Hello, friends! I’m excited to share this episode of Coffee Break with you because in it, I get to interview one of my writing heroes! He and I talk about the psychology behind writing, what motivates authors, what keeps them going, and what gives them the courage to strike out on their own for the first time.

“Once I had found that little bit of courage to begin, the impulse and the impetus were there and the story got told.”

Who better to talk about the psychology of writing than psychologist, physician, and award-winning novelist Mark Rubinstein? Mark sat down with me to discuss the process behind his newest book, Beyond Bedlam’s Door, which draws heavily upon stories from his psychiatric career.

“One of the old nostrums is ‘write what you know’… and if you write about what you know, in essence, you’re writing about life.”

I hope today’s conversation gives you a better insight into why people need to hear and tell stories. Listening to Mark, you may also find that you know more than you thought when it comes to “writing what you know”, and that you do indeed have a meaningful story to tell the world.

“We’re all capable of imagining and of living vicariously through the creations of another, so why not create you own stuff?”

I highly encourage you to read and follow Mark’s inspirational Twitter feed and check out his wonderful collection of medical self-help and fiction novels. Keep writing, friends, and thanks for listening!

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