…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 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.

Ep 042 (Mini-Ep): Building a Writing Habit

June 6th, 2022

D.C. and Avery discuss the benefits of building regular writing habits and how they've both managed to work them into their schedules and lives.

Items discussed:

Ep 041: Patricia A. Jackson Interview

May 30th, 2022

We had a blast interviewing the author of Forging a Nightmare about writing horses, our best Ren Faire stories, the Panther Anti-Racist Union, and more!

Items mentioned:

  • Bar Cart Bookshelf:
    Elias Eells crafts cocktails inspired by books.
    Visit the channel on YouTube or Twitter
  • Panther Anti-Racist Union:
    A group of young leaders fighting book bans and promoting diversity education for ALL children.
    Media Record
    PARU Website
  • Find out more about Patricia at her website as well!

Ep 040 (Mini-Ep): Tips for Underwriters

May 23rd, 2022

Many of our episodes focus on ways to tighten and trim your writing, but what if you underwrite? In this episode, D.C. and Avery discuss how to tell if your book is underwritten, and ways to flesh it out more.

Ep 039: Change It Up

May 16th, 2022

D.C. and Avery celebrate some great news as we look at how to revive an excerpt with stilted, repetitive sentence structure. Things get a bit silly as we jazz up some old writing by adding a few, uh, creative flourishes. And a brief digression to discuss monster romance.

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