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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.

Write-minded Podcast Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner

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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.

    Writing What Sustains You, featuring Meg Wolitzer

    Writing What Sustains You, featuring Meg Wolitzer

    This week’s show asks writers to think about what sustains them, to consider whether they’re steady and whether they stay the course when it comes to their writing. Our guest, Meg Wolitzer, is one such steady writer, a “schleper” (which we’re defining as a very positive quality when it comes to writing) and an author who’s admirable for her steadfastness. Join us today to listen in to what she has to say about writing, staying the course, and how she thinks about her own rising star.

    • 28 min
    What Every Author Needs to Know about Cover Design, featuring Julie Metz

    What Every Author Needs to Know about Cover Design, featuring Julie Metz

    This week’s episode is a journey into the world of book cover design with Creative Director of She Writes Press, Julie Metz. Brooke and Grant share some of their personal experiences with covers—what’s worked and what hasn’t—and Brooke shares some common places where (in her experience) authors get in their own way. Understanding book design will help any aspiring author breeze through this endeavor more easily, and getting a glimpse into the care and hard work that goes into creating covers is a point of interest for readers as well.

    • 34 min
    The Art of Fairy Tales, featuring Marissa Meyer

    The Art of Fairy Tales, featuring Marissa Meyer

    Write-Minded is delving into this new decade with an exploration of fan fiction and a fun and insightful interview with the amazing and prolific Marissa Meyer. Grant and Brooke look back to some of their favorite fairy tales from childhood, and Marissa speaks about her inspiration, her stockpile of story ideas, and how she once wrote 150,000 in the month of November for NaNoWriMo—which may well be a record (for which Grant offers extra credit).

    • 25 min
    Recharge! featuring Brooke and Grant

    Recharge! featuring Brooke and Grant

    This week’s episode is a short foray into resolutions present and past. Brooke and Grant offer their best solutions for recharging, share a couple of their goals for the new decade, and look back to where they were ten years ago with as the ’10s were just coming into view. Happy New Year, Happy New Decade!

    • 11 min
    Making Ends Meet as a Modern Writer, featuring Caroline Leavitt

    Making Ends Meet as a Modern Writer, featuring Caroline Leavitt

    In today’s episode, Brooke and Grant tackle the side hustle—why all writers do it, how to make peace with it, and how and why now is the best time ever for writers to actually have a writerly side hustle (as opposed to a 9-to-5 job. Guest Caroline Leavitt shares how she pieces together her worklife, multitasking and creating and making ends meet, and gives both encouragement and a dose of the reality of “making it” as a modern writer/author.

    • 30 min
    Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

    Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

    At Write-Minded, our hope is that our listeners will write a book they love—and then get it published, in whatever way that might manifest. Traditional publishing is the dream of many authors, so this week’s episode is a hands-on and helpful conversation about the best way to go about finding an agent, as well as do’s and don’ts, from one of the most prolific bloggers around, agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford.

    • 32 min

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k-pop rules ,

Educational, inspiring, and fun

Holy crow, what a whirlwind last few months it’s been for me. I just started writing my first ever book and a friend told me to join Camp Nanowrimo which has been amazing. Such a great and supportive community. Through that I found this podcast (as of two days ago) and I have just been absorbing all of its content non stop! Seriously as a wee baby novelist the topics you guys cover are perfect and interesting and I just can’t get enough!

Coco Crocker ,

Write-minded

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is a podcast aimed at, you guessed it, writers, aspiring writers, and book-lovers. First airing in October 2018, the podcast features hosts Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner interviewing writers of all genres. Episodes run a little over half an hour and begin with conversations between the two hosts that, while charming and pertinent, lack the free-flowing ease of more improvisational podcasts duos.

The first episode I listened to, Writerly Hang-ups, Obsessions, and Distractions—and Ways to Course Correct, featuring R.O. Kwon, began with an introduction to the underlying theme. Today was the musicality of language. For a grammar nerd like myself, Faulkner’s praise for the dash was delightful. But the theory that jazz had influenced the rhythms and music of authors’ language was most compelling.

When the interview begins, the hosts don’t speak much, but rather let R.O. Kwon speak. She describes rewriting the first twenty pages of her debut novel, The Incendiaries,
obsessively, using the analogy of building a strong foundation for a house, until she realized she couldn’t know what sort of foundation to build until she knew what the result might look like. She describes her writers’ community with a refreshing frankness, admitting it was hard to see others succeed before she had, but also that overcoming this feeling brought her a new found strength. The episode ended with a “takeaway” to keep an inspiration log, full of quotes and passages you love and admire, so you can immerse yourself in it any time you’re feeling blocked.

The next episode, titled Why Fantasy Is Important, featuring Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, explored the theme of escapism. Warner makes the astute point that disparaging literature for being escapism, one of its fundamental functions, is absurd. “It’s like critiquing exercise because your heart beats faster,” said Faulkner.

The interview with Schwab covers many topics—her perspective as a queer female, as someone who feels she is an outsider, and how she gravitates toward the weird. She enjoys the freedom the fantasy genre has to ask questions. What would the world be like if such-and-such were the case? If magic existed? This speaks to why so many of us love fantasy. It provides a medium to explore our curiosity beyond the unflinching confines of reality.

It’s not until the opening conversation closes that the first ad is heard, about twelve or thirteen minutes in. Both most recent episodes play ads for The Great Courses video streaming service. The ads are playful and Faulkner gets Warner to sing in the first episode’s ad (which seemed a clever device to fit The Great Courses name in once or twice more). In the following episode, she gets her revenge by putting Faulkner on the spot by asking the same of him. It’s clearly scripted, but I couldn’t help enjoying the call-back.

As an aspiring writer, I enjoyed hearing what literature means to others, and each person brought a fresh take on what it means to put pen to paper. The back-and-forths were sometimes forced, but the content itself was interesting and concise. The interviews were focused, and I would’ve liked to have delved deeper into the authors’ psyches. All in all, I give this podcast a three stars out of five. It’s fun for a writer, but isn’t quite a timeless, everyday listen.

maggiehunter ,

Well-produced and always intriguing

Great pacing and excellent variety in topics. Hosts are very focused on engaging with listeners and guests alike. I find the show grounding and always captivating.

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