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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

In Celebration of Indie Publishing, featuring Angela Bole

In Celebration of Indie Publishing, featuring Angela Bole

Get ready to soak up the goodness of indie publishing in this conversation with the CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association. What does it mean to be indie? Hear about why Grant loves his indie publishers and how indie publishing saved Brooke. In this week’s episode we’re celebrating indie publishing’s inclusivity, its risk-taking, and, of course, its indepence. #ReadIndie

Writing on the Margins, featuring Lidia Yuknavitch

Writing on the Margins, featuring Lidia Yuknavitch

This week’s episode is about the edges of things, about precipices and outer limits and frontiers. And what better guide to this terrain could we ask for than Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water, The Misfit’s Manifesto, and most recently, Verge. We’re talking about how to help your stories find their form, the many roles the body plays in our writing lives, and how fear informs the creative process. If you want to try the poem in today’s takeaway, please find the template on our site in the episode notes: https://podcast.shewrites.com. We hope you will!

Writing Raw (and in Pictures), featuring Mira Jacob

Writing Raw (and in Pictures), featuring Mira Jacob

This week’s episode takes listeners into the world of graphic books and their exploding popularity with guest Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk. This is an eye-opening conversation for any writer about how to measure what’s essential to your writing, why to experiment with form, and why visual elements are complementary and supportive of our reading experiences rather than detracting. A celebration of the graphic form in all its manifestations!

Heart-Centered Marketing, featuring Dan Blank

Heart-Centered Marketing, featuring Dan Blank

So many writers and authors are feeling inspired to create during our national lockdown, and at the same time there’s concern and angst about how to share creativity, how to launch a book in the era of COVID-19, how to market without seeming tone deaf. Today’s episode, with guest Dan Blank, is an invitation to reframe the conversation you might be having with yourself about sharing your work. We hope you’ll appreciate this game-changing conversation about generosity, authenticity, and how to be heart-centered in how you share, engage, and promote.

Letting Go of Your Process to Write Other Worlds, featuring Veronica Roth

Letting Go of Your Process to Write Other Worlds, featuring Veronica Roth

This week’s episode is an exploration of how to abandon your process, which is a great thing to think about in upending times. Grant and Brooke talk with Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Series, about the fallacy of overnight success stories, giving yourself permission to try entirely new things in your writing, and drawing from real life to inform fiction, even dystopian fiction. An encouraging episode for discouraging times.

The Book You Have to Write, featuring Piper Kerman

The Book You Have to Write, featuring Piper Kerman

This week’s episode is an inside look at how a single book can have far-reaching tendrils into people’s lives—informing, entertaining, and effecting change. Brooke and Grant speak with Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black, about her book, the Netflix series, and her ongoing advocacy in America’s broken criminal justice system. This is an inspiring show about how writing changes lives—and systems—for the better.

Getting Serious about the Importance of Playfulness, with Maw Shein Win

Getting Serious about the Importance of Playfulness, with Maw Shein Win

Shake-up your lockdown week with some games, writing prompts, and exercises designed to help you think outside the box—and also to have fun with your writing. While there’s a lot to worry about and be distracted by right now, for creatives, this can also be an expansive time, even an opportunity. Guest Maw Shein Win offers so many fun ideas and suggestions, even a few writing games and activities you can do with your kids (or grandkids via Zoom) to vary up their at-home days.

Exploring the Real World Through Fiction, featuring Nic Stone

Exploring the Real World Through Fiction, featuring Nic Stone

SUBSCRIBE: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | EMAIL DOWNLOAD This week’s episode delves into how we’re inspired by the stories we encounter, and how we mine the real world for inspiration and answers in fiction. Author Nic Stone joins Grant and Brooke to talk about...

Following Your Own Threads of Inspiration, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert

Following Your Own Threads of Inspiration, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert

In this week’s episode, Brooke and Grant are joined by best-selling author and inspiring human Elizabeth Gilbert in a conversation about the paradigm shift happening around women’s power, specifically when it comes to women writers and women’s stories, as well as how Liz handles criticism by not going looking for it, and why she’s so fiercely loyal to her readership. This episode is a celebration of inspiration on a show that’s all about inspiration—and we hope it will help our listeners capture a bit of their own during a time when so many of us need it more than ever.

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