Why I Write

Why I Write podcast is produced by the National Council of Teachers of English and hosted by C.C. Chapman of "Accident Hash" fame. Why I Write is a bi-weekly podcast similar to Lifehacker's "How I Work" series in which we delve into the topic of writing by talking with authors from variety genres and methods to hear their take on writing and its importance both in their lives and how it should be important in each of ours.
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Dec 15, 2016

Nicole Blades sat down to take her LSATs and realized that practicing law was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her life.

She has been putting words to paper since a child and an English teacher encourage her to pursue this career.

All of those moments, combined with a conversation between her and a makeup artist on the set of a horrible talk show made her realize that journalism was the perfect way to be a writer as a career.

As with most writers, her career path was not a straight line. She has worked at Essence Magazine, ESPN and Women’s Health. She also has an ongoing successful freelance writing career.

Her latest novel, The Thunder Beneath Us, is now on bookstore shelves and we had a great conversation about the cover and wondering how and if it might change when the book hits International markets.

Listen in as we discuss literature censorship, the role of race in writing and her desire for more “reflective writing instead of diverse writing.” An idea that opened my mind in multiple new directions and one that I think will do the same to you.

Nicole and I both believe that we need stories and art more than ever.

A few links referenced in the show that you’ll want to be sure to visit once you are done listening.

Thank you for making the first months of this show a success and we’ll see you in 2017 with more great episodes.

Happy New Years and Happy Writing!

Dec 2, 2016

Matthew Ebel has always enjoy playing with his imaginary friends and as he grew older he went from simply talking to them, to sharing their voices with the world.


Currently based outside of Boston, Matthew is a singer songwriter who’s playful lyrics and powerful piano playing has entertained listeners around the globe. He has written a book, turned it into an album and continues to push the boundaries of technology to help make his writing better.


He was one of the first to embrace the podcasting scene back in 2005 and quickly became a fan favorite. His songs not only inspire, but also entertain.


Matthew discusses how all writing is challenging, but when you need a melody to fit a certain rhythm or to rhyme just right, it adds a new level of complexity that makes songwriting a bit harder.


One moment writing passionately about how This Song Will Have to Suffice for his partner and the next playfully singing about why Everybody Needs a Robot.


He answered the call for this year's National Day of Writing call by sharing this video so you get to see him in addition to hearing him on the podcast.



One of the goals of this podcast is to highlight writers from a variety of mediums and genres. Matthew might be the first guest on the show that you can support in iTunes, but I have a feeling he won’t be the last.

Nov 17, 2016

Fiction writers often feel a special connection to the characters they create.

Science Fiction and Fantasy author Katina French told us matter of factly, that she writes because the characters in her head won’t leave her alone otherwise. That by putting the words on the page it is the only way she can get them to shut up.

Like many writers, Kat doesn't have the luxury of writing fiction full time (yet). She has had a successful career in the copywriting, community building and marketing fields.

Kat proudly shared with us that she has been a paid writer since she was eighteen years old and that she knew she wanted to be a writer since she was five years old.

Recent works include "The Clockwork Republics Series," a set of steampunk retellings of classic fairy tales, as well as the space adventure serial Belle Starr.

Listen to hear why finding a writing group was so important to her and why she loves the challenge of writing short form flash fiction.

Nov 3, 2016

Jonathan Fields is a parent, entrepreneur and writer. He lives a purposeful life and loves sharing stories of others who do the same through his Good Life Project.

He was so committed to ensuring that his third book How to Live a Good Life was the book he (and his publisher) wanted it to be that Jonathan wrote three complete manuscripts before the book hit shelves and nightstands earlier this month.

We chatted about his belief that writing is an even more important skillset for our children than it was for us. He also shared his wish that more people would write with the intent of improving.

Do you agree? Are you committed enough to your words to start over from scratch not once, but twice, if the book wasn’t “it” yet?

Jonathan is committed to mastering the craft of writing and I hope our conversation will inspire you to be as well. He shares a well of knowledge from his experiences and you get to benefit from it.


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Oct 20, 2016

“You Can Write.”

Those were the three words spoken by a ninth grade English teacher to set Brad Meltzer on the path to being a New York Times Bestselling author.

Known for his Washington, DC area thrillers and children’s “I Am…” books, Brad’s life was turned upside down when his father lost his job at thirty nine.

Losing everything forced them to move and his dad proclaimed “We are going to have a do-over of life.”

Brad is thankful for rule breaking teachers like his Miss Spicer who look out for kids who need help. They create the most powerful thing out there: ideas.

Listen to the inaugural episode of the Why I Write Podcast and find out about his love of Superman, writing speeches for the President and what happened when he went back and said, “thank you” to Miss Spicer.