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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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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