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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Dec 8, 2023

Mark interviews Bradley Charbonneau about his new book PROCRASTINATE and his new "Book in a Weekend" program for writers.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares comments from recent episodes, thanks Patrons, provides a personal update, and shares a word about this episode's sponsor.

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In the interview, Mark and Bradley talk about:

  • Bradley's love of Europe and his first eye-opening experience at the age of fourteen with the continent
  • His early experience writing extremely long letters to his parents when, several years later, living in France
  • The importance of the "audience" being yourself when you write
  • The fact that on no calendar is there a day called SOMEDAY
  • The concept of Stubborn VS Determined
  • Bradley's first challenge of writing every single day for the month of November in 2012
  • A further challenge of posting a YouTube video every single day
  • The idea of "practice is perfect" (as opposed to "practice makes perfect")
  • The long-time streak of writing every single day for 2808 days in a row
  • Being painfully reminded of himself when he hears an author say that they have an idea for a book that they might write "some day"
  • Avoiding regret by taking action
  • Bradley's admiration for humor and improv
  • The program to get your "opposite" book written as a critical step to getting to that larger "massive" project that has always been kept at the horizon
  • How the humor aspect of writing your "opposite" book can help bring out new elements of creativity and how it can be therapeutic
  • Bradley's book PROCRASTINATE, which was his "opposite" book project
  • The "book in a weekend" program that Bradley is running to help other writers overcome the things he had to overcome on his own writing journey
  • The idea of writing a book every year as a way of creating a "timestamp" of who we are - the same way creating a photo album every year (which his mother used to do) works
  • The DIY option as well as the interactive "virtual" real-time and "real-life in person" and the "one-on-one" options Bradley is working on
  • And more . . .


After the interview, Mark reflects on the importance of adapting "the rules" into something that works in the ways that work for YOU rather than some pre-prescribed notion that doesn't fit. If you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, maybe it's okay to break or shake up a few rules in order to pave your own path to success.

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Before Bradley Charbonneau wrote his first book, he had written zero books. He spent years dreaming and wishing, chatting and hoping, but not actually writing. Finally, after years of procrastination, he wrote his first book. Since that first breakthrough, he's written 34 more. QUIZ: how many did Bradley write before his first book?


The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0