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. 



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.

Guy Free Working on Me, by Shauna Hoffman

10 thoughts on “15.18: Finding a Community, with Shauna Hoffman”

  1. Not sure if my computer is being goofy (again) or if there is no podcast link?

  2. This was very timely for me. I was just bemoaning my isolation and lack of community the other day, and trying to find ways to connect with other writers. Thanks for this!

  3. Mary Robinette, Dan, and Larissa Helena didn’t get together with Shawna Hoffman this week — they just met electronically, aka quarantined, safer at home, ensconced in situ or sparkling isolation — to talk about breaking the isolation that some writers feel. Take control, and make it a choice. Find ways to reach out. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to write every day? Read their musings about how to handle isolation in the transcript, available now in the archives.

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