Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire Where writers talk about things that never happened to people who don’t exist. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

February 4, 2019  

Today’s guest is Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind which released from Flux  in 2018, and the forthcoming The Weight of a Soul, coming in December of 2019. Elizabeth studies creative writing and journalism at Mercer University, where she works for her college’s newspaper and literary magazine.

Elizabeth joined me today to talk about landing a publishing deal without an agent and achieving publication as a teenager, the enduring qualities of mythology, and how modern perspectives can open up old tales, as well as the different skills at work in both journalism and creative writing.

 

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A New Look On Books

 

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January 19, 2019  

Today’s guest is Anica Mrose Rissi the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture books Watch Out for Wolf! and The Teacher’s Pet, as well as a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica grew up in Maine and spent many years in New York City, where she worked as an executive editor in children’s book publishing. 

Anica joined me today to talk about writing from a place of pain, and methods to redirect the endless feedback loop of anxiety towards something creative and productive, as well as how process can change from project to project and across age categories. Also covered: considering the performance of reading aloud versus the narrative that is meant to be read silently, writing for other writers, and how essays can both remind of your own authority on the subject, as well as open yourself up to vulnerability.

 

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A New Look On Books

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

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January 7, 2019  

Today's guest is Sean Petrie, a founding member of the poetry group Typewriter Rodeo and co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: Real People, Real Stories, Custom Poems (Andrews McMeel Universal 2018). He has six short children's books coming out in 2019-20 for Fountas & Pinnell / Houghton Mifflin. Sean teaches poetry workshops, has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and types his poems on a 1928 Remington Portable typewriter.

Sean joined me today to talk about writing poems on the spot, how slowing your process down can boost your creativity, the difficulty of making money as a poet, and the closeness of the children's lit community.

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How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Fade by Demitria Lunetta 

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December 30, 2018  

Capping off 2018 with 10 resolutions for writers in 2019... and 10 things NOT to do in 2019.

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

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December 17, 2018  

In this episode: How to know when you need to walk away from that draft, steps to take to make sure nothing you write is ever wasted, and some tips for getting unstuck. Also covered: approaches to editing, and when to hire a professional editor. 

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December 3, 2018  

Today's topics include inspiration - where does it come from and how does it work? Also, the pros of fan-fiction and how it helps build essential skills, plus how to make the leap from writing it to creating your own works.

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November 19, 2018  

Making yourself write - aren't you supposed to WANT to? 

Also covered - Top 5 Mistakes When You're New To Querying and Submitting.

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November 5, 2018  

Welcome to November and National Novel Writing Month. Today I'm talking about how a program like Nano can be motivating, and how to write from your gut and worry less about craft.

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Synchro Boy by Shannon McFerran

Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss

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October 29, 2018  

A roundup of the guests and topics for the month of October, as well as considering a question from a listener about writing in English when it's not the author's native language. 

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How Do Bilingual Authors Choose to Write Their Stories? by Katya de Becerra

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Unwritten by Tara Gilboy

Paper Hearts Writer's Workbook by Beth Revis

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October 22, 2018  

Today’s guest is Tara Gilboy who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. Her middle grade novel, Unwritten, was published by Jolly Fish Press just this month. She teaches creative writing in San Diego Community College’s Continuing Education Program and for the PEN Writers in Prisons Program.

 Tara joined me today to talk about selling her book without an agent, and how to process criticism from critique partners. Also Covered: exercises to help you capture middle grade voice, and how to find critique partners both online and in real life. And, can writing be taught or is it intuitive?  

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

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