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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

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    Episode 212: Don't Just Say #TheBookWasBetter

    Episode 212: Don't Just Say #TheBookWasBetter

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    She might just have the perfect job. This week, Jess and I interview Abbe Wright, Senior Editor at ReadItForward.com and co-host of The Adaptables, a podcast that hashes over every detail of the movies and shows that are adapted from the books we love.

    Links from the pod:

    I wanted to break up. Then he got a tattoo of my name.

    Read It Forward Podcast

    The Adaptables

    The Longform Podcast

    Bookbento (Read It Forward’s Instagram)

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Normal People by Sally Rooney

    #AmReading

    Abbe: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

    Jess: Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller

    Nerve by Eva Holland

    Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

    KJ: The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

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    Find more about Jess here, Sarina here and about KJ here.

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    Episode 211 #WriterGoals, Pandemic Version

    Episode 211 #WriterGoals, Pandemic Version

    Back in December 2019, we set #WriterGoals for 2020.

    We had no idea. This week, we go back in and revisit—which goals still stand? Which do we have to let go, and which just don’t feel right any more? Was there any point in setting these goals in the first place?

    In the end, we decide (not very cheerfully, it has to be admitted) that while our goals are necessarily changing, they’re always worth setting and revisiting. We’ll all be settling down to think differently about what we hope for in what’s left of 2020.

    Are you revising your 2020 goals, or sticking to plan A? Head over to the #AmWriting Facebook group and tell us about it.

    #AmReading

    KJ: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

    The Body in the Garden by Katharine Schellman

    Sarina: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

    Jess: Audible Original: David Sedaris, Themes and Variations

    Rat by Stephen King (found in the If It Bleeds novella collection)

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    And if you’d like to support the creation of #AmWriting, we’d appreciate your help! Supporters get weekly Minisodes or Writer Top Fives—and our undying gratitude. Want in? Click the button.

    KJ (00:01):

    Hey everyone. KJ. Here we are talking writer goals again this week. It's our midyear review - pandemic style. If you're setting your own goals for the rest of 2020 our sponsor Author Accelerator can help you start a new side gig as a book coach or match you with a coach who can help you work through challenges both on the page and in the calendar for getting your current project done. Find out more at authoraccelerator.com/amwriting. Is It recording?

    Jess (00:33):

    Now it's recording. Go ahead.

    KJ (00:35):

    This is the part where I stare blankly at the microphone like I don't remember what I was supposed to be doing.

    Jess (00:39):

    Alright, let's start over.

    KJ (00:40):

    Awkward pause. I'm going to rustle some papers. Okay. Now one, two, three. Hey, I'm KJ Dell'Antonia and this is #AmWriting. #AmWriting is the podcast about writing all the things, short things, long things, fiction, nonfiction, essays, pitches, proposals, and as we say every week, this is the podcast about sitting down and getting your work done.

    Jess (01:11):

    I'm Jess Lahey. I'm the author of The Gift of Failure and a forthcoming book about preventing substance abuse in kids called The Addiction Inoculation. And you can find my writing at places like the Atlantic and the New York Times and the Washington Post.

    Sarina (01:25):

    And I'm Sarina Bowen, the author of some romance novels. My most recent USA Today bestseller was Heartland, which came out in early 2020.

    KJ (01:35):

    And I am KJ Dell'Antonia, the author of the novel, The Chicken Sisters, which is coming out in June of this year as well as How To Be a Happier Parent already long out in hardback, but coming out in paperback this summer. And actually that's still happening, which I'm pretty pleased about. And the former editor of the Motherlode blog at the New York Times where I am still a reasonably regular contributor. And that's who we are. And where we are is in our houses, which is actually where we all are. But you know, it bears mentioning on this the 9th of May, 2020. Yeah.

    Jess (02:15):

    Which contributes to our topic today. You want to tell everybody what we want to talk about today?

