On Waiting As Writers

It’s no secret that writers spend a lot of time waiting. When drafting: We wait for inspiration. We wait for time to write. When revising: We wait for critique partners to send feedback. When entering online writing contests: We wait to be chosen. When querying: We wait for agents to fall in love with our work. When on submission: We wait for editors to fall in love with our work. When the book deal is signed: We […]

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Building Writerly Friendships

Hi all! Today I want to talk a little bit about friendships between writers. As I was searching for a topic for this post over the past few days, I also was looking forward to having lunch with Meghan Rogers, an author I met last year. Meghan and I both debuted in 2016 and published sequel novels this year (if you’re unfamiliar with Meghan’s amazing Raven Files books, you can read about them on her […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – Heist Narratives

This week Kelly and JJ continue their Summer of Archetypes with HEIST NARRATIVES. We’re cheating a bit as Heist Narratives are really more of a plot construction than an ARCHETYPE, per se, but we wanted to talk about movies and stories we love! Also a tangent into the adventure genre of story, a la Indiana Jones, and…a lot of Nic Cage’s filmography. Show Notes The Heist narrative is more of a plot construction than an […]

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Once You’ve Finished Reading

I was listening to the radio today and the host mentioned her lack of interest in visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Gasp! I know- right?) despite having enjoyed the books. She said that while she understands that fans of the book want to walk down Diagon Alley or select a wand or sample Butter Beer, she prefers to read a book and be done with it. I was particularly struck by this comment, […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Oppressed vs. The Oppressor

This week JJ and Kelly discuss Robin Hood-type narratives, or The Oppressed vs. the Oppressor. As per usual, it is tangent heavy on other things we like (plus JJ is loopy from Too Much People-ing), like the Trickster archetype. Also JJ reveals her unfounded bias against Dan Stevens. Show Notes Robin Hood narratives are essentially stories of people overthrowing an unjust system. A Chosen One narrative vs. a Robin Hood narrative often comes down to […]

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