A writing-related podcast by Alicia de los Reyes, author of the DIY Writing series. Listen in for weekly lessons for aspiring and working fiction and nonfiction writers. Find show notes at aliciadelosreyes.com.
Highlights and lessons learned after 1.5 years of podcasting!
Welcome to the end of "Season 1"--what I'm calling my first 1.5 years of podcasting. This will be the last episode for a while, and I hope you'll listen in! I share my favorite episodes, books, and TV, whether or not I think my podcast was a success, and my big turning point. Cheers and happy writing! Show notes and newsletter at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast33.
5 Steps to Start Revising
*This draft is terrible**This draft is perfect!* Sound familiar? Listen in for five steps to get started revising that terrible/perfect draft. I share how I managed to revise my 120-page thesis in two weeks, plus my favorite way to tie a big project together (with highlighters! And lists!). Shownotes plus a free ebook all about revising at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast32
My writing process & how you can make it your own
After a 2-month hiatus, I decided to share how I work as a writer, from idea to draft to what feels to me like "finished"--when my work goes out on submission. My process has changed significantly since I began working with my agent, but whether or not you work with an agent, you can find ways to make your writing process satisfying. I really believe in process; it's what's allowed me to keep going. Show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast31.
Research for Fiction Writers
Last episode, I talked about how to interview for nonfiction writers. Luckily, the stakes are lower for fiction writers. There are a lot of fun ways you can use books and people's expertise to help write your story. In this episode, I share how unexpected resources (like self-published ebooks) have helped me create believable characters and plots. Listen in to hear how you can find help in surprising places. Find show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com
Interviewing for Nonfiction Writers
This episode kicks off a mini-series about research--this week, I share my best tips for interviewing for nonfiction articles, essays, and projects, and next episode, I'll share ways to research and interview for fiction. I gathered most of these tips from my journalist friends while in grad school, where I had to conduct my very first *real* interview, and I've used them in countless situations, from interviewing a restaurant owner for a newspaper article to talking to a faith healer for a book manuscript. If you've never interviewed someone before, but are dying to get your feet wet, this is the podcast for you.
Plus! For this episode only, I made an extra-special in-depth worksheet (that even includes an email template you can fill in and send out to your interview-ees)! Find it at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast29
How to write with a (very) small child
As the parent of a toddler, I have learned some ways to fit writing into my life over the past couple of years. We're in the middle of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a time when a lot of folks are tackling a big project--and with a kiddo, it can be hard. Here are my best practices for writing with a small (extremely small) child--I'm sharing them here in the hopes that they will help you or a friend. Show notes and more at aliciadelosreyes.com/podcast28.
Practical and helpful
This podcast is fun to listen to because the host always has such good advice. I like the writing prompts and exercises, and the tips on navigating different aspects of writing and publishing.