Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 29: How to interview (for nonfiction writers)

This episode kicks off a mini-series about research–this week, I share my best tips for interviewing for nonfiction articles, essays, and projects, and next episode (in two weeks), I’ll share ways to research and interview for fiction. I gathered most of these tips from my journalist friends while in grad school, where I had to conduct my very first *real* interview, and I’ve used them in countless situations, from interviewing a restaurant owner for a newspaper article to talking to a faith healer for a book manuscript. If you’ve never interviewed someone before, but are dying to get your feet wet, this is the podcast for you.

Plus! For this episode only, I made an extra-special in-depth worksheet (that even includes an email template you can fill in and send out to your interview-ees).

Click here to get your downloadable, printable worksheet + email template!

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Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 28: How to write with a (very) small child

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As the parent of a toddler, I have learned some ways to fit writing into my life over the past couple of years. We’re in the middle of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a time when a lot of folks are tackling a big project–and with a kiddo, it can be hard. Here are my best practices for writing with a small (extremely small) child–I’m sharing them here in the hopes that they will help you or a friend.

QOTE (Question of the episode…): Imagine your writing, capabilities, and talents are a garden. What do you want to cultivate? What season is it? [Comment below, or post on Twitter or Instagram with #scratchpaperpodcast, to share your response!]

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Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 27: Why YOU should go on a DIY writing retreat

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There are loads of residencies and retreats for writers that are too competitive, expensive, or time-consuming for many folks to get into. Listen in to hear how you can still have a word-count-busting, perspective-shifting weekend, day, or afternoon on your own writing retreat.

QOTE (Question of the episode…): What’s your favorite book title? (Thanks @blackbookblues!) Share on Instagram, Twitter–use #scratchpaperpodcast–or in the comments below!

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Episode 26: Journaling vs. Writing

Hello all!

After a hiatus, Scratch Paper Podcast is back! This week, I’m talking about journaling and how I have started to use it as a tool to help me clear my head and enjoy and understand my writing. I share ways you can use journaling to help you write, whether you are working on something non-personal (like I am) or something memoir-ish.

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What I’m reading: On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco and Lauren Oyler

What I’m working on: Wait, my novel about a psychic and an evangelical Christian family whose foster daughter has stopped talking, is drafted! I finished revising the draft a few weeks ago and sent it off to my agent. I will keep you posted! In the meantime, I’m enjoying a break from big projects–and to celebrate, my ebooks are free this week!

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The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal is based on a book with the same name.

Thanks for listening!

–Alicia

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