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…

Read More Scratch Paper Podcast, Ep. 30: Research for fiction 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…

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

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…

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

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!)…

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