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The Naked Novelist

The Naked Novelist

By Nelsie Spencer
Look! I wrote a novel and it got published - by St. Martins Press - a big fancy pub house. I know how to write. I've been doing it for a looonnnggg time. And I've been helping others hone their craft and find their voice as writers since 2006. So, I had this idea, I'll read my book - The Playgroup - and, as I go, chapter by chapter, I'll share with my listeners all I know about writing. So, have fun, listen to the episodes in order, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
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Don't You Dare Dodgeball!

The Naked Novelist

Chapter 25 - Birthdays & Bunny Rabbits
Ellie finds herself at yet another over-the-top birthday party. This time it's Mason's and - as usual - things don't go as planned.
July 18, 2019
Chapter 26 - Up, Up and Away
Things continue to devolve for Ellie as she falls deeper into the Eastside web of debauchery.  Nelsie shares how to intensify the stakes and the obstacles for the protagonist. Oh, and there's some pretty steamy sex, too!
July 18, 2019
Chapter 24 - Showers & Sardines
Ellie breaks more promises to herself and gets caught with her "hand in the cookie jar" by Missy's mother! Has she gone to far down the rabbit hole to make her way back?
May 31, 2019
Don't You Dare Dodgeball!
Ellie travels deeper into the Eastside world of upscale schools and "perfect" parents as she begins to lose her ability to hold her tongue.
May 24, 2019
Strangling Snappy
Things continue to heat up and fall apart for Ellie. Nelsie discusses how to increase and sustain the tension and obstacles for your protagonist.
May 17, 2019
Season 1 Chapter 20 - Whirlpool Nightmare
Post New Year's Eve debacle, Ellie wakes to the reality of what she's done. Will her life ever be the same? And, as your personal writing coach, I talk more about creating and maintaining tension and obstacles for the protagonist.
April 17, 2019
Caviar, Chevre & Secret Sex
Ellie is getting in  some deep shit as she flies solo on the eastside. Nelsie talks about finding your muse and how writing eroticism was never her plan.
April 6, 2019
Chapter 18 - Gershwin & Elite Potheads
I discuss how I (hopefully) create and maintain tension as Ellie ventures to an eastside party WITHOUT Peter!   In Chapter 18, Ellie finds herself - as usual - the "what does not belong in this picture" item. This time she's at an eastside New Year's Eve party without Peter, in a sexy cocktail dress surrounded by bowties, fur coats and people named Biffy. Ellie looks to survive the night by falling back on old habits. 
March 30, 2019
Cocktail Dress & Strappy Heels
Ellie and Peter are all "dolled up" for a full-on Eastside New Year's Eve party at Missy and Antonio's. Snow's falling, lights are twinkling...What could go wrong?
March 16, 2019
Chapter 15 - Herblax & Health Food Stores
Ellie heads west as fast as her double stroller will go, but an old siren is calling. Will she make it west before she really fucks up?
March 1, 2019
Season 1 Chapter 14 - White Panties & Painkillers
Missy needs a favor from Ellie. What could it be?
February 22, 2019
Season 1, Episode 13 - F*#king & Faux Pas
Ellie survives Camille's birthday party, but will she and Peter survive this new moneied world? How "upping" the conflict makes for more intrigue. 
February 15, 2019
Season 1, Episode 12 - Birthday Parites and Broken Hearts
Ellie attends her first over-ther-top birthday party for a 3-year-old. Will she survive it? And learn a bit about being true to the "heart story" of you characters.
February 7, 2019
Season 1, Episode 11: Books, Breastfeeding and Endless Battles
Ellie shows up to support her mom at her book-signing at B&N, but somehow decades-old resentments pop us like fresh daisies.
January 31, 2019
Season 1, Episode 10: Hopeless at HBO
Ellie's big day has arrived! She gets to pitch her idea for a TV show to Lisa Bienstock, HBO bigshot. ONly problem - she's a bit foggy on the whole "Idea" part of the show.
January 22, 2019
Season 1, Episode 9 Pot & Picasso
Things get "weirder and weirder" at Missy and Antonio's and Ellie gets desperate to get out!
December 27, 2018
Season 1, Episode 8 - Leather Minis & Corkscrews
Ellie and Peter reluctantly make their way to the dreaded Eastside to Park Avenue Playgroup's Get-to-know-you Cocktail party. Is Ellie's leather mini to slutty? Or will she be the hit of the party?
December 14, 2018
Season 1, The Naked Novelist Uncovered - Episode #1 - Kelly Caldwell
Welcome to Episode 1 of The Naked Novelist Uncovered. Sounds redundant, I know, but, stick with me. These interviews with fellow writers will give us all a chance to look inside the mind of writers in all genres to "uncover" insights, struggles and secrets of the professional (or soon-to-be professional) writer.
October 30, 2018
Season 1, Episode 7 - Knife Pleats and Spaghetti Straps
Ellie has less than 2 hours to find the perfect, tasteful, yet sexless outfit for Park Avenue Playgroup's Cocktail Party that begins in less than 6 hours. She leaves the kids in a questionable setting and heads for Saks Fifth Avenue in a panic.
October 27, 2018
Season 1 Episode 6 - Hiking Boots & Loafers
Ellie faces another day at Park Avenue Playgroup, only to be discover there's yet another Eastside social fence to climb.
September 28, 2018
Season 1 Episode 5/Chapter 5 - Crunches and Avocados
Good news! Nelsie sings yet another impromptu theme song, reads Chapter 5 and talks about piling on the obstacles for the protagonist.
September 18, 2018
Season 1 Episode 4 - Best Friends and Abortions
Episode 4/Chapter 4 - We get the scoop on Robbie, Ellie's former best friend, emphasis on former. We meet Arlene, perhaps Ellie's new best friend. Could it be?
September 10, 2018
Season 1 Episode 3 - Game shows and Orgasms
In Episode 3 Nelsie reads Chapter 3 - Post Missy encounter, Ellie and Peter have a romp on the sofabed. But there is a purise guest...
September 1, 2018
The Naked Novelist (formerly Shakespeare's Journal) S1, E1, Chapter One - Stand-up, Lie down
On this "virgin voyage" Of NN (the Naked Novelist) you'll meet your host - Me, Nelsie Spencer - and hear the first chapter of my novel, The Playgroup. We meet artsy, insecure Ellie as prepares to take her precious daughter to the fanciest of preschools on the "evil" eastside. Nelsie also shares of her expertise onthe all-important first page of any novel, and some "how-tos" on exposition.
August 16, 2018
The Naked Novelist Trailer
Here's a little taste of what's to come this first season on The Naked Novelist
August 16, 2018
Chapter 2 - Lipsticks and Accessories
 Ellie makes the harrowing trip to the dreaded eastside where she's plagued by women wearing tassle loafers and toddlers that are better dressed than she is. Will Ellie survive so many moms with so much family money? As will become the norm, Nelsie gives you writing tips and tools.
August 16, 2018