Craft In the Real World, an Interview with Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of three novels — one written in Flash Fiction — and the writing handbook “Craft In The Real World”. In this episode we talk about writing rules, audience, how to give and receive feedback and what it was like to write a flash fiction novel.


Photo credit: Grace Salesses

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198 – The Practice by Seth Godin

When Seth Godin talks about creative work, I listen.

This week I talk about his new book “The Practice” and how we can rethink and build up our own creative practices.

Also: if you’re on the Clubhouse audio social app, you can follow me @julieduffy and join me at 4PM (Eastern US) every day next week for a creativity boost.


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197 – Your Writing Legacy

In this episode I pay tribute to my writing buddy Tony Conaway; talk about Creative Wills; and organizing your writing archives and processes.


Creative Will –

Your Organizing Tips –

Tony’s Tips for Revising:

A Writing Prompt:



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196 – Narrative With Dr. Julie Helmrich

Why the story we tell ourselves is the most important we’ll ever tell…and the impact it has on our ability to manage our inner critic, imposter syndrome and to get our work done.

Dr. Julie Helmrich, psychologist and founder of Iron Psych specializes in change fluency and narrative, and is my guest this week, talking about psychological fitness for writers.


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Writing prompt:

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195 – Bumper Q&A Episode

In which I talk about why we do this thing we do, and answer the top 10 questions I get asked, at StoryADay (including everything from where to put commas, to how to submit stories, to how to overcome imposter syndrome).

Grab a hot beverage and settle in…


Short Story Structure:

Imposter Syndrome:

The 3-Day Challenge:

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194 – History & Your Story

Humans don’t just experience their lives. We infect each other with shared memories of how it felt to be watching historic events or a baby take their first steps. We transmit meaning through emotion, through story.

Getting good at telling stories isn’t trivial. It isn’t frivolous. And it certainly isn’t selfish…


This week’s writing prompt

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193 – Goals or Getting From Here To There

In this episode I look at goals and why it’s so uncomfortable getting from where you are now to where you want to be…and how you can make it happen.


The 4 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  • 1. Set a theme for the year and prioritize 1-3 goals
  • 2. Get clear on why they matter to you
  • 3. Celebrate every triumph
  • 4. Check.  in regularly with others

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Q&A – Description vs. Dialogue

Also in this episode I answer a question about whether or not it’s bad to write more description than dialogue.


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192 How Diverse Is Your Bookcase?

How diverse is your bookcase?

In this week’s #podcast I give you a nudge (and some resources) to read a little more widely.

Plus: a Q&A about how to #write with passion when you’re a cool cat.


We Need Diverse Books

Fiyah Magazine

GoodReads Diverse Romance

Mystery & Mayhem Diverse Thrillers for 2020

LeVar Burton Reads (Podcast)

Roxane Gay’s Gay Mag on Medium

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