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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

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Why Fantasy Is Important, featuring Victoria “V.E.” Schwab
36:02
Escapist, other-worldly, and mind-expanding. These are just a few of the things that describe what fantasy is to its readers. In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke talk with Victoria Schwab about creating fantasy that pushes the boundaries of our known power structures and why it matters to her to write accessible fantasy. Plus, we discuss how important fantasy literature is to children, and how and why The Harry Potter series is the most influential and important series of an entire generation.
Sep 16, 2019
Writerly Hang-ups, Obsessions, and Distractions—and Ways to Course Correct, featuring R.O. Kwon
34:18
In today’s episode, debut novelist R.O. Kwon, author of the acclaimed novel, The Incendiaries, talks about the book that took her ten years to write, her obsession with language and how she learned to sideline those obsessions in order to finish the book. She talks about her inspirations, the dead-end of following a bad metaphor, and strategies for finishing a book that went through some 50+ versions.
Sep 09, 2019
The Magic of Memoir, featuring Linda Joy Myers
33:28
Join Grant and Brooke for today’s episode, a celebration of memoir and an exploration of what makes this genre so magical. This week’s guest is Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, who shares about the genre she loves, what draws people to memoir, why it’s important, and why people should write their stories. And, Brooke and Linda Joy are teaching some memoir classes this fall that we invite listeners to check out at: www.magicofmemoir.com.
Sep 02, 2019
Brooke’s new book: Write On, Sisters! featuring co-hosts Brooke & Grant
29:29
We’re celebrating the publication of Brooke’s new book, Write On, Sisters! and in today’s episode Grant interviews Brooke on a wide range of topics that highlight many of the most important and provocative points of this new book—how women writers don’t champion other women authors as much as they need to, how women hold themselves back, how the world at large doesn’t value women’s stories the way they do men’s, and how women are still fighting not just to be published and read, but to be valued as equal to their male counterparts, and sometimes even to be believed. And then there’s how women writers can counter all this—through community, through championing other women writers, through recognizing how they stand in their own way and curbing those behaviors. We hope you enjoy and share!
Aug 26, 2019
We’re One! Write-Minded Anniversary Episode
17:56
Brooke and Grant extend a giant thank you to their listeners for making the first year of Write-Minded so much fun and such a success. In this week’s episode, to celebrate a year of shows, they answer four prompts as a way to remember some of their favorite guests from Year One: 1) something that changed their writing; 2) something they learned; 3) something they passed onto others; and 4) something that inspired them.
Aug 19, 2019
Best of: Following Your Own Genius: Kwame Alexander and Abigail Thomas
22:40
It’s our final week of summer mash-ups and Grant is flying solo today, but not for long. Brooke and Grant will both be back next week with a new format and a celebration of completing a year of podcast episodes. Today take a moment to enjoy Kwame Alexander and Abigail Thomas, two authors who don’t listen to what the industry says is best. There’s lots of wisdom and inspiration in today’s short episode.
Aug 12, 2019
Best of: Ignoring the Critics and Doing You: Jessica Valenti & Daniel José Older
20:43
It’s Week 2 of our summer mash-ups and Brooke takes off for Jordan this week. Grant and Brooke are choosing to highlight two activist-educator authors with Jessica Valenti and Daniel José Older. These are two writers who will make you think, whose passion on the page translates into passion in the real world, and they’re changing lives with their words and their books.
Aug 05, 2019
Best of: Be a Smarter Writer: Mignon Fogarty & Jane Friedman
22:44
In this summer episode, Brooke is packing for her trip to Jordan, so Brooke and Grant hatch a plan to share with you a few of their favorite episodes. First up are Mignon Fogarty (aka, Grammar Girl) and Jane Friedman, two powerhouse women who know their stuff when it comes to grammar and publishing. If you missed these original episodes, we encourage you to go back in your queue and listen to the entire thing.
Jul 29, 2019
Apology and Taking Ownership Over Your Freedom, featuring of Eve Ensler
49:33
Today’s episode is an on-stage interview of Eve Ensler by Write-Minded host Brooke Warner. This interview explores Eve’s newest book, The Apology, in which Eve envisions the apology she wishes her father would have given her before he died for all the abuse and violence he perpetrated upon her when she was young. This interview touches upon how apology can set free survivors of abuse, as well as the impact of real apology on the perpetrator—and we delve into a bit of politics too.
