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.
FINAL EPISODE: You've Got This - Rebirth
Today the gang ends their two-year run talking about Rebirth – the moment when characters face the death of old identities and must forge on with new, enlightened versions of themselves.
Jess speaks about the successful elements of a character’s rebirth, Tracey delves into the key moments of Star Wars and other stories, and Anne speaks about nuances and shifts in character before signing off the podcast one last time.
But I Don't Want to Do All the Things - Motivation
Many things can and will kill your motivation. And when that happens, you might stop doing Your Thing, which leads to guilt which leads to Darkness Brain and less motivation and the vicious cycle is in full swing. So what do you do when you feel stuck?
Jess talks about the persistence of famous names in the industry, Tracey talks about giving yourself grace and time, and Anne finds a reason to talk about BTS again (as well as other things). At the end, the group has an important announcement.
First Lines and Opening Pt. 2
The second half of this discussion uses first lines and openings from different books to demonstrate the myriad ways of entering your story.
Tracey proves her love of horror, Anne proves that she is pretty random, and Jess makes a bid to usurp hosting powers.
First Lines and Openings, Pt. 1
Hey, look, more rules for us to ignore! In Part One of this topic, the group chats about the “dos” and “do nots” of novel openings and when to pay more attention to them.
Tracey talks the importance of getting that character “feel,” Anne explains her dislike of opening dream sequences, and Jessica rounds it out with her editorial overview.
What Are You Bringing to the Party? - Branding and Logos
Who are you as a writer? What can people expect from you when they pick up your book? Today the group discusses the importance of keeping your branding simple and focused.
Jess breaks down some of her many projects, Tracey discusses rebranding and pen names, and Anne talks about both of their successes with pulling people toward them at events through their smart choices.
Tell Me What You Know - More Insights from Literary Agent Shannon Orso
Shannon is back again answering more questions about industry and agenting expectations. We hear about some dos and don’ts of queries and manuscripts, as well as learn which fruit Shannon believes to be the root of all evil.