…and it’s writing.

A tipsy discussion of writing craft. Writers D.C. McNaughton and Avery Ames imbibe a few drinks while they review and revise their old (and often cringey) writing. Each episode focuses on a particular aspect of craft and features a themed cocktail pairing.

Ep067 (Mini-Ep): Writing D&D Campaigns

November 28th, 2022

With tabletop gaming's rise in popularity, what tips or tricks should you bring to writing and running your own worlds or campaigns?


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Ep066 (Mini-Ep): Decisions, Decisions

November 21st, 2022

When you have multiple ideas, how do you decide which one to work on? And how do you avoid bouncing back and forth, spinning your wheels? D.C. and Avery discuss.

Ep065 (Mini-Ep): When Your Plot Goes Sideways

November 14th, 2022

Avery and D.C. discuss what happens when your book's plot takes an unexpected turn while drafting.

Ep064 (Mini-Ep): The Neverending Draft

November 7th, 2022

Avery and D.C. chat about what it's like to write the same "book of your heart" for years, as well as discussing how it can help you as a writer to move on to another project for a while.

Ep 063: NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month)

October 31st, 2022

Let's talk about NaNoWriMo! We'll chat about NaNoWriMoFOMO, how to decide if NaNoWriMo is for you, and our best tips for surviving the month.


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Ep062 (Mini-Ep): Crafting Characters

October 24th, 2022

D.C. and Avery discuss their techniques and processes when creating new characters.


Ep061: K.D. Edwards Interview

October 17th, 2022

We chat with author K.D. Edwards about his book series, The Tarot Sequence. We also discuss how to approach writing fight scenes, what it's like to write a clairvoyant character, hybrid publishing, his relationship with his readers, and more!

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Ep060 (Mini-Ep): When Side Characters Take Over

October 11th, 2022

What do you do when a side character tries to steal center stage? We discuss our thoughts and tricks.

Ep 059: YA or Adult?

October 4th, 2022

Avery (now also Amy!) and D.C. discuss the conventions of the Young Adult and Adult age categories in books, and how best to age up or down in your writing voice and style.

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Ep058 (Mini-Ep): Writing When You’re Not Writing

September 26th, 2022

Avery and D.C. discuss the importance of thinking about your story when you're not at the keyboard, and how daydreaming about your characters can keep you motivated and enrich your writing experience.

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