The Writer's Well - Conversations about writing from craft to wellness.

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We hit snooze. After a long weekend of travel for both Rachael and J., the two come together early in the morning on podcast day to discuss the idea of polarization as a writer and as a person.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

Rachael and J. welcome the always charming, Joanna Penn to the show to discuss what it means to be a healthy writer. In addition, J. and Rachael announce The Writer’s Well Retreat for September of 2019.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell ...

This week’s question leads to a deep conversation about a writer’s voice and how it’s manifested in the stories we tell. Also, we have a new Patreon intro video!What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

In the first health and wellness topic, J. and Rachael share their morning routines as well as some tips for keeping your body healthy with a delicious and easy breakfast recipe.Morning Routines:J.5:00 - wake up (no alarm), biological needs5:15 - meditation (traditional, open-eyed, no sounds)5:35 - morning affirmations and gratitude (verbal)5:40 - WORDS (first drafting)6:40 - check email, messages, sales, ads, etc.7:00 - take son to school7:15 - workout at Planet Fitness (30 minutes on bike, 8-m ...

After a few episodes of heavy questions, Rachael asks J. about reading habits and the ways he incorporates those into his writing.Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of TitansKindle NotebookWhat’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

J. and Rachael discuss the pain of failure, the learning curve, and getting better at knowing when you need to remove something (or someone) from your life.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

How do you define “making it” as a creative? Rachael and J. discuss this complex and nuanced question posed by a listener. Episode comprised of 100% recommended daily dose of honesty.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

Without skipping a beat, Rachael answer’s J.’s question. Is there value in not knowing the “proper” way to do something, going beyond good to great? Tune in and find out!What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

Rachael hits J. up with a vague, fuzzy, question and the conversation ends with Rachael promising to publish steampunk. Well, not really. But listen and you’ll get it.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

With surprising ease, “Petal to the Metal” has rebranded as “The Writer’s Well.” Same hosts, format, and feed but with an intentional focus on health and wellness for writers.Symmetric Design - https://symmetricdesign.co/BookAds - http://bookads.co/What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org

But don’t panic. We’re not going anywhere, just getting better. Get ready for a regular segment on being well as a writer and help us finalize our new podcast name. Six Foundations by J. Thorn - https://theauthorcopilot.com/sendmesixfoundations/...

But don’t panic. We’re not going anywhere, just getting better. Get ready for a regular segment on being well as a writer and help us finalize our new podcast name. Six Foundations by J. Thorn - https://theauthorcopilot.com/sendmesixfoundations/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal is back, and Metal poses an appropriate question in response to listeners who want to know how to be healthy while being a full-time creative. The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

Petal is back, and Metal poses an appropriate question in response to listeners who want to know how to be healthy while being a full-time creative. The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

With Petal under the weather, Metal talks with indie romance writer, Adrienne Bell and tries to figure out why somebody would be crazy enough to start a podcast. https://www.adriennebell.net/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

With Petal under the weather, Metal talks with indie romance writer, Adrienne Bell and tries to figure out why somebody would be crazy enough to start a podcast. https://www.adriennebell.net/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In the third installment of the Plot Fundamentals mini-series, Petal and Metal review the 15 obligatory scenes and discuss how to use them in drafting and revisions. Click to download the PDF for this episode:...

In the third installment of the Plot Fundamentals mini-series, Petal and Metal review the 15 obligatory scenes and discuss how to use them in drafting and revisions. Click to download the PDF for this episode: https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/episode76.pdfWhat’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetalMore information here - http://thepeta ...

Before returning to Petal’s project and the Story Grid fundamentals, this week Petal asks Metal where his writing falls in the priority list. And don’t feel sorry for Metal. He likes not having friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave...

Before returning to Petal’s project and the Story Grid fundamentals, this week Petal asks Metal where his writing falls in the priority list. And don’t feel sorry for Metal. He likes not having friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

This sequel is better! Petal and Metal drill deeper into the Five Commandments of the Global Story and Petal is excited to draft. Can you believe that? Click to download the PDF for these past two episodes:...

This sequel is better! Petal and Metal drill deeper into the Five Commandments of the Global Story and Petal is excited to draft. Can you believe that? Click to download the PDF for these past two episodes: https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/episode73-74.pdfWhat’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetalMore information here - http://thepeta ...

