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Stop Writing Alone

Release Date: 02/21/2019

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Stop Writing Alone

In this week’s episode Nicole asks Mike about his long and winding road to music, where he’s found his inspiration, and how he ultimately made the choice to transition from his career. Mike talks about family inspiration, professional motivation, the business of music, and how he coaches clients looking to make big moves in their life as well. Stay tuned to the end of the episode where Mike shares his first single off of his second album with us!

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Stop Writing Alone

After rereading Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones with the Stop Writing Alone Happy Campers Club this June, Nicole reflects upon ten great takeaways from the book and the lessons she learned from the reading.

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Stop Writing Alone

Camp NaNoWriMo returns for the month of July. Nicole discusses what the challenge entails, what she will be tackling, the support system she’s created to get through it, and the most important thing you need to do to make sure you get this project done.

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This week Nicole talks to a NYC’s Laguardia High School teacher Mike Maresca about creating community, characterization, and writing exercises he shares in his sophomore English class including looking at characters through the MBTI lens and using timed writing challenges to improve one’s craft.

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Stop Writing Alone

Social media can be a powerful force when seeking out community, but not always for conversation. Nicole reflects upon the struggle to find the right thing to write in all of these spaces and reminds listeners, with the help of an interview from Jas Waters, that as writers we have greater access to deeper, contextualized conversations in our writing.

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Stop Writing Alone

In her TED Talk “THe danger of a single story,” Chimamanda Ngoyi Adichie reminds us why it is so important to read widely in order to gain a greater understanding of cultures outside of our own. This week Nicole discusses this topic, the implications it has for our time, and  our consequential responsibilities as writers to write more, read more, and share more diverse stories. 

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Stop Writing Alone

This week Nicole asked the Stop Writing Alone community: “What is your biggest writing/writing life question RIGHT NOW?” In this episode Nicole shares the questions from the community and her answers!

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Stop Writing Alone

What is the type of writing support and writing community that you need? Through the creation of the Stop Writing Alone Happy Campers Club, Nicole found five different types of community meetings and support that each provide their own value. In this episode she describes each type of meeting, their value, and offers an opportunity for you to participate in each one during the week of May 25th in the Stop Writing Alone with Nicole Rivera FB Group.

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In April 2020, Nicole launched a new one month long writing community experiment. She called it The Stop Writing Alone Happy Campers Club. She made a plan, and a number of people showed up. She didn’t know the country would go into quarantine. She didn’t know how important community would be. She wasn’t sure it would be valuable. It was. This week’s episode is a chat with some of the happy campers reflecting on what they gained from the one month experience and how it helped them in their writing go

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Newspaper columnist Curtis “Grammar Guy” Honeycutt is releasing a brand new book Good Grammar is the Life of the Party this week. Nicole asks Curtis about where his love of grammar began, how he became a newspaper columnist, how he juggles family life and writing, and more. 

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Our first interactive podcast episode! Get your notebooks and pens ready, this episode is all about getting you to write. Stop Writing Alone host, Nicole Rivera, guides listeners through a 15 minute prompt practice from THE WRITER’S TOOLBOX. Then she reads aloud the story she created and invites listeners to do the same via the Stop Writing Alone phone line +1(646)907-9607 or by sharing their story in the Stop Writing Alone FB community.

 

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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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