Jul 22, 2019
What Every Writer and Author Needs to Know about Ingram, featuring Robin Cutler
27:25
Ingram and Amazon are arguably the two most important companies when it comes to how the book industry functions—and while Amazon gets a lot of visibility and media attention, Ingram tends to be a bit more amorphous for authors. This episode breaks down what’s what at Ingram—helping authors break down the many branches of Ingram and why it all matters. Guest Robin Cutler of IngramSpark gives an insider perspective about this all-important player in the book publishing space.
Jul 15, 2019
How to Make Your Hard Work Work for You, featuring John August
26:55
For anyone who’s ever thought that artists are simply divinely inspired and you’ve either got it or you don’t, this week’s episode about hard work, putting in the hours, and how to be productive in a sane and relatively healthy way should inspire some thinking about the nature of busyness. Grant and Brooke talk with John August, one of the busiest artists they know, about screenwriting, choosing the best medium for a new project, and work ethic.
Jul 08, 2019
The Radical Author: “The Dystopia Is Now,” featuring Cory Doctorow
37:04
Today’s dystopian fiction seems to be closer to reality than the dystopian fiction of the past. Brooke and Grant explore this new reality with Cory Doctorow, whose socially conscientious science fiction novels delve into topics of political consequence. From the ways in which anxieties fuel science fiction writers to how fiction has the power to change the way we think and operate in the world, today’s episode emphasizes the importance of dystopian fiction for its capacity to shed light on what is true, and what might happen, ideally, as Cory suggests, so that we might fix things before it’s too late.
Jul 01, 2019
On Creating New Forms in Fiction and Following What’s True, featuring Rachel Cusk
31:06
This week’s special episode is an interview between Write-Minded host Brooke Warner and the writer Rachel Cusk, who’s been hailed for “reinventing” the novel. Brooke asks Rachel about form, and how she approached this reinvention, whether she could have done it without the insights she had through writing her memoir, and what it means to call oneself—or be called—a feminist, or “post-feminist,” writer. In this clear-eyed and thought-provoking interview, Rachel gives insight into why she thought the novel needed to be re-thought in the first place, and why the pursuit of truth lies at the heart of everything she writes.
Jun 24, 2019
Cultivating Stillness, featuring Pico Iyer
42:14
In this week’s episode, Brooke and Grant meander through the topic of stillness with Pico Iyer, “arguably the world’s greatest living travel writer,” according to Outside. In an “on-demand” world that demands productivity, especially from writers, Iyer suggests ways to steal little moments, even just pockets of time, to help writers stay fresher, more centered, more intimate. Join us for this treat of an episode to see how you might bring even just a little more stillness into your mind and into your writing.
Jun 17, 2019
Giving Voice to Secrets, featuring Dani Shapiro
33:54
In today’s episode, guest Dani Shapiro talks about her recent New York Times best-selling memoir, Inheritance, and how she’s been circling around family secrets for her entire life. She reveals how the secret she never knew, until recently—that the father who raised her was not her biological father—is likely the thing that made her a writer. In this deep conversation with co-hosts Brooke and Grant, Dani delves into the “unthought known,” the impact of those things we withhold, and how the particular family secret of parents not revealing a child’s identity to them is nearly an obsolete idea due to genetic testing sites like 23andMe.
Jun 10, 2019
Writing Advice from a Writing Advice Guru, featuring James Scott Bell
31:14
Do you remember the first writing advice book you ever read? Or the writing advice book that moved you and made you rethink your writing life? In this episode, James Scott Bell, author of more than 20 writing advice books, talks about his circuitous path to becoming a writer—and shares best and worst writing advice, blunders writers should avoid, tips for becoming a more prolific writer, and so much more. Tune in to hear Brooke and Grant’s best and worst writing advice, as well as the first writing advice books that moved them and why.
Jun 03, 2019
Telling on Yourself with Your Fiction, featuring Tayari Jones
46:11
This week’s episode features an onstage interview with Tayari Jones, author of the New York Times best-seller, An American Marriage. Brooke and Tayari sat down at the Bay Area Book Festival in early May—and we’re thrilled to be able to share what transpired on Write-Minded. Tayari is forthcoming and funny. We gain insight into her motivations to write, her perseverance as a novelist, and how, in her words, novelists tend to tell on themselves through their fiction. What we learn about Tayari and her worldview through this telling is a gift—so enjoy!
