Our world is so full.
Our world is so busy.
Our world is so cluttered.
Newspaper boxes. Pop-up ads. TVs in elevators. There are so many things trying to grab our attention. So many reaching out with their little fish lures to poke and grab us into signing up for their newsletters.
Don't you ever feel like it’s just too loud?
I say what we need in this world of constant stimulation are ... editors.
Not the people who correct your spelling and grammar. I’m talking about those among us who can be bastions of clear thinking. Pinnacles of clear communication! Who can strip away the noise and give us clear ideas in the simplest ways.
Our next guest is the very first editor to be interviewed on 3 Books.
I was delighted to visit Kerri in her home in Washington DC to chat about her three most formative books.
We discuss escaping into armoires, preserving imagination, fighting for feminism, and even carefully wade into a new dialogue about suicide... amongst a dozen other topics that touch on themes today.
I hope you enjoy this chapter of 3 Books as much as I did with the incredible Kerri Kolen.
What You'll Learn:
How do we preserve imaginations as we get older?
What's the difference between a writer and an author?
What exactly does an editor do? (And what do they look for?)
What is "world building" and how does it work in writing?
How do we create the element of voyeurism in our writing?
Ideas Worth TWEETING:
“When somebody is writing not specifically for the purpose of having other people read it, there’s a magic that happens that you can’t create when you’re trying to do the very same thing no matter how good a writer you are.” @KerriKolen #3bookspodcast
CONNECT With Kerri:
word of the chapter:
Kerri’s first book [8:52]
Kerri’s second book [26:14]
Kerri’s third book [44:10]
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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed by Eileen Christelow
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
Freakonomics by Stephen D. Levitt
The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Oh Crap! by Jamie Glowacki (potty training book)
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami