…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.

Ep 052 (Mini-Ep): Writers in Movies/TV

August 15th, 2022

In this episode, D.C. and Avery discuss their favorite and least favorite portrayals of writers (and publishing) in film and television. How they got things right, and how they sometimes get them oh so wrong.

Ep 051: Talking Tropes

August 8th, 2022

Tropes sometimes have a bad reputation, but what are they really? Avery and D.C. discuss some common tropes and why they're often seen in a negative light, as well as ways you can subvert them or roll with them.

Ep 050 (Mini-Ep): Navigating Social Media (or not)

August 1st, 2022

Writer Twitter can be a great place or a toxic place... Avery and D.C. discuss the pros and cons of sharing your writer journey online, how to decide if social media is right for you, and some cautionary tales.

Ep 049: Where Should My Book Start?

July 25th, 2022

In this episode, D.C. and Avery discuss Inciting Incidents and where to start your story. We also look at some examples from popular media to analyze the difference between the Inciting Incident and the point of no return.

Ep 048 (Mini-Ep): Plot Hole Repair

July 18th, 2022

So you've found a gaping plot hole in your book - what next? D.C. and Avery discuss their favorite brainstorming techniques and plot hole repair tips.

Ep 047 (Mini-Ep): Check Yourself

July 11th, 2022

Nobody's perfect, and we all slip up now and then. Sometimes, this can take the form of being judgmental or overbearing with your fellow writer, especially someone who's newer to the craft or to publishing. In this episode, we chat about how sometimes we all need a moment to check ourselves and make sure we're showing empathy for our fellow writers.

Ep 046 (Mini-Ep): Trying New Processes

July 4th, 2022

D.C. and Avery discuss what it's like to try new writing process and experiment to find what works best for you. When is it worth branching out, and when is it worth sticking to what you know?

Ep 045: Head-hopping & Omniscient POV

June 27th, 2022

In this episode, D.C. and Avery talk about head-hopping and point-of-view breaks, as well as discussing how this relates to writing in omniscient point of view.

We share a few samples of published authors who use head-hopping in omniscient POV, as well as revising a bit of Avery's writing to eliminate POV breaks in a limited POV.

Books mentioned:

  • Little Thieves, by Margaret Owen
  • Tampa, by Alissa Nutting
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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Ep 044 (Mini-Ep): Literary Agent Red Flags

June 20th, 2022

They say "a bad agent is worse than no agent" but how can you avoid a bad agent? In this episode, D.C. and Avery discuss some red flags, as well as "yellow flags" that may indicate an otherwise great agent might not be the best fit for your personal career goals.

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Ep 043 (Mini-Ep): Reading is Hard

June 13th, 2022

As writers study craft, reading for enjoyment can often become more difficult. In this episode, D.C. and Avery discuss our differing approaches to this subject.

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