Episode 69—Matthew Mercier: From Edgar Allan Poe’s Basement to The Moth Stage

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Matt Mercier talks about high-intensity practice and the power of the spoken word.

By Brendan O’Meara

Tweetables by Matthew Mercier (www.matthewwmercier.com):

“You have to live a life in order to tell stories.”

“I’ve always been selfish about the writing.”

“Where can I fit in the writing time? That’s always the first question, and then I work in everything around that.”

“The object of a Moth story is you take out.”

“The Moth saved me from my isolation as a writer.”

“What works on the stage doesn’t necessarily work on the page and vice versa.”

Hello, CNFers, this is The Creative Nonfiction Podcast, the show where I speak to the world’s best artists about creating works of nonfiction, leaders in the worlds of narrative journalism, memoir, essay, radio, and documentary film to tease out tactics and routines to inspire you and your work.

I love it, baby, today we’ve got Matthew Mercier for Episode 69, who wrote a great essay in Creative Nonfiction about HIP, high-intensity practice, and we dig into that. We also talk a great deal about the power of spoken word performances as he has performed stories for The Moth. There’s a lot of great stuff we unpack, so I hope you’ll hang out with us.

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Mercier at The Moth

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