Steve Chandler is the author of over 30 books, well known public speaker and someone who has had a huge impact on my life. He is our second repeat guest on Darken the Page and is actually responsible for the title of this podcast. “Darken the Page” comes from advice Steve gives to writers who are blocked. He tells them to simply “darken the page”, don’t try and write a masterpiece, don’t worry about how it comes out, just write.
Luke Wade is a singer, songwriter and passionate man. Luke and I met a three years ago through our mutual friend Chris Hawkes and we played some gigs together. I’ve always admired Luke’s passion for songwriting and the way he pours himself into his music. He’s one of the most expressive performers I know.
Lately, he’s been on a wild ride. He placed top 8 in season 7 of The Voice and has been touring literally non-stop for the past 10 months. We sat down on a rainy day in Los Angeles to talk about how he writes, what moves him and he shares some of his most recent songs. He also plays one of them live, and it’s an instant classic. Don’t miss it.
Michael Ellsberg is the author of three books, The Power of Eye Contact, The Education of Millionaires and his forthcoming book The Last Safe Investment. He is someone who has a lot to say about the publishing industry and we talk about that, including some of the pros and cons he has experienced.
One of the things I love about these podcasts is how much I grow as a writer, and this episode was no exception. I got to realize how my constant tinkering is something I really want to let go of. More on that in the episode.
I also want to say how incredible Michael is at being real. He dives head first into a lot of topics that many people would never share about publicly. Drugs, depression, income, we talk about it all.
Laura Jane Williams is a blogger, author and woman who empowers others to share their voice. Laura is officially the first repeat guest we’ve had on Darken the Page. Since we last spoke Laura has published an e-book, signed with a literary agent so we talk about how she did that and what she learned.
She is also part of this wonderful group of women who give a voice to the experience of women through her writing. This is the 3rd interview in a unintended 3 part series that included Jamie Varon and Emma Gannon, two good friends of Laura.
This is a special episode where Dave answers a question from a listener: “What do I write about?” We discuss how much we already write with the use of computers, the importance of journaling and Dave shares some of his favorite writing prompts.
Check out the Write Now Podcast with Sarah Werner, especially episode 16 which relates to this topic of “what do I write”, her episode is about making writing fun again, and you can listen to it on iTunes or at her website.
Dawn and Hawkes. Chris and Miranda came together in 2010 both romantically and musically and have launched a beautiful career together that’s taken them around the world, on the TV show The Voice and I just adore their music and who they are together.
What I appreciate most about this conversation is the depth and in particular how Chris and Miranda experience their “muse”, how they find it and what they do when it’s not present.
Sarah Werner is the host of the podcast “Write Now with Sarah Werner” and she joins Dave Booda for a conversation about the creative process and about why they do what they do. Sarah and Dave share some of their favorite stories and bits of advice, as well as share their love for writing.
Jamie Varon is a freelance writer, graphic designer and creative consultant. She has been the west coast producer of Thought Catalog and joins Darken the Page to talk about the marriage of art and commerce, how she got started and what keeps her centered.
Emma Gannon is a journalist and blogger from the UK, she regularly contributes to many different publications like the Telegraph, Glamour, Evening Standard, Independent,The Daily Beast, ThoughtCatalog, and a bunch more. She runs girllostinthecity.com where she writes regularly about books, fashion, feminism, theatre, film, travel & culture.
We talk about blogging, being real in your writing and what her fears are as a writer.
A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. AJ approaches his writing like his life, and experiments with both quite liberally. We talk about some of the habits he has, how he gets everything done with his kids vying for his attention and what advice he has for writers looking to make money through freelancing.