Keeping a Notebook – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with Keeping a Notebook. The podcast had a handful of episodes out at the time of recording and creator Nina Lacour intends to follow up with a second season.

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Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about about the Podcast: Keeping a Notebook.

Keeping a Notebook is a writing-centric podcast that aims to address listener queries, and offer advice. Episodes usually hover around the 15 minute mark with only one episode going over 20 minutes. Currently there are 7 episodes that were released roughly once a week. Nina has La Cour has said that she aims to record more, but is currently on a book tour so fans may have to be patient. The language is safe for all ages, and the show has a short trailer in it’s feed as well.

Apple Podcasts has a short description of Nina LaCour’s podcast, but the introduction on her website is far more compelling so I will share that with you here. “Welcome to Keeping a Notebook: a podcast on writing with me, Nina LaCour. Some episodes will get deep into the specifics of crafting a story, answering questions about character and plot. Others will focus on the personal experiences and perspectives that we all bring to our work, and how to trust that what we’re making is worthy of our time and other people’s attention. And we’ll also talk about routines and rituals and ways to not only weave our creative practices into our daily lives, but also to prioritize them and make room for the kinds of explorations that keep us moving forward.”

Before I started listening to Podcasts at my overnight job, I listened to a lot of audiobooks. I have always had a soft spot for writing even if my grammar is poor and I have never worked hard enough at it to develop much skill. So when I saw Keeping a Notebook trending, it caught my attention in quite a sincere way. “Might do me some good” I thought, “maybe I can at least start building a skillset”. That is the scope I was thinking about reading the short description I saw on my phone. The show encompasses much more than writing.

While listening I made some notes, I noted that the audio is a tad amateurish, not the end of the world, so is mine after all. I noted that there could be some more editing done to reduce sibilance or the SSssss sounds. Those are little things I noticed when listening, but more important are the things you remember, the things that stay with you when you are done listening. Among my notes, particularly in just the short 10 minute first episode, I had also written, “Wow, poetic and compelling.”

Hearing Nina talk about  wanting and striving to get her creativity out there in some sort of tangible form was impactful to me. I think that the show while particular to writers can definitely be motivating, and helpful to all sorts of creative people. I starting looking for parallels in her writing advice to apply to other creative outlets in my life. Most importantly it got me excited and thinking about new ways to create. The first episode entitled “I want it back” and the two part episode “When You Act on a Dream”  will fire you up and make an eagerness to create in some way light up within you. Another episode, “How We See & What We Write”, can help you realize that within everyone there is a unique voice or vision. As someone who has been working on a new show, this show, and who has had difficulty in the past with self expression in the past, this podcast has come right when I needed it. Hopefully others view Keeping a Notebook with the same spirited-call-to-action-energy as I do.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I give Keeping a Notebook a ⅘, a round of applause! The podcast is wispy and delightful, serious writers looking for advice may find it a bit moderate, other creatives who come to adore it for the perspective might come to find the writing bits are not what they really needed after all. I wouldn’t change the shows content at all though.

I would recommend Keeping a Notebook to someone, writer or not, who needs a bit of a jump charge in their creative life. Writers who feel a little lost and need some realigning, or people who might need a soft calm voice in their ear.