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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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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