    KJ (02:22):

    Oh sure. So we're gonna revisit our goals. Every year around this time we like to take a little mid-year review. We usually do it in June, so I guess we're doing it a touch early, but it has occurred to us that perhaps some of our goals are not going to be the same for the rest of the year. So it seemed like it was a good time to sit down and take a look at

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    Minisode: Don't Make the Same Mistakes Twice

    Minisode: Don't Make the Same Mistakes Twice

    Check out this Minisode where Jess discusses the mistakes she made writing her first book, and her new tricks to avoid making them again.

    Usually, Minisodes and Top Fives go out weekly to our supporters. But once in a while, we send one out to everyone—like this one.

    If you’d like more Minisodes (coming soon: Jess on Pitching Podcast Producers), or Top Fives like the Top Five Things to Know About Writing Under a Pseudonym or Top Five Ways to Start a Revision, become a #AmWriting supporter with just one click. And, uh, your credit card. Because while the podcast is free for you all (and we love doing it) it’s not free to create, and we truly appreciate the help from everyone who can chip in to help us make it, and make it better.

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    • 11 min
    Episode 210 #DontOverthinkIt

    Episode 210 #DontOverthinkIt

    Our guest today is Anne Bogel, most recently the author of Don’t Overthink It, which came out on March 3, 2020. Followers of this podcast who’ve taken my advice may have checked out her podcast, What Should I Read Next, where she talks books, reading and recommendations with guests—because I’m a huge fan. Anne is also the author of I’d Rather Be Reading and Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, the host of a second podcast, One Great Book and the blogger behind the Modern Mrs. Darcy.com.

    We talk about genres, owning your expertise, finding your voice and launching a book in a global pandemic. Some favorite advice goes straight to the title of Anne’s latest book: don’t overthink it. Sometimes, the right idea for a book is the one that’s always with you, that you’re interested in, that feels easy and obvious to you because it is—but isn’t such a cakewalk for everyone else.

    #AmReading

    Anne: Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel (available July 21st, 2020)

    The Switch by Beth O’Leary, who also authored The FlatShare

    KJ: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

    Jess: Wild Horses of the Summer Sun by Tory Bilski

    The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Cobin

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    • 44 min
    Episode 209 #StartYourWriterThing

    Episode 209 #StartYourWriterThing

    This week, it’s Jess and I (KJ) talking to Olivia and Meghan from the Marginally podcast, which we love for its frank conversations about challenges and setbacks and day jobs and the struggle to keep your butt in the chair (sound familiar?).

    We talked about finding your writing people, the joys of keeping that day job, and the things that grow from grabbing a friend and starting the thing you wish someone else would start.

    #AmWriting

    Meghan: Followers by Megan Angelo

    The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

    Olivia: Emma by Jane Austen (and all the movies)

    Independence Square by A.D. Miller

    Jess: Wow, No Thank you by Samantha Irby

    KJ: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

    Thanks to everyone who supports the podcast financially. To join that team, click the button below:

    But it’s all good. The pod is free as it always has and always will be. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it every time there’s a new episode.

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    • 54 min
    Episode 208 How to Blend a #CozyThriller

    Episode 208 How to Blend a #CozyThriller

    Do mystery and thriller writers ever “pants” their stories? What’s it like to give a dark protagonist some elements of your own history? How much fun is it to fill a book with references to all of your favorite books ever?

    We cover those things and more with author Peter Swanson, whose new book, Eight Perfect Murders, is a hybrid of psychological thriller and who-dunnit that all three of us loved. Also on the docket: we name our top three most terrifying children’s picture books.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST:

    https://www.peter-swanson.com

    #AmReading

    KJ: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

    Storyworthy, Matthew Dicks

    Peter: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

    Whether you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser, we know you consider yourself a writer. You write. Enough said. If you’ve plotted or pantsed your way all the way through any narrative, you know what a tough job that is—and you might be able to help somebody else do it, too. In addition to matching writers with book coaches who help you keep your butt in the chair, our sponsor, Author Accelerator, offers book coach training and certification. If that sounds like it might be the perfect gig for you, head to authoraccelerator.com to learn more.

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