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The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience

Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Man's War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazine), Emma Donoghue (Oscar Nominee for Room), Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game), Andy Weir (The Martian), Dan Buettner (The Blue Zones), Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist), Daniel Pink (When), and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce.


How NY Times Bestselling Thriller Writer Chevy Stevens Writes 38:02 10/08/2021
‘What You Will Learn’ from the Best Books Ever with Adam Ashton & Adam Jones 44:35 09/24/2021
How Internationally Bestselling Author Leïla Slimani Writes 37:33 09/16/2021
How Bestselling Novelist Nickolas Butler Writes 29:03 09/02/2021
How Award-Winning Sci-Fi Author Charlie Jane Anders Writes 30:49 08/26/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Novelist Jason Mott Writes 28:10 08/19/2021
Bonus: Matt Haig Reads an Excerpt from 'The Midnight Library' on Storybound 26:12 08/11/2021
How Bestselling Thriller Writer Samantha Downing Writes 24:49 08/04/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Novelist S. A. Cosby Writes: Part Two 28:43 07/22/2021
How Award-Winning Novelist Claire Fuller Writes 32:49 07/16/2021
How to Reverse Engineer a Bestseller with Award-Winning Psychologist Ron Friedman 32:11 07/08/2021
How Award-Winning Sci-Fi Author Sarah Pinsker Writes 29:51 07/01/2021
How Award-Winning Debut Author Sanjena Sathian Writes 26:45 06/22/2021
How Bestselling Children's Book Author Crystal Swain-Bates Writes 35:07 06/08/2021
Myth-Busting Book Publishing with Agent Lucinda Halpern 34:06 06/02/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa Scottoline Writes 36:06 05/19/2021
'Diving Deep' with Award-Winning Documentarian Mimi deGruy and Author Adam Skolnick 49:34 05/12/2021
How Bestselling Crime Novelist Walter Mosley Writes 27:47 05/05/2021
How Critically Acclaimed Novelist Erik Raschke Writes 64:50 04/21/2021
How #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Mark Greaney Writes 29:24 04/14/2021
How to Research Historical Fiction with Award-Winning Author Patrick Hicks 36:04 04/07/2021
How Award-Winning Artist & Author Jason Naylor Writes 32:48 03/25/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Author Matt Haig Writes 36:54 03/17/2021
How Bestselling Thriller Writer Nick Petrie Writes 26:28 03/11/2021
How Award-Winning True Crime Writer Kali White VanBaale Writes 41:30 02/24/2021
How Writer-Director-Activist Duo Bush+Renz Write 33:38 02/18/2021
How to Submit Your Short Story to Literary Magazines 50:02 02/11/2021
How Award-Winning Crime Writer Christopher Chambers Writes 40:08 02/04/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Thriller Writer Jeff Lindsay Writes 26:10 01/27/2021
How NY Times Bestselling Memoirist Dani Shapiro Writes 41:46 01/20/2021