Episode 6: How Did You Become A Writer?

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In this week’s podcast, Jason and I talk about how and why we got started as writers. Here’s the deal: writing is tough. And it’s not easy to get started.

Jason and I are not “experts” on getting published or the game of publishing. But we’ve been writing for a long time, and today we talk about what we’ve learned along the way.

In the show, we discuss the L.A. Times’ reporting on the 2014 L.A. Times Festival of Books. At the festival, they conducted a nonscientific survey of published authors selling books and found some interesting stats on how these authors got their start.

They published this fun game about writing: Game: How to be a Writer.

Jason and I mention these books for writers at any level of publishing or writing:

On Writing by Stephen King

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach by Robin Behn

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Areily

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei

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Our show theme song is “Street Preacher” by Jason’s band, Jason and the Beast.

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Kevin Eagan (@KevEagan) is a freelance editor and writer living in Central Florida. He edits book manuscripts and articles for local and national publications. Critical Margins is his place to share his interests. You can also check out his professional website, KevinThomasEagan.com.