Don't Wait to Write - Your Pocket Writing Coach

A podcast to help you write more, worry less, and share your work with the world. Hosted by writer Amber Petty (New York Times, Greatist, Bustle, Snooki's blog - jealous?), this show comes in three parts:Mondays: 5-Minute Writing Exercise (you'll be shocked how much you can do in 5 minutes)Wednesdays: Reframe & Relax ("meditations" to help you chill out your inner critic and take writing a little less seriously)Fridays: Find Out (answers to listener questions, writing advice from years of experience, and ways to actively put your work out there)Whether you're a freelance writer, a copywriter who wants to do more than figure out new ways to say "Buy Now", or a person who's always wanted to write but never gave it a shot, this show is for you! Each week, you'll write a little, gain a little confidence, and add new tools to your writing tool belt. A writing tool belt is probably just a pen and a backup charger for your laptop, but you know I mean.

00:13:39 2022-11-25
Are there a ton of newsletters out there? Yes. But there's still room for yours. In today's episode, I'll give you a few tips to make your newsletter stand out from the growing crowd.Also, it's Black Friday time! The 2-Hour Live Workshop S...
00:07:21 2022-11-21
For today's Thanksgiving themed prompt, you'll writing about when you're supposed to be grateful. Whatever that means to you.Also, we're coming up on Black Friday time! If you want my new workshop: Start A Newsletter & Get People to Re...
00:11:20 2022-11-18
I got a few emails recently asking, "how do you make money?" Not that they wanted my bank account info, but they were curious how I had a working business when I was doing so many free workshops.In today's episode, I'll tell you exactly ho...
00:07:44 2022-11-14
It's a writing prompt about writing! How meta. For today's exercise, you'll be inspired by any piece of writing you've recently loved. Sometimes focusing on the writing we enjoy the most helps us remember that our writing will charm someon...
00:09:55 2022-11-12
Twitter's officially worse than ever and could implode at any moment. If you have a big following there, WTF are you supposed to do?In this episode, I talk about how to start a newsletter (to keep in touch with your audience, even if Twitter Fs off fo...
00:08:47 2022-11-07
Today, we're going to take a trip back in time to when writing probably felt a lot easier. You'll get a chance to relive your 12 year old writing style and see how that helps you in your adult life.Have a question you'd like answered on the po...
00:15:10 2022-11-04
Last week, I talked about how to take notes from editors in a way that doesn't fill you with rage. Today, I'm talking about the notes you can throw right in the garbage.Though it's often good to get feedback, I think too much feedback can be c...
00:07:50 2022-10-31
It's Halloween! In honor of the holiday, we've got a spooky prompt: best or worst Halloween.Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast?Email Amber@Amberpetty.comWant to find out about open writing jobs and get even more freelance advic...
00:12:16 2022-10-28
Getting notes might feel like a flashback to High School English, with the gleefully mean teacher covering your work in red ink. But really, editors are just trying to make the story better (and not trying to make you feel like crap).Today, I give you som...
00:08:03 2022-10-26
Our brains love to tell us how much we suck, so to balance the scales a little, I'm giving you some relaxing writing affirmations.These aren't your typical, grandiose, cheesy affirmations. These are things you can actually believe, even if it'...
00:06:47 2022-10-24
In today's 5-minute writing exercise, you're going to explore your least favorite movie. Remember, I'm not quizzing you on this, so if you write about something that's not actually your least favorite movie, I'll never know. Just write...
00:19:27 2022-10-21
Angela Lansbury's career and freelance writing may seem to have nothing in common. But in today's episode, I show how her wild life on stage and screen is surprisingly similar to what to expect as a freelance writer. Plus, you'll hear about th...
00:12:33 2022-10-19
There are so many times we sit down to write and think "uh, how about I do anything else right now?" But how do you know when you're just procrastinating and when you really need a break?In this exercise, I'll help you tune into your feeli...
