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The Prolific Creator

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The Prolific Creator is about life, art, and doing the generous thing. Follow writer, artist, and publisher Ryan J. Pelton as he discusses processes and strategies for writing lots of words, creating lots of art, and the motivation driving the whole thing. TPC podcast also interviews fellow prolific… read more

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TPC #021: Alinka Rutkowska on Selling Books

August 4th, 2022


Alinka Rutkowska is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, CEO of Leaders Press, and a top 100 Amazon bestselling author in business …

TPC #020: Mary Adkins on Using Existing Skills to Create

July 27th, 2022


Mary Adkins is a novelist, recovered lawyer, and a mother. She traded in her Ann Taylor pantsuits to enter the wild west of fiction writing, She read tomes about the craft of storytelling. Mary memorized devices like …

TPC #019: Abigail Morrison on Telling the Truth

July 9th, 2022


Abigail Morrison is a creative writer who’s been telling stories for over a decade. She loves stories that feature grace and redemption, ask questions (without necessarily answering them), and point toward possibility. …

TPC #018: Jim Laughren on Fighting Wine Snobbery

July 4th, 2022


Jim Laughren loves wine. And has for a very long time. He is a former importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world. He is also a Certified Wine Educator who has both taken and taught dozens of classes …

TPC #017: Dan Werb on the Power of Story

June 20th, 2022


Dan Werb, PhD, is a writer and epidemiologist, with faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the …

TPC #016: Emily English Medley on Honest Art

June 16th, 2022


When Emily English Medley wrote her debut novel From the Moon I Watched Her, she knew it would push some buttons perhaps in a negative direction. But …

TPC #015: Aaron Poochigian on All Things Poetry

April 25th, 2022

AARON POOCHIGIAN earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His thriller in verse, Mr. …

TPC #014: Emily Crookston on Ghostwriting

April 19th, 2022

Emily Crookston spent a bunch of years mucking around creating marketing content before Emily realized she's better suited to longform writing. Since launching her business, Emily has worked with dozens of clients …

TPC #013: Daniel Grothe on Why Place Matters?

November 30th, 2021


Daniel Grothe is a writer, pastor, and musician from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a proud husband to Lisa, and has three amazing kids: Lillian, …

TPC #012: Samantha Hanni on Editing

November 17th, 2021


Samantha Hanni is a writer, blogger, and freelance editor. She has helped over 60 authors get their manuscripts ready for publication. In this episode, Ryan and Samantha explore what to look for in an editor, Samantha's …

TPC #011: Vikrant Shaurya on Writing Bestselling Books

November 3rd, 2021


Vikrant Shaurya is the Founder/CEO of Over the years, Vikrant and his team have helped hundreds of authors write popular and …

TPC #010: Jason A. Meuschke on Staying the Course

October 21st, 2021


A native Missourian and US Air Force Veteran, Jason stays busy in both his professional and personal life. He's a devoted family man, has a day job he still enjoys, hosts a weekly podcast, and makes time to write …

TPC #009: Rediscovering Play and Hobby in Our Work

October 12th, 2021


In this episode, Ryan explores the need for play in our work. Somewhere along the line we'll succumb to short term thinking, and forget about the long term reasons we create things. What does it mean to incorporate …

TPC #008: Christiana Peterson on the Artist's Reality

September 28th, 2021


Christiana N. Peterson is the author of Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints and Awakened by Death: Life-giving Lessons from the Mystics. Her writing on the mystics, community, …

TPC #007: Is Creator's Block a Thing?

September 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Ryan explores the myth of writer's or creator's block. Is it a thing, or is there something else lurking beneath the surface in our stuckness? Ryan will explore this topic and give steps for getting …

TPC #006: Christian Shockley on Reading and Making Poetry

September 14th, 2021


In this episode, Ryan talks with poet and teacher Christian Shockley. Christian believes art and poetry help us live more meaningful lives. Ryan and …

TPC #005: Mark Bertrand on Writing with a Day Job

September 1st, 2021


J. Mark Bertrand writes novels. “A major crime fiction talent” (The Weekly Standard) in the vein of Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, and Jo Nesbø, Mark …

TPC #004: Jay Wilburn on Writing, Calling, and Pain

August 24th, 2021


Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in beautiful Conway, South Carolina. He is a full-time writer of horror and speculative fiction. Jay …

TPC #003: You're Going to Die - Make Great Art

August 18th, 2021


In this episode, Ryan explores a reality for us all... we're going to die. But woven into the fabric of death is great wisdom. A wisdom that often motivates us to do your best work, make our best art, and to become the …

TPC #002: 10 Rules of Life for the Prolific Creator

August 11th, 2021


In this episode, Ryan shares an ancient practice for creating a rule of life. What would it look like to craft a rule of life for our creativity? …

The Prolific Creator #001: I'm Back Baby!

