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A podcast on writing that explores the craft of fiction, answers listeners' questions, and provides strategies for a fulfilling writing practice and creative life, hosted by award-winning novelist Nina LaCour.

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A podcast on writing that explores the craft of fiction, answers listeners' questions, and provides strategies for a fulfilling writing practice and creative life, hosted by award-winning novelist Nina LaCour.

    The Past and the Present: Weaving Backstory into Your Story

    The Past and the Present: Weaving Backstory into Your Story

    In this craft-focused episode, Nina explores backstory and the different ways it can be conveyed to better serve your novel.

    She considers what the reader needs to know about the past, as well as the character’s relation with it, and she gives four clear examples of how backstory can look on the page.

    • 8 min
    Five Strategies for Your 2020 Intentions

    Five Strategies for Your 2020 Intentions

    In the first episode of this mini-season, Nina gives actionable advice on mindset and productivity and practice for listeners to fulfill their creative intentions for the new year. She offers five ways to shift our thinking to best serve our work, such as prioritizing writing time, setting goals we have complete control over, and making progress visible.

    • 9 min
    Announcement

    Announcement

    Nina explains why she's taking the summer off.

    • 2 min
    Experimentation

    Experimentation

    A call for experimentation in our work, including what Nina is currently trying and tips and goals from listeners.

    • 16 min
    Self-Doubt

    Self-Doubt

    Nina LaCour invites fellow novelist Elana K. Arnold to help answer a question from a listener about self-doubt.

    • 14 min
    Pressure

    Pressure

    You can’t write a good novel without trusting yourself to write it.

    On the first episode of the second season, Nina talks about the pressures writers feel at all stages of their journey and offers advice on how to get back to a place where inspiration sparks creation.

    She shares her experience of writing the story she thought she was supposed to write instead of the one she wanted to tell, and how releasing that pressure resulted in her finding her career and her voice.

    She discusses surrendering to uncertainty, what we can and can’t control within the publishing industry and how to reframe the pressure that cannot be lifted.

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