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Your Mom Writes Books
53 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Your Mom Gives Bad Advice (Discussing Common Writing Advice)
In this episode, Charlie and Caitlyn discuss the nuance in writing advice we've commonly seen declared good or bad. Including write what sells, show don't tell, how to handle revise & resubmits from agents, self publish if you can't trad publish, and write every day (among others).
45 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Your Moms Are an Ensemble Cast
Charlie and Caitlyn talk about writing large casts of characters, including team balance, inter-character dynamics, and what an ensemble cast can bring to your story.
61 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Your Mom Builds Worlds With Depth
In this episode, Caitlyn and Charlie talk about world building with depth and touch on how to create a world that feels lived-in.
57 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Your Mom Has Questions (Part 4)
Charlie and Caitlyn answer more of your writing questions!
59 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Your Mom Rides Horses Again
Charlie and Caitlyn (mostly Charlie, thanks to Caitlyn's bronchitis) pick Mikki's brain again about horses and things writers should know! Topics include jumping on horses, training for combat, donkeys & mules, stables & stabling horses, horses on slopes, and a very cool book about killer horses.
60 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Your Mom Is Magic (Writing Magic Systems)
Charlie and Caitlyn discuss how to create magic systems for your fantasy world and implement them effectively in your writing, ranging from an in-depth look at the magic system in Mistborn to a Star Wars debate.
51 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Your Mom Is a Side Character (Writing Side Characters)
Charlie and Caitlyn talk about side characters, what purposes they can serve within the story, and some of the best ones they've encountered.
57 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Your Mom Rereads Her Debut Novel
Charlie and Caitlyn reread their debut novels and discuss what made them cringe, what they liked, and what they've learned.
56 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Your Mom Is Emotional (Writing Emotion)
In this episode, Charlie and Caitlyn talk about how to more effectively write emotion into your stories, as well as deal with Caitlyn's emotions over the chaos that is the drop off line on the first day of school.
53 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Your Mom Is a Disney Princess (Deep Dive)
Feminism, representation, and fairy tales.
56 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Your Mom Makes Out (Writing Sexual Tension)
Charlie and Caitlyn talk about how to amp up your sexual tension and better ways to write kissing scenes.
62 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Your Mom's Favorite Books
Charlie and Caitlyn head down a rabbit hole of books they've loved and books that have shaped them.**We made a list, but it's too long for the episode description. Find it here.**
57 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Your Mom Drafts (Strategies to Increase Word Count)
Charlie and Caitlyn get into the nitty-gritty of actually writing a book. In addition to the classic "butt in chair, hands on keyboard," we discuss the realities of balancing writing with other things in your life, as well as concrete strategies for hitting higher word counts in less time.To skip (most of) Charlie's shouting: 4:51To skip work/life balance and go straight to drafting: 29:22
46 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Your Mom Is a Teen Writer (Advice for Teens)
Charlie and Caitlyn talk to teens (and anyone else who needs some encouragement). We discuss about publishing young, our own high school experiences, and remind you that not everyone's opinion should matter.
52 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Your Mom Has Imaginary Friends (Character Creation)
Charlie and Caitlyn talk about character creation! We cover everything from foundation to background to quirks, all while overcoming Caitlyn's clear lack of sleep the night before recording.Links:DM Binder's Character flaws: https://www.gmbinder.com/share/-L4DhWR5zMZdK5kQpMqX
49 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Your Mom Is Bad at This
Charlie and Caitlyn share their weaknesses, read comments on old manuscripts, and delve into why they suck at certain things.
13 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Mini Episode 2: The Rules of Writing (+Giveaway!)
Charlie and Caitlyn name as many of "the rules" of writing as fast as they can and pass judgment on whether or not they're worth following. Listen and enter our second "sorry we're on vacation" giveaway until July 13, 2021!Promised link:https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-oneLet us know what you think by leaving a review!Apple users: https://apple.co/3yl3rpNAndroid users: https://bit.ly/3h5OaTP
13 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Mini Episode 1: 3 Quick & Dirty Tips for Cleaner Prose (+Giveaway!)
In our first mid-season mini-episode, Charlie and Caitlyn give you three quick and dirty tips for cleaner prose AND do a pretty cool giveaway. Winner to be chosen July 6, 2021!Link to the ancient blog post full of gifs: https://chmcfarland.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/four-quick-and-dirty-rules-for-cleaner-prose/Let us know what you think by leaving a review!Apple users: https://apple.co/3yl3rpNAndroid users: https://bit.ly/3h5OaTP
76 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Your Mom Rides Horses (with Mikki Helmer)
Charlie and Caitlyn talk to their much-name-dropped friend/amazing equestrian/podcast gremlin mascot Mikki about horses, riding, and what writers get wrong.Find Mikki on Instagram @mikkihelmer (for horse/book things) or @nightcraftco (for amazing pottery). And here are SO MANY RESOURCES! Thank you, Mikki!The Writers Guide to Riding: http://www.lrgaf.org/guide/writers-guide.htmEquestrian Specific Terminology; Signal You've Done Your Research: https://www.thesprucepets.com/phrases-youll-hear-during-a-riding-lesson-1887294Horse Tack Glossary: https://www.farmhousetack.com/blogs/barn-blog/glossary-of-horse-riding-terms-for-beginnersDifferences in Styles: http://dankoboldt.com/horse-terms-tack-riding/For Writing Western Styles: https://www.cowboyshowcase.com/saddles-and-gear.html#.YNCyby1h1pQBeginner (greenhorn) Riding Education (this is the most comprehensive Free resource for riding and caring for a horse for people who know nothing): https://horserookie.com/how-to-ride-a-horse-for-beginners/Horse Bible: https://www.amazon.com/Original-Horse-Bible-Definitive-Source/dp/1933958758/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_0/140-2012253-6969014?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1933958758&pd_rd_r=6b6511d3-72f6-46a9-b745-ec18eac9e9f9&pd_rd_w=cNig7&pd_rd_wg=GR0Tj&pf_rd_p=fb1e266d-b690-4b4f-b71c-bd35e5395976&pf_rd_r=44HGKJHE9VCKE34TPV8J&psc=1&refRID=44HGKJHE9VCKE34TPV8JHorse Behavior and Psychology (has a podcast!): https://horses.extension.org/basics-of-equine-behavior/Horse Coat Colors: https://www.equinespot.com/horse-colors.htmlThe Long List of Horse Breeds: http://www.theequinest.com/breeds/The Short List of Horse Breeds (aka most popular): https://equinehelper.com/horse-breeds-in-the-us/The 4mph Walk Horse Travel Speeds: https://equestrianbootsandbridles.com/how-far-can-you-travel-by-horseback-in-a-day-things-you-need-to-know/The Long Rider Video (interview with a woman who rode horse 2,000 miles across U.S. and Australia): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsuDNpjTpKYA Long Trail Ride Across Ireland Vlog Ep. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmiAtV2grC8
61 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Your Mom Structures a Novel
Charlie and Caitlyn tell you how to take all those ideas you've been brainstorming and turn them into an actual book.
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