100 episodes

Stop Writing Alone is a weekly show for writers looking for a writing community. In each episode listeners will learn where and how they can find, or create, their own writing community while joining one such community with Stop Writing Alone. The show will provide inspiration, writing activities, critique, and lessons from “distant teachers” in the writing world via their writings, online presence, and interviews. The show is written and hosted by Nicole Rivera, co-organizer of a local writing group, writer, and Pitch Wars 2016 mentee.

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Stop Writing Alone is a weekly show for writers looking for a writing community. In each episode listeners will learn where and how they can find, or create, their own writing community while joining one such community with Stop Writing Alone. The show will provide inspiration, writing activities, critique, and lessons from “distant teachers” in the writing world via their writings, online presence, and interviews. The show is written and hosted by Nicole Rivera, co-organizer of a local writing group, writer, and Pitch Wars 2016 mentee.

    Writing Peer Letters for Better Critique Conversations

    Writing Peer Letters for Better Critique Conversations

    Episode 186: Writing Peer Letters for Better Critique Conversations Episode Description  


    Critique conversations can sometimes be complicated by the reader’s intention rather than serving the author of the piece being critiqued. This month, a small cohort of Stop Writing Alone members is trying out a new process for critique involving some tools like Writing Notes (discussed in episode 185), and Peer Letters, to help writing groups remain focused on the true purpose of critiquing each other’s writing: helping each writer to best bring their vision for their writing to life. In this episode, Nicole describes how she has used this tool in the Stop Writing Alone Critique Crew to serve the writers she is reading
     
    COMPLETE SHOW NOTES: 
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-186-writing-peer-letters#details

    • 30 min
    "Writing Notes" for Critique and Creation

    "Writing Notes" for Critique and Creation

    Episode 185: "Writing Notes" for Critique and Creation Episode Description  


    As the Stop Writing Alone Critique Crew has begun to experiment with a new way to critique our writing, I have discovered a tool in “writing notes” that I wanted to share with the whole community. “Writing Notes” are meant to be shared with readers of your work to help focus their feedback on what you actually need to help your WIP become exactly what you’ve dreamed, but I have also found that these notes are helping me stay focused as well. This week I shared my process in writing my writing notes and challenge you to take the time to write them for your own WIP.
     
    COMPLETE SHOW NOTES:
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-185-writing-notes-for-critique#details

    • 24 min
    Is ChatGPT AI A Writer's Friend or Foe?

    Is ChatGPT AI A Writer's Friend or Foe?

    AI is here, do you think ChatGPT is a writer’s friend or foe? This week Nicole sits down with three writers who have dove in to use tools like ChatGPT and Jasper to ask them about their experiences. Jackie Dana, Heather Huffman and Susie Taylor share how they have used these tools in their fiction, content creation, research and more. Tune in to hear about why you might be celebrating this new tech and what, if anything, you still have to fear. 
    COMPLETE SHOW NOTES HERE: 
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-184-is-chatgpt-ai-a-writers#details

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Writing Fitness With Friends

    Writing Fitness With Friends

    The debate over writing prompts continues on, but is there a different way to look at prompts when you choose to do them IN community? I think so! This week I discuss why I think this “Writing Fitness with Friends” activity is something all writers should consider adding to their practice.
     
    Find the complete show notes for this episode and SUBSCRIBE to the The Stop Writing Alone Community here:
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-183-writing-fitness-with#details

    • 27 min
    When Your Writing Sucks

    When Your Writing Sucks

     


    It’s bound to happen: you are going to write something truly terrible. What do you do when your writing sucks? Nicole came face-to-face with this reality recently and recounted the experience in this week’s episode. Listen in to hear what she felt, what she learned from it, and what she’s going to do next.
    Complete show notes found at:
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-182-when-your-writing-sucks#details

    • 20 min
    Looking for a Critique Crew

    Looking for a Critique Crew

    In this week’s episode Nicole discusses her quest to find a group of writers to help design the next new offering in Stop Writing Alone: Critique. As announced earlier in the week in the substack article titled, I’m Looking For My Critique Crew, Nicole is inviting community members to be a part of a multi-month discovery, discussion and design project including a reading group, Zoom calls, as participating in critique.
    To Find the complete show notes for Episode 181: Looking for a Critique Crew, go to the Stop Writing Alone Substack page:
    https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/p/episode-181-looking-for-a-critique?sd=pf

    • 17 min

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kim smuga ,

Emotional support for writers

Most writing podcasts focus on techniques or how to get published. Stop Writing Alone is less for your writer brain, more for your writer soul. Writing is lonely, a lot of living in your own head. Having a writing group, whether it’s a critique group or just people you write with makes a big difference whether you give up, or stick with it. Nicole explains so much about what goes into finding and forming and nurturing writing communities. Episodes have lots of links and ideas, and she has great interviews with other writers about their practices and communities.

DoriAn mommy ,

The writing buddy everyone needs.

Nicole is the writing buddy everyone needs regardless of what they write.
She is the quiet voice that encourages you to just get on with your writing while giving you tips to find friends in the writing community.
There is no pressure, no judgement, and no one way to do things.
Thank you Nicole for being my writing buddy and putting out a podcast every week!

Adrienne N R ,

Resources, Resources, Resources

Exactly what I love when I dig in on a project...resources and beautiful community. Thank you Nicole for what you have created here.

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