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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.  

Oct 19, 2020

From the climax of your story to those final words, what’s an author to do? The group talks about wrapping up plot lines and reminds folks about keeping your promise to the reader.

Tracey points out how to end a novel within a series versus a stand-alone, Jess cautions against letting subplots fizzle out, and Anne...


Oct 5, 2020

Theme. For many people -- like, say, Anne – they cringe at the word and have flashbacks of English 101 in-class comas and literary snobbery.

Others – like, say, Jess – have always relished the ideas of sussing out a good theme and having drawn-out discussions of the author’s intention.

Others – like, well,...


Sep 21, 2020

This time around, the ladies dive into what makes a scene successful. From the nuances of beginning, middle, and ending (just like a mini-story of its own), to the storytelling foundations of plot, theme, character. Then they dig into story obstacles and revelations.

Anne talks about filler scenes, Tracey emphasizes the...


Sep 7, 2020

This episode focuses on Tracey’s road to self-publishing, but also discusses small-press contracts and the wonky roads that authors may face on their journey.

Anne interrogates her about such things as ISBN numbers, editing, and the decision to form an LLC, then gives her own cautionary tale about cover art.

 

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Aug 24, 2020

From shattered expectations to joyous surprise, the group discusses things they wish they had known starting out.

Tracey discusses the importance of remembering it’s a business, Jess stresses the need to cultivate reasons for writing other than fame and glory, and Anne notes that just because you know some people in...