When I was still in high school, I started a blog I called “Creative Writing Corner” because I was so full to bursting with ideas and thoughts and wild feelings about writing that I wanted to talk about it with anyone who would listen. For nearly every weekday for several years, I wrote posts about writing interior monologues, finding the punchiest verbs for your sentences, cutting out the weakest lines in your paragraphs and more. Then life intruded, and I started publishing my own stories and a novel, and the internet moved away from blogs, and I let the blog, which by then was called Writerly Life, fall away. I still felt that powerful urge for community and conversation about the little aspects of craft and the writing life, though. I wanted to commiserate and learn from others about how they managed their time, their characters, and their adverbs. I wanted to talk about the nitty-gritty and the woo-woo aspects of storytelling.
So I started posting daily #writingtips on Twitter. And from there I decided it was time to return to that larger conversation I’ve missed so much. It was time for me to start my own podcast, in which I’d talk about one simple writing tip that had kept me motivated. I’d interview my writer friends about their favorite tips, and how they kept the creative spark going in their lives. I wanted to hear their writing secrets and to tell mine, because the more I participate in the writing community out there, the more I wanted to write, and felt the joy that comes from appreciating and refining the craft.
The Writerly Life podcast just launched this week. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be diving back into that conversation. During these extraordinary times, there’s a hunger to fill our lives with what’s meaningful. If you have a story to tell, and a little friendly kick in the pants to tell it, this podcast will be for you.