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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.  

Feb 8, 2021

Part 2 of Lazy Words continues to dissect the smaller moments in our writing that can lead up to big issues.

This time the ladies explore harmless little words like “of” and “that.” Then Jessica chips away at the word “said,” Tracey clarifies the different ways that adjectives can bog down your work, and...


Jan 25, 2021

This episode focuses on words and phrases that indicate a potential problem with your prose. The group stresses that this is a late-in-the-game editing concern, but it is helpful to practice recognizing these as you go along.

Tracey and Jess compete to explain their ‘as’ problem, and Anne brings the word "when" onto...


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,...