Jan 11, 2021
The gang gathers around the cyber fireplace and trade opinions, tips, and considerations about crafting a mystery.
Anne talks about Lurkers, twists, and red herrings, Tracey talks mystery subplot and mixing up your professional and amateur sleuths, and Jessica breaks down what makes a mystery versus a thriller or...
Dec 28, 2020
Since the beginning they’ve said, “Your writing does not suck. You’re just not done yet.”
So, when is it done?
Today the group discusses the importance of getting down the core of your story, the dangers of never-ending edits, the pressure to create the never-before-seen premise, and making sure your pivotal...
Dec 14, 2020
We’re heading into the holiday season and talking a bit more about character backstory!
Tracey debates developing backstory before writing -- as opposed to during, Jess talks about creating and holding on to character secrets, and Anne makes the group do a real-time backstory exercise.
QUOTE: “Ten years from now,...
Nov 30, 2020
In a shorter episode, Anne and Tracey chat about character names, inspirations, and whoopsies. They discuss considerations for fantasy names, names drawn from different cultures, and the universally-accepted truth that Google is a writer’s best friend.
QUOTE: “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone...
Nov 16, 2020
The group discusses the scary idea of reading your work out loud to other humans. Focusing on both raw work and formal presentation, they discuss tips, tricks, and handy reminders to get through the various types of readings you may find yourself in.
Anne confesses to a childhood aversion to speaking at all, Tracey...