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18 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 33: Highlights and lessons learned after 1.5 years of podcasting!
Welcome to the end of "Season 1"--what I'm calling my first 1.5 years of podcasting. This will be the last episode for a while, and I hope you'll listen in! I share my favorite episodes, books, and TV, whether or not I think my podcast was a success, and my big turning point. Cheers and happy writing! Show notes and newsletter at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast33.
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 32: 5 Steps to Start Revising
*This draft is terrible**This draft is perfect!* Sound familiar? Listen in for five steps to get started revising that terrible/perfect draft. I share how I managed to revise my 120-page thesis in two weeks, plus my favorite way to tie a big project together (with highlighters! And lists!). Shownotes plus a free ebook all about revising at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast32
35 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 31: My writing process & how you can make it your own
After a 2-month hiatus, I decided to share how I work as a writer, from idea to draft to what feels to me like "finished"--when my work goes out on submission. My process has changed significantly since I began working with my agent, but whether or not you work with an agent, you can find ways to make your writing process satisfying. I really believe in process; it's what's allowed me to keep going. Show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast31.
20 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 30: Research for Fiction Writers
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 and plots. Listen in to hear how you can find help in surprising places. Find show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 29: Interviewing for Nonfiction 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, 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 conduct my very first *real* interview, and I've used them in countless situations, from interviewing a restaurant owner for a newspaper article to talking to a faith healer for a book manuscript. If you've never interviewed someone before, but are dying to get your feet wet, this is the podcast for you. Plus! For this episode only, I made an extra-special in-depth worksheet (that even includes an email template you can fill in and send out to your interview-ees)! Find it at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast29
22 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 28: How to write with a (very) small child
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 best practices for writing with a small (extremely small) child--I'm sharing them here in the hopes that they will help you or a friend. Show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast28.
16 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 27: Why you should take a DIY writing retreat
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. Show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast27.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 26: Journaling vs. Writing
How do you divide your time between journaling and writing? How can you use personal reflection to help with non-personal writing? I share how journaling for the past six weeks has helped me complete a manuscript, as well as ways for you to use journaling to help you reflect and write. Whether you're working on something personal or not, journaling can be incredibly helpful in uncovering useful information to help you keep writing. Show notes are at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast26.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 25: Pause (#2) for Celebration
This episode is a bit of a break from the usual format--no lesson, just a reflection on how finishing my latest draft feels good/bad/different from the last novel I wrote. I mull over what makes this celebration more complicated than the last (spoiler alert: I am not looking forward to revising!). Find show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com.
23 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 24: Instagram for Writers
Author platform...social media...ahhhh! Instead of feeling guilty for not using social media, listen to this podcast about how I tried out Instagram for a month and had FUN. Instagram is a great platform for me for a variety of reasons (not as political as Twitter, more fun and flexible, and an easier place to make connections), and I share them all in this podcast, plus concrete ways for you to get started posting. I share how I use hashtags and participate in challenges. I'm not a big name on IG and I don't aim to be. I have a small but engaged following, and I make real connections on this platform.
24 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 23: 4 ways to use tarot to write fiction
In this episode, I share all the ways I've used tarot to write a first draft of a novel. It's a fun way to plan, get inspiration, and make prompts for yourself. Even if you've never used a tarot deck before (or don't have one!), you can try this to break through writer's block or plan your next story or manuscript. Show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com
13 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 22: Two mini-lessons on character
What does #girlboss have to teach us about character development? Listen in to find out! Shownotes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com.
15 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 21: How I got out of a writing funk
A few weeks ago, I stalled out at page 75 of my new novel. Listen in to hear how I beat back the slump and made it to page 105(!). I share tactics that worked for beating writers' block (I hate even typing those words) now and in the past, including my favorite tip (CELEBRATE!). Show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com.
13 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 20: Finding the right words
Words are super powerful, and if you are listening to this podcast, you love finding the right word to say what you mean. In Episode 20 of Scratch Paper, I share a seemingly simple but incredibly useful (to me) way of choosing words to reveal your story or novel's tone and theme. There's also a fun writing exercise that will help you practice picking the right words and get you writing in different genres. Find show notes and links at aliciadelosreyes.com.
14 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 19: The one rule I (try to) follow when marketing my writing
Last week, I talked about all the many things I have done to market my writing. This week, I share the purpose of my marketing and how it has changed since I started writing, along with the one rule I have been trying to follow when I want to try something new to market my work. Find show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com.
27 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 18: Marketing for Writers 101
Writers are often told that we need to learn how to market, but where do you begin? And what does that actually mean? Listen in to hear all the different things that I have done to market my ebooks and my writing, and my take on the "best" way to market (There is no best way! You have to try a lot of things). I share specifics about how I grew my Twitter following, other platforms and tactics I've tried to "guerrilla" market my work, and one idea I thought would be great but ended up hating. Show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com.
18 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 17: How to run a writing workshop in person or via email
Listen in to hear the structure and rules for a useful writing workshop, whether you are working in-person or online. I share guidelines to my favorite type of writing workshop, which I got to experience in the MFA program at University of New Hampshire. I also share how I've done email exchanges with friends I've met since: ways to share work and ideas for how to make sure everyone is happy. Subscribe on iTunes or in Stitcher, and find shownotes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com.
23 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 16: How I got my agent, and whether or not the Internet is good for writers
I found my agent through an event on Twitter (the amazing #PitMad, or Pitch Madness), and I share the full story here. Even though this wonderful step in my writing career is 100% due to my being on social media, I still have qualms about getting too far in...how much Internet is too much, for writers? I'm not sure, but I share a few ways for coping with "Internet overload" to keep your mind clear without becoming a hermit. Show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com
23 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 15: How to submit (pitch) nonfiction writing
In this episode, I continue talking about How to get published (the series starts with Episode 12) and share my experience pitching researched nonfiction articles to magazines big and small. Listen in for what to put in your cover letter (aka pitch letter) and how pitching nonfiction is different from submitting fiction. Show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com
6 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 14: A pause for celebration!
Faithful listeners, the day has arrived! My revision of my manuscript Finding Lucy is done! Tune in for a fun celebratory update, plus my new favorite memoirist, an awesome essay about marketing and social media and ambition, and how to get the best ebooks in the Seattle Public Library system. Shownotes and links at aliciadelosreyes.com.
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