7 Essential Book Bonuses Every Author Should Include

7 Essential Book Bonuses Every Author Should Include

In this solo episode of the Writing Momentum podcast, host Christopher Maselli discusses seven valuable bonuses that authors often overlook but should consider including in their books. These bonuses, which range from photos and graphics to pull quotes and real interactions, can significantly enhance the reader’s experience and add value to the book. Christopher also highlights the importance of reflection questions and takeaways, especially for nonfiction works. Additionally, he introduces the Writing Momentum membership, offering extensive training and co-writing sessions to help authors stay focused and productive.

Giving Your Writing Momentum Tip #2: The Power of Consistency and Accountability

Giving Your Writing Momentum Tip #2: The Power of Consistency and Accountability

Join the Writing Momentum podcast with hosts Christopher and Gena Maselli as they discuss the importance of consistency and accountability in achieving writing goals. Discover how writing a little each day can lead to significant progress and learn about the powerful impact of having an accountability partner. They share intriguing statistics from the American Society of Training and Development, highlighting that sharing your writing goals with someone increases your chances of success to 65%, and having an accountability partner can boost it to 95%. Tune in to gain insights on how to finish your book and meet your writing goals by joining a supportive writing community, either locally or online.

Giving Your Writing Momentum Tip #1: Continual Learning

Giving Your Writing Momentum Tip #1: Continual Learning

Join hosts Christopher and Gena Maselli of Writing Momentum as they kick off a new series dedicated to helping writers grow in their craft. In this episode, they emphasize the importance of continual learning in writing, highlighting techniques for improving quality through structured education. Discover how understanding story structure, keeping up with standards, and seeking continual professional development can give your writing the momentum it needs.

Best Practices for Getting Manuscript Feedback

Best Practices for Getting Manuscript Feedback

In this episode of the Writing Momentum Podcast, hosts Chris and Gena discuss the best time to seek feedback on your manuscript. They address a common pitfall writers face by sharing an email from a listener who received conflicting advice on their first draft. The episode emphasizes the importance of completing your manuscript before seeking critique and explores how different writing and critiquing styles can affect feedback. The hosts offer practical tips on how to choose the right person for feedback and encourage listeners to finish their first draft to avoid creative paralysis. Tune in for valuable insights to keep your writing momentum going!

How to access the writing momentum podcast

How to access the writing momentum podcast

We’ve heard from writers who aren’t sure how to navigate the podcast world but want access to the great teaching we’ve put on the Writing Momentum podcast. So we’ve made it easier than ever to enjoy this free resource. First, to listen to the podcast through your phone or tablet, using that device, simply ​click HERE…

Redefining Perfectionism

Redefining Perfectionism

In this episode of the Writing Momentum Podcast, hosts Christopher and Gena Maselli delve into the topic of perfectionism among writers. They share personal anecdotes and struggles with perfectionism, emphasizing the importance of pushing through the writing process despite the desire for everything to be perfect. The episode covers various aspects of perfectionism, such as the challenges in starting or finishing a project, the pitfalls of waiting for ‘perfect’ conditions, and practical tips for moving forward. They discuss tactics like time blocking, setting realistic writing goals, and allowing for flexibility in planning and execution. The goal of the episode is to help writers redefine perfectionism from getting it ‘right’ to getting it ‘done’ and to encourage them to maintain momentum in their writing projects by providing strategies to overcome perfectionism.

Do You Need Formal Education to Be a Writer?

Do You Need Formal Education to Be a Writer?

In this episode of the Writing Momentum Podcast, hosts Christopher and Gena Maselli explore the common question of whether a formal degree is necessary to become a successful writer. They discuss their personal experiences with formal education in writing, highlighting the pros and cons of pursuing a writing degree versus self-education through resources like writers’ conferences and continual learning. They emphasize the importance of continuous education in writing, publishing, and marketing, regardless of one’s educational background. The episode provides insight into the writing industry standards, the publishing process, and the critical role of marketing in a writer’s career. Through their discussion, they reassure listeners that while formal education can be beneficial, it is not a prerequisite for success in writing, encouraging writers to focus on continuous learning and improvement.

How Do You Keep Your Head in the Writing Game?

How Do You Keep Your Head in the Writing Game?

In this episode of the Writing Momentum Podcast, hosts Gena and Christopher Maselli discuss the importance of staying engaged in the ‘writing world’ for both emerging and experienced writers. They explore what constitutes the writing world, including the processes of writing, publishing, and marketing. The Maselli’s emphasize the ease of distraction in today’s world and the necessity of keeping writing goals top of mind. They suggest various methods for staying focused, such as listening to podcasts, reading or listening to books on writing, and participating in writing groups or conferences. The hosts also share personal challenges with maintaining momentum and offer solutions like setting appointments to write and seeking encouragement and advice from fellow writers. Furthermore, they discuss the benefits of attending writers’ conferences to stay abreast of the latest industry trends and technologies. The episode concludes by inviting listeners to join their online writing group and encourages writers to form connections with others in the writing community to share successes, challenges, and to learn from each other.

Kickstart Your Writing Career: Emerging Writers’ Guide

Kickstart Your Writing Career: Emerging Writers’ Guide

Gena and Christopher Maselli host the Writing Momentum Podcast, targeting emerging writers aspiring to write a book. They emphasize that the writing journey is not competitive and there’s space for everyone. The podcast provides practical tips, including choosing a genre, understanding genre specifics, and the importance of knowing the rules before breaking them. They recommend reading extensively within one’s genre, outlining other works, and learning about story structures with resources like Ronald Tobias’s ’20 Master Plots’. The hosts also stress the importance of joining the writing community for support and growth, encouraging listeners to engage with groups, conferences, and online platforms like Writing Momentum. They urge listeners to write daily, read in their genre, and join writing courses or communities. The podcast underscores that identifying as a writer is crucial, encouraging a mindset shift to embrace the writer’s identity confidently.

Just Finish Your First Draft

Just Finish Your First Draft

In this episode of the Writing Momentum podcast, hosts Christopher and Gena Maselli discuss strategies for finishing first drafts, acknowledging it as a significant challenge for many writers. They emphasize the importance of completing a draft regardless of its initial quality and suggest focusing on editing afterward to improve it. The hosts share personal experiences, tips for maintaining momentum, including setting writing goals and knowing the direction of your story, whether you’re more of a plotter or a pantser. Additionally, they introduce their Wednesday Writing Moments, an online group writing session for accountability and progress. The discussion aims to encourage writers to keep working towards completing their first drafts by providing practical advice and shared experiences.