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A podcast to help you overcome resistance and write with more joy, clarity, and confidence. If you’re working on a novel or memoir, stick around. Whether you haven't written a word since your 5-paragraph essay days or you have an MFA in Creative Writing, this weekly podcast is now your favorite writing companion on your journey to finish your first draft.

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    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

A podcast to help you overcome resistance and write with more joy, clarity, and confidence. If you’re working on a novel or memoir, stick around. Whether you haven't written a word since your 5-paragraph essay days or you have an MFA in Creative Writing, this weekly podcast is now your favorite writing companion on your journey to finish your first draft.

    How accurate do the real-world places in my novel need to be?

    How accurate do the real-world places in my novel need to be?

    In this episode, Mary navigates the murky world of balancing fact and fiction when your fiction is set in a world like our own.

    • 11 min
    When should I hit "pause" on writing to research more?

    When should I hit "pause" on writing to research more?

    Mary shares her inverted pyramid guide to researching for a novel and talks about why she does all her best research after 3 p.m.

    • 11 min
    Is it bad to start a new book before I finish writing this one?

    Is it bad to start a new book before I finish writing this one?

    In this episode, Mary talks about juggling projects, following creativity's lead, and The Bachelorette.

    • 9 min
    Help! How do I write good dialogue?

    Help! How do I write good dialogue?

    The trick to writing believable dialogue is to remember a key thing about humans: we're bad at it.

    • 10 min
    Let's recap our season takeaways.

    Let's recap our season takeaways.

    All the questions answered during Season 1 in one quick-to-digest episode!

    • 11 min
    Do I need an antagonist?

    Do I need an antagonist?

    If you have to have a protagonist, you must need an antagonist, right? No. What you do need is more interesting.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Stephanie Choriatis ,

Love this podcast!

I adore this podcast! I’ll pop on an episode before I start my writing session and it puts me in the perfect mindset to get writing!

Olga Toskala ,

From an Aussie

...who's a fan: YES. Five stars. :)

Ulla Myllyniemi ,

New writer crush

If I could afford to take her classes I would but since I can't, I'll tune in here every Friday! And wait for a discount. ;)

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