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Getting Published

Getting Published is for aspiring writers everywhere who want to turn their hobby—their passion—into a career. I'm Peter Brewster, a Barcelona-based graphic designer; but deep down I've always been a writer. If you feel the same, follow me on my journey as I try to hone my craft and earn credibility as an author. Episode to episode, you'll hear the lessons I learn, as well as invaluable advice from interviews with published authors and other aspiring writers like me. Let's build a community together and propel each other forward. The end goal? Getting Published.
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Getting Published is for aspiring writers everywhere who want to turn their hobby—their passion—into a career. I'm Peter Brewster, a Barcelona-based graphic designer; but deep down I've always been a writer. If you feel the same, follow me on my journey as I try to hone my craft and earn credibility as an author. Episode to episode, you'll hear the lessons I learn, as well as invaluable advice from interviews with published authors and other aspiring writers like me. Let's build a community together and propel each other forward. The end goal? Getting Published.

Jun 13, 2017

Getting work done should be as fun as it is efficient. In this episode I talk about all the tools I use to write; including hardware, software, and motivational tricks.

If you haven't yet, check out Scrivener (the best tool for writers): https://www.literatureandlatte.com

Send that feedback my way!

https://www.facebook.com/gettingpublishedpodcast/

write@peterbrewster.com

May 23, 2017

In this episode I touch on one of the most frequent distractions from my writing (and reading!): TELEVISION. Can a healthy intake of TV shows and movies help your writing? Can too much be a bad thing?

Let me know what you think with a comment on the Getting Published Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/gettingpublishedpodcast/

Or, you can always shoot me an email: write@peterbrewster.com

And here's that writing course I mentioned (It's free!): https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction/

May 9, 2017

I'm always curious to hear what leads writers to the craft, and in this episode I share my personal story.

Is your story similar to mine? Or maybe vastly different? Head on over to the Facebook page and let me know!

https://www.facebook.com/gettingpublishedpodcast/

Or you can email me: write@peterbrewster.com

 

Apr 25, 2017

Ever heard of St. George's Day? In this episode I talk about one of my favorite Catalonian traditions and why this is one of the best holidays for writers.

In honor of "La diada de Sant Jordi" (or St. George's Day), I'm sending a callout for book recommendations! Let me know what book I should read and why! Comment on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gettingpublishedpodcast/

Or email me: write@peterbrewster.com

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Apr 20, 2017

Having finally finished reading this masterpiece, I decided to dedicate an entire episode to A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I discuss how this book opened my eyes to the potential that lies in breaking all those rules we learn as fledgling writers, and talk about why Yanagihara was successful (to me at least) in doing so.

PLEASE give the Getting Published Facebook page a like to stay up to date! https://www.facebook.com/gettingpublishedpodcast/

Also, check out Medium if you haven't already: https://medium.com

And remember, you can give feedback directly on the Facebook page, or you can just email me at: write@peterbrewster.com

 

Apr 4, 2017

As I get deeper into my story, this whole "revision" thing is getting tougher than ever. In this episode I talk about the growing challenges I'm facing in the rewrite process, and ask the question: when it comes to the second draft, how critical of your writing should you be?

Please send your tips on getting through this formidable task they call editing, along with ideas for topics in future episodes!

write@peterbrewster.com

Mar 28, 2017

Since our last interview, E.P. Wyck has been busy turning his NaNoWriMo story into a published book. We discuss his process from start to finish and all of the things he learned along the way.

You can find his debut novel on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Velocity-Black-Star-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B06XG7YJ77/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Visit his author page: amazon.com/author/epwyck

Or find him on Facebook here: facebook.com/likeepwyck

And on Twitter: @epwyck

And you can find out more about 20BooksTo50K here: http://20booksto50k.com/forum/index.php

As always, you can send me feedback via email: write@peterbrewster.com

 

 

Mar 21, 2017

So, I finished those first few chapters and now it's time to share them with a select group of people. Doing so was easier said than done!

In this episode I talk about whether or not it's possible to read your own writing objectively—and if it isn't, how do you stay motivated and keep your confidence up?

Send your (much appreciated) comments and questions to write@peterbrewster.com

Mar 14, 2017

While reading my new favorite book, I had an AHA moment. Sometimes the most memorable descriptions are the ones that aren't written down at all. In this episode, I discuss the concept of "invisible prose", and how this conflicts with my tendency to include a lot of description in my writing.

Here is that wonderful blog post I mentioned: Description - too much or too little?

http://allwritefictionadvice.blogspot.com.es/2011/05/description-too-much-or-too-little.html

Send me feedback, please!

write@peterbrewster.com

Mar 7, 2017

Frustrated with my procrastination habits and how they prevent me from getting the work done, I break them down and talk about how I combat them. I also give an update on my revision.

Here's that list of apps that will help you block out distractions while writing:

http://alternativeto.net/software/macfreedom/

And remember to send me a little feedback:

write@peterbrewster.com

Thanks for listening!

Feb 21, 2017

In this episode, I discuss something that plagues us all every one in a while: doubt.

