After another unplanned hiatus, JJ and Kelly are back once again! (We’ll never be gone forever, don’t worry.) This week they continue their series on characterization, this time focusing on STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES or personality traits. Show Notes Personality traits are external manifestations of a character’s vulnerability. As we’ve mentioned before, writing a character entails managing multiple different strands at once; it’s hard to focus on just one thread when you need to look at […]
This week Kelly and JJ discuss HOW to write compelling characters. Once again, we talk way too much about Dragon Age and Life is Strange. 😂 Show Notes Previous episodes on characterization Protagonists Villains Ancillary characters What makes a compelling character? Vulnerability. Vulnerability differs from strengths and weaknesses in that vulnerability stems from the character’s subconscious emotional needs. Vulnerability often manifests itself as a driving philosophy or world view that affects all of the characters’ […]
So what is life like after your first book comes out, or as Kelly would say, when you’re no longer the baby of the family? This week JJ and Kelly talk about expectations and the things that change in your life once you become published. As per usual, they are On Brand with some downer talk, but hey, you love listening to us for this, right? …right? Also, be prepared for so much discussion of […]
The Thanksgiving holidays are over so we are back to a regular posting schedule! This week Kelly and JJ are discussing Conferences and Festivals: what they are, which ones are worth attending depending where you are in your career, etc. Show Notes The different types of festivals and conferences Craft-based (e.g. MWA, RWA, SFWA, and SCBWI) Industry (e.g. BEA, ALAN, NCTE, etc.) Reader or consumer-oriented (e.g. Comic-Cons, BookCon, YALLFest, Rochester Teen Book Festival, etc.) Before […]
WE’RE BACK! JJ and Kelly have at long last found a way to be together…on the metaphorical airwaves, so to speak. Some catching and answering of questions are owed y’all. We think this is the return to our regularly scheduled podcast episodes, so stay tuned!