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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.  

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...

Jan 13, 2020

Like many other aspects of novel-writing, Believability affects several areas and must be woven seamlessly throughout the narrative. The group discusses manufactured drama versus “digging deep” to create a more believable story. They also talk about the danger of accidentally creating predictability in the quest to...

Oct 21, 2019

Show, don’t tell is a meaty subject, but the group focuses on doing it through Symbolism and Subtext.

They cover the idea of not overdoing either method, as well as how the techniques can be used as “shorthand” for what you’re really trying to convey.

Jessica discusses her days as an English major, and...