I’ve been having a massive clear-out of my home office and to ease the pain of this essentially hideous task, I’ve been listening to online author interviews.
There are tons of free writing hints, tips and stories on YouTube. I’ve been especially excited to find skilled, inspiring women in their forties and fifties successfully launching new careers and seeking new directions – Edith Eger, Kit de Waal, Michelle Obama – authors making a difference in the world through their stories and projects.
Here are a few of my favourites:
By author surname:
NCWGF 2016 – Masterclass by Kit de Waal – The Art of Trespass (2016 – 1 hour 5 min). Lecture presenting the context of appropriation in changing political landscapes, followed by talk on writing as a working class writer.
Kit de Waal on The Trick to Time (2018 – 6 min). Capturing moments, grief and loss, and things of great meaning. Love this interview.
What my mama told me: Edith Eva Eger at TEDxLaJolla (2014 – 12 min).
Eimear McBride talks about A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014 – 5 min). Some interesting points on writing confidence and not knowing the ending till you get there.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama (2018 – 42 min). Again, a strong emphasis on a continual journey. Also on failure, ‘Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result.’ I love her. I just love her.
Michelle Obama discusses her new book “Becoming” – Part I and Part II and Part III (2018 – 9+5+10 mins in three parts).
Annie Proulx on ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (2011 – 5 min).
Annie Proulx interview (1999 – 22 min) on Wyoming as her writing landscape, on collaboration between author and illustrator, and on the architecture of stories.
JK Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech (June 2008 – 24 min).
Oprah interviews J K Rowling (Aug 2015 – 50 min). On her Harvard speech, “I used to be borderline phobic about public speaking.” Rowling talks about failure, how hitting rock bottom liberates you from fear of failure.
NEWSNIGHT: Kirsty Wark interviews author Donna Tartt about ‘The Goldfinch’ (2013 – 7 min). On writing anywhere, always taking a notebook, and deleting 8 months’ work.