Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.
The Joy and Angst of a Newly Released Book, featuring Grant Faulkner
In the final show of Year 3 of Write-minded, Brooke interviews Grant about his newest book, a collection of stories called All the Comfort Sins Can Provide. In the interviewee chair, Grant shares the highs and the lows of publishing a new book—the fear and the angst and the joys and the expectations. Having doled out excellent advice over these past three years, Grant realizes during this week’s show that it’s not so easy to follow all our great advice.
To Plot or Not? featuring Jean Hanff Korelitz
This week’s show is a great episode for any writer who’s ever thought about plotting—how much they love it or hate it, whether they’re even doing it, and why plotting matters anyway. Our guest is Jean Hanff Korelitz, who’s most recent book, The Plot, has one of the best plots ever—and even she says sometimes you have to forget about the plot. We touch upon literary vs. commercial fiction, whether Jean agrees with Stephen King’s advice about plotting, and what some of her favorite books are that center writers as the primary protagonist. This is a writer’s episode—and yes, that means you. Enjoy!
Writing the Body and Sex in Memoir, featuring Gina Frangello
This week’s episode is an intense, powerful, and frank interview with author Gina Frangello as part of WomenLit, a Bay Area program dedicated to elevating women’s voices. Gina’s latest book, Blow Your House Down, is a tour de force and a memoir that’s had everyone talking—because she really goes there: into her shame, into her fear, into abuse, into sex and body, and into what it’s like to live a double life since the book is about having a clandestine affair for three-plus years. This is a brave book that’s making some people uncomfortable and has many reevaluating how truthful and brave they want to be on the page.
Permission To Write and Getting It Right, featuring Rebecca Makkai
Creative empathy is no longer enough of a foundation when it comes to what kinds of characters and situations novelists can or should write, and yet permission to write is the foundation of this week’s how featuring Rebecca Makkai. In this wide-reaching conversation Brooke and Grant talk with Rebecca about the value of research, the challenges all writers face in prioritizing their writing, and getting it right when it’s so easy to get it wrong.
Unearthing Unknown Stories, featuring Stacey Lee
All around us, there are stories waiting to be unearthed, storylines there for the taking. Grant and Brooke discuss this and more—plotting v. pantsing; researching; understanding your readers—in this week’s episode. Importantly, this week’s show with guest Stacey Lee is about why we write, how it’s our birthright, and how we can push through some of the guilt and/or apathy some writers have felt over this past year-plus about whether or how much their writing might matter, especially in the face and wake of greater suffering.
Ready, Set, Memoir, featuring Lindsey Grant
In this week’s episode we celebrate Lindsey Grant’s new book, Ready, Set, Memoir, a new book out in collaboration with NaNoWriMo, and which features many Write-minded past guests. This week’s show is full of memoir tips, and also supports aspiring memoirists to stay the course in their process—because we know it’s challenging. Ready, Set, Memoir is a book—and an episode—that touches upon the highs and lows of memoir writing.
Focused, professional and encouraging
I appreciate everything about this podcast. The content is relevant to my writing aspirations, presented in a compact 35-40 minutes by articulate, relaxed hosts. So respectful of everyone’s time! A pleasure to tune in.
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I am so hooked. No matter my writerly mood, I find the Write-minded Podcast is the answer to all my woes. I just can’t get enough, and since I’m late to the game (only started listening a few months back), I can enjoy a daily dose of the Brooke and Grant Show. What’s amazing to me is how I find comfort in the variety of voices interviewed, and the variety of ways good writers write. What I love most is the sharing of writers’ stories, bookended with the wisdom and wit of the hosts. Best obsession I have.
I learn something from every show, but Brooke's interview with Gina Frangello is absolutely riveting! Brooke's questions elicited such a thought provoking discussion. This episode is essential listening for any memoir writer, actually, for writers of any genre. Thank you! I can't wait to read "Blow Down Your House."