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This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers and creators. We talk about process, psychology, career stuff, distractions, relationships with audience and social media, art meeting commerce, office supplies, snacks, technology, fear, shame, faith, doubt, and our moms.
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Dec 17, 2012
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 2, 2012
It’s a very special holiday episode! Like when Juliana Hatfield played an angel on My So-Called Life, and by the way I just looked that up and Jason Katims co-wrote that episode, which blows the mind of this fan of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and ANYWAY – – the podcast is back, and off [&hellip
Nov 1, 2012
What do these things have in common: Biola University, the Chicago Film Critics Association’s Top 100 Scariest Films ever made, GK Chesterton, Ethan Hawke, lawn work, and Walker Percy? Well, maybe there’s a lot there for anyone who wants to try, but for our purposes I’m talking about screenwriter and director Scott Derrickson. His most [&hellip
Oct 14, 2012
No one can teach you to be you, and that’s the one thing you have as a writer. So saith Matthew Quick, author of two books for young adults and two books for adults (one yet unpublished but forthcoming), including The Silver Linings Playbook, which has been made into a major motion picture directed by [&hellip
Oct 1, 2012
In this edition of This Creative Life, hear about my plan to start all over in life with a new identity! But seriously folks! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Gene Luen Yang as much as I did. He’s a National Book Award finalist, Printz winner, two-time Eisner Award winner, and all-around terrific person. [&hellip
Sep 17, 2012
A.S. (Amy) King and I have a good chat about getting to know our characters, why we don’t read most of our reviews, and that beautiful moment when we no longer hate our books. Sadly, Amy’s stories of raising chickens and my hilarious “rare poultry” jokes wound up on the cutting room floor due to [&hellip
Sep 3, 2012
The podcast is back for a fall season of new episodes and conversations –  hooray! In this one, I talk with Scott Renshaw of the Salt Lake City Weekly about the art of criticism, how he gets it done, and why. Scott says there’s no genre where you can’t find excellence, and that “you have [&hellip
Jul 2, 2012
TCL Ep 8 – Round Table on Community (click this link to play – or follow iTunes link below to subscribe) In this episode of This Creative Life, I talk with local writer friends Bree Despain, Brodi Ashton, Kim Reid, and Heather Dixon about writing groups and writing community – the good, the bad, and the [&hellip
Jun 15, 2012
TCP Ep 7 – Siobhan Vivian The creative challenges Siobhan Vivian faced while writing her fourth novel, The List, in her words, nearly broke her. In this episode, Sara and Siobhan talk about risk-taking, self-doubt, and pushing ourselves to try to write the book we think we can’t. (Click on the link above to listen [&hellip
Jun 1, 2012
This Creative Life – Episode 6 – Emily Wing Smith Author Emily Wing Smith was hit by a car when she was 12, and that still affects her writing process today. Sara and Emily chat about writing with physical challenges, and how to deal with the associated discouragement. Show notes: Emily’s web site  |  Emily [&hellip
May 2, 2012
You asked, Sara answered. Thoughts on knowing when a book is finished, “legitimate distractions”, and writing about God. TCL Ep 5 – Listener Q&A – You can now subscribe though iTunes. If you like the podcast, feel free to leave a rating or review in the iTunes directory. Somehow, episode 1 has disappeared. Woe. I [&hellip
Apr 16, 2012
TCL Ep 4 – Mark Pett Mark Pett and Sara talk about perfectionism, learning to let go, and self-management, among other things. — Show Notes: A page from Mark’s sketch/idea book Mark’s website  |  Mark on Twitter  |  See Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein perform The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes at the National Book [&hellip
Apr 2, 2012
Sara and YA author Antony John discuss the pros and cons of selling a project on proposal, how much industry info is too much, and what happens when you’re sick of your book… — My guest this episode is Antony John, the author of the YA novels  Five Flavors of Dumb and  Thou Shalt Not [&hellip
Mar 15, 2012
Bestselling YA novelist Stephanie Perkins chats with Sara about second-book mistakes and rediscovering the love… — Whoa, Nellie, I’ve actually done this two whole times now! Episode 2 is without music, to save myself some editing time. Also, as you will hear, I am not yet a precision editor, especially when my time is limited. [&hellip
Mar 1, 2012
Tara Altebrando on “just doing it”, the writing life with two young kids, and thinking about audience… — My very first guest for the very first episode of This Creative Life is Tara Altebrando, author, friend, collaborator. We talked about how our collaboration came to be, how she gets it all done with two small [&hellip
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