July 22nd, 2021


I screwed up, I gave up too soon... The Prolific Writer was dead, was lost, and now is found, and resurrected as The Prolific Creator. In this first …

TPW 116: The End.

February 22nd, 2020


Ryan interviews Sashka Hanna-Rappl and Peter Seth for his final show. Thank you for joining the ride for these last three plus years. Over a hundred thousand downloads and so blessed and honored to be part of the indie …

TPW 115 - Phillip McCollum on 52 Stories in 52 Weeks

January 31st, 2020


Phillip McCollum hails from the normally sunny expanses of Southern California where he writes “fantastic fiction”: speculative fiction in many …

TPW 114: Jorjeana Marie on Using Improv to Fight Writers Block

January 17th, 2020


Jorjeana Marie is a television writer, author and produced playwright. After attending NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program at TISCH, Jorjeana had several plays produced at the 78th St Rep, The Neighborhod Playhouse, The …

TPW 113: Harvey Stanbrough on 50 Novels in 5 Years

January 10th, 2020


Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer who by the middle of December 2019, Harvey had written and published 50 novels, 7 novellas, over 200 short stories, and hundreds of poems. He also compiled and published 30 …

TPW 112: Edgar Swamp on Mixing Up Genres (Halloween Special)

November 18th, 2019


Edgar Swamp lived the rock and roll life before realizing his real passion: writing. Ryan and Edgar discuss his new book Amber Hallow, and why Edgar …

TPW 111: Adam Smith on Writing Christian Pulp Fiction

October 11th, 2019


Adam Lane Smith is a prolific writer of non-fiction and fiction titles. But his passion is writing kick-butt and action-packed pulpy fiction …

TPW 110: David Waddell on Grace-Driven Writing

September 27th, 2019


David Waddell teaches Recreation Administration at the University of Mississippi. This position followed a twenty-year career in ministry leadership …

TPW 109: Rob Eagar on Wildfire Marketing

September 7th, 2019


Rob Eagar is a marketing consultant and one of the most accomplished book marketing experts in America. He has coached over 600 authors and helped …

TPW Motivation Monday's 022: Andrew Luck on Writing

August 27th, 2019


Ryan is back from an extended hiatus with another installment of Motivation Monday's. In this episode, Ryan explains his reasoning for taking a break from writing and podcasting, what he learned while away, and much …

TPW Motivation Monday's 021: The Thread and a Summer Update

July 8th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses an essential element for writing great books. It's a common feature of all helpful, …

TPW Motivation Monday's 020: 5 Benefits of Online Courses for Writer's

June 25th, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the benefits of online learning and online courses. Many writer's miss out on the value of online courses for taking their craft to the next level. More …

TPW Motivation Monday's 019: 3 Reasons for Writing Fiction

June 17th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan draws on the wisdom of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Is writing fiction a waste of time? Or, does …

TPW 108: 7 Step Story Structure for Kick-Butt Novels

June 14th, 2019


What elements are essential for a great story? How can we evaluate our stories ensuring they're not just scenes going nowhere? In this episode, Ryan explores the 7 Step Story Structure for writing page turning, …

TPW Motivation Monday's 018: Outline Your Novel Challenge

June 11th, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan shares a new resource called the Outline Your Novel Challenge. He explains why challenges are …

TPW 107: William Turner on the Art of Research for Novels

June 8th, 2019


William Turner is a former Vietnam Vet turned mystery/thriller author. A cruel comment from a teacher in grade school gave William the passion to …

TPW 106: Thien Doan with a Live Book Coaching Session

May 31st, 2019


Dr. Thien Doan is a Christian writer that's known for his nonfiction work. But now, he wants to try his hand at fiction. In this episode, Ryan and Thien do a live coaching session on his fiction work in progress. …

TPW Motivation Monday's 017: Write the Book You Can't Write

May 28th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores the idea that the project with the most tension, resistance, and fear... might be the one …

TPW 105: J.P. Choquette on Page Turning Thrillers

May 24th, 2019


J.P. Choquette is an author who pens thrillers that turn pages, not stomachs. She has published several full-length suspense novels, a number of …

TPW 104: Dissecting My First Novel

May 17th, 2019


In this episode, Ryan dissects and analyzes his first novel (Hired Gun) written in 2013. Previous to the episode, Ryan hadn't read a single word from the book since being published in 2015. He will discuss why he no …

TPW Motivation Monday's 016: Paying Attention

May 15th, 2019


Simone Weil said paying attention is the greatest and purest act of generosity. How does that apply to writing? Find out in this installment of …

