SA189 How to Deal with Trolls

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone By now, just about everyone knows what an Internet troll is. They’re the bottom feeders who thrive on tearing down other people. Today, Dave talks about dealing with trolls, how not to feed them, and when to draw the line in terms […]

SA188 How to Use Dialogue Tags in Your Writing

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone When you’re writing scenes with a lot of dialogue, the word ‘said’ seems to be repeated over and over again, and you’re probably wondering if your future reader is going to get sick of it. Today, Johnny talks about dialogue tags and […]

SA187 The Best Way to Start Building a List

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Building an email list is hands-down the very best way to find success as an indie writer. Unlike other online entrepreneurs, you’re not as able to give away your content. Today, Sean talks about how to build your email list, what you […]

SA186 Do Not Publish Your First Book, Publish Your Second

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone We get a lot of question about how to write and publish your first book, and today, Johnny tells you what NOT to do with it. You might not want to hear it, but he suggests that you shouldn’t count on publishing […]

SA185 How Do You Write So Much Without Going Insane

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Today Sean answers a reader’s question, directed at all the guys at Sterling and Stone, about how much they actually write. From straight productivity to maintaining creativity, Sean explains how he keeps himself sane, tracks his productivity, and finds the way to […]

SA184 Why You Should Improve Your Vocabulary

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Remember those ‘Word a Day’ calendars where you learn a new word and use it at least three times in that day? Turns out, it’s a great thing to do! Sean talks about the music of words, and how, as a writer, […]

SA183 The Odds of Succeeding as a Writer

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone It’s a difficult thing to consider when you’re just starting out, but can you, and will you, succeed in becoming a writer? Today, resident pessimist David W. Wright answers this question, and his answer might surprise you. He also takes you through […]

SA182 Why You Should Seek Advice Instead of Validation

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone There’s a big difference in asking for advice and asking for validation. For Sean, advice is he preferred interaction because it is a driving force, rather than a pat on the back. Today, he explains the who, what, when, where, and why […]

SA181 How to Build a Quality Outsourcing Team

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone It’s more and more common these days to build a team that never sets foot in an office. One of the biggest benefits of outsourcing the things you don’t want to do is that you can pull from a worldwide pool of […]

SA180 What Is the Zeitgeist

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Sure, it’s a cool word, but what is a zeitgeist, really? Today, Johnny talks about what a zeitgeist is, how you can use it in your writing, and how it could possibly alienate your readers. Think you can master the zeitgeist? Find […]