Weekly Inspiration for Writers
This week we get to hear from two publishing experts whose long careers have been centered on supporting authors—to publish, to be in community, and to trust their own hearts and process. Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon are the coauthors of a new book, The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer. We touch on a few highlights and are treated to a supportive and encouraging conversation for writers at any stage in their journey.
This week’s episode is an invitation to explore conflict, embrace conflict, and even revel in conflict. Grant and Brooke cite authors—like Vladimir Nabakov, James Scott Bell, and Dean R. Koontz—who will help you feel less conflicted about conflict. This week’s guest, Melanie Abrams, has a lot to share about conflict, from how she’s handled it in her own books, to how she grapples with it as a parent who writes (or a writer who parents), to the formula she urges her students to consider in their own writing: Desire + Danger = Drama.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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