In a slightly different episode, Petal shares her plot ideas for a new book with Metal. They plan on coming back together next episode to review the Global Story Five Commandments. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…...

In a slightly different episode, Petal shares her plot ideas for a new book with Metal. They plan on coming back together next episode to review the Global Story Five Commandments. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal sets up Metal with a softball question, enticing him into a discussion on how he’s adapted a few Story Grid elements to plan a novel. The duo agrees to post before and after versions of Petal’s 15 Obligatory Scenes for a new contemporary...

Petal sets up Metal with a softball question, enticing him into a discussion on how he’s adapted a few Story Grid elements to plan a novel. The duo agrees to post before and after versions of Petal’s 15 Obligatory Scenes for a new contemporary romance! What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

After a week of recuperation, Petal and Metal reflect on their time together in Chicago and take an honest look at the hidden costs of attending events, especially for introverts or people who need a little personal space. What’s your answer to our...

After a week of recuperation, Petal and Metal reflect on their time together in Chicago and take an honest look at the hidden costs of attending events, especially for introverts or people who need a little personal space. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

LIVE from Chicago! Petal and Metal meet for the first time at the Sell More Books Show Summit where they record a live episode of the podcast in a room filled with food, fun, and friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

LIVE from Chicago! Petal and Metal meet for the first time at the Sell More Books Show Summit where they record a live episode of the podcast in a room filled with food, fun, and friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal poses an interesting (and recurring) question to Metal this week as the two discuss what they love about being full-time creatives, including the unexpected benefits neither saw coming. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

Petal poses an interesting (and recurring) question to Metal this week as the two discuss what they love about being full-time creatives, including the unexpected benefits neither saw coming. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Climbing out of the canals of Venice, Petal returns to Metal’s question about deliberate practice and they discuss why simply doing the same thing over and over again doesn’t make you better. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

Climbing out of the canals of Venice, Petal returns to Metal’s question about deliberate practice and they discuss why simply doing the same thing over and over again doesn’t make you better. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Metal acknowledges the brilliance of Tim Ferriss and decides to pose one of his questions to Petal. This is exactly like KISS. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other...

Metal acknowledges the brilliance of Tim Ferriss and decides to pose one of his questions to Petal. This is exactly like KISS. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal loves failure. And so does Metal. In this episode, she asks him about the aspect of his professional life where he’s most afraid of failure. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and...

Petal loves failure. And so does Metal. In this episode, she asks him about the aspect of his professional life where he’s most afraid of failure. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal returns! After catching up, Petal and Metal go raw with straight talk about addiction. A different kind of episode but a necessary conversation to have in our society today. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate...

Petal returns! After catching up, Petal and Metal go raw with straight talk about addiction. A different kind of episode but a necessary conversation to have in our society today. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Angela Addams! http://www.angelaaddams.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -...

Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Angela Addams! http://www.angelaaddams.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Rekka Jay! https://www.rjtheodore.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -...

Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Rekka Jay! https://www.rjtheodore.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

After an inspiring time at Uncon, Petal runs Metal through an exercise designed to help you drill down to your core reason for writing. Get ready for two guest co-hosts to close out March while Petal recharges her batteries. What’s your answer to...

After an inspiring time at Uncon, Petal runs Metal through an exercise designed to help you drill down to your core reason for writing. Get ready for two guest co-hosts to close out March while Petal recharges her batteries. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

We often try to bring more of our personality to our business, but sometimes thinking about applying best practices of business to our personal lives can really make a difference in them and to those we care about. What’s your answer to our...

We often try to bring more of our personality to our business, but sometimes thinking about applying best practices of business to our personal lives can really make a difference in them and to those we care about. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Although Kickstarter and Patreon are the two most recognized crowdfunding platforms, Metal asks Petal for her general thoughts on the technique, and they both ponder why a crowdfunded, standard novel feels underwhelming unless you’re Stephen King....

Although Kickstarter and Patreon are the two most recognized crowdfunding platforms, Metal asks Petal for her general thoughts on the technique, and they both ponder why a crowdfunded, standard novel feels underwhelming unless you’re Stephen King. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Not just from a financial standpoint, but Petal and Metal discuss how they’re preparing for the perfect future—when they both die on the same day with an unfinished manuscript in their cold, dead, hands. What’s your answer to our question? Leave...

