Category: WoW Podcast Episodes

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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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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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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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.

5 Boundaries Every Writer Should Have (Ep 009)

We know boundaries are important, but what do they mean for writers?

The Strategy of Low-Hanging Fruit (Middlesode)

Here’s one way to decide when to do easy tasks, a.k.a. low hanging fruit: postpone them for as long as possible, and do them when you have a low-energy day. If they are something you need to do sooner rather than later, then save them for a time of day when you have lower energy.…
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Getting Big Projects Done, and the Strategy of Pre-Book Talks (Ep 007)

Here’s how Sarah and I manage big writing projects using planners and calendars, and how those tools integrate with time cycles like days, weeks, and quarters (or *not* quarters). And Nicole shares how a pre-book talk helped her get a fresh take on her book manuscript. Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook…
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