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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.  

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 for the body of your work. Jess claims loud and proud what her go-to book is, and Tracey talks about the beauty of recognizing plot structure in novels  you’ve already enjoyed.


QUOTE: “Be brave enough to be bad at something new” -  Jon Acuff



The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Margie Lawson Academy


CREDITS: This episode of Your Writing Does Not Suck was recorded and edited by Anne M Belen.