Comedy is Hard

Welcome to the podcast where we misquote actor Edwin Guinn and others when we say, “Life is easy. Comedy is hard.” We discuss our mutual work in progress (WIP), and we agree that while we got the “Rom” part right, we misfired on the “Com” part. How did that happen? And what can we doContinue reading “Comedy is Hard”

Storytelling

Busy writers podcast this week, so let’s dive in: Book covers w @99designs Editing with @RAPublishing Lessons learned from writing together The status of our individual WIPs Pixar Storytelling rules via @lawnrocket Karma. Be Kind. Always. Here’s the source of the Pixar storytelling rules. Listen to the podcast! Love it? Hate it? Let us knowContinue reading “Storytelling”

Chapter One

What hooks a reader into buying and reading a book? Heck if we know, but we try to examine that “hook” that pulls readers into our books. I read the first chapter of my latest book as an example. (Adult content warning) We also talk about finishing the first draft of our latest book, andContinue reading “Chapter One”

Plot Prompts

Two weeks ago, CC gave me random prompts and had me make up a story on the fly, testing me as a pantser. CC took her turn as a plotter with these three prompts: Dropped into an alien worldHigh school romanceTeenage girl superhero (Giving credit, the prompts came from https://www.servicescape.com/writing-prompt-generator) We had an interesting conversationContinue reading “Plot Prompts”

Thank You, All

I’m in the local Starbucks working on CC’s and my latest book with an eye on my Kindle bookshelf’s activity. I am humbled. This last weekend’s giveaway was wildly successful with dozens of books heading out the door. I am incredibly grateful. If you were one of the downloaders, thank you and I hope theyContinue reading “Thank You, All”

Team Editing

CC and I are writing a book together, and today we talk about the intense editing session we’re doing this weekend. We’re learning a lot about collaboration, writing styles, sentence structures, and editing in general. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Happy Birthday to Ruth Buzzi, Lynda Carter, and to allContinue reading “Team Editing”

National Tequila Day and Free Books!

Sunday, July 24th has four great things going for it:Ruth Buzzi’s BirthdayNational Tequila DayMy birthdayFree Books! Yes, all of my books will be free for the taking on Sunday. All of them for one day. It’s my gift to y’all for putting up with podcasts and tweets and everything. Please grab them on Sunday andContinue reading “National Tequila Day and Free Books!”

Pure Pantsing

Pantsing (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a fixed outline (an outline that the writer will force themselves to follow). A Wrimo who adopts the pantsing approach to writing is called a pantser. (source) Today was a fun podcast on Pantsing with CC challenging me with threeContinue reading “Pure Pantsing”

Ghosts and Books

In a very special Saturday episode of the Amateur Hour, CC and I chat about the real-life ghosts in our lives, the people we see in random places who look like loved ones and friends who’ve passed away. For that millisecond before we remember they’re gone, we can be hit with a ton of strongContinue reading “Ghosts and Books”

Partners

We take a dive into the shallow end of the pool to discuss famous and no-so-famous literary couples. Writing is a tough chore to begin with, so lots of respect for any couple who write together. We used this article as a foundation: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/13–literary-couples_n_5104412 Have a listen and let us know what you think TIA!Continue reading “Partners”

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