TPW 103: Lucas Mangum on Reading and Writing Widely

May 10th, 2019


Lucas Mangum is a horror, literary, and romance writer who loves to blend all three genres together. He also believes in a simple adage: read and write widely, and read and write a lot. Lucas found early success with …

TPW Monday Motivation's 015: Will Smith on Overcommitting Yourself

May 7th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan finds some writing inspiration from actor, musician, and rapper Will Smith. It may seem counterintuitive, but it might be the motivation we all need to get more words on …

TPW 102: Shashane Wallace on Sacrificing for Your Work

May 3rd, 2019


Shashane Wallace is a romance author from Jamaica. In her early years, Wallace didn't have access to many books and didn't think authors existed. Yet, she was determined to write the stories deep in her heart. Listen …

TPW Motivation Monday's 014: Creation Versus Consumption Ratio?

May 1st, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the role of digital media, creation versus consumption, and how to find more time …

TPW 101: Susan Neal on Getting Healthy

April 26th, 2019


Susan Neal is an author, speaker, and wellness coach who is on a mission to reclaim the health of the body of Christ. She combated a health crisis at the age of forty-nine with ten medical diagnoses and two surgeries. …

TPW 100: Ella Barnard on Fighting Perfectionism

April 19th, 2019


Ella Barnard is host of the Author Like a Boss podcast, owner of Author Boss Academy, and administrator of the Author Like a Boss FB Group. She’s also an author and publishing coach who loves helping creative people …

TPW Motivation Monday's 013: Tiger Woods on Writing

April 15th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and what we can learn from his story. Find more writing …

TPW 099: Rachael Herron on Writing Memoir

April 13th, 2019


Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including thriller (under R.H. Herron), mainstream fiction, feminist romance, memoir, and nonfiction about writing. She received …

TPW 098: Aileen Erin on All Things YA

April 5th, 2019


Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. After working in commercial editing in Los Angeles for a few years and writing after hours, Aileen decided to leave the industry to dedicate more …

TPW 097: Greatest Hits Episode with Joe R. Lansdale

March 29th, 2019


*Ryan was not feeling well, so he's doing another Greatest Hits episode with Joe R. Lansdale. One of our most popular shows. This show was recorded …

TPW Motivation Monday's 012: Everything's on Loan

March 26th, 2019


In this Motivation Monday's, Ryan reflects on a commencement speech by Stephen King. The essence of the talk: everything's on loan, we don't own anything, we're just stewards. How does this relate to our writing …

TPW Motivation Monday's 011: 5 Advantages for Being a Prolific Writer

March 18th, 2019


In the latest installment of Monday Motivation's, Ryan explores the advantages for being a prolific writer and creator. Does quantity diminish …

TPW 096: Tim Tigner on Teaching Yourself to Write

March 15th, 2019


Intent on combining his creativity with his experience, Tim began writing thrillers in 1996 from an apartment overlooking Moscow’s Gorky Park. Twenty years later, his passion for creative writing continues to grow …

TPW Motivation Monday's 010: Know Thy Self Know Thy Season

March 11th, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the secret for becoming a prolific writer. It has nothing to do with technology, …

TPW 095: Catherine Banks on Writing One Million Words in 2019

March 8th, 2019


Catherine Banks is a USA Today bestselling fantasy author that pushes the boundaries of prolific writing. Banks has penned over forty novels and is …

TPW 094: Sarah K.L. Wilson on Rapid Releases

March 1st, 2019


USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. In this episode, Ryan and Sarah discuss what drives Sarah …

TPW Motivation Monday's 009: Are You Playing the Short or Long Game?

February 26th, 2019


In another installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the short versus the long game of writing and publishing. We're all tempted to take shortcuts and become impatient with our work. But if we play the long …

TPW Motivation Monday's 008: Completion for 2019

February 18th, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the place of completion. What are the projects you need to complete for 2019? How do you decide which ones to tackle? Listen in and get motivated! More …

TPW 093: Glen Robins on the Adventure of Writing

February 15th, 2019


Glen Robins loves a good adventure. Whether going on one, reading about them, and now, writing them. Glen is carving a path for living a new …

TPW Motivation Monday's 007: The One Dirty Secret for Writing

February 13th, 2019


In the latest installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan reveals the one secret, and possibly the dirty little secret... most writers ignore. It's the …

TPW 092: Lynne Hinton on the Healing Power of Writing

February 8th, 2019


Lynne Hinton is the author of twenty books, including the NY Times Bestseller, Friendship Cake and Pie Town, the 2011 NM Book of the Year: Fiction/Adventure, Drama Category and 2011 National Federation of Press Women's …

TPW Motivation Monday's 006: Writing Motivation from Tom Brady

February 5th, 2019


In another installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores some writer motivation from an unlikely source: Tom Brady. Brady might be the best quarterback of all time, but he offers great advice for writers and …

TPW 091: Brinton Woodall on Overcoming Obstacles for the Writing Dream

February 1st, 2019


Brinton J. Woodall was born in the Bronx, New York. During his childhood years numerous educators voiced to Brinton that he was learning disabled …

TPW Motivation Monday's 005: The One About Language

January 29th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses one of the hang ups of every writer, language. Are my prose flowery enough? Do I use …

TPW 090: Ruth Amos on Just Do It!

