Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 32: 5 Steps to Start Revising + Free Ebook!

*This draft is terrible**This draft is perfect!* Sound familiar? Listen in for five steps to get started revising that terrible/perfect draft. I share how I managed to revise my 120-page thesis in two weeks, plus my favorite way to tie a big project together (with highlighters! And lists!).

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Your turn: How do you revise? Share in the comments below or use #scratchpaperpodcast on Twitter or Instagram. Tag me! I’m @likesoatmeal and I love (love love) getting to know listeners.

Suck It Up and Revise|What do you do when your draft is done...but it doesn't feel done? Here is a guide to next steps, whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, short pieces or manuscripts. Click through to get your copy!

And now here’s a free ebook! I wrote Suck It Up and Revise a while back and  *just* got around to polishing it up and putting it online. It’s fourteen chapters plus exercises to get you revising right this minute (after you take a break, of course). If you like down-to-earth advice (like this podcast) and practical  tips for getting through the often opaque writing process, you’ll love this book. Read more about it here.

Instead of publishing Suck It Up and Revise on Amazon, I decided to give it away as a free PDF for newsletter subscribers. If you’re already on the list, great!  Thank you so much for supporting me–the book is on its way. If not, you can sign up right here, and I’ll send the book to your inbox.

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Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 31: My writing process & how you can make it your own

After a 2-month hiatus, I decided to share how I work as a writer, from idea to draft to what feels to me like “finished”–when my work goes out on submission. My process has changed significantly since I began working with my agent, but whether or not you work with an agent, you can find ways to make your writing process satisfying. I really believe in process; it’s what’s allowed me to keep going. Listen below!

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Your turn: how do you know when you’re “done” with a project? What is your final step? Share in the comments below tell me on social media–use #scratchpaperpodcast on Twitter or Instagram. Tag me! I’m @likesoatmeal and I *love* getting to know listeners.

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Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 30: Research for fiction writers

Last episode, I talked about how to interview for nonfiction writers. Luckily, the stakes are lower for fiction writers. There are a lot of fun ways you can use books and people’s expertise to help write your story. In this episode, I share how unexpected resources (like self-published ebooks) have helped me create believable characters and plots. Listen in to hear how you can find help in surprising places.

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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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