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Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.
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The Secret Library Podcas‪t‬ Caroline Donahue

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    • 4.8 • 68 Ratings

Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.
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    Claire Harnett-Mann | How You Share the Story

    Claire Harnett-Mann | How You Share the Story

    Claire Harnett-Mann is a brilliant poet and author, and I couldn't be happier to introduce her to you as the first D2D alum with a publishing deal. in this conversation, we look at how Claire chose the press she went with, her thoughts around getting a Masters in Creative Writing, and what it's like to be able to include "forthcoming" with the title of her novella in her bio.

    We often hear from those years and years ahead in the process of putting work out in the world. I'm so grateful to hear Claire's story right at the beginning of her fiction publishing journey. Happy Listening!

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    • 41 min
    Natalie Goldberg | Three Simple Lines

    Natalie Goldberg | Three Simple Lines

    It was such an honor to speak with Natalie Goldberg, whose work I've admired for years. In discussing her most recent book, Three Simple Lines, I was struck again and again how beautiful it was that haiku masters, many writing centuries ago, are still able to touch our lives in the present.

    Natalie shares her passion for haiku and and how she transformed her love and curiosity about such a revered form of poetry into this book. How beautiful that many choices to make stories visible and share personal moments in the world lead to this conversation. I can't wait for you to listen.

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    • 34 min
    Alexandra Franzen | The Many Ways to be Visible

    Alexandra Franzen | The Many Ways to be Visible

    As writers, we often prefer hiding away in our private worlds, but eventually we need to share our work to make the impact we dream of. But... this doesn't look the same for everyone.

    Since so many writers are taught that visibility in writing = social media, I invited Alexandra Franzen back on. A writer with numerous books to her name, she doesn't participate in any social media, because it doesn't work for her.

    We'll be asking lots of questions this season, so you can work on becoming visible in a way that fits for you. Our first important question: what does success look like for YOU? Can't wait for you to listen to this powerful conversation. Happy listening!

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Caroline Donahue | The Boat Explosion Principle

    Caroline Donahue | The Boat Explosion Principle

    Throughout this season, I've been amazed at the depth of these discussions. I originally planned for a less intense season this go-round, given the year we've all had, but this topic refused to stay on the surface of things.

    Wrapping up another theme, in this final solo episode on The Nourished Writer I share many of the discoveries I've made throughout this wild ride of a year. What's kept me inspired, motivated, and engaged in writing — it's all here.

    What's the Boat Explosion Principle, you may ask? You'll just have to listen up and find out...

    Thank you for another incredible season and for all the kind messages everyone has sent about the season. If you haven't yet done so, it would mean the world if you left a rating and review for the show. It makes a huge difference and helps us reach more listeners. Happy holidays, and here's to blue skies ahead in 2021!

    Visit this episode's show notes page here: https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/episodes/caroline-donahue-s3-ep14 

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    • 33 min
    Sarah Selecky | Going Through the Portal

    Sarah Selecky | Going Through the Portal

    I hadn't planned to have Sarah on this season, since we've had so many episodes together, but when it came time to wrap recording, it felt wrong. We came to this episode without notes, without a specific topic other than to explore what was nourishing each of us as writers at this point in time.

    As we come to the final weeks of the madness that has been 2020, Sarah and I also explore what our goals have been for writing at this point, and how our metrics for success have changed.

    This is one of the richest conversations I've had about writing recently, and I'm delighted we went ahead and recorded anyway. This is a chance to reflect on what writing means to us, as we look back over a year of writing under unprecedented circumstances. It's also a chance to consider what we want writing to be for us going forward. Enjoy this final interview for season 3. Next week, we wrap with a solo episode to conclude for 2020.

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    • 51 min
    Helen Redfern | Writing and Boundaries

    Helen Redfern | Writing and Boundaries

    I must confess: I was dying to post this episode the second we finished recording it.

    Many of you have heard me recommend Helen's helpful YouTube videos as well as her encouraging online presence overall. I loved these videos and suggestions so much this year, and they were a delight to my audience as well.

    And yet, there was a price to pay to create at the pace Helen was setting. This week, we look at the pros and cons of maintaining a prolific online presence alongside your writing practice. Helen shares generously about her thought process and the results of experimenting with stepping back from the online world for a time.

    As we get closer and closer to the holidays, the boundaries we choose to set around being online are ever more important. How visible to we want to be, and at what cost to our creativity? The need for rest and recuperation is so important, and we explore all of the pressures and benefits we gain as writers from sharing our journey.

    I so look forward to the conversation that I expect this episode will generate- these questions don't get answered in a day, but we can all benefit by reflecting on them together.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

bookandbird ,

One of my favorites!

The Secret Library Podcast is one I never miss! Caroline asks insightful and fun questions and provides a platform for a variety of writers and creators across genres. I highly recommend this to all writers looking for meaningful creative conversations.

Kathy Rupff ,

My new favorite podcast!

I’ve only heard the most recent podcast and LOVE it. Love Caroline! Creative person / wanna be writer here finding my place. Looking forward to hearing more!!! Thanks so much for this podcast!!!

Psfrankel ,

My favorite writing podcast

These podcasts are balm for the writer’s soul. And Caroline is such a delight. The diversity of subjects and people make these extra special. There is always one that helps me get out of a creative funk.

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