Not just from a financial standpoint, but Petal and Metal discuss how they’re preparing for the perfect future—when they both die on the same day with an unfinished manuscript in their cold, dead, hands. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

All hail to INBOX ZERO! Petal asks Metal how he manages his email which leads to a question of daily activities, and trying to figure out which ones are unsustainable. J.’s Inbox Zero hack - http://theauthorcopilot.com/email/ What’s your answer to...

All hail to INBOX ZERO! Petal asks Metal how he manages his email which leads to a question of daily activities, and trying to figure out which ones are unsustainable. J.’s Inbox Zero hack - http://theauthorcopilot.com/email/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Keeping it green, Petal and Metal discuss the idea of recycling old story ideas, themes, or manuscripts. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on...

Keeping it green, Petal and Metal discuss the idea of recycling old story ideas, themes, or manuscripts. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In this thoughtful, more reflective and serene episode, Petal and Metal discuss how their experiences and journeys influence their writing. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then...

In this thoughtful, more reflective and serene episode, Petal and Metal discuss how their experiences and journeys influence their writing.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetalMore information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal is pumped about recording her soon-to-be-released non-fiction title! She asks Metal about his approach to both audiobook consumption and production. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on...

Petal is pumped about recording her soon-to-be-released non-fiction title! She asks Metal about his approach to both audiobook consumption and production. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In a special episode, Petal and Metal reveal a secret they’ve been keeping from everyone, going back all the way to 1987! http://red87.club *If you want to see the Facebook ad, go to http://thepetaltothemetal.com/ep054 What’s your answer to our...

In a special episode, Petal and Metal reveal a secret they’ve been keeping from everyone, going back all the way to 1987!http://red87.club*If you want to see the Facebook ad, go to https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/AdSummary.jpgWhat’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetalMore information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

We’re not newlyweds anymore. With an anniversary-themed topic in mind, Metal poses the shortest question thus far: Why podcasting? FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit - EARLY BIRD ENDS JAN. 12! The Career...

We’re not newlyweds anymore. With an anniversary-themed topic in mind, Metal poses the shortest question thus far: Why podcasting? FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit - EARLY BIRD ENDS JAN. 12! The Career Author Podcast What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothem ...

We looked back, and now we’re looking ahead! Petal and Metal share their goals, intentions, hopes, and dreams for 2018—in the first episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit The Career...

We looked back, and now we’re looking ahead! Petal and Metal share their goals, intentions, hopes, and dreams for 2018—in the first episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit The Career Author Podcast What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal. ...

An episode one-year in the making! Petal and Metal share their highlights, accomplishments—and shortcomings of 2017—in the final episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your...

An episode one-year in the making! Petal and Metal share their highlights, accomplishments—and shortcomings of 2017—in the final episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal poses the eternal and ever-changing question to Metal in this episode. And as happens so often, the two share some of the same challenges in writing. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…...

Petal poses the eternal and ever-changing question to Metal in this episode. And as happens so often, the two share some of the same challenges in writing. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Rachael and J. reveal their true identities this week (lie) before talking about inspiration from art in other mediums. And don’t miss out on the special “early bird” exclusive for The Sell More Books Show Summit in May 2018! Sell More Books...

Rachael and J. reveal their true identities this week (lie) before talking about inspiration from art in other mediums. And don’t miss out on the special “early bird” exclusive for The Sell More Books Show Summit in May 2018! Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

After attempting to fill Petal’s creative well, Metal asks how to know if your project idea is a blockbuster or a bomb. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and...

After attempting to fill Petal’s creative well, Metal asks how to know if your project idea is a blockbuster or a bomb. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal comes with a question for Metal this week after the two open the episode with a delightful conversation sure to whet your appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. Get inspiration wherever you can find it. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one...

Petal comes with a question for Metal this week after the two open the episode with a delightful conversation sure to whet your appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. Get inspiration wherever you can find it. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Fresh off the maiden voyage of “Authors on a Train,” J. gushes over the amazing attendees before asking Petal about the difference between the amateur and pro mindset. FYI, both Petal and Metal have done everything they mention in this episode....

Fresh off the maiden voyage of “Authors on a Train,” J. gushes over the amazing attendees before asking Petal about the difference between the amateur and pro mindset. FYI, both Petal and Metal have done everything they mention in this episode. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thep ...

Opinions are like...you know what. Everyone gets and gives advice. Petal and Metal talk about the most tried and true writerly advice that they routinely ignore. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe...