January 25th, 2019


Ruth Amos has a PHD in chemistry, and spent the last ten years teaching in universities. But not anymore. She's living the full time author dream …

TPW Motivation Monday's 004: What Are You Doing Between 8-12?

January 22nd, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan explores how to find time to write. All the complaints, excuses, and noise in the world. How will …

TPW 089: How to Write a Novel Without an Outline?

January 18th, 2019


In this episode, Ryan tackles a topic that only few dare to tread: writing a novel without an outline. Much writing advice and many books have been written on how to outline a novel. How about scrapping the outline and …

TPW Motivation Monday's 003: Nobody Cares About Your Writing Career

January 17th, 2019


In this installment of Motivation Monday's, Ryan discusses the freedom writers can find by one simple truth: nobody cares about you. It's a hard truth, but a necessary one for having a long term writing career. 

TPW 088: Jim Heskett on Writing Smart Thrillers

January 12th, 2019


Jim Heskett is an award-winning author, a world traveler, podcaster, purveyor of TV, movie, book reviews, and writing advice. In this interview, Ryan and Jim discuss his journey from screenwriting to novels, the reason …

TPW Motivation Monday's 002: What Will It Take in 2019?

January 7th, 2019


Welcome to another installment of Motivation Monday's. In this episode, Ryan discusses what it will take to reach your writing goals for 2019. It might sound simple, but it's the path for every writer and creative. …

TPW 087: Jo Ho on Persistence and Pushing Boundaries

January 4th, 2019


Jo Ho is a self-taught, award-winning British screenwriter, director and now, author, who gained her first broadcast credit when she created and wrote one of CBBC’s most ambitious productions in history, the action …

TPW Motivation Monday's 001: Writing Goals, Resolutions, and Challenges

December 31st, 2018


Join Ryan every Monday to get your writing week kicked off in the right direction. In this episode, Ryan explores the place of writing resolutions, …

TPW 086: Write a Novel in 45 Days (2 Year Anniversary Show)

December 21st, 2018


In this two year anniversary episode, Ryan walks through a step-by-step blueprint for writing a novel in 45 days (or less). He's used this same …

TPW 085: A.J. Flowers on the Day Job Myth

December 14th, 2018


Fantasy author A.J. Flowers (AKA: Alyssa Flowers), has written 10+ books in the last couple years, and found a rabid audience for her stories. And she's done it all with a demanding day job. Join Ryan and Alyssa as …

TPW 084: How Do I Fund My Writing Habit?

December 1st, 2018


So you've finished your manuscript and want to hit publish. But you're low on funds, scratch, the cash. What now? In this episode, Ryan discusses free, cheap, and creative ways to fund your writing habit. Too many …

TPW 083: Clare Connelly on 0 to 70 Books in 4 Years

November 17th, 2018


Romance author Clare Connelly had little expectation when she published her first book in 2014. After 70 books, half a million downloads, publishing deals, and a growing fanbase, Clare is living her writing dreams. …

TPW 082: Kenny Sills on Finding Your Next Story Idea

November 11th, 2018


Kenny Sills is not afraid of a fight. He has spent the last twenty years learning the skills of martial arts and is now the owner of a studio …

TPW 081: Special Edition- How to Dominate National Novel Writing Month?

November 2nd, 2018


National Novel Writing Month is about learning how to start and finish your work. How to fight the resistance and get more words on the page. Whether you are participating in this years event, or not, this episode is …

TPW 080: William Schlichter on Inspiring the Next Generation of Writers

October 19th, 2018


William Schlichter is an author and teacher who has a passion to inspire the next generation of writers. From his early influence of Star Wars he knew the path of his life was paved... writer, director, or artist. In …

TPW 079: Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn on Collaborative Storytelling

October 12th, 2018


Prolific writers and podcasters Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn return for an enlightening conversation about collaborative storytelling. Armand …

TPW 078: Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Creating a Long and Satisfying Writing Career

October 5th, 2018


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Her 30+ years of writing, editing, and …

TPW 077: L. Bachman on Working on Your Craft

September 28th, 2018


At a young age, L. Bachman started creating stories and art. This form of expression led to becoming a published author with the stories Maxwell DemonHuman Ouija, and Harvest. She has also been included in several …

