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PubCrawl Podcast: Dissecting Return of the Jedi

This week Kelly and JJ discuss the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Is it successful? Is it not? It’s better than the prequel trilogy, but is that saying much? NOTE: Sorry about the audio in parts; it was raining really hard and unfortunately we don’t have actual recording studios. P.S. JJ doesn’t know what to spend her Audible credit on, so give her recommendations!

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PubCrawl Podcast: Dissecting The Empire Strikes Back

This week JJ and Kelly continue their series on dissecting fictional properties, this time with the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back. Arguably the best of the original three (and possibly all seven), they try to pick apart why it is both a critical and fan favorite. Also, musical theatre nerds, this week’s off menu recommendations are for you!

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Writing Conflict: How to Ruin (Fictional) Lives

Sometimes, terrible things happen to characters. It’s just a fact of fiction. But as authors, sometimes we want pull back before things get too awful for our sweet, precious characters. Sometimes we want to make things easy because we love them. My dear writer friends, that is not how our characters grow. Like mama birds shoving their chicks out of the nest to make them fly, we must make everything just awful so their true […]

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Raising the Stakes

I’m currently in drafting mode, working on the sequel to my debut, Ivory and Bone. I’m definitely a planner (as opposed to a pantser,) and I’m working from an extensive outline. But even the most thoroughly planned novel doesn’t always flow onto the page without a hitch. (Okay, let’s be realistic. No novel flows onto the page without a hitch!) Often, when I’m struggling to translate a scene I’ve held in my mind into prose […]

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Conflict that Resonates

Hi all! Julie here! I’m in the process of outlining the sequel to my debut YA novel, Ivory and Bone, so I’ve been thinking a lot about conflict and the purpose it fills in a story. “Joe went to the store and bought a dozen eggs,” is not much of a story, mainly because it doesn’t contain any conflict. Joe went to the store and picked up a carton of eggs. On the way to […]

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