31 episodes

Writing productivity without the burnout. What if you could develop a writing routine that sidesteps those negative feelings and keeps you consistently fulfilled? For the time it takes to drink a warm cup of tea, The Pen Garden will welcome you and offer you the tools to learn what works for you and what doesn’t, will inspire you by sharing how established writers tackle their daily life and will put your mind at ease that the challenges you face are not yours only and can be overcome. Come spend 10-15 minutes with me every Tuesday for some writing productivity self-care.
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The Pen Garden Lainey Delaroque

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Writing productivity without the burnout. What if you could develop a writing routine that sidesteps those negative feelings and keeps you consistently fulfilled? For the time it takes to drink a warm cup of tea, The Pen Garden will welcome you and offer you the tools to learn what works for you and what doesn’t, will inspire you by sharing how established writers tackle their daily life and will put your mind at ease that the challenges you face are not yours only and can be overcome. Come spend 10-15 minutes with me every Tuesday for some writing productivity self-care.
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    Why we should turn to comforting fiction when our writer journeys get hard | E4 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Why we should turn to comforting fiction when our writer journeys get hard | E4 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    In my darkest time, I picked up a book I have read lots of times to remind myself of its simple wisdom. 'The Little Prince' is a romantic point of view towards life and if you stick with me for the next fifteen or so minutes, I will share a few quotes from it and let you know how these notions have affected how I think about my writing journey.

    Welcome to the the Pen Garden - your writing productivity and mental health podcast which will help you build a zen writing routine tailored to your lifestyle. I’m your host Lainey, a self-published author and an overall anxious mess trying to do a bit better every day. 
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    • 14 min
    Juggling a writing routine among your other life routines | E3 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Juggling a writing routine among your other life routines | E3 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Stick around for the next ten or so minutes to hear me discuss how a writing routine fits with all the other routines you might be juggling on the daily. For me it wasn’t easy to slot it in or to consistently be good at it, I’m still struggling some days, so if you do too, you’re not alone.

    Welcome to the the Pen Garden - your writing productivity and mental health podcast which will help you build a zen writing routine tailored to your lifestyle. I’m your host Lainey, a self-published author and an overall anxious mess trying to do a bit better every day. 
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    • 13 min
    What beta readers want you to know before you send them your novel | S5 Bonus episode

    What beta readers want you to know before you send them your novel | S5 Bonus episode

    The Pen Garden Podcast is usually about writing productivity and mental health. I say usually because today I will be sharing a discussion with my friend Flora Kittle, who is a fellow author and beta reader. The both of us together oversee the Pen Garden Beta Reading Program, a project which provides writers the opportunity to receive extensive feedback on their current book. 
    Briefly, a beta-read is a preliminary read of an edited manuscript with the purpose to provide feedback which will improve aspects of it. A beta reader will look at your story from the eyes of a critical reader and identify places that are confusing or inconsistent. Some beta readers might help you improve your writing style too but it depends on their own skills.
    The Pen Garden Beta Reading Program provides feedback on four areas in the shape of a letter. There has been one round so far, and all the participants have been thankful. If you have a self-edited, complete manuscript you’re seeking feedback on, the Program Round 2 is a good opportunity for you. 

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    • 12 min
    Reading as a writer and writing as a reader | E2 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Reading as a writer and writing as a reader | E2 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Stick around for the next fifteen or so minutes to hear me discuss the wonderful act of reading and how I struggled to get enjoyment out of it for a time. I will discuss two different modes of reading and how things can change around that when you’re a writer on the hunt for learning.

    Welcome to the the Pen Garden - your writing productivity and mental health podcast which will help you build a zen writing routine tailored to your lifestyle. I’m your host Lainey, a self-published author and an overall anxious mess trying to do a bit better every day. 
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    • 16 min
    The emotional place of money in a writing journey | E1 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    The emotional place of money in a writing journey | E1 | S5 LEARN/LOVE

    Stick around for the next fifteen or so minutes to hear me discuss the emotional place of money in a writing journey. I will touch on investing money in your writing, spending, profits and how they all affect writers’ mental heath.

    Welcome to the the Pen Garden - your writing productivity and mental health podcast which will help you build a zen writing routine tailored to your lifestyle. I’m your host Lainey, a self-published author and an overall anxious mess trying to do a bit better every day. 
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    • 14 min
    Keep your writing career expectations in check | E5 | S4 Success & Failure

    Keep your writing career expectations in check | E5 | S4 Success & Failure

    Success and failure depend on the person’s expectation around writing, but even if people are happy with their work, society or those in our social bubbles can bring our writer confidence down by forcing on us their often unrealistic and unreasonable expectations about what a writer should be. So in the final episode of this season, I want to deconstruct some of these interactions and hopefully inspire you to take pride in your writing and to have the confidence to stand up for yourself when you feel wronged in any way. 

    What if you could develop a writing routine that sidesteps those negative feelings and keeps you consistently fulfilled?

    For the time it takes to drink a warm cup of tea, The Pen Garden will welcome you and offer you the tools to learn what works for you and what doesn’t, will inspire you by sharing how established writers tackle their daily life and will put your mind at ease that the challenges you face are not yours only and can be overcome. Come spend 10-15 minutes with me every Tuesday for some writing productivity self-care.
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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

sokaris415 ,

A cup of podcast joy.

I gave this podcast a go and honestly, I'm glad I did. The episodes are short, get right to the point, each one has a lot of good information in it and the companion website was handy as all of Lainey's sources were listed (bonus!). I actually learned a fair bit that might help me out in the future.

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