TPW 076: Amy Meyer on Choosing the Right Genre

September 21st, 2018


Anne-Marie Meyer (Amy Meyer) wasn't always a successful romance author. It took multiple attempts, in multiple genres, to find her sweet spot. As …

TPW 075: Jacob Airey on Fighting Through a Bad Publishing Deal

September 14th, 2018


Jacob Airey loved stories from the day his parents bought him The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the age of 9. From that book spawned a love of reading stories and from that: a love for writing …

TPW 074: Matthew W. Quinn on Selling Books in Person

September 7th, 2018


Matthew W. Quinn dreamed of writing since childhood. After getting a degree in journalism, and writing for a local newspaper, things went south. He lost his job, pivoted careers, and yet never gave up the pursuit of …

TPW 073: How to Start a Writing and Publishing Business?

August 31st, 2018


Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? In this episode, Ryan shares his Two Page Publishing Business Plan for shifting from a hobbyist writer to building an empire with your words. Ryan walks through …

TPW 072: Anne Perreault on Staying True to Your Message

August 24th, 2018


Anne Perreault grew up moving  around the world from Germany to Dubai to Vermont. Despite her family moving multiple times she never gave up the …

TPW 071: C.S. Johnson on Genre Hopping and Loving It

August 17th, 2018


C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once …

TPW 070: Jay Sigler on Bootstrapping Your First Novel

August 10th, 2018


Debut author Jay Sigler discusses his first book Train Thoughts. Jay chipped away for years on his morning commute for what would become his first …

TPW 069: Maria Dismondy on Choosing the Right Publishing Path

August 3rd, 2018


Nationally recognized author Maria Dismondy is dedicated to inspiring and empowering children. She has authored seven children’s books, made more than 400 speaking appearances, and is a presenter and publisher. Maria …

TPW 068: Russell Blake on Lessons Learned After 60+ Books

July 20th, 2018


Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is The NY Times, WSJ, and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of action/adventure, mystery, thriller, and Sci-Fi novels. After …

TPW 067: Pen Names, Consolidation, and Updates

July 13th, 2018


In this episode, Ryan explores the use of pen names. Many voices in the writing community have divergent opinions on the subject. Ryan explains why …

TPW 066: Casey Cease on Partnership Publishing

June 22nd, 2018


Casey Cease is the Founder and CEO of Lucid Books. As an author, pastor, and speaker who has published his own book, Casey knows first-hand the importance of partnering with a team of experts to edit, publish, and …

TPW 065: Joe R. Lansdale on Do the Work

June 8th, 2018


Prolific writer Joe R. Lansdale, has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. …

TPW 064: Jake Bible on Four Weeks to a Finished Novel

May 25th, 2018


He's back! Jake Bible, Mr. Prolific himself, the one who kicked off this podcast in 2016, is back with the writer goods. Jake and Ryan discuss his …

TPW 063: Alexander Grant and the Power of Good Covers

May 18th, 2018


Alexander Grant, author of the popular King's Lion series leapt into writing and publishing, like many do: passionate, eager, and naive. Grant …

TPW 062: Joanna Penn on Becoming a Healthy Writer

May 4th, 2018


Joanna Penn is a prolific writer of bestselling fiction and nonfiction works. In this episode, Ryan and Joanna discuss her new book: The Healthy …

TPW 061: Kerry J Donovan on Writing Action Thrillers

April 27th, 2018


Kerry J. Donovan has quietly built a raving fan base across the world. His police procedurals, and action thrillers, are flying off the shelves, …

TPW 060: Steven K. Smith on Middle Grade Fiction

April 13th, 2018


Steven K. Smith loved telling stories to his three boys. He had no idea these stories would allow him to become an author. Smith hails from Virginia, …

TPW 059: Michael Anderle on Writing Books People Want to Read

March 30th, 2018


Micheal Anderle is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who never dreamed of the success come his way. His runaway hit series Kutherian Gambit exceeded his humble expectations to put it lightly. In this episode Ryan and Michael …

TPW 058: Michael Bunker on Writing Amish Sci-Fi and Living Off Grid

March 16th, 2018

Michael Bunker is a prolific Sci-Fi writer living off-off grid in Central Texas. After a successful book on living off grid Bunker tried his hand at …

TPW 057: Can Christians Only Write Amish Romance Novels?

