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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.
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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

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Episodes

Episode 36: Writer and teacher Jess Lahey of #AmWriting

5/21/2018
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We interviewed Jessica Lahey, a teacher, writer and co-host from the wonderful #AmWriting podcast. Jess talked us through how keeping her day job keeps her writing and ideas fresh, the difficulties of writing when she’s on the road on speaking tours. She gives some good tips on how to balance speaking gigs and freelance work, should you be looking to go that direction. And she has great advice on being kind to yourself and living a writing life, and the importance of writing...

Duration:00:43:02

Episode 35: Caroline Donahue on planning, playing the (creative) field, and making room for unheard voices

5/14/2018
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This week, we are delighted to share our conversation with Caroline Donahue, a book coach and host of the wonderful Secret Library podcast and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, I Wrote it Anyway. Caroline has so much great advice that we’ve decided she’s our new spiritual adviser. In the episode, she talks about her planning process, giving creative projects time to root and grow (and not worrying about being too faithful to them), and her incredible publishing project, I Wrote it...

Duration:01:23:27

Episode 34: April Critique and May Writing Prompt

5/7/2018
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In Episode 34, we share our responses to the April writing prompt. If you don’t remember, for this one we used the Writer Igniter generator from DIYMFA. We gave you the option of picking/spinning for your own unique combination, or using the one we got when we used it: Child prodigy + receives the wrong directions + handcuffs + beach (Spoiler: We discussed the fact that this was not an easy one for us!) We also go into our segment Everything is Terrible/What’s Working Now, which could...

Duration:00:37:28

Pep Talk #4: Abigail Welhouse - No One Cares, and If They Do, It’s a Gift

4/30/2018
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Are you worried about what everyone thinks? Or you’re worried that you’re just doing this whole writing thing for attention? Either way, this is a fantastic pep talk from our interview with Abigail Welhouse in Episode 33. She reminds us how wonderful it is that writing can connect you with other people, and also that other people are probably not as worried about what you’re doing as you think. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and...

Duration:00:04:08

Pep Talk #5: For when you’re not writing

4/30/2018
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A pep talk for those times when you’re not writing. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is ”It’s Time” by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:03:17

Pep Talk #6: Keep going (especially if it’s your first novel)

4/30/2018
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We didn’t initially intend to share this with you guys, but Meghan’s advice and thoughts were so helpful if you’re doing this whole novel-writing (or anything-writing) thing for the first time. So we’ve recorded Olivia’s question/comment to Meghan (”Should I keep doing this??”) and her great response. Hopefully it gets you unstuck, or helps you keep going, too. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and...

Duration:00:05:42

Episode 33: Poet and publicist Abigail Welhouse

4/23/2018
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In Episode 33, we sat down to talk to poet, book publicist and horseback riding instructor Abigail Welhouse, a great treat for April, which is National Poetry Month. Abigail is the author of Bad Baby (dancing girl press), Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press), and Memento Mori (a poem/comic collaboration with Evan Johnston), and works as a publicist at Scott Manning & Associates. She also works in a second day job for GallopNYC as a horseback riding instructor. You can follow her by...

Duration:01:05:14

Episode 32: Revising

4/16/2018
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In Episode 32, we talk about lots of different elements of revising. We decided to do this episode because Olivia is about to (probably) embark on a revision of her novel, and Meghan’s wrapping one of hers, so she had some wise words to share. We talk about lots of stages of revising and rewriting, and we also give a shout-out to our (erm, Meghan’s) favorite books about the process. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other...

Duration:00:40:30

Episode 31: Working 9-5

4/9/2018
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In today’s very candid episode, we discuss something that’s been popping up online recently – our pet topic and the reason for this podcast: writers’ day jobs. We talk about the visible invisibility of writers’ day jobs — why writers have day jobs, and why don’t they talk about them? Let us know what you think. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for...

Duration:00:39:15

Episode 30: March writing prompt responses & April prompt

4/1/2018
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In Episode 30 we share our responses to the March prompt (the word “peremptory”), which gives us a chance to dig into the background of Meghan’s novel’s plot and also, as always, cats. Our April prompt is from the Writer Igniter segment of the DIY MFA website (diymfa.com), which we think you’ll enjoy. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete...

