let's get distracted by StitchFix, Graceland, and conversations with your furniture.||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTreat Yo Self!||Let's celebrate the small useless things that give our lives joy and make us feel more human for the benefit of ourselves and others! The sisters chat with friends Kendra and Caroline at the end of a Girlfriend Weekend.||3/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Q&A Show!||We answer your questions about successful transitions, meal memories, hanging pictures, and more||2/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New Year Your Way||You don't have to start a new year with resolutions and goals. In this episode, we each share our un-goals and un-resolutions as our personal examples of how to plan your new year your way.||12/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod rest ye merry Annie Downs||Author and loud laugher Annie Downs chats with us about merriment, and about the journey of embracing how God wired you as a gift to others.||12/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen it doesn't look like plenty||Plenty in the middle of lack; lifelines in the middle of transition; with author Leeana Tankersley||11/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFear in all its glory||We figured out it's a lot easier to know what we're afraid of than why||10/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChange, transition, netflix, egg mcmuffins||Big changes are challenging to hope. But we tried.||9/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Inspiring conversations and practical help for my writing and live.
I've listened to the hope*writers podcast since its earliest days, and it consistently remains a favorite. Gary, Myquillyn, Emily and Brian never fail to offer real, practical help for my writing as well as inspire me to live out my calling as a writer. Without a doubt, this is the podcast I wish I had years ago when I began taking writing more seriously, but it’s the podcast I’m thrilled to have today as a more experienced one. It's a favorite resource for newbie and experienced writers alike.
My Go-To Podcast
As an author, the hope*writer podcast is my go-to place for encouragement, inspiration and practical application. No matter how many books I've written or how well they sell, there is still always so much more to learn and new ways to grow. I love the creativity, smarts and insights of the hope*writers team. In a noisy world where it's hard to know who to listen to, hope*writers makes that choice easy for me. It will for you too!
I always feel empowered to just write after I listen. It doesn't seem so scary anymore. In fact, it feels scarier not to! Thank you!