March 2nd, 2018


In this episode Ryan explores the role of faith in writing. Can Christians and people of faith write only "family friendly" books? Are people of …

TPW 056: Anna Sabino on Creative Careers

February 9th, 2018

Anna Sabino left the 9-5 on Wall Street to pursue her creative dreams. She not only did it, but wrote a book on how you can do it too. Anna and Ryan explore the balance of creativity and business, why keeping the day …

TPW 055: Tim Spykstra on Writing in the Christian Market

January 19th, 2018

Tim Spykstra is the founder and president of Oceans Ministries. A nonprofit with a mission to bring the Father's love to spiritual and physical orphans in Africa and around the world. Ryan and Tim discuss his entry into …

TPW 054: Bringing Back the Fun of Writing in 2018

January 5th, 2018


We're back! In the first episode of 2018, Ryan discusses a writing goal most writers neglect. Instead of agonizing over word counts, books published, newsletter subscribes, fans, or royalties in the bank. Get back to …

TPW 053: Jovan Mackenzy on Writing Hip Hop Music

December 22nd, 2017

Ryan sits down with up and coming Hip Hop artist Jovan Mackenzy. They discuss Jovan's tough upbringing and his inspiration for music and art. Why art is one of the better mediums to communicate hard truth, writing …

TPW 052: Chuck Buda on Never Giving Up the Dream

December 15th, 2017


Horror author Chuck Buda revisits the show to share his journey of the last year, from writing full time, to going back to the day job. One thing is …

TPW 051: S.D. Smith on Writing for Children

December 8th, 2017


S.D. Smith has lived an interesting life. From growing up in rural West Virginia, to South Africa in the middle of apartheid, and back to West Virginia. Now, Smith writes for children and burst onto the scene with his …

TPW 050: Lindsay Buroker on the Evolving Indie Landscape

December 1st, 2017


Lindsay Buroker is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who burst on the scene in 2011. Some called it the hay-day of indie publishing and Ebook Revolution. …

TPW 049: Jonathan Maberry on Never Too Late To Start

November 24th, 2017


In this episode Ryan interviews New York Times bestselling and award winning author Jonathan Maberry. Maberry is a genre hopping author writing for …

TPW 048: Laura Beers on Lessons Learned as a New Author and Publisher

November 16th, 2017


Laura Beers is a first time historical romance author. But not a newbie in the writing craft. She spent much of her life doing technical writing for construction management companies. In this interview, Ryan explores …

TPW 047: Rachel Aaron on Writing Fast, Often, and Well

November 9th, 2017


Rachel Aaron burst onto the writing scene with her book 2k to 10k. A book providing tips, tricks, and insight on how to write fast, often, and well. But Aaron was no stranger to the craft of writing. She's been writing …

TPW 046: Halloween Special with Philip Fracassi

October 31st, 2017


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In our first annual Halloween Special, horror author Phillip Fracassi stops by the show. We discuss all things writing, horror, and favorite scary TV and film. Philip Fracassi is an up and coming …

TPW 045: Greatest Hits- J. Thorn on Collaboration

October 26th, 2017

In this Greatest Hits episode, Ryan chats with bestselling horror author and podcaster J. Thorn. If you've heard the name you know J. is a team …

TPW 044: Greatest Hits- Jake Bible on Being Prolific

October 20th, 2017

Ryan does a Greatest Hits episode with Jake Bible. Jake is a prolific writer who writes a book a month in a variety of genres. You will gain a ton of …

TPW 043: Thien Doan on Starting the Writing Journey and Early Success

October 13th, 2017


Thien Doan knows the realities of humble beginnings. Refugee family from Vietnam barely scraping by, influence of drugs in the home, and a spiritual …

TPW Micro Monday's 06: Finishing What You Start

October 10th, 2017

In this installment of Micro Monday's, Ryan explores the key ingredient for finishing what you start. This simple element might be what is holding …

TPW 042: M.L. Bullock on Writing What You Love

October 5th, 2017


Monica Bullock never dreamed writing ghost stories would take her so far. From a young age Monica loved reading and writing stories about the …

TPW 041: Rachael Herron on What It's Really Like to Write Full Time

September 29th, 2017


Rachael Herron dreamed of writing for a living. Chose the typical path of writing degree in college (MFA), worked a day job, and wrote on the side. …

TPW Micro Monday's 05: Patience and the Long Game

September 26th, 2017

In this installment of Micro Monday's Ryan explains one of the most overlooked keys to writer success. A simple idea, yet, one most writers ignore for shortcuts and quick wins.  

