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Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

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Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

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lovely & useful

By kcatmull - Oct 30 2012
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Great podcast for writers--warm, relaxed, funny, honest.

Entertaining, informative and inspiring.

By gmyrthil - Sep 19 2012
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One of my favorite podcasts for writers!

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
3
0
0
0

lovely & useful

By kcatmull - Oct 30 2012
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Great podcast for writers--warm, relaxed, funny, honest.

Entertaining, informative and inspiring.

By gmyrthil - Sep 19 2012
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One of my favorite podcasts for writers!
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This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Author Sarah Dessen – This Creative Life ep 27

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Does she really need an introduction? Okay, just in case: Sarah Dessen is a Good Morning America superfan, tweeter extraordinaire, deviled egg aficionado and, oh yeah, the author of eleven bestselling novels. She and I recently met on the cybernets to talk about her writing life and career. We discussed how publishing has changed since [&hellip

Oct 15 2013

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Rank #2: Part I: Listener Q&A with Co-host Matthew J. Kirby – This Creative Life Ep 20

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It’s an extremely epic episode of This Creative Life, so epic that I had to split the audio file into two parts. Because of the way my feed works, I believe I need to make this into two separate blog posts. This one contains part one. It’s a Listener Q&A episode! I haven’t done one in [&hellip

Mar 01 2013

34mins

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Rank #3: Author & Video Game Designer Andrew Auseon – This Creative Life Ep 17

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Andrew Auseon and I first made contact back in 2005 or 2006, when his debut novel, Funny Little Monkey, was out and I’d just sold Story of a Girl. Though we’ve known each other online for nearly eight years, the day we had our This Creative Life conversation was the first time we’d actually talked. He’s [&hellip

Jan 15 2013

34mins

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Rank #4: Author/Screenwriter/YouTuber T. Michael Martin – This Creative Life ep 23

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Debut novelist Mike Martin in conversation with me (and you) about being the writer you are, gestating in the gap, and reasons to not read about yourself online. We talk about how my fifth novel, THE LUCY VARIATIONS, and his first,  THE END GAMES, have a shared history as well as a shared release date [&hellip

May 01 2013

32mins

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Rank #5: Author David McGlynn – This Creative Life ep 30

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David McGlynn is the author of the Utah Book Award winning story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow; the riveting memoir about faith and swimming and loss, A Door in the Ocean; and numerous stories and essays published in places like Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, and Shenandoah, and work selected for Best American [&hellip

Dec 05 2013

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Rank #6: Author/Performer Aaron Hartzler – This Creative Life ep 22

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Oh my oh my. I think I say this every time, but it’s yet another all-time favorite episode. Aaron Hartzler and I talk about his new memoir, RAPTURE PRACTICE, which led us to topics such as: the power of personal stories, why the advice “write like your parents are dead” doesn’t work for everyone, the [&hellip

Apr 15 2013

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Rank #7: Ep 58: Author Jasmine Guillory

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You may think Jasmine Guillory came out of nowhere and saw overnight success with her 2018 hit contemporary romance novel, The Wedding Date, not to mention its follow-up best sellers. But Jasmine's writing story goes back a lot farther.

Sara and Jasmine talk about that as well as the power of commitment, how to find mentors and models, and staying one step ahead of anxiety and procrastination. Watch for Jasmine's next book, Party of Two, coming out in June!

Visit the This Creative Life Patreon page for full show notes.

May 08 2020

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Rank #8: Bryan Bliss & Kate Bassett – This Creative Life ep 31

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It’s a This Creative Life first! My guests are two authors who are still a year out or more from the publication of their first books. I’ve been eager to do a show like this to remind us all that working writers don’t spring up overnight from nowhere. Not that you thought that, but it’s [&hellip

Dec 19 2013

34mins

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Rank #9: Ep 56: Jeff Garvin Midisode & The Lightness of Hands

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Episode backstory: I saw Jeff Garvin's second book is out this week, and I called him up to talk about it! I thought this might be a mini-sode but we ended up talking longer than mini but not as long as maxi, so I'm officially declaring this the first midi-sode of the reboot. Jeff and I get into Joseph Campbell vs. Robert McKee, creative reinvention, and an author's right to be private about the personal experiences that go into a book.   Content warning: about 22-ish minutes in, we talk very briefly and nonspecifically about the fact that suicide exists, in the context of Jeff sharing about his bipolar II diagnosis.   For full show notes, see the show's Patreon page, no contribution required!

Apr 14 2020

39mins

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Rank #10: Author and Teacher Brandy Colbert - Ep 53

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Sara talks to author Brandy Colbert (The Only Black Girls in Town) about writing, career envy, mortality, and the Real Housewives.

