All Things Writing

A Re-Introduction and Planning Out Your Writing Year

January 02, 2021 Bryan the Writer Season 2 Episode 1
All Things Writing
A Re-Introduction and Planning Out Your Writing Year
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All Things Writing
A Re-Introduction and Planning Out Your Writing Year
Jan 02, 2021 Season 2 Episode 1
Bryan the Writer

Welcome to 2021! 

My plan this year is to do 35 shows in 2021. This first show really is a kind of reintroduction to me. However, that doesn't take very long so I am going to spend more time discussing how to plan out your writing year.

Well, if you are new to the show, I would encourage you to go back and listen to the shows I did last year. There are some amazing shows, with some great interviews. But, in the meantime, let me re-introduce myself. I am Bryan Nowak. I am the author of the novels No Name, The Dramatic Dead, The Reverent Dead, Dean Cordaine and the Diamond Studded Legs Matter, and The Fallen Oath Matter, Riapoke, Crimson Tassels, The Bagorian Chronicles, and I also took part in the anthology, Bizarre: 14 Horror Stories.

I am primarily a horror writer, but I also work in the closely related genre of mystery and I dabble in some science fiction. I have been writing for over seven years, pretty much non-stop and I have been podcasting for a year.

I want you to reach out to me with your questions and suggestions. Hit me up at https://bryannowak.com/contact-me

Planning your Year:

  • Have an honest assessment of where you are at in your writing journey
  • Set honest goals with yourself
  • Pull out a calendar and set benchmarks for yourself or buy a planner like this one that I recommend
  • Figure out what you want to get our of the writing year and back plan from there
  • Decide how you want to a achieve that goal
  • Have an honest discussion about the physical and temporal limitations in your life


Be realistic with yourself. For example, if you are a stay-at-home parent of four, carving out precious time will be hard. If you work 50 hours a week to support that same size family, then it will also be hard.

You will notice I said hard, but not impossible. Figure out when you can put your butt into a seat and write. It may take an honest talk with your spouse about making sure those kids stay in the basement while you write. You may only find ten minutes a day to write. Then, guess what? Write the hell out of those ten minutes. It isn’t how many words you can write that matter. It is how consistently you can commit to that time.

So, that is the first episode of All Things Writing in season two (the first of 2021). Remember to tune in next week to hear my book review of Michael Thompson’s “World of the Orb”. I am a fan and friend of Michael’s and he has been on the show. I totally want to get him on again to talk about the book, but we will have to figure that out.

Plus, next week, I want to revisit the idea of an editing process and how to negotiate those waters without making yourself nutty. And yes, you can make yourself nutz.

Thanks again for hanging out with us today on All Things Writing. We will see you next week. Until then, this is Bryan the writer, signing off.


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Show Notes

Welcome to 2021! 

My plan this year is to do 35 shows in 2021. This first show really is a kind of reintroduction to me. However, that doesn't take very long so I am going to spend more time discussing how to plan out your writing year.

Well, if you are new to the show, I would encourage you to go back and listen to the shows I did last year. There are some amazing shows, with some great interviews. But, in the meantime, let me re-introduce myself. I am Bryan Nowak. I am the author of the novels No Name, The Dramatic Dead, The Reverent Dead, Dean Cordaine and the Diamond Studded Legs Matter, and The Fallen Oath Matter, Riapoke, Crimson Tassels, The Bagorian Chronicles, and I also took part in the anthology, Bizarre: 14 Horror Stories.

I am primarily a horror writer, but I also work in the closely related genre of mystery and I dabble in some science fiction. I have been writing for over seven years, pretty much non-stop and I have been podcasting for a year.

I want you to reach out to me with your questions and suggestions. Hit me up at https://bryannowak.com/contact-me

Planning your Year:

  • Have an honest assessment of where you are at in your writing journey
  • Set honest goals with yourself
  • Pull out a calendar and set benchmarks for yourself or buy a planner like this one that I recommend
  • Figure out what you want to get our of the writing year and back plan from there
  • Decide how you want to a achieve that goal
  • Have an honest discussion about the physical and temporal limitations in your life


Be realistic with yourself. For example, if you are a stay-at-home parent of four, carving out precious time will be hard. If you work 50 hours a week to support that same size family, then it will also be hard.

You will notice I said hard, but not impossible. Figure out when you can put your butt into a seat and write. It may take an honest talk with your spouse about making sure those kids stay in the basement while you write. You may only find ten minutes a day to write. Then, guess what? Write the hell out of those ten minutes. It isn’t how many words you can write that matter. It is how consistently you can commit to that time.

So, that is the first episode of All Things Writing in season two (the first of 2021). Remember to tune in next week to hear my book review of Michael Thompson’s “World of the Orb”. I am a fan and friend of Michael’s and he has been on the show. I totally want to get him on again to talk about the book, but we will have to figure that out.

Plus, next week, I want to revisit the idea of an editing process and how to negotiate those waters without making yourself nutty. And yes, you can make yourself nutz.

Thanks again for hanging out with us today on All Things Writing. We will see you next week. Until then, this is Bryan the writer, signing off.


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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

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