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.

Newsletter readers, click through to listen to the episode! Or find it on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Show notes:

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!

If you’re reading this in the future, you can sign up here to find out when my ebooks will be free again.

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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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Scratch Paper Podcast, Episode 25: Pause (#2) for celebration!

This episode is a bit of a break from the usual format–no lesson, just a reflection on how finishing my latest draft feels good/bad/different from the last novel I wrote. I mull over what makes this celebration more complicated than the last (spoiler alert: I am not looking forward to revising!).

Subscribers: click on the giant image below to click through to my site to listen. (Scroll to the bottom to find the player.) Of course, you can also listen on Stitcher or iTunes.

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Readers and listeners: whether you get this in your inbox or read it on my site, I have a question for you! Do you miss the links I typically post here? I have a lot going on (a lot = one small child), and I have been falling down on sharing my podcasts because typing up the show notes takes for. ever. So…do you use the show notes? Are they helpful to you? A good use of my time? Or…not?

Please hit reply and let me know! (Or comment on this blog post, if you’re reading on my site!)

MANY MANY MANY thanks!

–Alicia

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