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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 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 cultivating reasons for writing other than fame and glory, and Anne notes that just because you know some people in...


Aug 10, 2020

The middle of your story is the biggest chunk and, for many, the most challenging. The group discusses ways to tackle this section through different approaches that ultimately come down to the same principles.

Anne talks about chopping it up into two sections, Tracey discusses the importance of getting the story all...


Jul 27, 2020

In the second half of this discussion, the group talks about word-count issues, when to employ or disregard Show vs. Tell, and what to do when you’re sick of looking at your manuscript.

Anne and Tracey discuss methods of shrinking or expanding the manuscript to fit your genre, and Jess discusses strategies for chapter...