Weekly Inspiration for Writers
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!
What would you do if you lost your finished manuscript due to circumstances outside of your control? This is this week’s guest’s story. Devi Laskar’s resilience in the aftermath of police raiding her home and confiscating her computer is just part of this amazing and wild tale. Devi’s experience led us to think about all the ways in which writing is naturally uncertain, how there are no guarantees, and her well-taken point that the only thing all published writers have in common is that they didn’t quit. A perfect note to end the year on.
This week’s rad and radical episode touches upon the ways we are and aren’t educated in writing. Our guest, Kate Schatz, teaches writing, and was lucky to have had a teacher who championed her to become a writer. Not all of us get such early encouragement, but the good thing about our writing lives is that it’s never too late to seek out encouragement, collaboration, and other ways to bolster your writing lives and give you inspiration—including, we hope, this podcast.
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