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First Meeting of The Stop Writing Alone Podcast

Stop Writing Alone

Release Date: 01/31/2019

Shoulds, Wants, and Oprah show art Shoulds, Wants, and Oprah

Stop Writing Alone

Recently Nicole discovered that the one question Oprah Winfrey claims to be the single most important question for any person to answer in their lifetime -- What do I want? -- was the one question she couldn’t answer. Ever since discovering this, she has worked to find her answers in her creative life as well as her life as a whole. After listening to Jessica Abel, discuss the “shoulds” in our lives, Nicole discovered they can lead us all to the answer to our wants when it comes to our writing careers

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Change Your Location show art Change Your Location

Stop Writing Alone

Nicole is on a family vacation, away from home and thinking about all the things that change when we do the simple thing of changing our location. This week’s episode discusses the benefits we may expect from writing in a new locale. 

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Jenna Britton talks Personal Essays, Podcasts and Newsletters show art Jenna Britton talks Personal Essays, Podcasts and Newsletters

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Jenna Britton writer, podcaster, speaker, and Stop Writing Alone community member discusses writing personal essay, the joy of writing an email newsletter, the struggles and empowerment found when embracing imperfect action, and her latest endeavor into podcasting. 

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Medium Update and **SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT** with Sam Kimberle show art Medium Update and **SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT** with Sam Kimberle

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This week Sam Kimberle gives the Stop Writing Alone community an update on all of the changes on Medium.com for writers. What are curator looking for? What Publications are seeking submissions? What Facebook groups should writers be members of? These questions and more are answered, before Nicole and Sam share a very special announcement concerning a Spring Writing Retreat!

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Don't Forget Your Hidden Beams show art Don't Forget Your Hidden Beams

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Nicole includes one final bonus episode for season one of Stop Writing Alone to tell the story of the importance of the strange and powerful closeness that we develop in our writing group relationships.

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Who Are Your Geese? show art Who Are Your Geese?

Stop Writing Alone

Stop Writing Alone is one year old! After a brief celebration, Nicole discusses the strong community lessons we learn from geese! 

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How to Win With Writing Competitions show art How to Win With Writing Competitions

Stop Writing Alone

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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Why Your Story Matters show art Why Your Story Matters

Stop Writing Alone

The world is in need of strong, intelligent voices.Should those voices be wasted on fiction? Should writers be spending their hours in more important pursuits than playing make believe on the page?This week Nicole addresses the question of whether or not writers are wasting their time when they write fiction. She sites research that underscores the magnitude of fiction’s impact on our society and celebrates its small victories as well.This episode doesn’t ask if your story matters, it tells you WHY it d

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Do Something show art Do Something

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“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard.” - Neil Gaiman @neilhimself

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52 Stories in 52 Weeks | #SWAP52Club show art 52 Stories in 52 Weeks | #SWAP52Club

Stop Writing Alone

In 2001, Ray Bradbury said, “If you can write one short story a week—it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done.” This year Nicole invites the Stop Writing Alone community to the #SWAP52Club where she will provide one writing prompt or exercise per week to help us all write 52 stories in the 52 weeks of 2020!

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More Episodes

It’s our first official Stop Writing Alone podcast episode and that feels a lot like the first meeting of a writing group. What do we do in first meetings? We talk about what we are doing here, we introduce ourselves, and we get to work with some writing. In this episode the host, Nicole Rivera, describes her writing journey and path to finding the writing communities -- both online and in real life -- that helped elevate her writing from a private passion to a pursuit for publication. She also provides a writing activity, and invites listeners to introduce themselves as well.

 

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Places to connect to the STOP WRITING ALONE community and introduce yourself:

 

The EVERYONE CAN PODCAST crew. Here’s a list of podcasts made by my classmates coming out of Cathy Heller’s ECP course. This is one inspiring, creative, and informative bunch:

And our teacher…