15.18: Finding a Community, with Shauna Hoffman
Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Dan, and Lari¹, with special guest Shauna Hoffman
Many Writing Excuses listeners (especially WXR alumni) already know Shauna Hoffman. She joins us to talk about how to deal with the fact that we, as authors, often feel isolated.
The listener question that sparked this episode: “How do you keep the pressure off when you feel alone?”
How indeed? If this feels timely, well, some of that is coincidence. And some, of course, is not².
Credits: This episode was recorded remotely³, using a variety of VOIP tools, and was mastered by Alex Jackson.
¹ Larissa Helena is joining us as a guest host. She has worked as a literary agent, a translator, and a rights manager, and we look forward to hearing more from her this season.
² Yes, the irony of this being the first of our recorded-during-sparkling-isolation episodes is something we’re leaning into.
³ This is the first airing of a Writing Excuses episode in which the participants not physically present in the same room. We suspect it won’t be the last, and that we’ll get better at it.
Homework: Make a list of people you can reach out to this week—people who might inspire you, help you feel like part of a community.
Thing of the week: Guy Free Working on Me, by Shauna Hoffman.
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