Creative Writing

Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics.

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    • Writing Excuses Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart. Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers. It airs weekly, with new episodes appearing each Sunday evening at around 6 pm Eastern Time. Episodes vary in length from fifteen to twenty-five minutes but are usually less than twenty minutes long. The tagline, “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart” isn’t super accurate, time-wise, but it’s a haiku so we’re keeping it. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      16.38: Deep Dive into Character - Writing Excuses

      Your Hosts: Dan Wells, C.L. Polk, Charlotte Forfieh, and Mary Robinette Kowal Our fourth M.I.C.E. Quotient episode explores the “Character” element, and how these angsty, navel-gazing voyages of self-examination can serve either as complete stories or as elements in other stories. Also, we talk about how to do this in ways that don't result in readers complaining about "navel-gazing" or "angsty." Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson
      1. 16.38: Deep Dive into Character
      2. 16.37: Deep Dive Into “Inquiry”
    • Beautiful Writers Podcast Talking Shop with Creatives Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved authors for monthly chats on writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. These up-close conversations are a fan favorite; the show’s consistently ranked on the top popular Books/Literature iTunes list since its launch in 2015, and frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists/blogs. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Jenny Lawson & Martha Beck: Seriously Funny + Broken (in the best possible way) - Beautiful Writers Podcast

      Today's a very good day! This Book Mama is giddyhappy. Since meeting Jenny Lawson over five years ago, I've ached to have her on the Beautiful Writers Podcast, and it's finally happened on this, my post-book-delivery return to the show. After taking months off, I couldn't be more excited to be back with this literary lovefest! Jenny, who's on tour for her latest #1 NYT bestseller, Broken, and I are joined by the great Martha Beck, whose recent immediate NYT bestseller, The Way of Integrity, is my new bible. I didn't know how well they'd hit it off ahead of time, but the pairing is pure beauty.We cover so much here! Mothering and writing and life-ing with depression and OCD and all the crappy things that make mothering and writing and life-ing so much more complicated (but with odd benefits). We cover truth-telling and how it makes for all kinds of mayhem and magic. (Of course, I had to ask how that works precisely with telling an unbelievable story on the page.) We talk about energy and how ours goes freaking haywire with electronics. Plus, what about editing and idea-ing and mustering up the courage to show our chapters to other humans? I don't know about you, but handing those babies off is scary AF, even for the pros, it turns out.Jenny, who's talked about taking half a year to work on ONE chapter—maybe you know the feeling—calls herself a notoriously slow writer. But perhaps that's what it takes to be this masterful? You may remember a blog post this award-winning humorist wrote in 2011 that went viral, about Beyonce, the giant metal chicken. Check it out. The behind-the-scenes story of what was really going on at home with her husband, Victor, that you're about to hear around that silliness is too good.I feel like the luckiest girl who's ever had a dream and a microphone. Listen in, share, and leave a comment. I cannot wait.Write on!LindaPS. To get on my Book Mama mailing list and never miss an episode—and receive my free 45-min audio of my favorite + fast writing & publishing tips—go to 
      1. Jenny Lawson & Martha Beck: Seriously Funny + Broken (in the best possible way)
      2. Elizabeth Gilbert & Marie Forleo: Behind the Bestsellers
    • Write Now An Inspirational Podcast for Aspiring Creative Writers. Write Now with Sarah Werner is a weekly podcast for writers of all ages and skill levels looking to find a healthy work, life, and writing balance. Chock full of the encouragement, honest advice, and inspiration you need to pursue your passion & write. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Creative Input & Output - WNP 137 - Write Now with Sarah Werner

      Where do our ideas come from? How intentional are we about curating our input and inspiration — and how does it affect our creative output? Today, we’re exploring different types of creative input and how what we pay attention to affects our art.     For show notes, please visit: To support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast, become a patron on Patreon! Thank you as always for listening, and happy writing! — Sarah
      1. Creative Input & Output - WNP 137
      2. Making Your Own Opportunities - WNP 136
    • The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Practical advice and encouragement for creative writers The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to Creative writers. Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Episode 161: Announcement: The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Podcast relaunches on 3rd September 2021 - The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

      Hi and welcome to this brief message about the Creative Writer’s Toolbelt podcast. I have news! The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt is relaunching on Friday 3rd September. To catch all the new episodes you can subscribe to the podcast here: a hiatus of about 18 months I am restarting the podcast. The core mission of the podcast wont be changing. Like you, I love writing and The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt will continue in its purpose of helping you and me to become better writers and produce great work.
      1. Episode 161: Announcement: The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Podcast relaunches on 3rd September 2021
      2. Episode 161 Writing your memoir
    • The Writer Files Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience Kelton Reid studies the habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity. Tune in each week to learn how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid block. Explore our archives at to find interviews with notable guests that include bestselling authors John Scalzi (Old Man's War), Greg Iles (Natchez Burning), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City), Kevin Kelly (founder of WIRED magazine), Emma Donoghue (Oscar Nominee for Room), Maria Konnikova (The Confidence Game), Andy Weir (The Martian), Dan Buettner (The Blue Zones), Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist), Daniel Pink (When), and serial guest hosts: neuroscientist Michael Grybko, journalist Adam Skolnick, and short story writer Robert Bruce. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      How Internationally Bestselling Author Leïla Slimani Writes - The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience

      #PodcastersForJustice Award-winning writer and journalist, Leïla Slimani, spoke to me about the challenges of writing historical fiction, impostor syndrome, and what it's like to live In the Country of Others. “Imagination is the strongest, most powerful human capability. It allows everything: you can move in time, in space, create worlds. That’s what I look for when I write, and when I read, too.” – Leïla Slimani Leïla is the French-Moroccan author of the award-winning, #1 internationally bestselling novel The Perfect Nanny – a New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of the Year – for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Her latest novel, In the Country of Others (first in a planned trilogy about how women’s lives change over three generations), was named a Best Book of the Summer by Vogue, E Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Town & Country, Observer, The Millions, and Parade. Salman Rushdie said of the book, “The world of this novel—Morocco after World War II, leading up to the revolt against French colonialism—is beautifully created.... An exceptional, powerful novel from this justly celebrated writer,” and The New York Times Book Review wrote, "In the Country of Others . . . lays bare women’s intimate, lacerating experience of war and its consequent trauma.” Leila is also an award-winning journalist and outspoken commentator on women’s and human rights, and a French diplomat to French president Emmanuel Macron for the promotion of the French language and culture. Stay calm and write on ... And Stay Tuned: I’m cooking up some extras for fans of the show in the coming weeks you won’t want to miss including the option to have episodes, extras, and added insights delivered straight to your inbox, and maybe even some Writer Files merch on the way. If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please "Follow" us to automatically see new interviews. In this file Leïla Slimani and I discussed: Giving voices to the voiceless and time traveling in your work Racial inequality and the global taboos surrounding the history of colonization The importance of coffee and cigarettes to the creative process A writer's guilt, the perils of success... And why writers just need a good glass of (French) red wine Show Notes: Leïla Slimani In the Country of Others: A Novel by Leïla Slimani (Amazon) Leïla Slimani Amazon author page Hey, Creator! Kelton Reid on Twitter
      1. How Internationally Bestselling Author Leïla Slimani Writes
      2. How Bestselling Novelist Nickolas Butler Writes
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