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Author Sara Zarr reads between the lines of the writing life in interview episodes as well as solo minisodes, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of writing and publishing, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include filmmaker Scott Derrickson, author Malinda Lo, and literary agent Michael Bourret.

This Creative Life Sara Zarr

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 59 Ratings

Author Sara Zarr reads between the lines of the writing life in interview episodes as well as solo minisodes, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of writing and publishing, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include filmmaker Scott Derrickson, author Malinda Lo, and literary agent Michael Bourret.

    Some 2024 Announcements!

    Some 2024 Announcements!

    What's going on with This Creative Life? What am I doing? How old am I? Is there going to be a new podcast in this feed? All these questions and more answered in under 6 minutes!
    www.sarazarr.com
    services & rate sheet
    The Inbox Variations
    Get Kyra, Just for Today
    instagram

    • 5 min
    Ashley C. Ford and the Ultimate Pivot - TCL Finale (?)

    Ashley C. Ford and the Ultimate Pivot - TCL Finale (?)

    I know you’ve been waiting a long time on a wish and a promise for this final episode in the Pivots, Comebacks, and Reinventions series. I appreciate your patience while I went and figured out myself and my own potential pivots and reinventions!
    The wait is over and I present to you my conversation with Ashley C. Ford, bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughterand lots more.
    I’m so grateful to Ashley for her time and generosity in this conversation. I know you’re going to love it as much as I did.
    Ashley’s web site
    Somebody’s Daughter
    The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
    Pre-order Kyra, Just for Today
    Get the This Creative Life book
    Thanks to Dave Connis for the theme music.
    www.sarazarr.com

    • 59 min
    Audio Updates - October, 2023

    Audio Updates - October, 2023

    Fall updates! New interview episode coming in November.
    Opting In, Opting Out
    Pre-Order Kyra, Just for Today
    The Inbox Variation newsletter (This Creative Life newsletter will be ending)
    Manucript consultation
     

    • 8 min
    TCL Mini: Updates & the Future

    TCL Mini: Updates & the Future

    News about my next book, and an opportunity for space that I am taking!
    Get the show notes / newsletter
    This Creative Life ebook on sale for $2.99 through June!
    @ amazon @ everywhere else
    www.sarazarr.com
     

    • 10 min
    TCL Mini: The Writing Life Audit

    TCL Mini: The Writing Life Audit

    This is the audio version of the most recent newsletter PLUS some thoughts about what's next for the pod.
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    www.sarazarr.com
     

    • 18 min
    86. Melissa Walker Takes Action

    86. Melissa Walker Takes Action

    In late 2016, Melissa Walker was working on her 10th novel when she went to a holiday party and heard then Senator Daniel Squadron talk about the importance of state-level politics—even for the national landscape. She was inspired to take action. That action eventually grew into a pivot from full-time writing to full-time work with The States Project.
    This conversation is everything I wanted from the Pivots, Comebacks and Reinventions series. It’s a great example of how passion and purpose can realign for a season or a reason, while the writing is still always there. It got surprisingly emotional for both of us; I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
    (This conversation is explicitly political in places, which may or may not be your jam!)
    Selected Links:
    The States Project - get involved
    Melissa's books
    Get the show notes / newsletter
    Get the book
    Thanks to Dave Connis for the theme music.
    www.sarazarr.com

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Creatingcuriouskids ,

A lifeline for creatives

This podcast has been a much-needed lifeline, especially Sara’s series on comeback, pivots, and reinventions. Children’s publishing has been rough for the past few years, even for those of us lucky enough to have traditional publishing contracts. It is so encouraging to hear we aren’t alone. And it’s so inspiring to see how others have maintained their creativity and found new outlets beyond traditional publishing.

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

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