Opinions are like...you know what. Everyone gets and gives advice. Petal and Metal talk about the most tried and true writerly advice that they routinely ignore. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

The elusive and terrifying word count. Petal and Metal discuss why writers should care (or not) about word count and what it means in the big picture. “Floor 9.5” – A Story Grid analysis with Shawn Coyne - http://theauthorcopilot.com/floor95/...

The elusive and terrifying word count. Petal and Metal discuss why writers should care (or not) about word count and what it means in the big picture. “Floor 9.5” – A Story Grid analysis with Shawn Coyne - http://theauthorcopilot.com/floor95/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

We all have it at every stage of the journey. Discover how Petal and Metal manage impostor syndrome in the writer’s life. Venice 2018 - https://rachaelherron.com/venice2018/ Authors on a Train 2018 - http://authorsonatrain.com/ What’s your answer...

We all have it at every stage of the journey. Discover how Petal and Metal manage impostor syndrome in the writer’s life. Venice 2018 - https://rachaelherron.com/venice2018/ Authors on a Train 2018 - http://authorsonatrain.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Knock. Knock. In this episode, Petal and Metal talk about the joys of writing while wearing camo shorts or no pants at all. Don’t worry – it’s still an audio-only podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate...

Knock. Knock. In this episode, Petal and Metal talk about the joys of writing while wearing camo shorts or no pants at all. Don’t worry – it’s still an audio-only podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal just flew in from Canada and boy are her arms tired! This week’s question is courtesy of our Facebook group. In the comments, tell us where in the bookstore you can be found. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…...

Petal just flew in from Canada and boy are her arms tired! This week’s question is courtesy of our Facebook group. In the comments, tell us where in the bookstore you can be found. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Petal and Metal gush over the revision process (again) and discuss specific ways you can polish the first/zero draft and make sure that your story works. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes...

Petal and Metal gush over the revision process (again) and discuss specific ways you can polish the first/zero draft and make sure that your story works. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Giving up writing time and coming up with the cash to attend a workshop or seminar is not easy. Petal and Metal share their perspectives on when it’s important to attend a face-to-face event and the rationale behind the decision. What’s your...

Giving up writing time and coming up with the cash to attend a workshop or seminar is not easy. Petal and Metal share their perspectives on when it’s important to attend a face-to-face event and the rationale behind the decision. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Starting a new book is always an exciting adventure, and in this episode, Petal and Metal share their ever-changing process for going from idea to rough draft. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on...

Starting a new book is always an exciting adventure, and in this episode, Petal and Metal share their ever-changing process for going from idea to rough draft. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In this episode, J. asks Rachael how age and experience affect her outlook. The two 40-something writers discuss how their decision-making process has evolved since their 20s and even how it's changed since hitting 40. What’s your answer to our...

In this episode, J. asks Rachael how age and experience affect her outlook. The two 40-something writers discuss how their decision-making process has evolved since their 20s and even how it's changed since hitting 40. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Reunited! Rachael and J. talk about what they’ve been doing during a month apart and what the Petal and the Metal have in store for version 2.0 of the podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe...

Reunited! Rachael and J. talk about what they’ve been doing during a month apart and what the Petal and the Metal have in store for version 2.0 of the podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In the final guest spot before J. returns, Rachael talks to another true “metal,” indie superstar Zach Bohannon. He explains why he left one “dream” job for another. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &...

In the final guest spot before J. returns, Rachael talks to another true “metal,” indie superstar Zach Bohannon. He explains why he left one “dream” job for another. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

J. introduces Rachael to the idea of collaboration and shares what he’s learned along the way. Stick around as Petal and Metal begin brainstorming their upcoming collaboration. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate...

J. introduces Rachael to the idea of collaboration and shares what he’s learned along the way. Stick around as Petal and Metal begin brainstorming their upcoming collaboration. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

With J. on the road, Rachael invites Monica Leonelle on the show to discuss what it is really like to leave that cushy, comfortable, corporate salary. Don’t miss two lovely Petals! What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…...

With J. on the road, Rachael invites Monica Leonelle on the show to discuss what it is really like to leave that cushy, comfortable, corporate salary. Don’t miss two lovely Petals! What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

The charming Joanna Penn (aka J.F. Penn) sits in with Rachael this episode while J. is on a traveling assignment. Joanna struggles to become more “metal.” What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on...

