Keeping a Journal

Do you keep a journal? What do you write in it and what role does it play in your creative work? We talk to author Corey Ann Haydu about her own epic diary and related side project, as well as her upcoming novel, OCD LOVE STORY.

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More about this show, for new listeners:

In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’


6 Responses to “Keeping a Journal”

  1. Matthew July 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I tried the direct download link for episode 21, but it’s not working :( I don’t like iTunes, so I’d rather download from here.

    Also, I love these episodes. Just found them, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through them.

    • James July 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks for listening Matthew. Sorry about the link. Should be fixed now.

  2. Rob July 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi James,

    I just discovered your podcast and am listening to the back catalog now. It makes me think and is inspiring me to action.

    I just listened to the commencement address John Grisham gave before the UNC-Chapel Hill 2010 graduating class. Starting at 13:39 (link below will take you to it), he said that the hardest aspect of writing is finding your voice.

    I found his reasoning compelling, especially his argument that to be heard and to lead, you must find your voice.

    He opined that there are three factors in a writer’s “voice” (starting at 17:06); clarity, authenticity and veracity.

    Have you covered “voice” in any of your podcasts? Would you call this “voice” quality in writing the same in film or is it perhaps style?

    Thanks for a terrific podcast.




  3. Karey August 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi Cheryl and James,

    I just discovered your podcasts and am listening to them on my ride in and from work. Your podcasts are very inspirational and instructive. Thank you.

    Is there a place on this site that gives a listing of the books you talk about in each episode?

    Thank you!

    • James November 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Karey,

      Sorry for the belated reply.

      On our show pages, we’re trying to be better about including links to shows, films and books that we mention. Thanks for the feedback!


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