How Sarah Stodola (Author of ‘Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors’) Writes


Journalist and creative non-fiction author Sarah Stodola shared her writer’s file with host Kelton Reid in this episode of The Writer Files.

Her recent book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors is a fascinating collection of the habits and habitats of heralded scribes.

Ms. Stodola is also an accomplished journalist and editor whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Mental Floss, The Daily Beast, The Fiscal Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Storyboard, Slate, and many others.

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How Chief Content Officer Sonia Simone Writes


Coral-coiffed marketer and prolific online publisher Sonia Simone stopped by The Writer Files on Rainmaker.FM this week to share her writing secrets with us.

Ms. Simone is co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger Media, as well as an educator, speaker, and the devious mastermind behind the podcast Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer.

Sonia appeared in The Writer Files written series on Copyblogger and stopped by again to drop some writerly wisdom on us.

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How Bestselling Author Ann Handley Writes


In this episode of The Writer Files, host Kelton Reid invited digital marketing pioneer Ann Handley to chat about her writing process. She’s a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, brilliant keynote speaker, the world’s first Chief Content Officer, and a prolific digital content creator.

Ann Handley appeared on The Writer Files written interview series on Copyblogger last year and stopped by again to share her methods of madness with us.

You can also see Ann live at Authority Rainmaker, a carefully designed live educational experience that presents a complete and effective online marketing strategy to help you immediately accelerate your business.

Ms. Handley will be speaking about creating content that makes a difference for your business objectives by showing you how to create content that is empathetic, useful, and inspired.

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Here’s How Henry Rollins Writes (Slightly NSFW)

Authority Rainmaker 2015 keynote speaker Henry Rollins

Prolific is a weak word to describe Authority Rainmaker 2015 keynote speaker Henry Rollins. In fact, most words fail to capture his many dimensions.

In August of 1981, young Henry got his start, joining the seminal punk band Black Flag. Following the band’s breakup in 1986, he started 2.13.61, a record label and publishing company. Shortly after that, he formed the breakthrough Rollins Band.

He went on to become an author and spoken-word artist. Endless work in print, film, radio, and television followed.

But you might find yourself wondering why The Writer Files would showcase a punk icon. Simple …

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How Neuroscientist Michael Grybko Defines Creativity


Have you ever wondered how prolific writers summon vast stores of creativity without seemingly breaking a sweat?

The Writer Files host, Kelton Reid, would like to introduce you to a guest segment where he enlists the help of a neuroscientist to give us a tour of The Writer’s Brain.

He has invited research scientist Michael Grybko — of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington — to help him define creativity from a scientific standpoint.

He will help us pinpoint where exactly in the brain creative ideas come from, decide if you can teach an old writer new tricks, and test the theory that writers’ brains are similar to professional athletes.

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How Award-Winning Journalist Adam Skolnick Writes


Sometimes word nerds just need a place to talk shop, and that’s the intention of today’s episode of The Writer Files. Host Kelton Reid asked award-winning journalist Adam Skolnick to join him for a guest segment called “writer porn.”

Adam is an award-winning, globetrotting travel journalist, which is kind of a rare thing these days. He is the author and co‐author of 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks, and has written for publications as varied as the New York Times (for whom he won a big award from the Associated Press Sports Editors last year), ESPN, Wired, Men’s Health, Outside, the BBC, and Playboy.

He recently finished his first narrative nonfiction book based on his award-winning New York Times coverage of the death of the greatest American free diver of all time, titled One Breath (slated for publication in January).

Kelton and Adam talk about how a page-one New York Times story became a book, the secret literary legacy of Playboy magazine, debunking Jack Kerouac’s prolificness, and tips and tricks to staying focused when you’re working on multiple projects across multiple timezones.

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