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.