Weekly Inspiration for Writers
If you listen to Write-minded regularly, you know we have a soft spot for memoir—Brooke teaches it; Grant is wavering about whether to write one himself. So we’re bringing back two favorite guest interviews, best-selling authors Kiese Laymon (Heavy) and Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle) because these interviews are deep and inspiring, and above all else supportive to memoirists and by extension this increasingly popular genre. We’re sending our listeners positive summer vibes!
This week Grant and Brooke are digging into their archived interviews to feature the first of three genre-specific mash-up episodes, starting with dystopian fiction—because, as Cory Doctorow’s novel Radicalized claims, “Dystopia is now!” As counterintuitive as it seems, listening to these two dystopian novelists will actually calm your anxieties, and hopefully inspire you to read (or write) more dystopian fiction.
In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke share their worst moments of procrastination, and both come to the awareness that they probably are productive procrastinators. This week’s guest, Bridget Quinn, has some important insights into this topic, too, and shares about how she sold three books in five years after the devastating rejection of her memoir, and how keeping lots of irons in the fire is an effective strategy for writing success.
This week Brooke and Grant are challenging all kinds of assumptions—starting with unpacking books we’ve read that have challenged our own assumptions, and then with this week’s guest, Mary Pipher. Pipher, the best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia and Women Rowing North, gives us her take on ageism, “moral imagination,” and how and why she writes “for the reader, for the world.”
The publishing industry is on the front lines of the national conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion—for good reason. The industry has a known race problem, but has been slow to do anything about it. Enter 2020. Today’s show dives into one of many of the stories making headlines this year that are calling publishing out and holding the industry to account. Guest L.L. McKinney started the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag—and talks with Grant and Brooke about advances, disparities in the publishing industry, and what’s at stake for BIPOC authors.
This week Brooke and Grant tap into urgency in writing—when we write for survival, write to document our lived experience, write like we’re running out of time. Guest Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, author of Children of the Land, speaks to how #ownvoices contributed to the success of his memoir to the experience of surveillance and interrogation and how that shows up in his writing as a result of lived experience.
This week we’re celebrating 100 episodes, and bringing you Brooke’s conversation with Eimear McBride (author of Strange Hotel and A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing). This is a rigorous and engaging conversation about the merits of literary fiction and why McBride wants her readers to actually take the effort to read her work. She is feisty and refreshing, saying, “I object to art being strangled by idiocy.” This interview will make you want to be a better literary citizen.
Contemporary fiction often offers a window into what ails us and what consumes us. Tackling a hot-button topic like race is never easy, and yet many novelists are drawn to the challenge that controversial topics present—for purposes of sorting things out, sending a message, or capturing a moment. In this week’s episode we talk to guest Sameer Pandya about writing provocative (and debut) fiction, and Grant and Brooke reveal whether or not they work in pajama pants.
This week’s guest, Jamia Wilson, is the director and publisher of The Feminist Press, and so much more—which is how and why this episode turned out to be about storytelling, legacy, and, yes, magic. Listen in to consider how magic shows up in your world, and the ways in which you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, or how you might grow toward that as a goal or a calling.
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