The charming Joanna Penn (aka J.F. Penn) sits in with Rachael this episode while J. is on a traveling assignment. Joanna struggles to become more “metal.” What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Now that J. and Rachael are working the “dream job,” what’s next for the podcast? Help us decide on a new tagline, episode topics, and conversations you want to hear. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &...

Now that J. and Rachael are working the “dream job,” what’s next for the podcast? Help us decide on a new tagline, episode topics, and conversations you want to hear. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Rachael and J. open up about anxiety and depression and then discuss ways to deal with what life throws at you. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers....

Rachael and J. open up about anxiety and depression and then discuss ways to deal with what life throws at you. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

The two pre-internet dinosaurs discuss former jobs they’d do again, and others that would make them run for the hills. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other...

The two pre-internet dinosaurs discuss former jobs they’d do again, and others that would make them run for the hills. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

After an opening debrief about sending corporate emails at 3 a.m., Rachael asks J. what he thinks will be his greatest challenge now that he’s a full-time writer. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &...

After an opening debrief about sending corporate emails at 3 a.m., Rachael asks J. what he thinks will be his greatest challenge now that he’s a full-time writer. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Rachael ponders what it means to work hard, and both Petal and Metal confess that pushing the buttons would not be a fulfilling career. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share...

Rachael ponders what it means to work hard, and both Petal and Metal confess that pushing the buttons would not be a fulfilling career. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

J. gets real about his last week at the day job. The good, the bad, and the ugly. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -...

J. gets real about his last week at the day job. The good, the bad, and the ugly. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In the second of two stacked episodes, Rachael asks J. about the favorite thing in his office and then J. describes his most recent epic [expletive] fail before they discuss financial goals. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

In the second of two stacked episodes, Rachael asks J. about the favorite thing in his office and then J. describes his most recent epic [expletive] fail before they discuss financial goals. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

After being gobsmacked by a wonderful tweet from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, J. asks Rachael if moving goalposts is a bad thing or a good thing. Is it human nature? Rachael’s previous goalpost (opening the ARC box) - https://youtu.be/4Fst11qaItQ What’s...

After being gobsmacked by a wonderful tweet from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, J. asks Rachael if moving goalposts is a bad thing or a good thing. Is it human nature? Rachael’s previous goalpost (opening the ARC box) - https://youtu.be/4Fst11qaItQ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

BONUS! Special thanks to Rachael for sharing her audio essay on The Petal to the Metal. Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here -...

BONUS! Special thanks to Rachael for sharing her audio essay on The Petal to the Metal. Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Shout out to Eli for supplying this week’s question about being overwhelmed at the end of writing a book. Rachael and J. discuss how they manage and take a slight detour into post-apocalyptic fiction and the way the universe serves up creative...

Shout out to Eli for supplying this week’s question about being overwhelmed at the end of writing a book. Rachael and J. discuss how they manage and take a slight detour into post-apocalyptic fiction and the way the universe serves up creative ideas. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Time for some Rest! Rachael and J. talk about the book and how they have (or have not) applied some of the principles to their own lives. Old “self-designed” book covers included - not for the faint of heart. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You...

Time for some Rest! Rachael and J. talk about the book and how they have (or have not) applied some of the principles to their own lives. Old “self-designed” book covers included - not for the faint of heart.Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work LessWorst. Covers. Ever. (https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/OldCovers.jpg)What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.p ...

Rachael poses a “business” question to J. and then they discuss money spent that may not have had much impact on their book or writing career, including a somewhat cryptic conversation about freelancers who don’t quite meet expectations. Book...

Rachael poses a “business” question to J. and then they discuss money spent that may not have had much impact on their book or writing career, including a somewhat cryptic conversation about freelancers who don’t quite meet expectations. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of this post. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with ...

As fans of “ghosting” and with a loathing for goodbyes, J. asks Rachael how to leave your work and your co-workers without looking like a total a-hole. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of...

As fans of “ghosting” and with a loathing for goodbyes, J. asks Rachael how to leave your work and your co-workers without looking like a total a-hole. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of this post. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal Mor ...

Zach forces his way onto the show yet again, after sending an audio file to J. and Rachael. Petal and Metal loved the question and answered it in this episode. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section...

Zach forces his way onto the show yet again, after sending an audio file to J. and Rachael. Petal and Metal loved the question and answered it in this episode. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of this post. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothem ...