May 27, 2019
Taking Leaps of Faith, featuring Bobi Gentry Goodwin
27:08
In today’s episode Brooke Warner interviews Bobi Gentry Goodwin, author of the novel, Revelation, which is forthcoming on the She Writes Press list this November. Bobi is the winner of the She Writes Equality in Publishing scholarship. We’re excited to introduce you to Bobi and her novel, and also to hear about what led her to take this leap of faith, to submit her work—and what it’s mean to her to win. She Writes Press and SparkPress currently have submissions open for this year’s STEP contest. Submissions are due by July 1st, so spread the word, and/or take your own leap of faith!
May 20, 2019
The Artist and the Destroyer, featuring Brooke Axtell
33:50
In today’s episode Brooke and Grant unpack with Brooke Axtell, author of the recently released Beautiful Justice, the ways in which writing can be a salve, an instrument for change, a way to give voice to that which seems unspoken. Brooke Axtell talks about her journey from poetry to prose, her work around gender-based violence, and how writing saved her. A powerful episode to share with anyone who’s looking for the courage to share, to speak up, to be heard.
May 13, 2019
Breaking the Rules to Serve Your Story, featuring Abigail Thomas
28:28
May 06, 2019
How to Be a Responsible Creator, featuring Daniel José Older
34:02
In today’s episode, Grant and Brooke talk with Daniel José Older about why writing “the other” comes with great responsibility, and how we’re likely to “jack it up,” and also why it’s both simple and not simple. This is an important and nuanced topic in the world of book publishing, with layers of power and privilege that all writers would do well to understand. Older is an eloquent messenger, and he shares with us a few of his favorite fundamentals on writing “the other.”
Apr 29, 2019
Favorite Writing Books, featuring Grant Faulkner & Brooke Warner
27:16
Today’s episode is a Grant and Brooke exclusive. Join the co-hosts of Write-Minded as they share the books about writing that have most inspired them and why. They’ve chosen classics: Annie Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life; popular books by giants in their genres: On Writing, by Stephen King and The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr; and a couple of their personal favorites: Booklife, by Jeff Vandermeer and The Art of Recklessness, by Dean Young. Tune in for an episode dedicated specifically to the power of books that support writing and the writing life. We’d love to hear from you what your own favorites are and why. Send a tweet to Grant and Brooke @grantfaulkner and @brooke_warner.
Apr 22, 2019
The Power of Owning Your Niche, featuring Ryka Aoki
29:45
The idea of narrowing the scope of one’s readership can strike fear into the hearts of writers who fantasize about broad readerships, and their writing being for everyone. But there are amazing rewards that come with understanding your niche, and writing to a specific audience. Brooke and Grant speak with their guest Ryka Aoki about niche writing, micro and small presses, and discovering and carving out a path to a defined readership that’s both supportive and career-propelling.
Apr 15, 2019
How to Pursue a Traditional Book Deal, featuring Meredith May
34:11
Most authors dream of getting traditionally published, but in today’s publishing climate it’s becoming increasingly difficult for authors to get those deals. In today’s episode Brooke and Grant discuss traditional publishing, The Dream, and rejection. Meredith May, a journalist and sixth-generation beekeeper who has a brand-new memoir out, shares her long journey toward traditional publication—including the many drafts, writing the book proposal, and her eventual meeting of hearts and minds with her publisher. And don’t miss this episode for what you’ll learn from Meredith about bees.
Apr 08, 2019
The Art of Writing a Series, featuring Darynda Jones
30:50
Join Grant and Brooke as they revisit their New Year’s Resolutions (Grant is on track with posting to Medium once a week and Brooke did indeed finish her book, but otherwise anything else promised has long since been forgotten). This is a springboard to a conversation about series—because writing series is all about buckling down, big time! Best-selling author Darynda Jones, who’s just finished Book 13 in her popular Charley Davidson series and has a new series underway, is the perfect guest to talk about how to even approach a series, not to mention how rewarding—and challenging—they are to write.
Apr 01, 2019
How to Carve Your Own Creative Path, featuring Leigh Stein
29:43
In this week’s episode, Brooke and Grant tackle one of the problematic effects of building an author platform, which is what happens when you start to feel artistically limited, or creatively hemmed in. Many authors can feel like they’re supposed to be the “poster child” for the stories they want to share. Others experience success in a single genre and discover how difficult it is to try to make the leap into another. With her early success and having forged her way through poetry, memoir, and fiction, Leigh Stein, author and co-founder of BinderCon, is the perfect guest to unpack these topics and more.
