Monthly Archives: February 2017


Hi. I’m a writer. I have an ellipsis problem…

Sometimes a writer will repeat a comfortable device…
And again…
And again…
What is happening and why?

Juliet and Jon examine a trap that Jon recently fell into—the dreaded ellipsis. Why would that happen? And what to look out for when writing…


Book mentioned in the show (Amazon Links. Click and help support the show!):

Gone Girl

Saint Anything

The Great Gatsby (From

Luis-Ferdinand Céline’s Journey to the End of Night


To Outline or Not to Outline

Almost as old as time itself is the question:
Should I outline my novel or just wing it?
Jon and Juliet suggest that the answer to this ancient mystery is: Yes!

Jon discusses his experience trying an outlining system described in Libby Hawker’s Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. Amazon link.

Jon talks what worked, what didn’t, and where he is now. Juliet offers the editorial perspective having seen both authors who were heavy outliners and others who wrote by the seat of their pants.