183: The Power of Words – Interview with Joe Fassler

Hey there word nerds!

Today I am delighted to have author and editor Joe Fassler on the show!

Joe earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writing Program and is a senior editor at The New Food Economy. His writing has appeared in many journals including The Boston Review, Electric Literature, and Creative Nonfiction, but he’s probably most well-known for the author interviews he conducts as part of The Atlantic’s “By Heart” series.

Joe’s latest work, Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, is a compilation of numerous authors’ answers to one simple but profound question: What inspires you?

Light the Dark is available now. I’ve been reading it and all I can say is if you’re a writer, you must put this book on your To-Be-Read list for 2018!

Listen in as we chat about this amazing book, and some of the best ways to keep inspired and motivated to write.


In this episode Joe and I discuss:

  • Learning to the draw the line, how to find your catch-all creative time.
  • Why you need to celebrate your zero moment.
  • Balancing what publicists want and what writers want in an interview.
  • Techniques to help find that quiet place of creativity in your mind.
  • The importance of the written word and the transformative power of books.

Plus, Joe’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/183

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