6 episodes

Join Eva and Katryn as they laugh (and sometimes cry) about writing, publishing, and the courage it takes to live your story. Tune in for a safe space in which two writers frankly discuss the mental health issues that can come up when navigating everything from querying, to submission, to publishing for the first time. Katryn and Eva offer laughs and real-talk inspiration for writers at each stage of their journey. Join in the conversation with Write Where it Hurts and remember: it’s not just you!

Write Where It Hurts Eva Des Lauriers

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Join Eva and Katryn as they laugh (and sometimes cry) about writing, publishing, and the courage it takes to live your story. Tune in for a safe space in which two writers frankly discuss the mental health issues that can come up when navigating everything from querying, to submission, to publishing for the first time. Katryn and Eva offer laughs and real-talk inspiration for writers at each stage of their journey. Join in the conversation with Write Where it Hurts and remember: it’s not just you!

    Writing Your Own Story

    Writing Your Own Story

    This week’s episode is Eva and Katryn’s most personal yet, as they describe writing their own stories from their specific perspectives and intersections. Eva talks about being mixed race (while being--direct quote: “pale as the beacons of Gondor”) and honoring her culture on her own terms, while Katryn explores intersectionality and being “bi-everything.” Helpful note: Eva and Katryn say the word “complicated” roughly five thousand times, so please exercise caution if you turn it into a drinking game.

    *Content warnings: Race, ableism, micro-aggressions, bullying.

    Sources


    Eva talks about seeking positive and authentic Latinx and mixed-race representation, and names both Adam Silvera for his books and Nina LaCour for her personal statements on being mixed and white passing.
    Katryn has written a few essays on the personal topics covered in this episode. Here’s one recent one on the power of books as we’re growing up.
    Here’s one resource where you can find sensitivity/authenticity readers for your to-be-published work.
    A link to the reddit post that covers the ever problematic Sweet Valley High.
    This week’s quotations are from Alexander Chee and Lillie Lainhoff

    Follow us on Instagram:

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    @katrynwrites

    @writewhereithurtspod

    *Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Pandemic Publishing

    Pandemic Publishing

    Eva and Katryn discuss really heavy things (Covid-19! Roe v. Wade!) but, true to form, still manage to make time to discuss frivolous boat-related shows. This week’s episode focuses on the issues authors have faced during the pandemic--from long wait times, to supply chain issues, to navigating lockdown with kids and also trying to write.

    *Content warnings: The Covid-19 pandemic, pregnancy, abortion, the stripping of rights for people with uteruses, graphic discussion of childbirth (For those sensitive to the latter four issues, they are from the 17 to the 22 minute mark).

    Note from the hosts: The historic event in the U.S. of the overturning of Roe V. Wade took place just before we recorded this episode. We decided to discuss it on the podcast because it affected our mental health deeply. While we mostly spoke to our own experiences and reactions regarding Roe v. Wade as we processed the news in real time, we didn’t state enough how much these laws impact the trans community. We want to state here that we stand for trans folks and against trans exclusion and all terfdom. Please check our sources for some amazing nonprofits that support ALL people w/uteruses after this crushing blow. 

    *Correction: At one point Eva references The Equal Rights Act, but it is in fact The Equal Rights Amendment.

    Sources


    Just a few gender inclusive nonprofits to consider when donating in a post Roe world:

    Gender Justice

    Planned Parenthood


    Kate mentioned many, many ‘22 debuts in shoutouts! Please check out all of their wonderful books at either of these websites (22 Debuts or Classof2k22 Books).
    We could not stop with the boats. The shows mentioned (along with Katryn’s weekly shout out to Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure) were Below Deck and Breaker High. 
    Pick up Love, Lists and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz for the yachtie in your life.
    Our weekly quotations come from Roxane Gay and Linda Obst.

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @evadeslaurbooks

    @katrynwrites

    @writewhereithurtspod

    *Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Social Media & The Comparison Game

    Social Media & The Comparison Game

    This week, Eva and Katryn discuss how to navigate mental health on…SOCIAL MEDIA (dun, dun, DUN!) Eva gets her soap box moment about the toxic comparison game and women who “have it all” and Katryn shares some tips and tricks for surviving across platforms. From boundaries to breakthroughs (a.k.a. Shonda Rhimes to Chandler Bing) they cover it.

