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Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features a pep talk, a green-light moment, and a writing action. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone's story matters.
||CleanYoung Adult Fiction and Writing the Book You Would Have Wanted to Read, featuring Lilliam Rivera||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 y||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Readers: From NaNoWriMo to Wattpad to Best-selling Author, featuring Taran Matharu||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 garne||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping the DIY Mindset Necessary to Self-Publish Well, featuring Sarra Cannon||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-publish||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Business of Being a Writer, featuring Jane Friedman||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,||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting About Other People, featuring Kerry Cohen||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.||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPublic Speaking for Authors, featuring Betsy Graziani Fasbinder||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 s**t” in front of he||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Get Out of Your Own Way, featuring Garth Stein||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 relationshi||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing through Writing, featuring Francesca Lia Block||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 d||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s Never Too Late to Seize Your Creative Destiny, featuring Vanessa Hua||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.||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Heroine/Hero’s Journey—The Most Epic of All Storylines, featuring Laura Lentz||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 wrestli||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be Selfish and Finish What You Start, featuring Claire Dederer||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 cr||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriterly Resolutions||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,||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFollowing Your Calling, Even When It Comes at a Cost, featuring Jessica Valenti||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.||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting and Activism—Where the Pen Meets a Cause, featuring Daisy Hernández||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||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrossing Borders, featuring Mitali Perkins||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,||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriters Don’t Let Writers Write Alone, featuring Deborah Siegel||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.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo Rebels: A Walk on the Nonfiction Side, featuring Cami Ostman||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.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNoWriMo Guidance: Getting Through the “Muddy Middle,” featuring Gennifer Albin||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 b||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKicking Off This Year’s NaNoWriMo, featuring Municipal Liaisons Catherine Noon and Alexis Daria||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 G||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo Prep: The Power of Believing in Yourself as a Writer, featuring Jasmine Guillory||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,||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo Prep: Coaxing the “Magical Cookies” Out of Your Story, featuring Susan Dennard||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.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo Prep: Finding the Beats of Your Story, featuring Jessica Brody||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 h||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaNo Prep: Insider Secrets from NaNoWriMo’s Founder , featuring Chris Baty||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 firs||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging the World by Writing Alternate Histories (and Prepping for NaNoWriMo), featuring Mary Robinette Kowal||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,||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerseverance and the Art of Changing Directions, featuring Emily X.R. Pan||It took today’s guest, Emily X.R. Pan, ten years to finish her novel. In today’s high-pressure, fast-paced, ambition-oriented culture, you hear more about the people who write a book a year than you do about all the writers toiling away at their cra||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“I Should Be Writing,” featuring Mur Lafferty||All writers face that nagging, guilting critical voice telling us: you should be writing. This episode’s title comes from Mur Lafferty’s podcast: I Should Be Writing, and Mur talks with Grant and Brooke about some of the challenges she and her many||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCultural Appropriation in Fiction and Who Gets to Write What, featuring Kirstin Chen||In this episode Brooke and Grant share the definition of cultural appropriation from Amandla Stenberg’s YouTube video, in which she says, “Cultural appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated,||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBending Genres: Telling Your Story, Your Way, featuring Kwame Alexander||Grant and Brooke discuss unconventional writing, and how and why it’s not particularly embraced by the traditional publishing industry. Their guest, Kwame Alexander, is best-known for his book The Crossover,||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSocial Media — Love It or Hate It, featuring Amy Ferris||Brooke and Grant share how they wrangle with social media—and why it’s a friend and a foe. Their guest, Amy Ferris, shares how she’s grown her Facebook following to capacity, garnering hundreds of comments and shares with each post.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEveryone’s a Writer, featuring Mark Nepo||Today’s episode taps into the heart and soul of the Write-minded message (and cornerstone of NaNoWriMo)—that everyone’s story matters. Guest Mark Nepo talks about writing as a birthright, and Brooke and Grant muse over how writing became an elitis||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoing It All and Still Writing, featuring Aya de Leon||How does she do it? All of us have those friends and colleagues who we look at with awe. They seem to be juggling so much, and doing it all! Aya de Leon, our write-minded guest, is one of those writers, and she’s got some wisdom to impart.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Grammar More Inviting, featuring Mignon Fogarty (aka, Grammar Girl)||Grammar. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a critical part of writing. The rules matter, and they’re often changing, which keeps writers on their toes and sparks grammar debates to delight the inner geek in all of us.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers||If you sit down and write, you’re a writer. This is just one of the encouraging messages driving the new writing podcast, Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers, hosted by Brooke Warner of SheWrites.com and Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo. -||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Expert up-to-date writing support!
This podcast is such a gift as well as an inspiration to writers who want to know more about the craft and/or the business of writing. Between Brooke’s expertise and connections in publishing and the craft of writing memoir, and Grant’s expertise in writing and publishing novels, including directing NaNoWriMo, I feel I’m getting the most current possible guidance about writing and publishing today. Their conversation is always filled with insights and quotable tips on the topic, their pep talk, green-light moment, and writing action segments always inspire or inform me, and then they bring in their guest, who is always the expert I most want to hear from on that theme. What a generous gift. Thank you Brooke and Grant!
While I’m enjoying the podcast, I’m a NaNoWriMo enthusiast because of Chris Baty’s book. This was his baby and I don’t think he gets near enough credit and ideas from his book are posed as “ours” from the podcasters. I get that he’s stepped aside, but that doesn’t mean his creation is any less his.
Best of the Best
This is hands-down one of the best podcasts for people living the writer life. I am new to this community, and Grant and Brooke have such concise, meaningful, thorough advice for writers. I also appreciate the fact that these episodes are less than 30 minutes. Anything longer than that is difficult for me to make a regular part of my routine. Bravo! Keep it up!