Author: Nicole Roccas

Write Like an Onion! (Ep 005)

A weird but useful writing strategy, especially for crunch times!

Theme Your Days (Middlesode)

It’s difficult to keep multiple creative projects moving ahead at the same time. In this episode, Sarah explains one tool she uses to make distinct times to work on different projects: giving each day (or half) day of the week its own theme. Resources we mention in this episode: Sarah’s blog post: Theme your days…
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Making Mental Space for Writing (Ep 003)

You need mental space. So how can you shape your life to create more of it? Think about these five areas and how they can be a friend – or a foe – to your mental space: time, location, attention, emotion, and other creative projects. Resources we mention in this episode: Michael Hyatt’s concept of…
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My Spring Speaking Schedule

Just about to kick off my spring season of speaking engagements! I speak in the context of both my writing/coaching work, as well as in the context of my own writing, which tends to revolve around Church history, practical theology, and Eastern Orthodox spirituality. Most of my talks this spring will revolve around my recent…
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Ep 002: 3 Things to Love About the Messy Middle

Like it or not, the messy middle is where we spend most of our time as writers. If you don’t find something to love about it, you’ll burn out pretty quickly. In the thick of Book #2, in this episode of the WoW podcast, I share what I’ve come to appreciate about the middle phase.…
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3 Things to Love about the “Messy Middle” of Writing

Like it or not, this is where we spend most of our time as writers. If you can’t find something of value about the middle, it will seem that much more arduous.

Welcome to Writing on Wednesdays! (Ep 001)

In this episode, we discuss what inspired us to start the podcast: our 10+ year friendship that has revolved around writing, our mutual passion for self-improvement and refining processes, and this quote from Scott Belsky’s book The Messy Middle.

Introducing: The Writing on Wednesdays Podcast!

So excited to announce that the Writing on Wednesdays podcast will launch on February 13, 2019! If you’re looking for a way to make your writing life more actionable, sustainable, and just plain pleasant, this podcast is for you.  Writing on Wednesdays is a podcast about building a healthy and sustainable writing process from beginning…
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“Minerals!”: What Improv Comedy is Teaching Me about Writing

One of the mantras in improv is “There are no mistakes!”

Three Things I Learned from “Failing” my LifeScore Assessment

Nearly every year around this time, I take the free LifeScore Assessment by leadership mentor Michael Hyatt. It’s a quick (5-10 mins max) way to get a bird’s eye view of your life–from family to financial, social to spiritual areas. I use it as an end-of-year inventory to help set more targetted personal and professional…
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