With a slight tangent on the effectiveness of social media, Rachael asks J. what he’ll miss about his day job (not including salary and benefits). The two writers talk about the need for accountability when the boss isn’t there to demand it. Dawn:...

With a slight tangent on the effectiveness of social media, Rachael asks J. what he’ll miss about his day job (not including salary and benefits). The two writers talk about the need for accountability when the boss isn’t there to demand it. Dawn: Final Awakening Book One (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) Book club episode airing May 24th, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of this post. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave on ...

Rachael returns to “the seat” this week, jet-lagged and giddy from her retreat in Venice. After a bit of catching up, J. asks Rachael how writers can know if they are not ready to make the jump to full-time author. Book club episode coming in May,...

Rachael returns to “the seat” this week, jet-lagged and giddy from her retreat in Venice. After a bit of catching up, J. asks Rachael how writers can know if they are not ready to make the jump to full-time author. Book club episode coming in May, so make sure you finish reading it by April 30, 2017 - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - h ...

With Rachael still swimming through the canals of Venice, J. invited friend and co-writer, Zach Bohannon onto the show to be guest co-host for the week. Zach is working his last few days at the day job and J. asks Zach how it feels as he’s about to...

With Rachael still swimming through the canals of Venice, J. invited friend and co-writer, Zach Bohannon onto the show to be guest co-host for the week. Zach is working his last few days at the day job and J. asks Zach how it feels as he’s about to jump. Book club episode coming in May, so make sure you finish reading it by April 30, 2017 - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with ...

Live from, Venice, Italy! Rachael checks in from the Grand Canal after a few glasses of wine and some electrical mishaps in the hotel. J. asks her why writers should consider retreats, and what they could expect to get out of them. Petal and Metal...

Live from, Venice, Italy! Rachael checks in from the Grand Canal after a few glasses of wine and some electrical mishaps in the hotel. J. asks her why writers should consider retreats, and what they could expect to get out of them. Petal and Metal also gush over attention from charming Italian men and flirtatious metal chicks, respectively. Book club episode coming in May, so make sure you finish reading it by April 30, 2017 - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less What’s your answer to ...

In this episode, J. settles back into the podcast after his retreat to New Orleans while Rachael is getting ready to leave for Venice on hers. The question this week revolves around time management and the decisions regarding which projects to begin,...

In this episode, J. settles back into the podcast after his retreat to New Orleans while Rachael is getting ready to leave for Venice on hers. The question this week revolves around time management and the decisions regarding which projects to begin, and which ones to abandon. Also, J. announces that he will be offering collaborative writer retreats (with Zach Bohannon). Sign up right now to get notified about updates! http://theauthorcopilot.com/retreat/ Book club episode coming in May, so make ...

Live from, New Orleans! Lindsay Buroker, J.F. (Joanna) Penn, and Zach Bohannon crash the show. Rachael asks the rowdy crew about collaboration and what writing has brought into their lives. More info on the collaboration project at...

Live from, New Orleans! Lindsay Buroker, J.F. (Joanna) Penn, and Zach Bohannon crash the show. Rachael asks the rowdy crew about collaboration and what writing has brought into their lives. More info on the collaboration project at http://americandemonhunters.com. Book club date to be announced later, but make sure you finish reading it by April 30, 2017 - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Be part of our “Ask Us Anything” event by leaving an iTunes review by March 31, 2017. How to W ...

All spouses and significant others are supportive, aren’t they? Get real. J. asks Rachael how her wife supports her author career and J. loses more of his “tough guy” credibility with a sappy story about his wife. Patreon launched! -...

All spouses and significant others are supportive, aren’t they? Get real. J. asks Rachael how her wife supports her author career and J. loses more of his “tough guy” credibility with a sappy story about his wife. Patreon launched! - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal Book club date to be announced later, but make sure you finish reading it by April 30, 2017 - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Be part of our “Ask Us Anything” event by leaving an iTunes review by March 31, 20 ...

This week, Rachael proposes the mother of all frightening questions--What’s your Plan B? If the Zon reduced royalty rates to 5%, what would you do? Listen in as Petal and Metal talk about fall back plans. We love Trader Joe’s! Book club! Date to...

