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Rejection! Impostor Syndrome! Writer's Block! Writing can be a tricky business. Marissa Meyer interviews authors on how we can overcome various obstacles and bring more joy to our writing process.

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Rejection! Impostor Syndrome! Writer's Block! Writing can be a tricky business. Marissa Meyer interviews authors on how we can overcome various obstacles and bring more joy to our writing process.

    Lyndall Clipstone - Forestfall

    Lyndall Clipstone - Forestfall

    Marissa chats with Lyndall Clipstone about her gothic romance duology - LAKESEDGE and FORESTFALL - as well as how the desire to prove oneself can be an excellent motivator; using special rituals in order to separate yourself from the "real world" and immerse yourself in the setting and feel of your novel; reconceptualizing a stand-alone book into a duology by expanding on existing plotlines, while making each book fundamentally different in some way; using oracle cards to set your writing intentions and clue yourself into your own personal needs (they might even inspire some new ideas!); using social media not just to engage with readers, but also as a creative outlet; and some great advice from a former editor - including how to guard your unique writing voice, and why you shouldn't save your best ideas for later.

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 50 min
    Isaac Blum - The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

    Isaac Blum - The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

    Marissa chats with Isaac Blum about his debut novel - THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF HOODIE ROSEN - as well as longlisting for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature (congrats!); pushing forward with your writing despite years of doubt; some tips for how to protect yourself emotionally when facing rejection; how the ability to curate, revise, and edit your jokes is a huge advantage when it comes to writing funny characters; some great advice on things to consider when writing from the point of view of teen boys; maintaining realism and honoring true-life events that inspired your fictional narrative, and how a touch of levity can help readers process the horrific; plus a ton of love and appreciation for our critique partners!

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 46 min
    Karen M. McManus - Nothing More to Tell

    Karen M. McManus - Nothing More to Tell

    Marissa chats with Karen M. McManus about her new YA mystery - NOTHING MORE TO TELL - as well as developing characters that are complex and relatable by first interviewing them and creating in-depth profiles; outlining your mystery in order to "stress test" the idea, while leaving room for intuition and exploration; how to maintain a close point of view with unreliable narrators while still keeping secrets from your readers; balancing a multitude of messy, complicated subplots, and how secondary storylines can double as misdirection from a central mystery; following your instincts in order to overcome the challenges of "second book syndrome"; and what it's like to have a book developed for a Netflix TV show!

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 46 min
    Bonus: The Query Letter and Agent Search - with Joanne Levy

    Bonus: The Query Letter and Agent Search - with Joanne Levy

    For our 125th episode, Marissa and Joanne talk all things query letters! Answering listener-submitted questions, we cover such topics as:

    How do you know when you're ready to query?
    How do you find an agent to query?
    Should you send your query letter in batches?
    How do you find relevant comp titles?
    How do you step back and get a big picture view of your pitch?
    What do you put in your bio if you don't have a writing degree or publishing experience?
    How do you choose an agent if you receive multiple offers of representation?
    When is it time to move on to a new project?

    And more! 

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Britney S. Lewis - The Undead Truth of Us

    Britney S. Lewis - The Undead Truth of Us

    Marissa chats with Britney S. Lewis about her surreal zombie romance - THE UNDEAD TRUTH OF US - as well as working with underlying metaphors in your fiction, and how your themes might change and expand as you explore the deeper meanings of your story; balancing poetic prose and surreal descriptions with authentic dialogue and characters; writing heart-wrenching scenes that have the power to make your readers cry; thoughts on that age-old advice of "write what you know"; challenges and considerations of developing a unique romance (such as, when the love interest is sometimes a zombie…); the undeniable truth that persistence in necessary when it comes to the dream of being published; and bonus: our adventures in learning the Michael Jackson Thriller dance! (#lifegoals)

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 46 min
    Alicia Thompson - Love in the Time of Serial Killers

    Alicia Thompson - Love in the Time of Serial Killers

    Marissa chats with Alicia Thompson about her contemporary romance - LOVE IN THE TIME OF SERIAL KILLERS - as well as some of the benefits and challenges of writing your romance in first person point of view; a more informal approach to outlining your novel; infusing your character's voice with your own unique sense of humor, to hilarious effect; striking a balance between sustained romantic tension and a believable falling-in-love arc; describing small moments, gestures, and facial expressions to help clue your reader into the thoughts and feelings of your love interest; and a shared favorite trope: the "when I fell in love with you" speech.

    Books discussed in this episode can be purchased from your local independent bookstore or buy them online from the Happy Writer bookshop.org store (that benefits indie bookstores) at  https://bookshop.org/shop/marissameyer

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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230 Ratings

230 Ratings

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Favorite writing podcast

I love learning about the writing process through Marissa and her guests! I’ve also found so many good reads.

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Great show!

Marissa, host of the Happy Writer podcast, highlights all aspects of the writing process and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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Marissa Meyer’s Podcast is Lovely

I love this podcast so much! As a reader, it’s delightful to hear about both new and beloved authors and get a peek into the making of their world. As a writer, it’s encouraging to hear other authors’ struggles and learn about their processes. It’s always such an encouragement!

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