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TPW 040: Sean Platt on Being True to Self and Write, Publish, Repeat

September 22nd, 2017


Sean Platt a fixture in the indie writing community stops by the show. From his breakout serialized dystopian hit Yesterday's Gone with writing …

TPW Micro Monday's 04: 5 Benefits for Writing Books

September 18th, 2017


In this installment of Micro Monday's, Ryan explores the five benefits for writing books. You might want to write for money and fame. But maybe, just …

TPW 039: Joanna Penn on Author Mindset

September 15th, 2017


Every writer deals with fear and self doubt. In this episode, Ryan interviews prolific and international bestselling author Joanna Penn. She explains …

TPW Micro Monday's 03: The Resistance

September 11th, 2017


In this installment of Micro Monday's Ryan discusses the insidious force which stops writers in their tracks... Resistance. What is it? Why does it …

TPW 038: Jackie Dolamore on Grit, Grind, and Having Fun

September 8th, 2017


Jackie Dolamore has seen it all. A traditionally published author transitioning to the indie revolution and having no regrets. She wondered if her …

TPW Micro Monday's 02: Marketing and 1000 True Fans

September 4th, 2017


On this Micro Monday Ryan discusses marketing from a unique angle. How can we get our message into the world? It might not be as difficult as you …

TPW 037: Boyd Craven on Experimentation and Learning from Failure in Writing and Publishing

August 31st, 2017


Boyd Craven is a living example of how you can make it as a writer. From urban farmer to Post-Apoc author making a living slinging his words. But things are never easy in the writing and publishing game. Boyd shares …

TPW Micro Monday's 01: How to Find Time to Write?

August 29th, 2017

Micro Monday's is a new feauture of The Prolific Writer Podcast. Each monday hear a "mini" episode with tips, tricks, and inspiration for writing and …

TPW 036: Monica Leonelle on Building Your Writing Speed

August 24th, 2017

Monica Leonelle is a best selling fiction and non ficiton author. But she wasn't always slinging words and publishing multiple books a year. Her …

TPW 035: Michael La Ronn on Following Your Passion After Near Death Experience

August 17th, 2017


Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 science fiction & fantasy books including the Android X series, Modern Necromancy series, and the Galaxy Mavericks series. He writes from the great plains of Iowa and has …

TPW 034: The Prolific Writer Manifesto (10 Confessions for Becoming Prolific)

August 10th, 2017

Who doesn't want to write more books? But it takes a particular mindset and practice for it to become reality. What does it take to become a prolific …

TPW 033: Dean Wesley Smith on the Myths of Writing and Publishing

July 26th, 2017


Dean Wesley Smith is a USA Today best selling author with over two hundred novels and short stories. Dean is not new to the writing game and has seen it all. In this interview, Dean unearths the myths of writing and …

TPW 032: Jim Johnson on Finishing What You Start

July 20th, 2017

Jim Johnson spends his days technical writing and editing... and by night... transforms into a superhero fiction writer. In this interview, Ryan explores with Jim the keys to finishing what you start. Why do writers …

TPW 031: Heinlein's Rules for Taking Your Writing to the Next Level

July 13th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan explores a process for taking your writing and productivity to the next level. Robert A. Heinlein wrote Sci-Fi in the 40's, …

TPW 030: Jason Meuschke on Writing in Community

July 6th, 2017


Jason Meuschke is an aspiring novelist who found an important ingredient for his career... writer groups. While writing can be a lonely and …

TPW 029: Andrew Mackay on Learning to Write Through Screenplays

June 27th, 2017


Andrew Mackay built his storytelling chops in film school after writing screenplays. Andrew left his teaching job in 2016, and already has written …

TPW 028: David Martin on Thinking Like a Publisher

June 20th, 2017


David Martin has written a helpful book on productivity aimed at the indie author. A great temptation for the indie publisher is to write and write …

TPW 027: Patti Larsen on Never Giving Up the Dream

June 13th, 2017


Patti Larsen dreamed of being a writer from a young age. When school, multiple jobs, and life got in the way; the dream almost died. But with a …

TPW 026: Barry J. Hutchison on Writing Children and Adult Fiction

June 7th, 2017


Barry J. Hutchison has written over eighty children's books for a traditional publisher. In the last couple years he's ventured into the world of …

TPW 025: Chris Fox on Developing a Prolific Writing Habit

May 30th, 2017


Chris Fox burst onto the indie writing scene in the last couple years in a big way. Not only has Chris succeeded in writing bestselling Sci-Fi and Horror novels. Chris has a passion to share everything he's learning …

TPW 024: Brian Meeks on Amazon Ads

May 23rd, 2017


Brian D. Meeks came to the writing game later in life. After losing a job and moving back to his father's hometown in 2010; he gave writing a shot. …

TPW 023: Jay Wilburn on Writing Through the Pain

May 15th, 2017


Horror author Jay Wilburn was born with a genetic kidney disorder. Later in his adult life Jay would feel the weight of a kidney not functioning at …

TPW 022: Josh Spilker on Experimental Fiction

May 1st, 2017


In this episode, Ryan interviews writer, artist, and creative Josh Spilker. Josh is not satisfied with writing fiction inside the typical literary box. He wants to push the bounds of writing and explore new ways to …

