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50 minutes | May 3, 2021
EP 036 Writing for Middle Grade Readers
Having kids – for me – has been the perfect excuse to dip back into and read books aimed at younger readers again. But what is it like to write for younger readers? Today’s guest, Gina Loveless, is going to tell us all about it.
12 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
EP 035 Sitting with Struggle
It can be tough to ride out a stretch when you have zero energy for your own creative pursuits. So what’s a writer to do? This month I lament on how I’ve been attempting to sit with struggle, knowing it will pass – and that I will return to the work I miss.
48 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
EP 034 Knowing Yourself is Knowing Your Work
Writing is about so much more than writing. There are many other kinds of non-writing work that sometimes have to happen before we ever arrive to the page. Guest Jeremiah Timmons has a lot to share when it comes to mindset, trauma, the joy we can actually extract from our work, and the freedom of mediocrity.
53 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
EP 033 Writers & Platforms
It’s the oft-dreaded question: How big is your platform? Like it or not, to obtain an agent or publishing contract these days, writers need a platform. Ideally, we’d be spending any free time we have on our craft, our most precious commodity: Our words. Growing a platform can be the equivalent of a part-time job, at least. Guest Amber Brandt joins the podcast to discuss how she’s been navigating this tricky terrain.
14 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
EP 032 Ask For What You Need
Sometimes, the most challenging times have a lot to teach us – if we’re willing to listen. 2020 was less than kind to my writing life, but that doesn’t mean it was a total loss: I learned a few critical lessons along the way that I am bringing into 2021 – and beyond.
24 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
EP 031 Writing to Boost Your Business
Have you ever thought about writing a book that could help drive your business? One that will be an important part of the ecosystem that establishes your credibility and ultimately gets you more clients? Guest host Anna Lundberg walks through some probing questions that will help you explore WHY you want to write a book, and what role it will play for your business.
46 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
EP 030 Writing for the Page and Stage
Fiction writing and playwriting. Even though both often involve worldbuilding – characters, setting, plot, dialogue – there are distinct differences. How do those differences inform the process? The way the material is experienced by the reader and viewer? Today, guest hosts Denise Stephenson and Bob Mayberry explore the differences between fiction writing and playwriting.
17 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
EP 029 Inspiration is Easy to Come By
Sometimes as writers, we make "inspiration" out to be a lot more mysterious than it really is. By adopting simple practices, we can put ourselves in the way of inspiration, and pave the way for great ideas to come in – consistently. Guest host Jennifer Locke takes us through four easy-to-adopt practices.
34 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
EP 028 The Business of Writing
Not every writer aspires to be the next literary great. Some writers simply want to do what they love - WRITE - and make a living doing it, on their terms. For many, this is elusive territory, but it needn’t be. Today Anthony Moore joins the podcast to demystify the business of writing.
47 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
EP 027 Better Done Than Perfect
As writers, some stories just get under our skin. We try to write them out of our system, but sometimes we don’t quite get it on the first try... or maybe even the second. But eventually the story comes out – and at a point we have to stop tinkering and let it go. Today Michael Waddington joins the podcast to share the story behind his military legal thriller, Battlemind.
56 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
EP 026 The Journey of Writing Memoir
Writing a memoir is its own kind of special journey. Not only does it require that you generate material relating to your life, it asks you to come to terms with it, to make sense of it in a way that will be compelling to readers. The best memoirs show us all the layers, and it’s that vulnerability, that willingness to be perceived as a flawed, complex human being trying to figure it all out that results in a deep connection with the author. But how do we, as writers, do that? Today I welcome guest Mag Dimond, and we’ll talk about her journey writing her memoir.
12 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
EP 025 Aha! Moments
Are you willing to receive what you most need to hear? A-ha! moments are key for the writing process. And they often contain advice we’ve already heard ten times before – but we actually hear it this time, when we need it most.
40 minutes | May 1, 2020
EP 024 All About Mindset
Showing up to the page to write is no small feat. Neither is infusing your work with an engaging voice and a captivating story. But so often, writers doubt their ability to show up on the page as they are in real life. Jennifer Locke joins the podcast today, where we’ll discuss strategies for uncovering your voice and focusing in on your story.
13 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
EP 023 Writing Through Uncertainty - Or Not
The world is giving us the business right now. What does that mean for our creative pursuits? Our ability to show up to the page? What do we do when we just don’t have it in us? Here’s how I’m getting through the shit-show that is COVID-19.
57 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
EP 022 Balancing Busyness with Stillness
This month, I welcome Rachel Redmond back to the podcast. Today we examine our culture’s obsession with productivity, and talk about the deeper reasons behind why we do what we do. We both believe slowing down ultimately makes us more productive - if we can allow ourselves the space and grace to do it.
83 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
EP 021 Writers & Editing
As writers, whether we decide to self-edit or hire out part of the editorial process, it’s important that we have a sense, not only of the purpose of editing, but also the different types and stages of editing. Guest Andrew Wille joins the podcast to share his expertise in this area.
16 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
EP 020 Imposter Syndrome
Most writers, at one point or another, feel like a fake on some level. How can we kick these feelings of inadequacy to the curb? Today I cover some strategies for minimizing the effects of imposter syndrome.
49 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
EP 019 Using Words to Make a Difference
As writers, how do we use our words to work towards a greater good? How do we get our work off the page and into the world? Guest Diana McLean joins the podcast to discuss the intersection of writing, social justice, and spirituality.
14 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
EP 018 Writing & Community
For many of us, community is key when it comes to our writing process. It gets you engaged, uncomfortable, and moving forward before you’re ready. When you have support, it also means you are more likely to keep going. How to best establish community? Give a listen to find out.
48 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
EP 017 Embracing the Unexpected
Part of what separates a good writer from a great writer is their ability to not only draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources - some truly unexpected places - but also their ability to pivot creatively when life decides to throw some serious curveballs. Guest Angela Santillo personifies the phrase “embracing the unexpected,” and joins me today on the podcast.
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