New year, new adventure — right?
This past weekend, my writers’ group recorded our first podcast for release this coming weekend on January 5th. It’s been quite the ride so far and we don’t even have listeners yet!
Paul Cagle, Becky and Lance Bumgardner, and I have been actively meeting now for almost two years, supporting and motivating each other through the ups and downs that come with being writers. I approached Paul last fall with the idea for doing a writers’ podcast. Paul has already done two successful podcasts over the last ten years and had been kicking around the idea of doing another one. Little did I know that Becky and Lance had also been talking to him about getting back on the air with a new project.
Naming a podcast is about as difficult as coming up with a band name. But the first night Paul and I sat down over dinner to really begin the groundwork, we had the name Method and Muse in less than fifteen minutes. It seemed to be an idea whose time had come.
There were some hurdles though. For one, our writers’ group is full of a bunch of writers-in-process. None of us has been traditionally published and only Paul has made the foray into self-publishing. All of us have manuscripts in some stage of writing or editing. We aren’t famous or even semi-famous (though Lance is infamous and proud of it). We have day jobs. We are a bundle of hopes and nerves, full-of-win and flush-with-fail, trying to raise kids, stay sane, make word counts, shake pom-poms, exercise or at least make clever excuses, and maintain token social lives.
In other words, we are schizophrenic as all fuck. But we’re really, really happy about it, because we’re doing something we love.
There are all kinds of writing podcasts out there by writers who know what they’re doing — I know, I’ve looked. These folks have been published. Wooed, wedded, and bedded by the Big 5. They can tell you what to do, how to do it, solve all your problems. They interview literary heroes and agents and offer writing workshops and give away swag. They have Twitter followings the size of Liechtenstein or Coachella.
And then there’s Method and Muse. As I’ve said already, we don’t have this figured out. If M&M has a strength, it is our willingness to get naked, blunder about, make fun of ourselves, and be bluntly honest about the journey of being a writer. In a way, we’re taking our writers’ group to the airwaves for folks who don’t have a writers’ group and for those who need a good laugh. And because every writer needs the occasional validation of “Yes, we all go through that — you’re fine, really you are. No, that adverb does not make your prose look fat.”
Sitting around the table recording our first show was surreal, and happy, and nerve-wracking — all at once. It was also easy, talking about things we love, sharing our ideas with each other and no one and everyone. Writers are special people, and it reminded me how important it is that we make those connections and how valuable those friendships turn out to be on this often lonely journey.
For more information about Method and Muse, please visit our webpage at www.methodandmuse.com. You can also find us on Twitter @methodandmuse and at our Method and Muse Facebook page. Podcasts will be available on our website, iTunes, and Stitcher. We’ll also be posting/tweeting about upcoming topics and listener surveys so stay tuned!