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Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other working writers of all types, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce.

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    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other working writers of all types, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce.

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    Ep 72: Writing & Brains with Lindsay Eagar

    Ep 72: Writing & Brains with Lindsay Eagar

    Listen now (75 min) | Lindsay Eagar is an author and writing coach with a recent ADHD diagnosis. She’s been very open about it online and generous with my personal questions, and I wanted to bring her on for a more topic-focused episode. In this case: our brains! Lindsay shares her background, symptoms, diagnosis process, and management strategies in ways that I found so interesting and helpful, and I think you will, too. We also talked about her “fast drafting” 80/20 course and philosophy, dirty books we loved as kids, and the delusions of grandeur we should all strive for.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep 71: Author & Songwriter Dave Connis

    Ep 71: Author & Songwriter Dave Connis

    Dave Connis is not only the legendary composer of the theme music for this very podcast, but also an author in his own right, with two YA novels out and a picture book on the way.

    The emotional theme music of this episode is honesty. Dave and I get into matters of art and faith, how a sudden loss changed his writing life and drive, and how not to be a Slughorn in a business where various relational challenges can be baked in. We also, of course, talk about the practical matters of writing, such as: writing with a full-time job and several (at least) children, prioritizing when you’re a person with a lot of ideas, and the freedom in knowing your limitations. And we wouldn’t be two Christians (or in my case, Christian-ish) if we didn’t mention the enneagram.

    Selected show notes:

    Dave online, books and music and newsletter

    Atlas Obscura

    Makoto Fujimura

    Ye Olde Bookshop shoppe

    This podcast is hosted, produced, and edited—for better or worse—by me, Sara Zarr

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    • 56 min
    Ep 70: Author Amy Gentry

    Ep 70: Author Amy Gentry

    Amy Gentry is the author of three psychological thrillers for adults, one 33 1/3 on Tori Amos, and a bunch of shorter stuff. Her latest book is Bad Habits, which is here to scratch all your dark academia itches and also make you laugh and cringe.

    After chatting a bit about her book and her own background in academia, we dug into process and publication (and her #pitmad success story), the dead end of trying to be “a good little author,” money and class and missing hotels. Amy also got me thinking differently about my standard weaknesses/obstacles question—nay, the very idea of weaknesses. And, I think she got me back onto Goodreads.

    I loved Amy’s energy and the energy of this conversation, and I hope you do, too.

    Amy online

    Small Axe // Lovers Rock

    Joe Pera Talks with You

    Morning [expletive] Pages

    Produced & edited by me, Sara Zarr

    Theme music by Dave Connis

    Ye olde Bookshop shoppe

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 69: Author Maurene Goo

    Ep 69: Author Maurene Goo

    Listen now | For the first episode of 2021, author Maurene Goo and I jumped on the phone just hours after the inauguration, having kept our scheduled conversation in hope and faith but also ready to cancel. For many reasons, I’m so glad we didn’t have to. Phew! After processing world events for a bit, we dig into Maurene’s backstory, writing process, the upsides of being married to another creative professional, and life as a new mom, and

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    • 57 min
    CC.1 Silent Messages

    CC.1 Silent Messages

    The Annotated Courageous Creativity, 1

    Intro & Silent Messages

    Note to listeners: This is the first episode of the first paid subscriber season, The Annotated Courageous Creativity. I’m making this first episode available to all to help you decide if you’d like to hear more. Annual subscriptions will be 25% off through January 31st. Enjoy!

    In this episode, I read the introduction about what creativity is and why one might need courage, and the section “My Story” which is the part I use as a springboard for the diving in a little deeper for the annotations.

    0.00 - Season introduction and introduction of book

    14:35 - My Story

    24:10 - Annotations

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    • 41 min
    Ep 68: The Publishing Year in Review with Michael Bourret

    Ep 68: The Publishing Year in Review with Michael Bourret

    In the final episode of 2020, I talk to Michael Bourret of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret about the year in publishing, authors and social media, making mid-career changes, and more. This is a great episode for those who love to talk shop and want to understand a little more about where publishing has been and where it may be going. Listen right here, or find it in your favorite podcast app.

    Thanks for coming along with me for this 2020 return to podcasting. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, and I’m looking forward to what’s in store here for 2021. Happy New Year! 

    Show note: A brief history of Book Expo

    Produced & edited by me, Sara Zarr

    Theme music by Dave Connis

    Ye olde Bookshop shoppe

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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

annie644 ,

My favorite

I love this podcast so much! As an aspiring YA writer I love listening to Sarah talk to writers and other creative people (which she frequently reminds is all of us) about their process and the pitfalls of a creative life.

Kaylen111 ,

Helpful and accessible!

Highly recommend

LBK5000 ,

Love it!

Thank you Sara for this inspirational, supportive, entertaining and educational podcast! I've listened to the first 12 so far and love them all! I'm a fan!

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