Mar 25, 2019
Young Adult Fiction and Writing the Book You Would Have Wanted to Read, featuring Lilliam Rivera
30:46
In today’s episode, Brooke and Grant speak with YA author Lilliam Rivera about writing contemporary YA, the power of finding your own experience in literature, and why you might be drawn to writing the stories you wish had been available to you when you were young. YA as a genre is exploding, and Rivera discusses why she doesn’t hold back when it comes to what she’s willing to explore in fiction—race, family dynamics, violence, and more. Rivera’s drive and passion will inspire any writer who’s felt drawn to write to share a worldview that’s been historically underrepresented.
Mar 18, 2019
Finding Your Readers: From NaNoWriMo to Wattpad to Best-selling Author, featuring Taran Matharu
34:37
If you’re curious about—or maybe even terrified by—the idea of getting advance readers for your work-in-progress, you’ll want to hear from today’s guest Taran Matharu and listen to his success story. Taran shared his work on WattPad and garnered 3 million reads in less than six months. He shares his story on today’s episode, as well as lots of concrete tips for all you writers out there about how to gain more exposure for your work.
Mar 11, 2019
Developing the DIY Mindset Necessary to Self-Publish Well, featuring Sarra Cannon
33:03
Whether you’re already an indie author, or thinking about becoming one, this week’s episode is chock-full of encouragement and concrete advice from Sarra Cannon, career author of 25 books. Hear what Sarra thinks are the pros and cons of self-publishing, find out why publishing DIY is so invigorating, and get some insight into the various paths to publishing available to today’s aspiring authors.
Mar 04, 2019
The Business of Being a Writer, featuring Jane Friedman
29:42
The business of book publishing is one of the most important, albeit less glamorous, parts of becoming an author. This week Brooke and Grant are in conversation with industry expert and veteran Jane Friedman as they cover innovation, publishing trends, the future of book publishing. Jane also offers concrete and sound advice for authors, and busts a few industry myths, too.
Feb 25, 2019
Writing About Other People, featuring Kerry Cohen
27:26
Writing about other people is scary. You may worry about the fallout—that people you’re writing about will be hurt, angry, that they’ll disown you. You may worry about your parents, your children, your friends. Many writers contemplating memoir go so far as to consider waiting to write their story until some key person is dead, and countless others fret about the legal jeopardy they might subject themselves to just for telling their truth. This episode brings answers and reassurance—and touches upon fiction as well, in the sense that fiction, too, much be drawn from real characters. Guest Kerry Cohen talks about her four memoirs and shares her feelings on fear, truth-telling, and fallout.
Feb 18, 2019
Public Speaking for Authors, featuring Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
34:33
Join Brooke and Grant as they recall some of their early public speaking moments—when Grant remembers being a brash, bold teenager who’d say anything and Brooke recalls forgetting her lines in a Christmas play and saying “oh shit” in front of her entire church congregation. More important to writers in this episode, however, are guest Betsy Graziani Fasbinder’s helpful ideas and encouraging words around public speaking. We’ll explore why all writers should give themselves the gift of public speaking training and how public speaking is really just another way to share your story. For this episode, please also check out Brooke’s blog post about preparing for her TEDx talk, which she references in the episode and promised to share.
Feb 11, 2019
How to Get Out of Your Own Way, featuring Garth Stein
34:44
If you believe in the idea that your book knows what it wants to be, or if you’re interested in hearing more about the ways in which this might be true, this episode is for you. Join Brooke and Grant for a conversation about how we’re in relationship with our books—which means we sometimes have to play and dance with them, listen to what they’re telling us, and even take some time apart at times. Guest Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has some impassioned advice—and a little tough love—for authors on the path to creation, and explains his theory of “pushing the rock,” a metaphor for writing your book.
Feb 04, 2019
Healing through Writing, featuring Francesca Lia Block
23:40
In this episode, Grant and Brooke explore with guest Francesca Lia Block, author of The Thorn Necklace, how writing is healing and oftentimes therapeutic. Today’s episode is about the feeling side of writing—and how touching into that both unlocks deeper places in a person’s writing and has the ability (at least some of the time) to set writers free from their angst and doubts and any lingering messages that might get lobbed at them by their inner critics. If you’ve ever wondered if writing has the power to heal, tune in.
