The family story drives so many writers to the page—regardless of genre, and in this week’s episode we hear from a writer who has an epic family story to tell. If you have a family story you want to write, you’ll relate to Louis Chude-Sokei’s exploration of needing distance on the one hand and having a fire under him to write his story on the other.

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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

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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Writing Your Family Story, featuring Louis Chude-Sokei

Writing Your Family Story, featuring Louis Chude-Sokei

The family story drives so many writers to the page—regardless of genre, and in this week’s episode we hear from a writer who has an epic family story to tell. If you have a family story you want to write, you’ll relate to Louis Chude-Sokei’s exploration of needing distance on the one hand and having a fire under him to write his story on the other. We talk about Blackness in America, writing personal story in a way that highlights its uniqueness and its universality, and so much more. This episode is a real treat for anyone interested in—or wrestling with—family story.

Getting Intentional with Your Writing, featuring Deesha Philyaw

Getting Intentional with Your Writing, featuring Deesha Philyaw

In this upbeat and inspiring interview with The Secret Lives of Church Ladies author Deesha Philyaw, we talk about what it means to get intentional and how to get the kind of writing you really want to do off the backburner. We also get some insight into why Deesha writes about dissatisfied women and the power and influence of Bookstagramers.

A Writer’s Journey through Fantasy—and Revision, featuring Marie Lu

A Writer’s Journey through Fantasy—and Revision, featuring Marie Lu

One of the most hands-on tip-specific episodes we’ve done in a while, this week’s episode offers lots of great ideas about how to revise. Brooke and Grant share their go-to practices, and guest Marie Lu gives an overview of how her editor supports her through the deepening and layering of second, third, and more drafts. Plus we get some insight into Lu’s tireless journey (one that started when she was just thirteen years old!) to becoming the New York Times bestselling author she is today.

Indie Writing, Indie Publishing, featuring Orna Ross

Indie Writing, Indie Publishing, featuring Orna Ross

This Week’s #WriteMindedPodcast guest, Orna Ross, is the queen of self-publishing. An award-winning and bestselling indie novelist and poet, she’s also the founder-director of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the global nonprofit association for self-publishing authors. Tune in to today’s episode to gain a wealth of indie publishing wisdom through the lens of self-publishing. If you’ve ever been curious about a future as an indie author, or wondered if you should try self-publishing even if you have traditional publishing dreams, this episode is for you!

Nora Ephron’s Rules of Writing: Voice, Voice, Voice! featuring Erin Carlson

Nora Ephron’s Rules of Writing: Voice, Voice, Voice! featuring Erin Carlson

Voice is the key to our self-expression, and yet it can feel elusive, difficult to capture. In this week’s episode, Write-minded guest Erin Carlson is channeling Nora Ephron, the subject of her most recent book, I’ll Have What She’s Having, and shares some of Nora’s wisdom about voice and being your own person on the page.

The Art of Plunging In, featuring Mateo Askaripour

The Art of Plunging In, featuring Mateo Askaripour

What is the line between recklessness and self-confidence? This is the core question Grant and Brooke are exploring in this week’s episode. They’re joined by guest Mateo Askaripour, who certainly has experience with both—and who speaks to what’s to be gained by risking it all, and the reality that even the most confident of writers can and will lose faith along the way. Plunge in with us as we explore this topic of writing with abandon, writing with longing, whether to wade in, or whether to plunge—and remember that there’s always more than one right way to write.

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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.

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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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