Author: Nicole Roccas

We’re Going on Summer Break, Plus Strategies for Work-Related Writing

This is our last episode until the fall! We’ll miss you! Check out our episode archives here: www.writingonwednesdays.com  On to today’s episode… When you’re writing for your job, start with your why–why do you write for this organization? What’s the purpose of your writing, for you and for them. 4 Challenges in Work-Related Writing You…
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Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal (Middlesode)

Sarah shares how she wrote her non-fiction book proposal over the course of 8 months (she’s not a full-time writer!) and gets into the specifics of writing in an industry where authors pitch directly to publishers, not agents. Resources we mention in this episode: “Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal” by Jane Friedman …
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When Writing *Isn’t* Your Day Job (Ep 019)

If you’re writing without a boss or editor setting parameters or waiting for your draft, how do you cultivate motivation and momentum? Writing for yourself (not your job) requires self-direction and a focused sense of why you’re writing. Sarah and Nicole share about their work and non-work writing and what keeps them on their writing…
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AFCon: My Favorite Writing Conference in Photos

This past weekend, I got to travel to my favorite writing conference: the semiannual Ancient Faith Conference for Writers and Podcasters. I’ve been going to this conference since its inception in 2016 and this year spoke on strategies to spice up your podcast. The conference was held on the beautiful grounds of Antiochian Village, an…
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Ditching a Laptop Saved My (Writing) Life (Middlesode)

The other night, I popped in my earbuds and proceeded to type nearly 700 solid words of a book chapter. While standing up. On a moving bus. Packed to the brim with other commuters. How did I write under these circumstances? In short: with a tablet. In this episode I talk about why I ditched…
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Ditching My Laptop Saved My (Writing) Life

Listen to the podcast episode here: https://www.nicoleroccas.com/018-2/ The other night, I popped in my earbuds and proceeded to type nearly 700 solid words of a book chapter. Not so extraordinary until you add the following: I managed to do this during the peak of my evening commute. While standing up. On a moving bus. Packed…
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10 Ways to Stay Sane When Finishing a Book (Ep 017)

How do you stay sane and keep a sense of balance when heading into dangerous deadline territory? In this episode we talk about ten strategies that have helped us over the years, including fried kalamari. Because Greeks.   Here’s a summary of the ten strategies to stay sane when finishing a book: Double down on…
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A Book Talk in Connecticut (Photo Highlights)

This weekend, I journeyed down to Clinton, Connecticut to give a book talk at St. Alexis Orthodox Church. It was a joy to meet all the folks there, and their warmth and hospitality were truly touching. Nestled into the Main Street of a quaint, New England town, St. Alexis looks like any ordinary church from…
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The One Rule for Organizing Research Notes MIDDLESODE

Sarah shares how she organizes her research notes, starting with the number one takeaway: research notes go in one place, and one place only. Resources we mention in this episode: WOW Episode on book weights: nicoleroccas.com/005 WOW Episode on low-hanging fruit: nicoleroccas.com/008 The #amwriting podcast: http://amwritingpodcast.com Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook…
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Summer of Writing (Ep 015)

Does summer feel like a special season for you? It is for me. Summer is for spending lots of time outside – and for creativity. This summer, Sarah’s making writing her #1 creative priority. (Meanwhile, I’m making RELAXATION and GOOD FUN mine.) On this episode of Writing on Wednesdays, we talk about summer writing (and…
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