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


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


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.


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.


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

Thanks for listening!


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The DIY Series is *FREE* on Amazon! 10/10 – 10/14

Hi friends!

To celebrate the wonderful month of October…and my birthday, I’m giving away DIY Writing Retreat and DIY Chick Lit for free on Amazon 10/10 – 10/14.

Both are *excellent* for preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and both are super fun. They are only currently available as Kindle ebooks, but you can read them on a computer, tablet, or phone if you don’t have a Kindle!

About DIY Writing Retreat:

DIY Writing Retreat - free all weekendDIY Writing Retreat: A Guide to Getting Away is a guide to making time and space for you to do exactly one thing: write. With step-by-step instructions to planning and running your own escape, DIY Writing Retreat will show you how to schedule time for your retreat, find a cabin or cabin-equivalent to stay in, and separate yourself from the rest of the world. Then, it will guide you through the entire retreat, from writing prompts to relaxing activities.

Written by the acclaimed author of DIY Chick Lit, this fun guide is sure to motivate writers at every stage, from aspiring authors to experienced novelists. Time to write alternates with fun activities that will energize you and keep you going. A worksheet guides you to reflect on your writing process and set goals for when you return home. There are even (super easy) recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Download it now!


About DIY Chick Lit:

a pink cover with a cupcake in the center, title: DIY Chick Lit/A Writing GuideDIY Chick Lit: A Writing Guide is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. Designed for the aspiring novelist, it’s full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper.

Originally published in 2013 as The Chick Lit Cookbook, this fun, cupcake-themed writer’s road map has been updated as part of acclaimed writing teacher Alicia de los Reyes’ DIY writing series.

DIY Chick Lit will take you from start to finish of your first draft in just 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now. Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide.

DIY Chick Lit will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy—it’s just like baking cupcakes!

Download it here!

Ends Saturday, October 14! Get them while you can!