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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.  

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....


Jan 13, 2020

Like many other aspects of novel-writing, Believability affects several areas and must be woven seamlessly throughout the narrative. The group discusses manufactured drama versus “digging deep” to create a more believable story. They also talk about the danger of accidentally creating predictability in the quest to...


Dec 30, 2019

Whether you’re published or not, indie or traditional, setting goals is important for focusing your writing time. The group talks about big goals (like completing a book by X) versus small goals (like organizing your writing space), and how deciding which goals to set depends on where you’re at in your writing...