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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.  

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...


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...


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...


Jul 13, 2020

The group tackles some general editing questions, fully aware that it will take more than one episode. They stress the importance of finishing your draft to know what you’re working with, as well as discovering your theme and intentions as you write (no matter what those intentions were when you began).

Anne mentions...


Mar 23, 2020

Writing Romance as a plot or subplot can be a lot trickier than people think. The group discusses methods to make a believable and satisfying romance, as well as the importance of keeping the promise to the reader about the type of romance they’re getting into.

Jess points out that a love interest can often be seen as...