When did you stop thinking about ‘great’ and start thinking about something ‘greater’?
When did it happen?
Did it ever occur to you that you’d be remembered as a great writer in a way that would leave a lasting legacy?
You could be remembered for something in your later life that you’re grateful you made it to publish.
That’s what it is when you think about it now, right?
Or do you simply think about ‘what would it mean to write great’ when you’re thinking about your work in the past?
When you’re writing, you’re always thinking about the future.
When you think back, how would you feel about it?
If you’re an early-career novelist, you’ll probably have some of the same questions that the greats had.
How did you deal with the pressure to be perfect?
Did you feel guilty for writing what you thought was perfect?
And what about when you got older?
What’s the most exciting thing about writing now?
How did it change your writing and your writing style?
I’m going to try to answer these questions and more in this short podcast, which will be available on September 22.
I’m a writer in the UK, so I’m also going to be covering the book launch for The Australian.
If you want to read more about the book, I’m giving away a copy of it for the first 25,000 people who subscribe to my podcast.
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So, let’s get started.
The Essentialist This podcast is about the essentialist in the sense of a writer who believes that writing is a process of discovery and discovery is the only way to become a writer.
The Essentialist is the writer I love and the person who has helped me find my voice.
I don’t know many writers who are able to say that.
My favorite writer, the writer who has written the most amazing books, the person I love, the people I care about, the one I admire, and most of all, the reader who has shaped me.
If you want more insight into the essentialists thinking, check out my interview with Pauline Kael, in which she talks about her own writing process and how she thinks about it.
“What I’m trying to say is, we are the author of our own lives.
Our life is what we choose to write about.
It is what influences what we write about and how we write it.
When we have a writer’s block, it’s because we choose not to write the way we want to write.
When I’ve had writers’ block, I’ve felt like the writer’s blocked because they don’t write like the author.”
– Pauline Keelan, Essentialist interview What I Love about Essentialist: The first thing you might notice about the Essentialist podcast is the name.
There’s no mention of books, authors, or books’ authorships.
Instead, it seems to focus more on the journey you took to be an author, the story you’ve written and the characters you’ve created.
You might even notice the podcast’s name comes from the term essentialist, which refers to a person who believes the most important things about their own life are the ones that were written down.
I love that, because I believe that’s the essence of the essential.
If I want to know what to write, I just have to ask myself what’s important to me.
And it’s a very important question.
The way we write in our heads determines our writing.
It also shapes what we think we can do as an author.
If the way you write and what you think are both fundamental, then I’m sure you’ll have a good career.
And if you write in your head, you will write better than people who don’t.
What Is Essentialism?
There are several different types of essentialists, but one that’s very prominent in Australian literary circles is the ‘the essentialist’.
The essentialist believes that the very essence of writing is discovery.
Reading is discovery for me.
It’s an opportunity to discover things and to ask questions.
Reading the books I write is like exploring a lost city.
There are a lot of stories in the book that have happened and are happening in the world today.
I read them to understand them and what’s happening in my own life.
And I like that.
Reading those stories and trying to understand what they’re saying is the most interesting part of reading.
And the essential, by the way, doesn’t think about the writer as an individual.
He or she is the author.
And you don’t have to be a great novelist to have a voice.
The author is just a writer, just like the reader, and the reader is just the reader.
You don’t need to know the writing style or the writing process to have an opinion about your own writing.
A great example of the book essentialist’s thinking is in ‘The Essentialism Manifesto’.