For the full show notes, go to patreon.com/ThisCreativeLife

Mar 22 2020

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Rank #11: Ep 59: Writer/Director Scott Teems

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Scott Teems is a writer-director working in TV and film, making his own independent features while also taking gigs scriptwriting for studios. We get into both his latest feature, THE QUARRY (from Lionsgate, starring Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham), as well as the documentary HOLBROOK/TWAIN, a film that means a lot to me, personally. We talk about Scott's process, the importance of a writer's life not being only about writing, and so much more.    Full show notes at patreon.com/thiscreativelife

May 21 2020

55mins

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Rank #12: Ep 55: Katie Cotugno and Sara Have New Books!

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In this loose and chatty episode, Katie Cotugno and I pour a drink and talk about our April 7 book releases into a world in which everything is canceled. Given that we have no uncanceled book events, we take some time to talk both process and content of Rules for Being a Girl (co-written by Katie with Candace Bushnell) and Goodbye from Nowhere (by your host, Sara Zarr).    We dig into the fictional appeal of inappropriate relationships, what we're reading now, and how we're getting through it all. We both talk fast and a lot and without much filtering so if that's the type of thing you like, you're welcome! If it's the type of thing you hate, we're sorry!   In support of independent booksellers, Katie and I encourage anyone inclined to buy our books (or any books) to do so in a way that supports our beloved indies. Some handy links to that end: You can also get in touch with your specific local indie directly to find out how best to support them as well as how to get ebooks through their storefronts.   If book-buying is not in your budget, check out the best app in the world, Libby, to see about getting our ebooks and audiobooks through your public library even while it's closed.

Apr 07 2020

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Rank #13: Ep 54: Writer & Teacher Daniel Bowman, Jr.

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Sara talks with Dan Bowman, Jr., about writing, teaching, and about being #ActuallyAutistic. Watch for Notes from the Spectrum next year and stick around to the end of the episode to hear Dan read a poem.

For the full show notes, go to patreon.com/ThisCreativeLife

Mar 31 2020

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Rank #14: Author Jo Knowles – This Creative Life ep 29

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In this episode, the lovely and talented Jo Knowles talks with me about emotional truth vs. “what really happened,” The Chocolate War, when we will start to feel like real authors, and the tragic decline and fall of roller discos. Jo is the author of five novels, her most recent being Living with Jackie Chan, [&hellip

Nov 18 2013

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Rank #15: Ep 57: Inside (and Outside) Baseball with Amy Spalding

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Guys, Amy and I got IN. TO. IT. From publicity to the alleged good ol' days of YA publishing to answering tough questions from listeners like: conquering that ONE THING you are obsessed with but also might be holding you back, and how to make writing sustainable when you grow to hate it a little.   This is a deep dive - if you don't want to hear about publishing business stuff, we start talking more about the creative side and take the calls about halfway through.   - Amy Spalding - We Used to Be Friends - Goodbye from Nowhere - How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee - Bad Reputation   Thanks to all listeners, supporters, and Dave Connis for the theme music! Visit our Patreon page or sarazarr.com for more about the podcast and how to be a supporter.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #16: Jeffrey Overstreet & Anne Doe Overstreet – This Creative Life Ep 16

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In this episode of This Creative Life, I’m thrilled to bring you a conversation with Jeffrey Overstreet and Anne Doe Overstreet, who are a talented and inspiring pair. I’ve known them for years and have always deeply admired the life they’ve built for themselves, in which creativity is integrated into all aspects and is perhaps, [&hellip

Jan 04 2013

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Rank #17: Author & Filmmaker Nina LaCour – This Creative Life ep 26

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My guest this episode is Nina LaCour, author of HOLD STILL and THE DISENCHANTMENTS, and producer/writer/director of the forthcoming movie, HOLD STILL, based on her novel (as you may have guessed). Listen in to Nina and I talking about how and why she Kickstarted the movie, our experiences as novelists figuring out how to write [&hellip

Oct 01 2013

32mins

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Rank #18: Bestselling Author Ally Condie (also: A Year of Podcasting) – This Creative Life Ep 15

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In January 2011, I gave a talk called “Crafting a Creative Life” at the SCBWI-NY conference. I talked about the long journey of an artist’s life and all of the things that might trap us or freeze us along the way–the practical things like time and money and bad backs, as well as the psychological [&hellip

Dec 17 2012

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Rank #19: Author Sara Ryan – This Creative Life ep 19

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In this episode of This Creative Life, I had the pleasure of sitting directly across from – live! in person! – friend and writer Sara Ryan, in my very own house. We talked about writing space and writing pace, the process of writing a graphic novel, how she feels about being known as an “LGBT [&hellip

Feb 15 2013

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Rank #20: This Creative Life season finale! Dealing with Change

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The winds of change never stop a-blowin’. How do we deal? By being flexible, letting go, staying optimistic. In this episode of This Creative Life, I talk briefly about how this works and why it matters. No season-ending cliffhangers, no car crashes, no major cast changes, I promise. And then I’m sending the TCL production [&hellip

Jun 11 2013

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