Episode #09 The Worried Writer: Catherine Ryan Howard ‘The More You Do It, The More You Want To Do it’


distresssignalsCatherine Ryan Howard is a self-publishing superstar with the successful titles Mousetrapped, Backpacked and Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.

Catherine recently landed a two-book deal with Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books. Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, is out on 5th May 2016.

You can find out more about Catherine and her books at catherineryanhoward.com or follow her on Twitter @cathryanhoward or Facebook.



Episode 9 includes:

Sneak peak of the title of Catherine’s self-help book (not really): ‘Don’t start until it’s already too late!’

‘I’m going to go all in’: The moment Catherine Ryan Howard committed 100% to her writing.


Catherine’s insight on success: ‘I have discovered that if you want something bad enough you will get it done… And it will involve actual sacrifice.’


And keeping going: ‘The more you do it, the more you want to do it.’

Catherine also reveals her unusual revision technique:

‘I retype the whole thing… I can’t be one of these people who go like surgically goes into the middle of a chapter and does things – I can’t deal with that at all.’



Catherine rates Save the Cat by Blake Synder and uses the concept of ‘beats’ to outline her novels.

Also in the show:

NaNoWriMo has started. Good luck if you’re taking part! I am not doing it officially, but I am trying to get as many first draft words done this month as possible.

I mention my recent writing troubles and the article I wrote as a result: The Only Way to Defeat a Bad Writing Day.

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9 thoughts on “Episode #09 The Worried Writer: Catherine Ryan Howard ‘The More You Do It, The More You Want To Do it’

  1. This was actually better than I expected it would be. Heard the whole thing. I do like the no non-sense approach of this writer. Writing is not a past-time, but who we’ve chosen to become for many of us. It’s good to keep that in mind as we struggle through the process, so I appreciate this writer’s honesty and may just go check her book out.

  2. I loved this interview! I follow Catherine’s blog and adore her hilarious and down-to-earth style. Always fun to listen to. =) I learned of this podcast through her newsletter and am now a subscriber – listening to back episodes right now and enjoying them all. Great work!

    1. Thank you so much, Malyssa! I am a huge fan of Catherine and loved the opportunity to speak to her. Thank you so much for subscribing and commenting – I really appreciate your support.

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