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If you've ever stared at your keyboard, lamenting how much your writing sucks, good news! You found us. And we're here to tell you to snap out of it. 

STRONG HINT: Your writing does not suck. You're just not done yet.

So, whether you're a new penmonkey or a seasoned word-slinger looking for new perspective, listen in and find some nuggets to nudge you along until you find your own momentum.  

Mar 23, 2020

Writing Romance as a plot or subplot can be a lot trickier than people think. The group discusses methods to make a believable and satisfying romance, as well as the importance of keeping the promise to the reader about the type of romance they’re getting into.

Jess points out that a love interest can often be seen as...

Mar 9, 2020

In this longer episode, Anne interrogates Jessica about the expectations of YA and Children’s books. They discuss how these books are not “adult light,” talk about considerations made for kids who “read up,” and explore the spectrum of “heaviness” within even the same reading level.

Anne outs herself as...

Feb 24, 2020

This is a two-for-one episode, as it’s hard to talk about writing contests without bringing up the synopsis. So how do you find a good contest, how do you submit, and is the final prize worth it for you?

Anne and Jess carry the episode while Tracey is away (sigh), talking about tips and tricks of entering contests as...

Feb 10, 2020

Like the rest of a novel, successful dialogue needs balance for it to work. Aside from an accurate dialogue tag, it should try to include plot-relevant information, character dynamics, and/or characterization in general.

The group ponders the influence of texting and emoji shortcuts when writing effective dialogue, and...

Jan 27, 2020

Police ride-alongs, Renaissance festivals, courtroom hearings, and science expos are all examples of where to go for insider knowledge that can elevate your fiction.

Anne and Tracey debrief their own experience at the Port Gamble Ghost Conference, where they mingled with both skeptical investigators and psychics alike....