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Write-minded Podcast

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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

Latest Episodes

Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

At Write-Minded, our hope is that our listeners will write a book they love—and then get it published, in whatever way that might manifest. Traditional publishing is the dream of many authors, so this week’s episode is a hands-on and helpful conversation about the best way to go about finding an agent, as well as do’s and don’ts, from one of the most prolific bloggers around, agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford.

32 MIN4 d ago
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Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

The Unreliable Narrator: Writing What You Don’t or Can’t Remember, featuring Andi Buchanan

Unreliability in fiction and nonfiction has a long history, and can be something to embrace, depending on your story. This week, Brooke and Grant interview Andi Buchanan, who opens her newest book, The Beginning of Everything, with these words: “I am an unreliable narrator.” Hear the story about why this is the case, and how this ties into memory. As always, this episode is about permission—to write what you’re called to write, embracing unreliability, or imperfect or lost memory, and seeing where the story goes.

25 MIN1 w ago
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The Unreliable Narrator: Writing What You Don’t or Can’t Remember, featuring Andi Buchanan

Going All In, featuring Jami Attenberg

In this week’s episode we talk about the peaks and valleys of the writing journey, the fact that it’s never a straight line, and how to weather the challenges as much as you celebrate the successes. Guest Jami Attenberg talks with Grant and Brooke about how she pulled herself up after being dropped by her publisher, and what it was like for her to “go all in” when there was nothing to guarantee that she could make it doing her art. This is an inspiring episode about hard work and resilience in an industry where there are never any guarantees.

25 MIN2 w ago
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Going All In, featuring Jami Attenberg

Creating Intimacy with and Through Your Fiction, featuring Carolina De Robertis

29 MIN3 w ago
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Creating Intimacy with and Through Your Fiction, featuring Carolina De Robertis

Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway, featuring Jennifer Pastiloff

In this week’s inspiring episode, Brooke and Grant are joined by Jen Pastiloff, author of On Being Human, who shares the story of her leap of faith that was more like a push, the reason why “I got you” and “It’s gonna be okay” are her two favorite sets of words, and why she never wants to be seen as a guru. Join us for a conversation about listening, showing up for other people, and pursuing your dreams even when it’s terrifying and you’re not sure where you’re going to land.

31 MINNOV 11
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Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway, featuring Jennifer Pastiloff

Creating and Sustaining a Movement Around Your Writing, featuring Hope Edelman

Publishers love authors who generate bigger conversations, which sometimes grow into movements. While many authors will stumble into movements, others are consciously creating, or at least dreaming, into the possibility of a movement they might create. Join Brooke and Grant this week as they talk to guest Hope Edelman about starting a movement, having cohesion across your books, and being the kind of author that publishers have a hard time saying no to.

34 MINNOV 4
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Creating and Sustaining a Movement Around Your Writing, featuring Hope Edelman

Block Doubt’s Phone Calls and Keep Writing! Featuring Kami Garcia

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke focus on that pesky little thing called doubt—ways to confront it, to work around it and with it, and to write through it. Guest Kami Garcia shares how she doubts almost everything about her process, and about her stories, especially initially. She shares ways to slay doubts, and to be prepared for doubt, including how writing partners and accountability and community can get you through the rough patches. Take a little inspiration from the idea that you are not alone if you doubt. We all do. And don’t forget that NaNoWriMo starts on Friday. We hope you’ll be writing with us!

34 MINOCT 28
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Block Doubt’s Phone Calls and Keep Writing! Featuring Kami Garcia

The Secrets to Delighting in Your Work, featuring Jane Smiley

This week’s episode features the great American novelist Jane Smiley, who speaks with Brooke and Grant about enjoying her work, the fickle nature of critical acclaim, and how she’s able to write so ambitiously. As the author of more than 20 books, Jane has deep wisdom to impart about the role the novel plays in our lives, and how, more than ever, fiction is a pressing mirror for our times.

31 MINOCT 21
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The Secrets to Delighting in Your Work, featuring Jane Smiley

Finding Your Story in Another’s Story, featuring Danielle Paige

In this week’s episode Grant and Brooke talk fan fiction—finding inspiration in well-known stories or the stories of others and why reimagining old stories is such a thriving, and more important, fun(!), genre of fiction writing. Guest Danielle Paige launched her writing career with a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz in her Dorothy Must Die trilogy, and her most recent graphic novel, Mera, is a reimagining as well. Here she shares about getting her start, her writing process, and what the payoff is when you rise to your BIG idea.

30 MINOCT 14
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Finding Your Story in Another’s Story, featuring Danielle Paige

Rigorous Research and Its Payoff for Readers, featuring Lisa See

Brooke and Grant talk research with one of the most preeminent novelists of our time, Lisa See, who’s known for the in-depth research she’s done for her many best-selling books, most of which are set in China. Listen in as Lisa shares secrets and best practices about the research process and writing in general, and her thoughts about what it’s like to have a book (in her case Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) truly “break out” (and why she’s happy it didn’t happen to her with her debut effort).

