Episode 114 – Jodi Weiss writes fiction, nonfiction, and short stories – but her passion is short stories. She is a wealth of information about writing.
- Jodi Weiss was an English major in college with a Masters degree in English and an MFA in creative writing. She’s worked as an literary agent, has worked in the publishing industry, and is a professor. Her work in publishing has mainly been in the field of careers. She has a passion to teach full-time. Jodi runs ultra marathons, with more than 30 100 miler races completed. She does yoga and is a yogi. The first draft of her novel was over 1000 pages and she cut 300 of those by the time it was published. She’s an organized and disciplined writer and had binders of dialog, timelines, notes, month by month breakdowns, and more. Careers are important to her having worked in academia for many years. Jodi is a prolific writer who can write five articles at a time.
- Nonfiction, fiction, and short stories
My Writing Motivation
- I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. I’ve always had a passion for writing.
- When I write for an audience I try to say it so simple, with simple vocabulary and simple prose that is inclusive so anyone can read it and understand it.
More Writing Tips
- You just have to write every day. You can’t wait for inspiration to come. You have to read a lot. Reading and writing are reciprocal. Every time I read something great, I learn a lot and I get excited to write. Reading is my greatest teacher.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing
- I’ve learned to know myself a lot better. I’m aware of things more – my life, emotions, my focus and details and more. It’s taught me to be honest with myself and my world.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- The hardest part is editing, but it’s also the part I love the most.
My Most Rewarding Moments as an Author
- It’s writing with other people and having people read your work and tell me how it’s inspired them.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- A professor told me of you can’t separate grammar and content – it’s the same thing. If you get sloppy with your grammar, your writing will never grow.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Sometimes you struggle because you are writing something that’s not the right thing for you to be writing. What we have in us writes itself if it’s part of us. If you are trying to force something it won’t happen.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- It’s the connection. If you can write a great book and connect with another person, that’s what success means to me.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- I love Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft, and Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose.
How To Find Me
About Jodi from Her Amazon Author’s page
- Jodi Weiss is the author of several published short stories, as well as academic books published by Random House/The Princeton Review. Her first stint in publishing was at the New Yorker Magazine, where she was an intern for the education program. Following that, she spent ten years in academic publishing at McGraw-Hill, Golden Books, and The Princeton Review, during which time she held titles such as Managing Editor and Editorial Director. She recently ventured out from her 12-year career at a top professional services firm, where she led the Nonprofit and Higher Education Practice, to start up EverythingSmart (www.EverythingSmart.org), which focuses on career coaching and staffing solutions.
- Away from the office, Jodi teaches Literature and Creative Writing at a local state college, and in her free time, Jodi is a devoted yogi and avid ultra runner with over 60 ultramarathon finishes, with over twenty at the 100-mile or more distance! Jodi holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Linked In Pulse, in addition to various running magazines. From Comfortable Distances is her first novel. To learn more about Jodi, visit www.jodiweiss.net or follow her on Twitter @JodiW56
From My Perspective
- In the From My Perspective segment of the show I talk about two articles in the October issue of The Writer magazine. They are about hybrid publishing and self-publishing, capturing the experiences of authors profiled in the articles. With today’s emphasis on DIY, these are two helpful articles.
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