TPW 021: H. Claire Taylor on Writing What You Care About

April 18th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan interviews humor writer H. Claire Taylor best known for her Jessica Christ series. Taylor didn’t always write in the humor/satire space and explains why. The temptation for writers in the modern …

TPW 020: Aaron Hodges on Giving New Life to Unfinished Stories

April 10th, 2017


Aaron Hodges is a fantasy writer from New Zealand and living the prolific writer life. In this interview Ryan and Aaron explore the challenge of …

TPW 019: Tracy Cooper Posey on Writing 100 Books

April 3rd, 2017


Tracy Cooper Posey is no rookie when it comes to writing. She’s written almost 100 books and writes in a unique genre – Romance Sci-Fi. In this interview Ryan explores with Tracy the myths of traditonal publishing …

TPW 018: Rick Partlow on Endurance in Writing

March 27th, 2017


Rick Partlow is a Sci-Fi author who knows the art of endurance. Wrote his first novel in high school, went to college, wrote some more books, got an …

TPW 017: Craig Martelle on Telling Good Stories

March 20th, 2017


Craig Martelle is the essence of a modern prolific writer. A former officer in the Marine Corps, lawyer, and business consultant, turned Sci-Fi …

TPW 016: Robert Kroese on Being Yourself

March 13th, 2017


Writers come in all shapes and sizes. In this episode, Ryan interviews Sci-Fi author Robert Kroese who has great advice… be yourself. Kroese hasn’t bought into the trappings of traditonal publishing and is okay with his …

TPW 015: Zach Bohannon on Writing with a Day Job

March 6th, 2017


Zach Bohannon is a popular horror writer with a day job. While Zach B. is working toward ditching the 9-5, we explore how to write in the cracks of …

TPW 014: Amanda M. Lee on Writing Two Books a Month

February 27th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with prolific cozy mystery author Amanda M. Lee. Amanda is the most prolific writer to date on the show. With over 100 …

TPW 013: J. Thorn on Collaboration

February 20th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with bestselling horror author and podcaster J. Thorn. If you’ve heard the name you know J. is a team player. He has …

TPW 012: Kevin Tumlinson on Draft to Digital and Writing Habits

February 12th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with podcaster, author, and RV’er, Kevin Tumlinson. When Kevin is not driving the family RV around the country, he’s cranking out books, podcasts, and helping authors kick butt. Ryan and …

TPW 011: Wayne Stinnett Truck Driver to Successful Author

February 6th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan interviews Wayne Stinnett whose journey to successful author took many twists and turns. Be inspired by Wayne who left day job …

TPW 010: Chuck Buda on Living the Writer Dream

January 30th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with prolific horror author Chuck Buda. Fired from a corporate America job of twenty years. Chuck took the leap of …

TPW 09: Libbie Hawker on Outlining for Speed

January 23rd, 2017


In this episode, Libbie Hawker tries to convince Ryan why outlining is essential for writing fast and with quality.

Will he be persuaded?

Libbie is an author of over 30 fiction books and explores outlining for speed in …

TPW 08: Armand Rosamilia on Paying it Forward

January 15th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with prolific writer and podcaster Armand Rosamilia. Armand has written over 150 stories with no end in sight. In their …

TPW 07: Mike Duran on Know Thy Self

January 8th, 2017


In this episode, Ryan chats with author Mike Duran. Mike is an interesting guy who left the ministry to write novels. He is a hybrid author and writes in a variety of genres: horror, urban fantasy, and nonfiction. …

TPW 06: Jake Bible on Being Prolific

January 1st, 2017


In this episode, Ryan interviews prolific fiction writer Jake Bible. Jake has written 41 published novels, short stories, movie scripts, and hosts …

TPW 05: How to Edit Fast?

December 24th, 2016


In this episode, Ryan explains his techniques, and other prolific writers techniques, on editing, rewriting, and drafting.

It’s a misnomer that …

TPW 04: 20 Tips for Better Writing Stephen King

December 20th, 2016


In this episode, Ryan shares twenty tips for better writing from the master storyteller Stephen King.

On the show Ryan explores excerpts from King’s book “On Writing” and shares how you can write faster, often, and …

TPW 03: Russell Blake Reflects on 51 Books

December 15th, 2016


In this episode, Ryan discusses an article about being prolific. Russell Blake, an indie author, has written 51 books in less than six years. He …

TPW 02: 7 Habits of Prolific Writers

December 9th, 2016


In this episode Ryan discusses seven habits for writing fast, often, and well. If you want to be a prolific writer there are patterns, habits, and …

TPW 01: Writing for the Love

December 7th, 2016


In this introductory episode Ryan explains writing for the love. If you want to be a prolific writer it can’t be motivated by money, fame, or …

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