    *Content warnings: Trauma, Anxiety

    Sources

    Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes

    Alexa Donne on YouTube

    Writing With the Soul with Adrienne Young

    We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

    Correction: Katryn’s phrase for “food grief” is actually Dutch

    Follow us on Instagram:

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    @katrynwrites

    @writewhereithurtspod

    *Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Parenting & Publishing

    Parenting & Publishing

    On this episode of “Write Where it Hurts,” Eva and Katryn discuss the pitfalls and perks of parenting, pregnancy, and publishing (with all the plosives). Join in as they pay homage to trunked characters (a.k.a. our other children) and somehow find a way to connect this topic to both "When Harry Met Sally" and the Fast and Furious franchise.

    *Content warnings: Pregnancy, cancer and conceiving, postpartum anxiety/depression

    Sources

    Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

    That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast

    Apparently, it’s called The Fast and THE Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Taming Your Inner Critic

    Taming Your Inner Critic

    On this episode of “Write Where it Hurts,” Eva and Katryn discuss imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and how to tame your inner critic and use it to your advantage during revisions. When is the best time to kick that mean brain to the curb? Come for the mental health, stay for the surly/hilarious rants about basketball playoffs and 20th century dude authors.

    *Content warnings: Eating disorders, anxiety, intrusive thoughts.

    Sources

    The Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry and Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal

    Eva’s books are way better than Death Bed: the Bed that Eats

    Seriously, watch Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure

    Find a therapist on Psychology Today

    Follow us on Instagram:

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    @katrynwrites

    @writewhereithurtspod

    *Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen!

    • 44 min
    Expectations vs. Realities of Pursuing Publishing

    Expectations vs. Realities of Pursuing Publishing

    Hello and welcome! This episode introduces “Write Where it Hurts,” a mental health podcast for writers that discusses the highs and lows of publishing with humor and heart. This week, Eva and Katryn discuss the expectations vs. the realities of querying, submission, and everything after. From Taylor Swift to Gillian Anderson, there are a few delightful tangents, too.*

    Sources

    Jane Yolen on Rejection: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jane-yolen-americas-hans-_b_5398407

    Ally Malinenko (author of Ghost Girl and This Appearing House) on publishing:

    https://twitter.com/AllyMalinenko/status/1518902811613929474?s=20&t=h_MlYP4I22CyWuwg03JMfA

    Heather Kamins (author of The Moth Girl)

    Katryn Bury -known by friends as Kate! (author of Drew Leclair Gets a Clue)

    Follow us on Instagram:

    @evadeslaurbooks

    @katrynwrites

    @writewhereithurtspod

    *Tune in next time for another episode powered by broken hearts, belly laughs (and bourbon). Don’t forget to RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen!

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Entertaining and inspiring! ,

Love these conversations!

My new favorite writing podcast! I really appreciate all the honest, insightful discussion and have felt very seen and validated while listening to the first several episodes. Katryn and Eva’s conversations are warm and funny even as they delve into some tough topics, and they give me a lot to think about.

GrubReport ,

Like a warm bath of understanding

Hey, publishing friends and fiends this iis my new favorite publishing podcast. Last Jan, I felt the need to totally separate myself from publishing news and updates and thinkcasts and I unsubscribed from a lot of it. However, this is one that I'm now anticipating every week.

For the anxious creators among us -- is that all of us, maybe? -- this podcast feels a bit like therapy* and a bit like commiserating with your fellow authors Who Get It.

*not a substitute for actual therapy, of course.

It talks about mental health and writing and parenting and writing and impostor syndrome and writing and social media and writing.

It's delightful and affirming, so take a listen. They have 4 episodes out so far.

DDGuest ,

Real and endearing

The authenticity brought to Eva and Kate’s discussions makes this podcast so special to listen to. They are thoughtful and transparent (and funny!!) and it is so interesting and fun to listen to them talk about topics that exist in their chosen profession but also transcend it to mental health topics in other professions. I’m hooked!

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