What is READ TO ME?
READ TO ME is a podcast that helps you become an extraordinary writer who enjoys writing.
Writing well is actually an act of listening. Listening to other hones that skill. -Suzanne Kingsbury
The podcast is based in the Gateless Writing method. And it is simple: I read you excerpts from great writing, and then I talk about what has power, resonance, and originality on the page, focusing on craft tools. We have a really good time.
Great writing, your great writing, rises from two actions, each done in safety.
LISTENING. We listen to brilliant writing. As Suzanne Kingsbury, founder of the Gateless Writing method, says, “Writing well is actually an act of listening, and listening to others helps us hone that skill.”
MIRRORING. Looking for what’s powerful and beautiful in others’ work cultivates our own capacity for masterful craft. We listen for and mirror back what’s original and riveting, not what we think is broken.
The cult of the critic, that which destroys the work to “build it back up,” is usually more about exerting control than tapping your most potent work. Your creativity isn’t cancer. It doesn’t need chemo and scalpels to kill what’s bad. It needs room and tools and discernment to grow what’s good.
READ TO ME is a tender, tough-minded, funny space to listen for power and beauty & mirror it back. It is a path to excellence on the page, by way of love.
It’s also only 15+ minutes long, and I have a gentle voice, so this podcast helps you fall asleep, too.
Gateless Writing was founded by Suzanne Kingsbury, acclaimed novelist and one of the most sought-after developmental editors in the country.
Based in cognitive neuroscience and eastern spiritual traditions of non-duality, Gateless removes left-brain analysis from the practice of writing, particularly first draft work.
We have long worshiped the critical mind, believing that “constructive criticism” makes us smarter and stronger. In fact, applying analysis and criticism to generative work fires the amygdala, sending us into stress-response and shutting down areas of the brain involved in creativity, receptivity, and curiosity. The critical mind perseverates on our weaknesses, which strengthens those synaptic pathways and makes our weaknesses stronger.
The Gateless methodology creates a safe structure that quiets the critical mind. This allows you to tap into your most original, surprising, and powerful work.
The methodology also gives you potent craft tools and discernment, as well as a supportive nationwide community, to move first drafts into accomplished, complete, published work.
P.S. I’m a Gateless Writing Coach. Click here to learn more about that.