12.46: Reinventing Yourself

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Mary Anne, and Wesley

We discuss the idea of “reinventing yourself,” which can mean anything from “trying something new” to “completely re-branding yourself as a writer,” and how it’s a difficult thing to do without figuring out what it actually is that you’re currently doing. We talk about how we’ve done it, how others have done it, and how important it is to continue learning as a writer.

Credits: This episode was recorded in Chicago by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Immerse yourself in a genre that is new to you. Short story anthologies in that genre, or award winning novels are a good place to start. Read those.

NOTE: The Lost Book of the White by Wesley Chu and Cassandra Claire has been retitled and rescheduled. You should (eventually) be looking for:

The Red Scrolls of Magicby Wesley Chu and Cassandra Clare, scheduled for release in March of 2019.

6 thoughts on “12.46: Reinventing Yourself”

  1. I am a huge fan of the podcast- please take this as a four star review. This season seems a bit. . . edgier than previous seasons. Do you have plans to maintain a clean rating as you have in the past? I’ve recommended your podcast to a number of aspiring writers who are 12-14 years old and I couldn’t help but cringe imagining some of them listening to to today’s episode. If you’re planning on taking the podcast in a less family-friendly direction it would be nice to know so I can avoid enthusiastically promoting it to preteens.

  2. As the world turns, you need to change, too! And our Chicago square, Brandon, Mary, Mary Anne, and Wesley, talked about how their careers and writing have grown and changed, and what it takes to keep feeding the art, while also paying attention to the market. How can you use your reviews as meaningful feedback? It’s all here, in the transcript now available in the archive and over here:


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