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If you've ever found yourself staring at the keyboard, lamenting that 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. 




Oct 21, 2019

Show, don’t tell is a meaty subject, but the group focuses on doing it through Symbolism and Subtext.

They cover the idea of not overdoing either method, as well as how the techniques can be used as “shorthand” for what you’re really trying to convey.

Jessica discusses her days as an English major, and...

Oct 7, 2019

Conference?! What do I wear, what do I expect, what do I DO?

This week, the group discusses conference insights from the viewpoints of being an attendee, a volunteer/organizer, and an agent/editor.

Anne and Jess talk about navigating these functions as an introvert, and Tracey lists off opportunities found beyond...

Sep 23, 2019

There are so many approaches to plot and so much advice about what skeletal structure your book MUST have to succeed. But is it really that complicated? And are all these how-to books saying the same thing anyway?

The group talks about favored approaches to plotting, and the freedom of omitting bones that don’t work...

Sep 9, 2019

No matter how good your story idea, if your pacing is off, the story goes flat and your reader feels the real world pulling them out.

In this podcast, the ladies talk about different levels of pacing – by sentence, by scene, and by act. They also discuss some of the different pacing aspects that are often key for...

Aug 26, 2019

In this episode the group discusses how characterization is integrated into every aspect of a story, as well as the idea that “character” is a verb. Jessica also stresses the need to establish your character’s Ordinary World in order for people to care about them.

The ladies touch on different ways of planning...