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The Morning Pages - A Writer's Tool

Stop Writing Alone

Release Date: 02/07/2019

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Stop Writing Alone

NaNoWriMo is coming -- it’s time to pick the tools that will save you from DISTRACTIONS, be there to MOTIVATE you and help you PLOT & PLAN. This week Nicole shares some of her favorite tools as well as some that come highly recommended for all of these purposes.

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If you’ve decided you want to do NaNoWriMo, but you haven’t exactly decided what you want to write, in this week’s episode Nicole share’s her criteria for picking the most delicious writing project for a binge write session like NaNoWriMo!

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Stop Writing Alone

Inspired by the actions of a member of the Stop Writing Alone community, Nicole is taking this week to challenge you to be quiet. 

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Stop Writing Alone

In an effort to bring light to the devastation brought on by the California wildfires to the home of previous guest and friend of the Stop Writing Alone community, Lisa Murray, this week I am repairing Lisa’s interview from the summer of 2019, with a request to make a donation to the go fund me page for La Borgata Winery.

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Stop Writing Alone

Now that Nicole has finally created a sacred writing space in her home and found a safe space within the Stop Writing Alone community, this episode is all about why that is important for you to do too!

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Stop Writing Alone

Tis the season of novel writing advice. Which craft book do you subscribe to? Whose teachings are you faithful to? This week Nicole presents a new option: let’s play Dr. Frankenstein with them all and create the novel writing monster that works best for each of us individually!

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This week Nicole interviews Amy Strong, Jackie Dana, Jamie Angevine, and Susie Evans Taylor  -- all members of the Stop Writing Alone Happy Campers Club -- immediately after they completed the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest over Labor Day weekend 2020. They discuss what they learned, how community helped them through, and how they have changed as writers as a result of the experience. 

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Stop Writing Alone

Have you ever signed up for a writing challenge all because of writing peer pressure? How do you guard yourself against making poor decisions in the flurry of excitement within your writing group? In this episode Nicole shares four guidelines to help you decide when to join the group challenge and when to pass on it.

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This week Nicole shares some of her favorite reusable writing prompts. It’s one thing to find a great writing prompt, it is another thing entirely to find a writing prompt that can be reused time and time again. What makes a prompt reusable? Each of the exercises shared in this episode and the pdf freebie Nicole is currently sharing with her email subscribers will inspire a brand new story idea every single time you revisit it. 

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This week the community behind National Novel Writing month at nanowrimo.org announced there will be no in-person events associated with their community due to risks associated with COVID-19. It’s the right move, but how do we sustain the excitement, the energy, and continue to build community without the in-person NaNoWriMo events? Nicole has some ideas and shares them this week, incl tools for virtual connection, tips on how show up, and why this might be the best opportunity for you to find your peeps!

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One great benefit of finding writing community is sharing best practices. Each month Nicole will be sharing a Writer’s Tool on the Stop Writing Alone podcast. This month’s 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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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:

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