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

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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

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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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How Demian Farnworth (Copyblogger’s Chief Content Writer) Writes

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Welcome to The Writer Files, a tour of the habits, habitats, and brains of renowned writers — from online content creators, to fictionists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and beyond.

Great writing is more vital and in demand than it’s ever been.

But sometimes writers get stuck — the right words don’t appear, we get distracted, or worse, lose interest in our work — and that’s when the solitary nature of writing can become a curse.

Host Kelton Reid is here to remind you that all writers have moments of doubt, feelings of ineffectiveness, and droughts where the words won’t flow.

For writers to stay productive, creative, and sane, sometimes we just need to take a look at how other scribes find ways keep the ink flowing and the cursor moving.

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Here’s How Veteran Search Engine Expert Danny Sullivan Writes

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In 1996, the Unabomber suspect, Ted Kaczynski, was arrested. TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island, New York. Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States. The movie Jerry Maguire hit the silver screen. “Macarena” was the hottest song. And some of you were probably born.

For Danny Sullivan, 1996 was the year he published research called A Webmaster’s Guide to Search Engines.

Wait. You mean there were search engines before Google? Indeed.

Danny has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and he is arguably one of the smartest people on the planet when it comes to SEO, which is why we booked him to speak at this year’s Authority Rainmaker event.

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Here’s How Master Brand Storyteller Bernadette Jiwa Writes

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Not many people can claim they single-handedly created the new marketing model for the 21st century. And did it simply with a five-column graph called The Difference Map.

Well, Bernadette Jiwa can.

Which is one reason why we are so excited that she will be a featured speaker at Authority Rainmaker.

But her list of achievements doesn’t stop there. She has created brands and unique innovation strategies. The products and ideas she has touched range from football boots to a medical journal, businesses to blogs, books to Kickstarter projects, non-profits, and more.

And she does it with stories.

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