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Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We are a weekly podcast 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 (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. This year we’re featuring a Book Trend at the end of each episode to keep listeners in the loop about what they need to know about the book industry. Brooke and Grant 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.

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner (NaNoWriMo)

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We are a weekly podcast 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 (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. This year we’re featuring a Book Trend at the end of each episode to keep listeners in the loop about what they need to know about the book industry. Brooke and Grant 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.

    True Inclusion in Book Publishing, featuring Rebekah Borucki

    True Inclusion in Book Publishing, featuring Rebekah Borucki

    This week’s episode focuses in on our favorite hard topic—inclusion in book publishing. But this conversation is not just a run-of-the-mill conversation about DEI, which we acknowledge can and has gotten a bit diluted in recent months. Instead it’s a fresh and inspiring conversation about what inclusion really means in book publishing, and we interview an inspiring publisher, Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, who is doing the hard work of creating true change in publishing by creating a publishing company that is focused on inclusivity in all the parts of the business and the business model. Geek out on publishing with us this week, but also be prepared to learn and be inspired by what Row House publishing is doing, and the woman who’s leading the charge.
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    • 44 min
    Discipline and the Writing Life, featuring Adriana Trigiani

    Discipline and the Writing Life, featuring Adriana Trigiani

    This week’s episode is a celebration of discipline with author Adriana Trigiani, who says that the creative expression is the highest expression of our souls. As such, discipline is honoring the gift. We delve into what Adriana learned about working as a writer for the show, A Different World, and her take on the vast changes in the publishing world from her vantage point as a veteran author of more than twenty books. An insightful show that celebrates working hard!
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    • 43 min
    Saving Reading, featuring Andrew Limbong

    Saving Reading, featuring Andrew Limbong

    Should we be worried about the current state of reading? It’s hard to answer no to this question. Which is why Grant and Brooke take up the topic this week with guest Andrew Limbong, host of NPR's Book of the Day podcast. Tune in to set a reading goal with Grant, commiserate with Brooke about the kids’ reading habits these days, and hear some great book recommendations from a guest who’s more on top of the book scene than most. We also talk about the reading brain vs. Internet brain, and throw in a little neuroscience for good measure. Join us!
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    • 42 min
    Getting Reinspired, Again, with Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

    Getting Reinspired, Again, with Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

    Happy New Year! This short show to ring in the new year starts with a confession from Brooke about Write-minded’s annual New Year’s show—this is Number 5! Grant and Brooke share updates on current writing projects (including goals), episodes that rose to the top in 2022, and one creative takeaway from our writing lives. We invite you to reflect and get reinspired along with us as we forge ahead into a bright new year! And we hope you’ll check out Brooke’s class, 5 Things I’ve Learned about What It Takes to Get Published, coming up on February 19. Find the details at: https://myfivethings.com/class/brooke-warner-what-it-takes-to-get-published.
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    • 16 min
    Having Fun with Book and Amazon Marketing, featuring Dave Chesson

    Having Fun with Book and Amazon Marketing, featuring Dave Chesson

    This week’s episode is an upbeat and fun look at marketing with guest Dave Chesson, who’s on the cutting edge of Amazon and other book marketing strategies. We cover Amazon rankings, marketing ideas for fiction writers (who too often get left out of these conversations), and why to share your personal story out in the world. This episode includes concrete types and explains some things about Amazon that often feel elusive, so it’s worth your time even if your next published book is a ways out there on the horizon. Oh—and happy holidays. We’re off next week so Write-minded will be back in your queue on January 2!
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    • 42 min
    A New Take on Climate Fiction, featuring Aya de León

    A New Take on Climate Fiction, featuring Aya de León

    Aya de León returns to Write-minded to share an announcement about her new climate fiction imprint, Fighting Chance Books, that she’s launching in partnership with She Writes Press in 2023. This is an inspiring conversation about why a climate fiction literature of winning is so important. Aya makes the case that the future isn’t written yet—and we need more stories in which humanity fights back and wins in order to create a different narrative than the dystopian stories that currently dominate CliFi. An important conversation—with a mission at its core. Please help us spread the word about Fighting Chance Books!
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Kiwishelley ,

Best Writing Pod Out There

This is my not-to-be-missed writing podcast. Grant and Brooke don’t waste time on banality - they get right down to business, with both humour and a depth of thought that always gets me thinking or inspires. I can’t recommend enough.

Mark W1944 ,

New author - I love this

Releasing a book this year and came across this. Listen to the publicity / PR podcast!

Well done guys

RuthEGould ,

Recommended listening for writers

I’ve been tuning in for a while and as a writer starting out on the journey to publication, these podcasts have provided a heap of useful tips and inspiration in an entertaining format. I love the stories, interviews and resources offered.

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