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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.  

Jun 29, 2020

Today the group takes a closer look at different antagonists – from mustache twirlers and teenage-stalking mouth-breathers, to complex bad guys and tortured souls, to antagonistic societal structures and Mother Nature herself.


They talk about subplot and temporary antagonists, and then dish on methods of fleshing...

Jun 15, 2020

*This episode was recorded before the tragic death of George Floyd and the ensuing events that unfolded. Please know that the topic was not intentionally ignored.  


Writer’s block happens to everyone, but not all writer’s block is the same. The group discusses ways to overcome these rough moments, as well as...

Jun 1, 2020

The group talks about knowing where your characters stand -- primary level, secondary, or tertiary -- as well as what to do when you have too many cluttering up your work.

Anne shakes her fists about some stereotype pet peeves, Tracey discusses when to reduce, reuse, or recycle your characters, and Jess reminds folks of...

May 18, 2020

What’s the difference between a wound and a flaw? What’s a good flaw versus one that is predictable or easy or, egads, unforgiveable? The group discusses all that, as well as ways to integrate the two within the structure of your plot.

Tracey and Anne discuss some flaws that are deal breakers and then heckle Jess...

May 4, 2020

*Please forgive the audio. We’re working on smoothing out the remote recordings.

Coming at you from the lockdown in Seattle… Part Two of Online Promo.

In this chunk, the group talks about self-promotion through guest blogging, author pages, newsletters, entering contest, hosting contests, and using the member...