How a Playwright Writes a Novel

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #181

How a Playwright Writes a Novel

An Interview with Jonathan Auxier

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In the week’s episode you’ll hear

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
A Piece of Cake Cover by LeUyen Pham

In The Interview with Jonathan Auxier You’ll Hear About
    • if Jonathan, whose also playwright, wrote a book called “How to Write a Novel” what would the first three steps be.
    • first person vs. third person.
    • the Philip Pullman problem.
    • the stuff we forgot!
    • the video below and Jonathan’s amaaaaazing series called After the Book Deal.
    • G.K. Chesterton and his famous quote – “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

Jonathan Auxier

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Recent Comments

  • Kathy Rupff
    June 9, 2014 - 6:12 pm · Reply

    An old fan of Katie’s and a new fan of Auxier’s!! Wow, what an awesome interview! It’s hard to put into words how great your podcast is on sooo many levels! I particularly was stunned when Jonathan shared that he doesn’t ‘like’ writing. I was ashamed to feel this way about my own creative projects… I definitely see them as ‘work’, and am now thrilled to know I’m in good company. LOVED Jonathan’s video!! Thanks to you both for everything you shared about yourselves and your experiences in the children’s writing world. Totally inspiring! Can’t thank you enough!! xo:)

  • Brenda Benedict
    June 12, 2014 - 7:29 am · Reply

    The content in the podcast was outstanding and very helpful for me as a writer. I have been struggling with first person vs third person in a novel I’ve been working on for ten years. The best take-away I have from this podcast is to get back to work on my novel. Yes, it is hard work that I don’t always enjoy. Thanks for the encouragement and information.

  • Lucy Jennings
    June 14, 2014 - 1:53 pm · Reply

    I discovered you back in January, through Kristen Eckstein. I downloaded a bunch of older podcasts, and look forward to your new ones each week. You don’t even know me, but I feel like I know you, you are so funny and easy to listen to.
    Anyway, I’ve really liked when you talked about your daughter, I’ve got a daughter (my only one) who just graduated too.
    I feel for you with your back hurting!
    As her senior year progressed, every time we’d go to some event we’ve been going to for years, I’d feel kinda sad. The last band performance, the last out-of-town event, the last play. She can’t wait to go off to college, and I’ve been all sentimental-like the entire year.
    The day before her graduation, I went to Wal-Mart to get a bunch of stuff for her party, and as I was closing my trunk, I saw my purse with the keys and cell phone inside. I’ve never ever locked myself out before. Why did I have to do that? I was so discombobulated that I couldn’t remember anything. Not even Cherry’s number. I did get help, but as I was waiting for my friend, I just broke down and cried, because I knew that this all happened because I was just plain old sad. When you said how Ruby is going away and she’s your little girl, that is how I’ve felt all year. I keep stopping to look at all of the pictures of her around the house. Not like she’s home much now, but I still will miss her when she goes away.
    So, anyway, I just wanted you to know that this peep is feeling for you. I ‘ll bet Ruby is as amazing as my Cherry. It’s time for them to go, and they will be fine. We will too.

    • Katie
      June 15, 2014 - 12:30 pm · Reply

      Lucy, even YOUR COMMENT made me tear up! We are a MESS! 😎 But you know what will happen when they go off? We’ll have time to write! So there! Silver lining. ha!

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