Duration:00:29:26

Episode 29: Short Stories

3/26/2018
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In this episode, we talk short stories, in response to a listener request. We talk about reading (and not reading) short stories, how we use them in our own writing practice, and how nonfiction writers can get in on the game with essays. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch. Find us on Instagram...

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 28: Mini episode with a new segment and what’s working now

3/19/2018
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Episode 28 is short in duration but rich in news and content. We give a shout-out to two listeners who listed us in their favorite podcast lists (LitandPie and Audrey J Martin). Thanks again for that! Then we talk about a new occasional feature that we’re calling “You can do it, too,” all about margin-writers we’ve been reading about, who’ve used their day job in their writing or who talk about their day jobs. And finally, we’ve got a What’s Working Now/Everything’s Terrible. As always,...

Duration:00:08:57

Pep Talk 3: Hamid Ismailov | The Value of Day Jobs

3/14/2018
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Frustrated with your day job? Struggling to find time to write? Questioning why you’re attempting this balancing act and ready to chuck it all? Listen to novelist and journalist Hamid Ismailov’s encouraging advice in this short pep talk episode whenever you need a reminder of what matters in a storytelling life. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and...

Duration:00:04:11

Episode 27: Journalist & novelist Hamid Ismailov reminds us why we keep our day jobs

3/12/2018
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On today’s episode, BBC journalist and prolific novelist Hamid Ismailov shares his inspirational but practical worldview relating to why he keeps his day job as a journalist (for the stories) and how he structures his writing life. He also tells us how he engages with the many literary traditions that he comes into contact with in his globe-trotting life - Russia, Central Asia, London and many others. Hamid is the Editor of the Central Asia service at the BBC World Service, and he is the...

Duration:00:46:00

Episode 26: Writing prompt responses and reveal for Feb/March

3/4/2018
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In today’s episode, we read through our responses to the February writing prompts - all about adapting your work to the style of a book on your bookshelf. And, even better, we got a listener prompt response for the January writing prompt, about describing someone’s job search. We loved reading Maria’s response, and we think you’ll like it too. Then we played “What’s Working Now / Everything’s Terrible,” and both landed somewhere in the middle, muddling through some important stages of...

Duration:00:21:26

Episode 25: The Question of Research

2/25/2018
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Today, we answer a listener question from Maria, who wanted to know how we approach research. We talk about how all books need research, not just nonfiction historical fiction, when to google and when to ask someone, the stages of research, and our tools and processes. Next week will be our monthly writing prompt episode, so don’t forget to send in your responses! All our prompts are here, and even if you don’t want us to share yours on air, we’ll still send you a critique and enter you...

Duration:00:36:44

Pep Talk #2: Intuitive Time Management

2/19/2018
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In this pep talk, Meghan suggests taking an intuitive approach to scheduling, one that honors our mental, emotional, and physical energies. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is “It’s Time” by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:02:23

Pep Talk #1: Remember to Play

2/19/2018
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In this first of our short Pep Talks, Olivia reminds us of the importance of remembering that writing is fun. Remember to play! These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is “It’s Time” by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:02:49

Episode 24: Pep Talk Debut!

2/18/2018
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This week, we introduce a new short segment — the pep talk! These short chats are designed to be listened to whenever you need a lift, and they are inspired by times in our own writing lives. They’re as much pep talks to ourselves as to you. So catch our first two talks and the stories behind them in this episode, and look for just the talks themselves as single releases. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners...

Duration:00:21:55

Episode 23 with filmmaker and librarian Ashley Maynor

2/10/2018
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Today we have a fun and wide-ranging conversation to share (just check out how many things we talked about in the show notes!). We talk with Ashley Maynor, who is a university librarian by day and an award-winning filmmaker by night. Ashley is a long and dear friend of Olivia’s. We loved having the chance to record this discussion about incubation, divorce, getting in touch with your inner octagenarian, chickens, touching your work every day, and lots more. As always, we’d love for you to...

Duration:01:19:57

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