WRITER NATION PODCAST #1: Be kind to Yourself, Keely Thrall

WRITER NATION PODCAST #1: Be kind to Yourself, Keely Thrall

Ms Keely Thrall

Writer, Actor, Plant-based Test Eater, Motivator

“Be kind to yourself. If you’re doing it right, you’re putting yourself out there and your work will be critiqued. You need to differentiate the criticism of your work from perceived criticism of yourself. If you can do that, you’ll be rewarded.”


For someone who never wrote a thing before attending her first writers meeting, Keely Thrall founded the Washington DC Tuesday Night Writers Group and is a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award. She is a former president of Washington Romance Writers and is endlessly supportive of writers, and tirelessly works to help others, sometimes to the detriment of her own writing. We sat down in her DC condo and chatted about how she came to be a writer. As the daughter of scholars, she assumed she’d be a scholar one day, not a writer. Her pursuit of graduate degrees and hobbies like improv led to a winding path of discovery that she has stories inside her.

We cover a wide range of topics on the show:

  • Getting outside your comfort zone
  • Experiencing life in order to write
  • Plant-based lifestyle and eating choices
  • What to do about writer’s block
  • Writing in Washington DC
  • Depression and finding ways to manage it

Find Keely!

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Keely is one of my favorite writers in the DC area, and I hope you find some inspiration and motivation from our conversation to keep writing. Writers are not alone. It takes a village to put out your work and Writer Nation is here for you.

Peace and Prose,

TODAY’S SPONSOR: Jamie Farrell Books

Jamie writes fun contemporary romances with quirky characters and lots of heart. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe, and she infuses both into all of her stories. Her debut novel, Southern Fried Blues, was a finalist for the 2013 National Readers’ Choice Awards and the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.

A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.

Her lastest in the Misfit Brides series is set for a cover reveal this fall! Check out her books at Jamie Farrell Books.  Follow Jamie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads

Would love to hear from you!

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