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Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, A Network Of Storytellers, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

Customer Reviews


There’s some good info here, some just generally interesting stuff. But generally I find this show annoying. They mention that a lot of people would like to publish a book. But the majority of them don’t have the advantages this guy has. They’re not successful screen writers who just have to ask and they get an agent dropped in their lap.

Also, after the end of the first episode of he had said “I’m still that boy in the woods” one more time I would have stopped listening entirely. But as he talks about his search for the perfect font and even commissioning his own font, it just feels like a guy oblivious to his own privilege and under the false impression that people are interested in hearing about it.

And all this for a book that is basically the exact same plot as Lumberjanes.

Excellent podcast

I really enjoyed this series. Interesting, well written, and wonderfully narrated.
5 stars to John August!

Inspiring piece-detailed and informative

John August knows how to write, he knows how to podcast. He also knows how to make me cry describing the first time he held his book in his hand. Love it!