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Two writers, Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva, married to each other, explore the highs and lows of creativity, publishing, and the writing life.

The Stories Between Us Shawn Smucker

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    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

Two writers, Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva, married to each other, explore the highs and lows of creativity, publishing, and the writing life.

    Finding Hope in the Writing Life

    Finding Hope in the Writing Life

    It's been a hard couple of years here on the planet, but we still believe that writing and creating beautiful things is one of the best ways to rediscover hope for ourselves and spread hope to those around us. So today (and for the rest of this season) we're talking about discovering hope in the writing life, what we're up to, and how these things we create are giving us hope for 2022. 

    • 21 min
    S6E2 What Changed Ben Emerson's Writing Life

    S6E2 What Changed Ben Emerson's Writing Life

    Today we're talking with Ben Emerson, author of A Kraken for Christmas and a participant in our Nine Month Novel class. He shares the thing that changed his writing life forever, for good--this has become his rallying cry when encouraging new writers.

    • 24 min
    S6E3 Beka McDowell Finds Her Writing Motivation

    S6E3 Beka McDowell Finds Her Writing Motivation

    Today we're talking with author Beka McDowell about how working with children who have been sexually abused contributes to her writing life, where she finds the energy to write after long, difficult days, and the three words that have given her more hope in writing than any others.
    Beka is a graduate of our Nine Month Novel course. If you'd like to find out more, head to TheStoriesBetweenUs.com and click on "Courses." 
    And keep writing!

    • 26 min
    S6E4 Whose Mirror Are You Looking In?

    S6E4 Whose Mirror Are You Looking In?

    Today we talk Madeleine L'Engle, Anthony Doerr, and George Saunders. Madeleine says we should take care, not to be living the life we "ought" to live, but to live our own lives, looking in our own mirrors. To that end, Saunders encourages us to be Defiantly and Joyfully ourselves. 
    What does that look like for you? 

    • 27 min
    S6E5 Tsh Oxenreider is Trying Her Hand at Something New

    S6E5 Tsh Oxenreider is Trying Her Hand at Something New

    Today we talk with our friend Tsh Oxenreider about first drafts, new books, and what's bringing her hope in this creative life.  If you wanted to catch our first chat with Tsh from nearly two years ago, you can find that HERE.
    How Creative Geniuses Come Up With Good Ideas (the article we mention about Zusak writing 200 beginnings).
    And don't forget to check out our upcoming novel-writing class, The Nine Month Novel!

    • 31 min
    S6E6 Christie Purifoy Makes an Impossible Decision

    S6E6 Christie Purifoy Makes an Impossible Decision

    Today we talk with Christie Purifoy about west Texas, gardening, writing, and the most difficult plant she's ever dealt with. She also answers the nearly impossible question: if she had to give up writing or gardening, which would go?

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

MSchlies ,

Podcast Writing Friends

As a writer, listening to this podcast always helps me feel motivated to keep writing. People talk about the importance of the people you hang out with, in regards to pursuing your dreams—well the same is true about who you listen to. In this show, Maile & Shawn are both real about the struggles of the creative journey but also are like friends who choose to keep going and by doing so, help you see you can keep going too.

LindaMwriter ,

Great Writing and Creativity Discussions

Excellent podcast for any writer at any part in their journey. The hosts feature great interviews and topics, but also transparently reveal their own struggles and successes as writers. The fact that Shawn is a published novelist while Maile continues to submit makes for interest and tension in their story—like any good book. I highly recommend their meaty discussions.

Kent Faver ,

Down to Earth goodness

Shawn and Maile are reality based, humble, kind writers I just love to listen to and experience live with - highly recommended!

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