This week, Rachael proposes the mother of all frightening questions--What’s your Plan B? If the Zon reduced royalty rates to 5%, what would you do? Listen in as Petal and Metal talk about fall back plans. We love Trader Joe’s! Book club! Date to be announced later - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Be part of our “Ask Us Anything” event by leaving an iTunes review. How to Write a Review in iTunes Enter using the form at The Petal to the Metal, episode #10.   What’s your answer to o ...

But what if you miss something really important? This week, Rachael and J. discuss FOMO, or “fear of missing out.” They discuss strategies and tactics for dealing with the reality that you can’t do everything, all the time.   Book club!...

But what if you miss something really important? This week, Rachael and J. discuss FOMO, or “fear of missing out.” They discuss strategies and tactics for dealing with the reality that you can’t do everything, all the time.   Book club! Date to be announced later - Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less   Be part of our “Ask Us Anything” event by leaving an iTunes review.   How to Write a Review in iTunes   Enter using the form at The Petal to the Metal, episode #8.   What’s your answer ...

No, not that. Get your mind out of the gutter! Rachael and J. offer up an “Ask Us Anything” in exchange for an honest iTunes review before discussing their morning routines. In addition, J. announces his upcoming collaboration with Lindsay...

No, not that. Get your mind out of the gutter! Rachael and J. offer up an “Ask Us Anything” in exchange for an honest iTunes review before discussing their morning routines. In addition, J. announces his upcoming collaboration with Lindsay Buroker, Joanna Penn, and Zach Bohannon in the gorgeous city of New Orleans. How to Write a Review in iTunes   Enter using the form at The Petal to the Metal, episode #8.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…   Rate & subscribe on iT ...

After surprising J. with the most AWESOME t-shirt, ever, Rachael proposes the idea of a Patreon campaign. We really want to know what you think of it. In addition, we’d love to know what perks you’d like to get if we decide to start a Patreon...

After surprising J. with the most AWESOME t-shirt, ever, Rachael proposes the idea of a Patreon campaign. We really want to know what you think of it. In addition, we’d love to know what perks you’d like to get if we decide to start a Patreon campaign. Please leave a comment on this post by March 31, 2017.   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

When the day job and family commitments are kicking your ass, when do you find the time to work on your creative pursuits? Rachael reminds J. that the whole point of this thing is to enjoy life.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one...

When the day job and family commitments are kicking your ass, when do you find the time to work on your creative pursuits? Rachael reminds J. that the whole point of this thing is to enjoy life.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Rachael and J. brainstorm ways to add real value to your current employer while building skills as a writer. And J. talks about where his mom works while Rachael rounds up her posse.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the...

Rachael and J. brainstorm ways to add real value to your current employer while building skills as a writer. And J. talks about where his mom works while Rachael rounds up her posse.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…   Black Mirror Episode 4, Season 3 - San Junipero James Altucher   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

In this episode, Rachael and J discuss which of their novels best represents their voice. In addition, they discuss their mutual love for revising and why writing a new book can be absolutely terrifying.   What’s your answer to our question?...

In this episode, Rachael and J discuss which of their novels best represents their voice. In addition, they discuss their mutual love for revising and why writing a new book can be absolutely terrifying.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…   Pack up the Moon, by Rachael Herron   Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series - Book I), by J. Thorn   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltoth ...

After reading Jon Acuff’s, Quitter, J. and Rachel discuss the best time to go from day job to dream job. The conversation revolves around the decision based on mental readiness, not financial readiness. And Rachael talks naps.   What’s your...

After reading Jon Acuff’s, Quitter, J. and Rachel discuss the best time to go from day job to dream job. The conversation revolves around the decision based on mental readiness, not financial readiness. And Rachael talks naps.   What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

A wave of nostalgia washes over Rachael and J. as the two forty-somethings talk about what they would say to their 18-year-old selves if they could travel back in time to 1989. What would you say to yours? Tell us in the comments…   Rate &...

A wave of nostalgia washes over Rachael and J. as the two forty-somethings talk about what they would say to their 18-year-old selves if they could travel back in time to 1989. What would you say to yours? Tell us in the comments…   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/

Writing and publishing can be an unpredictable yet exhilarating experience. Rachael walked away from her day job and J. is about to do the same. Listen in as they talk about what’s exciting—and frightening—about it.   Rate & subscribe...

Writing and publishing can be an unpredictable yet exhilarating experience. Rachael walked away from her day job and J. is about to do the same. Listen in as they talk about what’s exciting—and frightening—about it.   Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.   More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/