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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

Out in the Open about Erotica, featuring Rachel Kramer Bussel

Out in the Open about Erotica, featuring Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sex sells—and sex writing shows up in countless genres beyond just erotica. So while we’re focusing on erotica this week with guest Rachel Kramer Bussel, who’s edited more than 70 erotica anthologies, we’re also talking about sex writing more generally—the history of erotic literature, why erotica collections tend to be anthologies rather than single-author books, and some tips to think about if and when you come to the page to write your own sex scenes.

Risk It Like You Mean It, featuring Angela Engel

Risk It Like You Mean It, featuring Angela Engel

SUBSCRIBE: SPOTIFY | APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | EMAIL DOWNLOAD Join us to talk about risk, and how everything good is on the other side of fear. This week’s episode with publisher Angela Engel is a spirited conversation about the publishing industry, the...

Borrowing from Mythic Structures, with Michelle Ruiz Keil

Borrowing from Mythic Structures, with Michelle Ruiz Keil

This week’s episode starts by addressing some of the burnout lots of us are feeling with yet another phase of the pandemic among other crises. And yet, because Write-Minded is committed to bringing you doses of inspiration each week, this week we’re talking with Michelle Ruiz Keil about changing up your routine, borrowing (in this case from mythic structures), and even rethinking or reworking your existing content with fresh ideas. Also, we’re wishing for our listeners all the REs: revitalization, re-emergence, resets, and more.

The Gift of Multitudes of Perspectives, featuring Farah Ali

The Gift of Multitudes of Perspectives, featuring Farah Ali

This week’s episode with Farah Ali dives into perspectives, and how short stories open up so many portals for writers and readers alike—and yet, short story writers will always be pressured to write a novel next. Ali is one of those writers who knew she wanted to be a writer since she was very young—and though she was encouraged, she also faced the obstacle of where her stories are set, in Pakistan, and people’s assumptions about her culture. Lucky for readers, her new collection, People Want to Live, challenges those assumptions, as does Farah herself.

Ringing in the New Year with Book-to-Film Recs!

Ringing in the New Year with Book-to-Film Recs!

Happy New Year to all—and get ready for some film recommendations from Brooke and Grant this week. Why? Because after putting out a call for favorite memoirs-turned-movies, 100 responses flowed in, offering up some exciting options for kicking back this holiday season with your Netflix subscription and a mug of hot chocolate. Today’s book trend references the Netflix Book Club, and you can find the URL mentioned here:
https://www.julesbuono.com/netflix-book-club. Thank you and goodbye, 2021!

Conviction—When You Know Your Story Resonates, featuring Alka Joshi

Conviction—When You Know Your Story Resonates, featuring Alka Joshi

This week we’re talking about conviction—and why it’s something writers generally start their writing journeys with, but which tends to get a bit eroded along the path to publication. This week’s guest, Alka Joshi, reinvented herself after sixty with her debut novel, The Henna Artist—a book that started with plenty of conviction, and also needed passion and perseverance on Alka’s part to get to the finish line. And what an extraordinary result. This fun and upbeat interview is inspiring and hopeful—and reminds us of a truth that how we write is how we live our lives, too.

Fear and Desire, featuring Erica Jong

Fear and Desire, featuring Erica Jong

This week’s guest, Erica Jong, burst onto the cultural and literary scene in 1973 with her debut novel, Fear of Flying. In the nearly five decades since, her work has circled the themes of fear and desire—subjects that anchor this week’s show. What a treat to hear from one of our foremost feminist legends about what drove her to the page in the early ’70s, about the legacy of her own body of work, and how important it is for women to write their desires.

Migration as an Essential Shared Story, featuring Shanthi Sekaran

Migration as an Essential Shared Story, featuring Shanthi Sekaran

This week we ask you to consider the places in your own life where you’ve experienced migrations—whether you’re an immigrant or your family has been in the same place for generations. We all experience migrations throughout our lives, in the form of life events, identities, and movements across time and place—and this week’s guest, Shanthi Sekaran, has much to say on this all-important topic and much more.

Challenging Your Perspective on the Journey to Getting Published, featuring Bella Mahaya Carter

Challenging Your Perspective on the Journey to Getting Published, featuring Bella Mahaya Carter

This week’s episode is for anyone seeking that elusive thing called peace of mind when it comes to the writing, publishing, or promotion part of getting a book out into the world. Inspirational and straight-talking, guest Bella Mahaya Carter shares how she learned to let go of what she thought she wanted from traditional publishing to spread her wings as an author who’s writing and publishing on her own terms, and with peace of mind. A perfect episode to conclude the final days of NaNoWriMo, and as we face the pressures of the holidays and ambitions for 2022. Just breathe.

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