An editor and two authors commiserate about the writing life, then hit you with some inspiration and send you back to work.
Episodes air every other Monday.
And Then the Murders Started - Writing Mystery
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 suspense.
Are You Done Now?
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 moments get the bulk of your critical eye. They also quiz Jess on what sort of fact-checking, if any, an editor will do.
Backstory - A Discovery in Real-Time
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.
Character Names - Did you just call him Ishmael?
In a shorter episode, Anne and Tracey chat about character names, inspirations, and whoopsies. They discuss considerations for fantasy names, names drawn from different cultures, and the universally-accepted truth that Google is a writer’s best friend.
Presenting Your Work
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 reveals her lifelong love of oral storytelling, and Jess notes that even a background in theater does not always save her from succumbing to the nerves.
Worldbuilding: What's a Guy Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
The group discusses the learning curve of the POV character (newbie versus seasoned), visual aids, when and why to describe the world, and thinking about the soundtrack of the setting.
Tracey and Anne chitchat about making conflict particular to your world, while their guest Troy puts up with an impromptu jingle.