Feb 13, 2017

I chat with Nikki Stafinski, author of Chasing Shadows. In a Getting Publish first, Nikki reads an excerpt from her novel. Then we have a great chat about her book, revisions, agent queries, NaNoWrimo and so much more.

You can find out more about Nikki on her website:

http://nikkistafinski.wixsite.com/nikki-stafinski

Be sure to check out her debut novel, Chasing Shadows:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N52K3SC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

And become a fan of her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/authorNikkiStafinski/

Have comments or questions about this or any episode? Send that feedback my way!

write@peterbrewster.com

Feb 7, 2017

Did I jump into my revision too soon? A recent email has me thinking a lot about structure and asking the hard questions about my novel. In this episode I talk about different approaches to novel structure, and reflect on how my story is stacking up.

4 Story Structures That Dominate Novels:

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/4-story-structures-that-dominate-novels

Three Act Formula:

http://www.nownovel.com/blog/three-act-formula-novels/

Send me feedback!

write@peterbrewster.com

Jan 31, 2017

We've all been overloaded with the "rules" that writers shouldn't break, or the "mistakes" that will tip you off as an amateur. But how important are they really? Editing a manuscript I wrote as a much younger writer, I've had to address a lot of these faux-pas and make a lot of decisions. In this episode, I discuss some of the most prominent "rules" that writers have been breaking for centuries to varying degrees of success.

What rules do you disagree with? Let me know!

write@peterbrewster.com

Jan 24, 2017

Despite our best intentions, sometimes life gets in the way. I talk about how a monster cold halted my progress over the last week, and some tips I've come across for keeping your writing habit alive when you're under the weather.

I also share some exciting news!

Those helpful blogposts I mentioned:

http://www.jamierubin.net/2013/08/04/writing-while-sick/

http://www.theprocrastiwriter.com/10-quick-tips-writing-sick/

https://nevalalee.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/writing-while-sick-2/

http://www.lucyflint.com/blog-1/work-when-yr-sick

And as always, my email address:

write@peterbrewster.com

Jan 17, 2017

This episode is part 3 of my Revision Series.

We're always told to shut out our inner editor so we can get the words down, but what happens when we need it to come back? I discuss everything I've learned while editing the first chapter (especially the first paragraph) of my novel.

You can email me at: write@peterbrewster.com

 

Jan 10, 2017

Having finally (pretty much) read through the first draft; I discuss character voice, viewpoint and tense; all important things to address before tackling the revision.

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year! This is the first episode in a "series" about my first novel revision. I talk about my initial reactions to the manuscript I'm planning to edit, as well as how to keep motivation up in order to get through this daunting task.

Aeon Timeline, the timeline software I mention:

https://www.aeontimeline.com

An article discussing the Mandela Effect and the movie that supposedly never was:

http://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/internet/2016/12/movie-doesn-t-exist-and-redditors-who-think-it-does

And of course, my email so you can send me your feedback:

write@peterbrewster.com

Dec 20, 2016

I talk about everything genre means to me at this stage in my writing career. From choosing genre, to genre stigmas, to my various attempts (and failures) at writing in the genres I love to read; I tackle this broad topic for the first time and offer the little advice I have.

Comments and Questions about the show are greatly appreciated!

write@peterbrewster.com

Dec 13, 2016

I discuss the various projects on my plate and how uncertainty about which I should tackle next has left my in a bit of a writing slump. Then I examine the importance of reading to aspiring writers, and why keeping up the habit has always been a struggle for me.

Dec 6, 2016

In one of the funnest interviews I've had so far, I talk to Laura E. Goodin. Laura is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia who's just released her first book, After the Bloodwood Staff.

Find out more about Laura on her website:

http://www.lauraegoodin.com/index.html

Or about her book here:

http://odysseybooks.com.au/titles/9781922200723/

You can also follow her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Laura.E.Goodin.Writer

And as always, you can send me feedback by shooting an email to:

write@peterbrewster.com

Nov 28, 2016

In this episode I share a little about my NaNo novel and talk through why I decided to completely mix it up and change my entire plot. I also talk about (accidentally) breaking my Magic Spreadsheet chain, and how I'm dealing with it.

Send me feedback at: write@peterbrewster.com

Nov 23, 2016

I talk with Chrys Kelly about his web serial, Sanctioned. We discuss new media fiction, character diversity and much more.

Find out more about Chrys and check out Sanctioned here:

http://sanctionedwebserial.co.uk/wp/

And don't forget to check out his new web serial, Wordsmith:

http://www.thewordsmithoflondon.wordpress.com

And you can find him on social media:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GenNewMedia/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/GenNewMedia 

Nov 21, 2016

I talk about my NaNoWriMo progress, and how the quantity vs. quality mentality can sometimes get me down.

Comments or topic ideas for the show? Great! Write me at:

write@peterbrewster.com

Nov 15, 2016

I have a chat with young writer, Nasim Mansuri, who's currently living in Lithuania as a volunteer. We talk NaNoWriMo, fan fic, first sales, and much more!

Check out Nasim's blog here:

https://nasimmansuri.wordpress.com

Or follow her on twitter!

https://twitter.com/search?q=nasimwrites

Send feedback for this or any episode at:

write@peterbrewster.com

 

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