00:07:30 2022-10-17
Today we're using a quote from the late, great Angela Lansbury to inspire this 5-Minute Exercise: Victims of our own talent.What does that mean? Listen to the episode to find out (and most importantly, give yourself 5 minutes to write on this fascinat...
00:14:51 2022-10-14
Rejection is bad enough, but sometimes radio silence is even worse. In this episode, I'll give you tips to get through the times when editors don't respond (and how silence doesn't hold the meaning you think).Have a question you'd like ans...
00:06:32 2022-10-12
Instead of a relaxing meditation, today you're going to get a glimpse of things from an editor's point of view. Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast?Email Amber@Amberpetty.comWant to find places to pitch? Sign up for Amber’s fr...
00:07:22 2022-10-10
Today, we're getting a prompt from Stephen Sondheim for this 5-minute writing exercise. We'll use a lyric from "Sunday in the Park with George" to inspire your writing (and help you out when you're feeling unoriginal).Have a question y...
00:08:35 2022-10-07
In a previous episode, I talked about not using the word "ghosting" when it comes to editors. But today, I have a spooky story of a time and editor really did ghost a writer. Okay, it's not spooky at all, but it's a good lesson on how to t...
00:08:19 2022-10-05
It's October, prime autumn time, but I'm in too-hot LA and I get none of the turning leaves goodness. So, this is a relaxing meditation to bring you all things autumn, even if your current climate isn't cooperating with your fall dreams.Is thi...
00:06:31 2022-10-03
Today, we're going with a seasonal theme - Spooky!For 5 minutes, you'll write about anything inspired by the word, mood, or meaning of Spooky.Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast?Email Amber@Amberpetty.comWant to find out about o...
00:08:39 2022-09-30
Wanna hear something I hate? "Be so good they can't ignore you."In this episode, I say why I hate that, why it sets up a standard that does NOT help you create good work, and of course, how Andrew Lloyd Webber is involved.Have a question you&#...
00:08:00 2022-09-28
To continue Andrew Lloyd Webber week, I'm talking about Cats. In this visualization, you'll head to Broadway in faux fur and spandex and visualize the journey of the original cast, the unexpected support, and how the courage to make Cats can help ...
00:07:16 2022-09-26
Though Phantom of the Opera is finally closing on Broadway after a 35 year run, we'll use it today as inspiration! More accurately, we'll use a little song lyric as a writing prompt for a 5-minute exercise.Have a question you'd like answered o...
00:10:00 2022-09-23
Over the past year and a half, I've helped over 200 students write more, worry less, and start making money with their work. I'd taken lots of writing classes that focused on craft but ignored what to do after your 57th rewrite was finally complet...
00:09:29 2022-09-21
If you're at all like me, you have plenty of practice imagining what can go wrong. "They'll hate my pitch!" "They'll think I'm a bad writer!" "They blacklist me from every penning a word again and ban me from the intern...
00:08:19 2022-09-19
Incredible things happen all the time, but we tend to dwell on the weird, awkward moments a whole lot more. Today, we're giving incredible things their moment in the sun.If you want to write even more, my course Freelance Writing for Creatives is now ...
00:15:49 2022-09-16
It's easy to think that the only people who get to write for a living are people with big name degrees and fancy friends. Not true!Today, I share 3 amazing success stories from my wonderful students. You'll find how they transformed from imposter ...
00:10:36 2022-09-14
A 5 year plan? I've never successfully imagined where I'd be in 5 years.But, picturing the future can be helpful, so we're taking it a step back.Today, this visualization will guide you through the 6-months-from-now version of you. How you wro...
00:09:33 2022-09-12
It's Back to School season everybody! Even if you haven't been to school in many years (like me), this early September time brings up a lot of feelings and memories. Today, we're going to write about those feelings and memories (or anything el...
00:10:15 2022-09-09
"The editor ghosted me."I hear this a lot and though "ghosted" is just one seemingly innocuous word, it can really screw up your attitude. So today, I talk about why editors aren't ghosting you and a phrase to use instead that makes fu...
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