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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

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.

In Defense of Memoir, featuring Mary Karr

In Defense of Memoir, featuring Mary Karr

Even though Mary Karr has called memoir “a bastard,” and “an ugly little genre,” she’s also its biggest defender and champion. This interview, which kicks off the third year of Write-minded, covers some of the big topics that weigh on memoirists’ minds about truth and whether to fictionalize, as well as the importance of sensory details and why memoir is so popular despite its complex reputation. And since we reference Brooke’s 2015 onstage interview with Mary, we’re enclosing the link here, just in case, like us, you wish you could spend a little more time listening to Mary: https://youtu.be/PfdQutk506A

Ready, Set, Publish, featuring Courtney Maum

Ready, Set, Publish, featuring Courtney Maum

It’s back to school—in the weirdest possible iteration we’ve ever known, but still . . . And it’s in the back-to-school spirit that Brooke, Grant, and guest Courtney Maum talk about how to get published and how to stay published, the topic of Courtney’s latest book, Before and After the Book Deal. We’re covering good author etiquette, why you should never feel too confident about your own work, and how writers are—and are not writing—through the pandemic. This is our final episode of Year 2, so a big shout out to our listeners this week, too. Thank you.

Extra! Extra! YA Special, featuring Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo

Extra! Extra! YA Special, featuring Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo

Young Adult novels are all the rage—because they’re not exclusively for young-adult readers; really these books are for everyone. These two interviews with YA superstar authors Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo are both inspiring and timely. Both authors weave social justice issues into their fiction, which is a trend we will continue to see as young writers are coming of age in a world that is increasingly giving permission, but also demanding, that writers speak up and speak out. What a gift these two bring to Write-minded, and to the world. Enjoy!

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