…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 023: Series & Standalones

January 24th, 2022

In this episode, DC and Avery discuss series and standalones. How do you decide if a story idea is a series or standalone? What does the outlining process look like for each? And how to avoid common pitfalls such as the Book 2 Slump or infodumps in later books?

Books, Authors, and Items Mentioned:

  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  • Winter's Orbit, by Everina Maxwell
  • Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Realm of the Elderlings Series, by Robin Hobb
  • Aeon Timeline Software


Episode drinks:

Rainbow Shots (Series)

  • Blue Curacao (1oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
  • Blue Curacao (1oz) + Pineapple Juice (.5oz)
  • Pineapple Juice (1oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
  • Pineapple Juice (.5oz) + Cranberry (.5oz) + Vodka (.5oz) 
  • Cranberry (1oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
  • Curacao (.5oz) + Cranberry (.5oz) + Vodka (.5oz)

Rainbow Cocktail (Standalone)

Equal parts Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice, and Vodka in a light-up rainbow martini glass.

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