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Keeping a Notebook

Nina LaCour

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Keeping a Notebook

Keeping a Notebook

Nina LaCour

29
Followers
78
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

Writing in Place: A Mess

EIn the fourth episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina takes a good, long look at the messes in her apartment, and discovers that messes are gold mines for fiction.

6 MINMAY 18
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Writing in Place: A Mess

Writing in Place: An Anchor

In the third episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina talks about an object that she missed when her family was uprooted, and how she felt when she got it back. She invites her listeners to choose anchors of their own for this week's writing prompt.

7 MINMAY 11
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Writing in Place: An Anchor

Writing In Place: A Window

In the second episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina takes her listeners through a tour of the windows of her apartment and invites them to do the same.

7 MINMAY 4
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Writing In Place: A Window

An Interview with Nina

In this special bonus episode of Keeping a Notebook, Nina is sharing an interview from the Shelter in Place podcast, hosted by her good friend Laura Joyce Davis. Laura asks Nina about her writing and teaching, and her hopes and fears during this time of sheltering in place.

22 MINAPR 30
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An Interview with Nina

Writing In Place: Wherever You Are

Nina LaCour is back with a deeply personal season devoted to where we are during this time in the world. In this first episode, she asks a question: "Do you want to write with me?"

7 MINAPR 27
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Writing In Place: Wherever You Are

Self-Promotion

11 MINFEB 6
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Self-Promotion

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 MINJAN 31
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The Middle

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 MINJAN 24
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Emotion on the Page

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 MINJAN 16
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The Past and the Present: Weaving Backstory into Your Story

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 MINJAN 13
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Five Strategies for Your 2020 Intentions

Latest Episodes

Writing in Place: A Mess

EIn the fourth episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina takes a good, long look at the messes in her apartment, and discovers that messes are gold mines for fiction.

6 MINMAY 18
Comments
Writing in Place: A Mess

Writing in Place: An Anchor

In the third episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina talks about an object that she missed when her family was uprooted, and how she felt when she got it back. She invites her listeners to choose anchors of their own for this week's writing prompt.

7 MINMAY 11
Comments
Writing in Place: An Anchor

Writing In Place: A Window

In the second episode of Keeping a Notebook's special season, Nina takes her listeners through a tour of the windows of her apartment and invites them to do the same.

7 MINMAY 4
Comments
Writing In Place: A Window

An Interview with Nina

In this special bonus episode of Keeping a Notebook, Nina is sharing an interview from the Shelter in Place podcast, hosted by her good friend Laura Joyce Davis. Laura asks Nina about her writing and teaching, and her hopes and fears during this time of sheltering in place.

22 MINAPR 30
Comments
An Interview with Nina

Writing In Place: Wherever You Are

Nina LaCour is back with a deeply personal season devoted to where we are during this time in the world. In this first episode, she asks a question: "Do you want to write with me?"

7 MINAPR 27
Comments
Writing In Place: Wherever You Are

Self-Promotion

11 MINFEB 6
Comments
Self-Promotion

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 MINJAN 31
Comments
The Middle

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 MINJAN 24
Comments
Emotion on the Page

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 MINJAN 16
Comments
The Past and the Present: Weaving Backstory into Your Story

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 MINJAN 13
Comments
Five Strategies for Your 2020 Intentions
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