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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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The Most Dangerous Writing App: Nicole’s Ridiculous Experiment (Middlesode)

“If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost.” –The Most Dangerous Writing App

Vulnerability in Writing: How Much is Too Much? (Ep 013)

We all know that “being real” sells. But can there be too much of a good thing? How can you “be yourself” while both being true to yourself and serving your readers well? Nicole and Sarah reflect on these questions, particularly as Nicole gears up to submit a book manuscript on a fairly sensitive (and…
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Writing on Vacation (Middlesode)

In this week’s middlesode, Sarah talks about strategies for writing (or maybe NOT writing?) on vacation. Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook Group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WritingonWednesdays/) Until next week, Nicole Roccas – www.nicoleroccas.com Sarah Bereza – www.sarah-bereza.com

Batch-Writing Blog Posts: Ideas and Strategies (Ep 011)

It’s that time of the week again! Today we’re talking about the strategy of batch-writing blog posts, plus Nicole will share about an app she uses to avoid getting sucked into Facebook, and we’ll both give a brief update of our respective writing lives. So get your pens ready, pull up a chair, and join…
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Headspace for Writers: Mindfulness and Creativity (Middlesode)

How the Headspace app can help writers battle the restless energy of creativity.

Boundaries for Writers: What are they and why are they important?

I will never forget that week. After a speaking engagement that had been draining in every possible way, all I wanted to do was catch a quick flight home and lay in bed for weeks. Instead, I sat through a 13-hour layover in a city only 2 hours away from where I lived, and then…
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