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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.

    Self-Promotion

    Self-Promotion

    • 11 min
    The Middle

    The Middle

    Nina walks listeners through a part-brainstorming, part-outlining strategy for when they feel lost in the middle of their stories. Also, enrollment in Nina's online class, The Slow Novel Lab is open! And full transcripts of this season's episodes are now available.

    • 8 min
    Emotion on the Page

    Emotion on the Page

    It’s no small feat to make a reader feel what your character is feeling. Here is Nina's best advice for you--in the form of a story and then an exercise. Also, special announcement: The Slow Novel Lab, Nina's online writing class, is now open for enrollment!

    • 8 min
    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

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