Weekly Inspiration for Writers
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dreaming Big and On Your Own Terms, featuring S. Bear Bergman
Description: In this episode, we bring a guest whose story is intimately tied to Brooke’s personal journey out of traditional publishing. S. Bear Bergman shares with our listeners his own experience of the marginalization and “othering” he experienced as he worked to bring his experiences as a trans man to the page—and how and when he reached his “peak f-it moment,” prompting him to strike out on his own and found the publishing company, Flamingo Rampant, which publishes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books celebrating LGBT2Q+ kids and families.
This week’s episode is in collaboration with WomenLit and brings us Brooke in conversation with Jane Smiley. In celebration of Jane’s latest novel, Perestroika in Paris, this is a conversation about wonder, about process, and about the upsides of being slow and steady. Jane is a true delight, a grounded and prolific author who always seems to be content being exactly where she is. So much to aspire to, and much to inspire too!
It’s a New Year!! Hallelujah. This week Brooke and Grant answer three questions around things they’ve been surprised that they miss, how their perceptions have shifted through the pandemic, and what they’re excited to get back to when things get back to “normal”—whatever and whenever that might be. And we invite our listeners to consider these questions for yourselves, too. HAPPY 2021!
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