Writers interview other writers all the time about their upcoming or current projects.

But when the writers conducting the interviews are also creative writers, the questions can sometimes get a little too “Tell me about your process.” A little too “What do you, as a writer, think about the great art of writing?” It becomes (frankly) a big writer circle j–well, back-patting circle Continue reading

When fellow PaperRat (and Inside the Writers’ Studio partner) R.J. Keller and I saw the YouTube video of Madonna’s reaction to a bouquet of hydrangeas handed to her by a fan, we knew what our next episode would be, and we rushed to our cameras and got our clips together in a matter of hours. […]

R. J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring and the forthcoming The Wendy House, my partner in the PaperRats writers’ relief YouTube series Inside the Writers’ Studio, Backword Books member,  and obsessive Star Wars fan, has recently had her independently released novel, Waiting for Spring, picked up by Amazon’s Encore imprint. Here, she answers some […]

About two weeks ago, Caroline Leavitt (whose new novel Pictures of You will release this November) – a huge fan of the Inside the Writers Studio videos – allowed RJ Keller and me some space on her blog to answer questions about our writing. Thank you, Caroline! Keller and I discuss NyQuil, literary drinking games, […]

In Episode IV of “Inside The Writers’ Studio: Self-Promotion FAIL” with special guest star Caroline Leavitt, three authors illustrate why maybe – just maybe – self-promotion doesn’t always work.

So much, in fact, that she contacted us (“us” being RJ Keller and myself) for an interview, and it’s difficult for us to adequately express our gratitude. We hope “Thank you so so so so much!” communicates it. From Ms. Leavitt’s bio (with the third-person pov tossed in by us):  Caroline Leavitt is the award […]

A recently uncovered informational video – that may or may not be from the 1950’s – explores how writers balance their writing lives with their everyday lives. Or not.

The Red Room, on its main page, features a rotating collection of populars and favorites. This week, “Inside the Writers’ Studio” is its featured video, and Kel and I couldn’t be more excited. Thanks, Red Room! Catch episodes of “Inside the Writers’ Studio” at… 1. the Paper Rats blog 2. the Paper Rats YouTube channel […]

(IWS stands for “Inside the Writers’ Studio”…I’m hoping it’ll catch on, because it takes a lot less time to type.) While Episode III gets wrapped up, we thought we’d release a little blooper compilation. Enjoy!

The American Psychological Association estimates that each year thousands of writers suffer from delusions of inflated worth, knowledge, and identity. In our latest episode of Inside The Writers Studio, we visit one such author, R.J. Keller, as she is interviewed by a hair-obsessed reporter.