As artists, we’ve taken a sacred oath to tell “the truth,” in one of its many forms, but how do you know what the Truth (capital T) really is?
Like art, truth is often subjective. But if you take this commitment to the truth seriously, and are willing to go to the hard, emotional places where it lives, then you will end up with a piece that not only speaks to your audience, but uncovers your true essence.
In episode #115 of The Author’s Corner, Robin speaks to Katie Love, an artist who strives to use emotion and curiosity to uncover the truth in every piece (and have a few laughs along the way). Katie shares how writing her memoir helped her learn the truth about her past in ways she never expected and why she encourages other artists to do the same to tap into their emotional core. They discuss many aspects of being a writer, including how Katie uses the hero’s journey in everything she writes – from novels to nonfiction to copy writing!
- The role that writing played in Katie’s early years
- What she learned about herself by writing her memoir
- The importance of curiosity in writing
- How her background in acting has contributed to her writing, and vice versa
- How the hero’s journey applies to nonfiction (even copy writing!)
- What you can learn from the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer
- The best way to learn about characters (and people)
- Insight into Katie’s writing schedule
- The gift of tapping into your emotional core
- Katie’s fear of success as a writer
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- TV series, Dark Shadows
- Tell Yourself a Better Lie, by Marisa Peer
- Katie’s memoir, Two Tickets to Paradise, from Cult to Comedy
- Katie’s novel, Cubicide
- Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer
About Katie Love:
Katie Love is a writer-comedian, writing coach, and producer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the memoir, Two Tickets to Paradise, from Cult to Comedy, which recently won the comedy category for the National Indie Excellence Awards. She is also the author of the novel, Cubicide, and L.A. Artists, a collection of interviews featuring some of L.A.’s award-winning artists. Katie is currently hard at work on her new novel and slinging jokes in preparation for her solo show, The Everything Room.