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How to Win With Writing Competitions

Stop Writing Alone

Release Date: 01/23/2020

Write Like An Olympian show art Write Like An Olympian

Stop Writing Alone

Not all Olympians make a living through their athleticism. No one questions why they spend time at it. This week Nicole shares excerpts from Nicki Porter’s Letter From the Editor in September 2021 issue of THE WRITER magazine that examines writing through the lens of athleticism.

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Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021 & Find Your Readers Summit RECAP show art Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021 & Find Your Readers Summit RECAP

Stop Writing Alone

Nicole attempts to run through her notes from two different writing events held this past weekend: The WRITER’S DIGEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021, and DANIEL DAVID WALLACE’S FIND YOUR READERS SUMMIT. She gives each panel two minutes, but asks listeners to reach ut and let her know which panel(s) they want to hear more about.

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Stop Writing Alone

Are you wondering why you keep doing this? Nicole got a win this week and she wants to remind everyone why you need to keep going if you didn’t.

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The Morning Pages (Flashback episode) show art The Morning Pages (Flashback episode)

Stop Writing Alone

One great benefit of finding writing community is sharing best practices. One such tool comes from Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY. The morning pages are not a new concept, but Nicole talks through what they are, how they help, and challenges listeners to commit to one month of this practice that has helped countless artists find their creative path.

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t’s summer reading time. This episode discusses the books on Nicole’s summer reading list to expand her own knowledge about the craft of writing. All books mentioned in this episode can be found on this Stop Writing Alone Bookshop list: https://bookshop.org/lists/2021-summer-reading-323d643d-d561-46e4-8db7-4d95a64b9c47 

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This week Nicole discusses the issue of facing down the guilt that occasionally arises when taking time to work on our personal projects, and how to tackle the “shoulds” that lead to them.

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Stop Writing Alone

Writing prompts can help plow through writer’s block, or simply to play with words, either way they can be incredibly valuable to our creative self-care. This week Nicole shares reusable writing prompts she uses to keep her creative energies up. To get your own copy of the pdf that inspired this episode, sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/0e082fd88a6d/stopwritingalone-reusable-writing-prompts 

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WAIT! Before you click “send” have you gone through your final checklist? In this week’s episode, Nicole discusses her non-negotiable checks right before sending work out into the world. They compose the first taps of the secret knock on the door of publishing opportunities.

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Are you looking for readers? Have you found community first? In this episode Nicole Discusses the simple, but not necessarily easy, path to finding readers.

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Stop Writing Alone

One of  the great benefits of writing community is the ability to talk about writing with others who “get it,” but are you asking your writing questions once given the opportunity?

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Writing contests and competitions offer a lot of different quantifiable prizes for the winners, but what “wins” can all participants hope to gather. As Nicole participates in the current NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2020, she can think of nothing else! This week she discusses how committing to a writing competition can help writers experience the constraints and demands of a professional writing life. 

 

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