Jan 28, 2019
It’s Never Too Late to Seize Your Creative Destiny, featuring Vanessa Hua
23:28
Guest Vanessa Hua shares her circuitous path to literary success, which happened later in life, after a career in journalism and after age forty, and after the birth of her twin boys. In this episode Grant and Brooke explore the many ways writers seize their creative destinies—by following the thread of their curiosity, by taking up hobbies that spur creative endeavors, and by staying open to possibilities. If you feel like your next Big Creative Thing is just over that next hump, or even more so if it’s feeling frustratingly elusive, this episode will give you a shot of inspiration and the encouragement you might need to keep going—or looking, or trying.
Jan 21, 2019
The Heroine/Hero’s Journey—The Most Epic of All Storylines, featuring Laura Lentz
29:34
Everyone is on a hero or a heroine’s journey. The trick is to see your own journey objectively enough to find your way into and through it, and also to claim your own hero or heroine’s journey as such, which can be difficult if you are still wrestling with which story or stories are yours to tell. In this episode, Brooke and Grant examine this journey from various angles and genres, and delve into the nuances of the journey with their guest, Laura Lentz, whose new workbook on this very topic, Story-Quest, is just out this month. We hope you’ll tune in to see if you might discover new elements of your own epic journey.
Jan 14, 2019
How to Be Selfish and Finish What You Start, featuring Claire Dederer
35:11
Guest Claire Dederer’s 2017 Paris Review Essay, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?” inspired today’s episode about selfishness, and the ways in which we’re often culturally conditioned to feel badly about carving out time for our creative pursuits. Brooke and Grant explore their feelings around selfishness, sharing some of their individual struggles to strike that all-elusive balance, and explore the various ways in which selfishness can be a force for good when it comes to creativity.
Jan 07, 2019
Writerly Resolutions
16:21
Catch up with co-hosts Brooke and Grant for this special episode focused on Writerly Resolutions. No guest this week, just Brooke and Grant talking about resolutions—what works and what doesn’t, why most resolutions fail, and why you’re actually awesome if you have the same resolutions year after year. This episode includes lots of good resolution ideas for writers, too, including a writing action from each of the hosts.
Jan 01, 2019
Following Your Calling, Even When It Comes at a Cost, featuring Jessica Valenti
24:50
Many writers write because they have to. Today’s guest, Jessica Valenti, is one of them. Brooke and Grant talk about pursuing passions, your calling, your purpose—even if and when that might come at a cost. While most writers won’t face the kinds of threats Jessica has faced for her outspokenness, most writers are vulnerable to criticism. This episode encourages writers to persevere, and offers inspiration and tips for staying connected to purpose.
Dec 17, 2018
Writing and Activism—Where the Pen Meets a Cause, featuring Daisy Hernández
28:56
In this episode, Brooke and Grant examine activism and writing, and consider the various ways in which the very act of writing is activism—even if writers might call it something else. Guest Daisy Hernández shares her experience writing and creating in various forms—books, articles, radio spots, and more—and talks about how urgency shapes what she chooses to take on in her own activist writing. Tune in to discover the ways in which you might be an activist without even realizing it.
Dec 10, 2018
Crossing Borders, featuring Mitali Perkins
27:22
Grant and Brooke explore the many ways in which writers might cross borders—geographically, creatively, in their life experiences. Guest Mitali Perkins speaks to the experience of crossing borders in life and in fiction, and has inspiring words for listeners about following their inner compass when it comes to writing. This episode touches upon how we use our life experience in our writing, the value of being authentic to yourself and your readers, and reading as another vehicle for crossing borders.
Dec 03, 2018
Writers Don’t Let Writers Write Alone, featuring Deborah Siegel
21:48
Write-Minded is the product of two writing communities coming together to support a podcast for writers about writing—and Deborah Siegel, one of She Writes’ founders, speaks to the power of community and why writers don’t let writers write alone. This episode, the final one in the NaNoWriMo line-up, celebrates community, and Grant, Brooke, and Deborah talk about why writing is better, more productive, and more rewarding when it’s not a solitary pursuit.
Nov 26, 2018
NaNo Rebels: A Walk on the Nonfiction Side, featuring Cami Ostman
25:41
In this episode, Brooke and Grant honor NaNoWriMo rebels as they botch the NaNo acronym and explore with their guest, Cami Ostman, some of the many ways writers and writing communities come together to have fun and write in November. Brooke talks about being a NaNo Rebel herself as she pushes through her nonfiction book about women and writing, and Grant talks about the NaNo stance on rebels—which is that NaNo welcomes all of you with open arms. After all, it’s all about the writing!
