39 episodes

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

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    • 4.9, 42 Ratings

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

    Tsh Oxenreider: Creativity as Therapy

    Tsh Oxenreider: Creativity as Therapy

    We have a lovely conversation with Tsh about the therapeutic benefits of creativity, the problem with writing to feel accomplished, and a better definition for self-care. We talk about what an annual writing schedule might look like, but also the difficulty in nailing down writing schedules in a busy household.

    • 22 min
    Can You Call a Piece of Writing Art If It's Never Read By Anyone?

    Can You Call a Piece of Writing Art If It's Never Read By Anyone?

    We dig into some interesting questions today, questions that came to us as we read Walter Wangerin's book, Beate Not the Poore Desk. Questions like,

    "Can you call a piece of writing "art" if it's never enjoyed by anyone?" 

    "Can the novel explore and reveal things the writer never intended?"

    "Is a routine necessary for writing?"

    And we talk a bit about some things coming down the pike for our little podcast.

    • 17 min
    Traci Rhoades - Developing Into a Book Idea

    Traci Rhoades - Developing Into a Book Idea

    Today we had the opportunity to chat with Traci Rhoades, blogger and author of the recent release, Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost. We talk about the time leading up to her book launch, where her writing voice came from, and what it's like navigating the ever-treacherous online conversations around spirituality. 

    You can find out more about Traci and her work at tracesoffaith.com

    • 15 min
    When Shawn was a 19-Year-Old Jerkface: Some Thoughts on Feedback

    When Shawn was a 19-Year-Old Jerkface: Some Thoughts on Feedback

    Maile digs up an old memory in which 19-year-old Shawn, during a moment of insensitivity, said something that still echoes in her mind today. They talk about the importance of receiving feedback (and being able to keep it from feeling personal). Also, those voices in your head telling you you're not good enough? It's time to identify them and then kick them out of your headspace. 

    • 23 min
    Ira Wagler: Writing Down the Broken Roads

    Ira Wagler: Writing Down the Broken Roads

    Why would a New York Times best-selling author wait nine years to release his next title? Today we talk about that with Ira Wagler, also discussing the difficulty in writing about the people you love, why he enjoys his day job (which isn't writing), and why Maile wasn't invited back to his famous summer barbecues. 

    Check out Ira's new book, Broken Roads, wherever you buy books.

    • 31 min
    A 10-Year Path to Publication (a Tutorial on Self-Encouragement)

    A 10-Year Path to Publication (a Tutorial on Self-Encouragement)

    What happens if you don't have encouraging voices around you? How can we be the source of encouragement for ourselves? How can we stay positive when the creative journey gets tough? Shawn and Maile talk about this and dig into the story behind Shawn's upcoming book, These Nameless Things, and its 10-year path to publication. 

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

artreat ,

Encouragement for creatives.

I love this podcast so much. Shawn and Maile talked candidly about their writing and publishing experiences. They also interview fantastic guests. Every episode is a gem!

Ap12725472 ,

An honest look at the writing process

A wonderful podcast that delves into all parts of writing—the good and the bad. I enjoy listening to this.

kradman ,

Encouraging for any writer

Shawn and Maile’e easy banter and vulnerable discussions provide encouragement for a writer on any part of their journey.

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