32 MINOCT 7
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Rigorous Research and Its Payoff for Readers, featuring Lisa See

Latest Episodes

Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

At Write-Minded, our hope is that our listeners will write a book they love—and then get it published, in whatever way that might manifest. Traditional publishing is the dream of many authors, so this week’s episode is a hands-on and helpful conversation about the best way to go about finding an agent, as well as do’s and don’ts, from one of the most prolific bloggers around, agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford.

32 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Finding an Agent, featuring Nathan Bransford

The Unreliable Narrator: Writing What You Don’t or Can’t Remember, featuring Andi Buchanan

Unreliability in fiction and nonfiction has a long history, and can be something to embrace, depending on your story. This week, Brooke and Grant interview Andi Buchanan, who opens her newest book, The Beginning of Everything, with these words: “I am an unreliable narrator.” Hear the story about why this is the case, and how this ties into memory. As always, this episode is about permission—to write what you’re called to write, embracing unreliability, or imperfect or lost memory, and seeing where the story goes.

25 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Unreliable Narrator: Writing What You Don’t or Can’t Remember, featuring Andi Buchanan

Going All In, featuring Jami Attenberg

In this week’s episode we talk about the peaks and valleys of the writing journey, the fact that it’s never a straight line, and how to weather the challenges as much as you celebrate the successes. Guest Jami Attenberg talks with Grant and Brooke about how she pulled herself up after being dropped by her publisher, and what it was like for her to “go all in” when there was nothing to guarantee that she could make it doing her art. This is an inspiring episode about hard work and resilience in an industry where there are never any guarantees.

25 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Going All In, featuring Jami Attenberg

Creating Intimacy with and Through Your Fiction, featuring Carolina De Robertis

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Creating Intimacy with and Through Your Fiction, featuring Carolina De Robertis

Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway, featuring Jennifer Pastiloff

In this week’s inspiring episode, Brooke and Grant are joined by Jen Pastiloff, author of On Being Human, who shares the story of her leap of faith that was more like a push, the reason why “I got you” and “It’s gonna be okay” are her two favorite sets of words, and why she never wants to be seen as a guru. Join us for a conversation about listening, showing up for other people, and pursuing your dreams even when it’s terrifying and you’re not sure where you’re going to land.

31 MINNOV 11
Comments
Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway, featuring Jennifer Pastiloff

Creating and Sustaining a Movement Around Your Writing, featuring Hope Edelman

Publishers love authors who generate bigger conversations, which sometimes grow into movements. While many authors will stumble into movements, others are consciously creating, or at least dreaming, into the possibility of a movement they might create. Join Brooke and Grant this week as they talk to guest Hope Edelman about starting a movement, having cohesion across your books, and being the kind of author that publishers have a hard time saying no to.

34 MINNOV 4
Comments
Creating and Sustaining a Movement Around Your Writing, featuring Hope Edelman

Block Doubt’s Phone Calls and Keep Writing! Featuring Kami Garcia

In this week’s episode, Grant and Brooke focus on that pesky little thing called doubt—ways to confront it, to work around it and with it, and to write through it. Guest Kami Garcia shares how she doubts almost everything about her process, and about her stories, especially initially. She shares ways to slay doubts, and to be prepared for doubt, including how writing partners and accountability and community can get you through the rough patches. Take a little inspiration from the idea that you are not alone if you doubt. We all do. And don’t forget that NaNoWriMo starts on Friday. We hope you’ll be writing with us!

34 MINOCT 28
Comments
Block Doubt’s Phone Calls and Keep Writing! Featuring Kami Garcia

The Secrets to Delighting in Your Work, featuring Jane Smiley

This week’s episode features the great American novelist Jane Smiley, who speaks with Brooke and Grant about enjoying her work, the fickle nature of critical acclaim, and how she’s able to write so ambitiously. As the author of more than 20 books, Jane has deep wisdom to impart about the role the novel plays in our lives, and how, more than ever, fiction is a pressing mirror for our times.

31 MINOCT 21
Comments
The Secrets to Delighting in Your Work, featuring Jane Smiley

Finding Your Story in Another’s Story, featuring Danielle Paige

In this week’s episode Grant and Brooke talk fan fiction—finding inspiration in well-known stories or the stories of others and why reimagining old stories is such a thriving, and more important, fun(!), genre of fiction writing. Guest Danielle Paige launched her writing career with a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz in her Dorothy Must Die trilogy, and her most recent graphic novel, Mera, is a reimagining as well. Here she shares about getting her start, her writing process, and what the payoff is when you rise to your BIG idea.

30 MINOCT 14
Comments
Finding Your Story in Another’s Story, featuring Danielle Paige

Rigorous Research and Its Payoff for Readers, featuring Lisa See

Brooke and Grant talk research with one of the most preeminent novelists of our time, Lisa See, who’s known for the in-depth research she’s done for her many best-selling books, most of which are set in China. Listen in as Lisa shares secrets and best practices about the research process and writing in general, and her thoughts about what it’s like to have a book (in her case Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) truly “break out” (and why she’s happy it didn’t happen to her with her debut effort).

32 MINOCT 7
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Rigorous Research and Its Payoff for Readers, featuring Lisa See

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