This week’s guest, Rebecca Roanhorse, says that she couldn’t write safe if she tried. In this far-reaching interview, we touch upon purpose-driven writing, writing outside the mainstream, and the challenges of getting published.

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Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

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Creative Risk-taking, featuring Rebecca Roanhorse

Creative Risk-taking, featuring Rebecca Roanhorse

This week’s guest, Rebecca Roanhorse, says that she couldn’t write safe if she tried. In this far-reaching interview, we touch upon purpose-driven writing, writing outside the mainstream, and the challenges of getting published. Roanhorse encourages writers to take chances and reminds us all that sometimes you have to push the boundaries and understand that not everyone is going to like your work. Helpful advice for any writer who feels tentative about stepping into the fray: go for it!

NaNoPrep Special: Writing with the Gusts of a Writing Community, featuring Alexis Daria

NaNoPrep Special: Writing with the Gusts of a Writing Community, featuring Alexis Daria

Whether you’re already in a writing community, wanting to join one, or feeling apprehensive about whether a writing community is the right thing for you, this episode is your doorway to thinking about and engaging with community. Accountability, inspiration, friendships, motivation, and so many other reasons exist to join a writing community. As we gear up for NaNoWriMo (coming to you starting November 1st), know that this community is here for you, and this week’s guest, Alexis Daria, is here to talk about just some of the benefits of community and NaNoWriMo. Also, don’t miss out on the information in the NaNo prep page Grant mentioned, which you can find here: https://nanowrimo.org/nano-prep-101

NaNoPrep Special: The Role of Self-Confidence in Writing and Publishing, featuring Hugh Howey

NaNoPrep Special: The Role of Self-Confidence in Writing and Publishing, featuring Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey is a five-time NaNoWriMo participant who still can’t believe he ever wrote a novel. His works have become New York Times bestsellers, have been translated into over forty languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world. Four of his books are currently being adapted for film or television, including WOOL, SAND, and Beacon 23. All three of these were written in the month of November.

The Highs and Lows of Authoring a Series, featuring Michelle Cox

The Highs and Lows of Authoring a Series, featuring Michelle Cox

Series enthusiasts, this week’s episode tackles the why, the how, the ups, and the downs of series writing with She Writes Press author Michelle Cox, who’s written five books so far in her Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. Michelle shares her hard-earned wisdom and honest insights about series writing, publishing, and platform-building—as well as how she directs her characters like she imagines a movie director might. Inspiring conversation!

Making Your Words Matter, featuring Jacqueline Woodson

Making Your Words Matter, featuring Jacqueline Woodson

In this week’s episode, guest Jacqueline Woodson’s very interview is a window into the power of words. We touch upon meaning, taking the time to consider what words you put on the page, the value of slow reading, and how to find universal meaning in the small moments. Jacqueline writes across genres and is known for her spare style and lyricism, and listening to this interview should have the impact of sending her books straight to the top of your reading queue.

Building Bridges Across Borders, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea

Building Bridges Across Borders, featuring Luis Alberto Urrea

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke speak with the ever-charming storyteller and best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea about borders and how borders are often bridges to understanding. In this interview, Luis shares the rejection and pushback he experienced early in his career for tackling Mexican subjects and showcasing Mexican characters, and the pressure he got from the publishing industry to Anglicize his name. Listeners will be treated to fabulous stories and advice, and will also hear about why Luis feels hopeful about the future for writers of color.

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Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

Two Like-Minded Communities

She Writes is the largest platform for women writers. It provides writers with educational articles, expert interviews and group discussions to help them perfect their craft. National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit literary phenomenon that boasts approximately 400,000 participants who pledge to write a full novel in a month. The platform has launched works including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

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