Nov 19, 2018
NaNoWriMo Guidance: Getting Through the “Muddy Middle,” featuring Gennifer Albin
32:27
The Muddy Middle is inevitable when you’re writing a book—that place all writers get to when the newness of their writing endeavor begins to wane, and the project isn’t feeling so exciting anymore. In this episode Grant commits to trying to make better use of the nooks and crannies of his life, writing even when he has just a ten-minute window, and Brooke confesses that one of her downfalls is needing the conditions to write to be just so. Guest Gennifer Albin, veteran NaNoWriMo writer, has super-helpful tips for getting through the Muddy Middle, and shares how she finds the time and how NaNoWriMo has been a productive and inspiring way to get her writing done.
Nov 12, 2018
Kicking Off This Year’s NaNoWriMo, featuring Municipal Liaisons Catherine Noon and Alexis Daria
28:21
We’re five days into NaNoWriMo, and today’s guests are two seasoned NaNoWriMo municipal liaisons who know a lot about the value of a writing community. Brooke and Grant share where they’re at with their writing goals—Brooke slow and steady and Grant sprinting out the gate to get ahead, a strategy he says he always uses since inevitable life issues are bound to throw him off his word count goals every November. This episode is chock-full of ideas for getting out there and finding community—which is the best way to ensure you get your writing done.
Nov 05, 2018
NaNo Prep: The Power of Believing in Yourself as a Writer, featuring Jasmine Guillory
26:10
Today’s episode is for anyone who struggles to call her or himself a writer—whether it’s because you have such a strong professional identity that it’s hard to try on a secondary one, or maybe because you came to writing later in life, or, like Brooke shares is true for her, you might feel you need to qualify your experience somehow. Guest Jasmine Guillory shares her own struggles to claim the label—and gets us inspired for NaNoWriMo on the immediate horizon with encouraging words about her approach to preparation—and getting tons of words on the page.
Oct 29, 2018
NaNo Prep: Coaxing the “Magical Cookies” Out of Your Story, featuring Susan Dennard
27:09
Join Brooke and Grant in conversation with Susan Dennard, who believes that if we’re not at least looking for that which inspires us about our writing, we might want to make a better effort to find it, or change directions. In this episode Susan shares her evolution from pantser to planner, and how she goes about planning and prepping, especially now that she writes series. Join us for this helpful conversation that’s part of our month-long get-ready-for-NaNoWriMo series.
Oct 22, 2018
NaNo Prep: Finding the Beats of Your Story, featuring Jessica Brody
33:11
Do you feel stuck in your story? Not sure where to begin, or where to go from here? This episode has real solutions! Jessica Brody has taken a popular structure used for screenplay writing and adapted it for novelists—and in this episode she unpacks how that works, explaining beats and how writers can think about them and use them to crack their own stories. As they gear up for NaNoWriMo, Grant and Brooke consider the value of structure, and also reiterate that no matter your approach, NaNo can be a game-changer in your writing process.
Oct 15, 2018
NaNo Prep: Insider Secrets from NaNoWriMo’s Founder , featuring Chris Baty
32:04
In this episode, NaNoWriMo Founder and record-holder for the most NaNoWriMo’s ever completed, Chris Baty, joins Grant and Brooke to talk about NaNoWriMo’s origin story and how setting the bar really low is part of the point of doing NaNo in the first place. This inspiring episode will help listeners considering doing NaNoWriMo this year get over any anxieties they might be harboring. With less than a month to go, Write-Minded is getting in the mindset to get words on the page.
Oct 08, 2018
Changing the World by Writing Alternate Histories (and Prepping for NaNoWriMo), featuring Mary Robinette Kowal
32:57
This episode kicks off a series dedicated to preparing for and getting through National Novel Writing Month in November. Guest Mary Robinette Kowal has embraced the structure and community of NaNoWriMo for all of her novels, and she shares with listeners about how she’s a “plantser,” and also some of her personal strategies around preparing to write a new novel. In this episode, Grant, Brooke, and Mary Robinette discuss the sub-genre of “alternate histories” and encourage listeners to gear up for NaNoWriMo by harnessing some of that “what-if” sensibility at the heart of alternate history storylines.
Oct 01, 2018