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The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with author Elizabeth Sims, and shares an inside look at how various writing technology has evolved over time, from classic to contemporary. In this interview, they discuss the benefits of using pencils and pens to write, how to fight for your writing time by saying no gracefully, and how to balance the quiet work of writing with the flashy technology of the digital age.
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 Photo credit: Thomas Bender

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Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion —whether you scratch your words with quill pen on parchment or click away at your computer keyboard—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.

Today I have the pleasure of having Elizabeth Sims on the show!

Elizabeth is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries, the Lambda and GCLS Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, and other fiction, including the standalone novel Crimes in a Second Language, which won the 2017 Florida Book Awards silver medal.

Elizabeth is also an internationally recognized authority on writing, and has written dozens of feature articles on the craft of writing for Writer's Digest magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. Her instructional title, You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (from Writer's Digest Books) has been specially recognized by NaNoWriMo and hundreds of other websites and bloggers, and her own weekly blog, Zestful Writing, has been included in several top-100 blog lists.

Now listen in as Elizabeth and I discuss the advantages of using old school writing implements, and how to balance these tools with those of the digital age to advance your writing career.

The Pen Is Mightier (Than the Word Processor)

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In this episode Elizabeth shares:

  • Pros and cons of the writer’s physical vs. digital toolkits.
  • How writing tools have evolved over time.
  • Balancing the quiet, deep work of writing with the flashy technology of today.
  • Ways to say “no” gracefully, and guard your writing time.
  • Boxed sets, then and now, and how to use them to advance your writing career.

Listen in to hear Elizabeth talk about all these things… and more!

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About Elizabeth Sims

Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries, the Lambda and GCLS Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, and other fiction, including the standalone novel Crimes in a Second Language, which won the 2017 Florida Book Awards silver medal. Her work has been published by a major press (Macmillan) as well as several smaller houses, and she’s written short works for numerous collections and magazines. She publishes independently under her personal imprint, Spruce Park Press.

In addition, Elizabeth is an internationally recognized authority on writing. She’s written dozens of feature articles on the craft of writing for Writer's Digest magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. Her instructional title, You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writer's Digest Books) has been specially recognized by NaNoWriMo and hundreds of other websites and bloggers. Elizabeth’s weekly blog, Zestful Writing, has been included in top-100 blog lists, and she belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

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