Monthly Archives: June 2015


They’re Not Neighbors, They’re Future Characters

That man who lives across the street…
Who walks so happily…
Who’s always is the first out to shovel snow…
Who in the hell is he?

He’s a character for your next novel.

In this show we discuss some sources of inspiration, and we also try to answer a listener question.


He Said. She Said.

What is wrong with the word said?
Except how it’s used again and again and again and again.

Juliet gives sound advice on saids many weaknesses.
Examples are shown. Ideas are formulated. Recommendations are given.
Oh my!

Books mentioned in the show (Amazon links and text):

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”–John Green, The New York Times Book Review.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Filtered through the whiskey-soaked perceptions of high school senior Sutter Keely, Tim Tharp’s quirky novel (Knopf, 2008) echoes the tragic-comic struggles typical of many students launching themselves into the maelstrom of the adult world. — Starred Review School Library Journal