Slow, rich and real.
Classic conversations about the writing life.
A calming antidote to the speedy, superficial and fragmented nature of contemporary life.
A Mind of One's Own Conversations
Interview series with Australian author, Charlotte Wood
In 2013 Charlotte and Alison came together away from the city for some contemplative conversations about the writing life. From a veranda surrounded by the sounds of the birds and the breeze, they discussed the way a writer’s emotional and psychological states can create barriers to working well. The conversations explored Charlotte’s experience as she was working on The Natural Way of Things, a difficult book which went on the win the Stella Prize in 2016.
Charlotte shared what she learned from her own practice, interviewing other writers and her PhD studies into the psychology of creativity about focus and discipline; confidence; managing unhelpful thinking patterns and developing effective new ones; managing fears and getting them into perspective; changing her relationship with her own and others' criticism; dealing with fear of failure and success; managing distraction; and developing support structures that work.
These conversations, each between 20 & 40 minutes long, were intended as a calming, reflective antidote to the speedy, superficial and fragmented nature of contemporary life.
Alison Manning & Charlotte Wood in 2013.
Photo: Ruby Johnson
Episode 1. Focus and discipline
Episode 2. First Draft Fear and Loathing
Episode 3. Self-Doubt and Confidence
Episode 4. Criticism and Feedback
Episode 5. Enough! Finishing a Project
Episode 6. Managing Distraction
Episode 7. Surviving success, your own and others'