45 episodes

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

This Creative Life with Sara Zarr Sara Zarr

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    • 4.9 • 52 Ratings

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

    TCL Archives: Daniel Bowman, Jr.

    TCL Archives: Daniel Bowman, Jr.

    In March 2020, I spoke with Daniel Bowman, Jr., about writing, teaching, and being #ActuallyAutistic. This week, his new book On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity is out. The book:
    "... rings with poetry, compassion, and wisdom, and it reveals so much about autistic experience." (Katherine May) 
    "...lights the path toward greater understanding, better advocacy, and a compelling vision for inclusion that moves beyond stereotypes and tokenism." (Nish Weiseth)
    "...shows us now to respect one's personhood, to listen, to default to humility and kindness." (Nick Ripatrazone)
    Buy the book
    Support the podcast here, or via this easy, direct PayPal link

    • 51 min
    TCL Archives: Brandy Colbert

    TCL Archives: Brandy Colbert

    In March, 2020, I spoke with author Brandy Colbert about her work and writing process. Her nonfiction book, Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, is now available for pre-order.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 75: Season Finale with Sarah Enni

    Ep 75: Season Finale with Sarah Enni

    Sarah Enni is the host and producer of First Draft and an author in her own right. This was a great conversation to wrap the TCL-Pandemic season, as Sarah and I got into therapy talk, making big life changes, the upsides of being "optimistically nihilistic" about publishing, the pros and cons of life hacking, and of course Burning Man.
    Thanks so much for being with me on this reboot ride, and for your support along the way. 
    Selected Show Notes:
    Sarah Enni
    First Draft Podcast
    Support This Creative Life
    Documentary Now! 
    Life Itself
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 74: Author Tracey Baptiste

    Ep 74: Author Tracey Baptiste

    Tracey Baptiste is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the beloved Jumbies series and the New York Times Bestselling Minecraft: the Crash. This episode is not only brimming with the delicious process stuff we love here at TCL, it also gave me several potentially life-changing revelations when Tracey shared with me about recreating a sense of freedom in the writing process, and how a mental health crisis helped her learn “how not to grind.” There’s something for everyone in this ep; I hope you enjoy!
    Selected show notes:
    Tracey’s site
    Creativity Under Pressure and more of Tracey’s videos
    Rocketbook
    The This Creative Life Bookshop shop
    Support the podcast by shopping in the Bookshop shop or making a one-time PayPal donation.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 73: Critic Walter Chaw & the Point of Discourse

    Ep 73: Critic Walter Chaw & the Point of Discourse

    During 2020, in search of things to do from home, I started attending some of the virtual movie talks that writer and critic Walter Chaw gives with guests via the Denver Public Library. They’ve been a true highlight of All This, as Walter’s knowledge is wide and deep and generous. Like all good film critics, he’s also an insightful critic of culture in general, and how it deals in humanity and inhumanity.
    Recently, Walter and I got to talk about his experiences growing up as a first-gen Chinese American kid in Golden, CO, and assimilating via consumption of popular media of the 70s and 80s, for better or worse. We got way into how art can be a catalyst of self-examination, the deep psychology of fandom, and the point of discourse. (Hint: it’s not “being right”.) I realized at the end of the conversation that we didn’t even get around to talking about Walter’s screenwriting projects so you’ll just have to keep an eye out for those!
    Listener note: in the second half of the podcast we talk a bit in an undetailed way about suicidality and depression.
    Selected show notes:
    ‘Parasite’ Won, but Asian-Americans Are Still Losing - Walter’s piece in the NYT after the 2020 Oscars
    Miracle Mile - his monograph on the Steven De Jarnatt film
    Film Freak Central
    Denver Public Library Saturday Matinee YouTube archives. This link takes you to the conversation with Guillermo del Toro about Spirit of the Beehive - check out the playlist for more, and they are always adding. Register here for upcoming talks.
    The This Creative Life Bookshop shop
    Support the podcast by shopping in the Bookshop shop or making a one-time PayPal donation!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep 72: Writing & Brains with Lindsay Eagar

    Ep 72: Writing & Brains with Lindsay Eagar

    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.
    Selected show notes:
    Lindsay’s books and classes
    The I Have ADHD podcast with Kristen Carder
    The dubious works of Beatrice Sparks
    The This Creative Life Bookshop shop
    Support the podcast by shopping in the Bookshop shop or making a one-time PayPal donation!

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 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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