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The Writing Forge

Welcome to The Writing Forge, where we discuss tips and tricks for honing your writing craft. Each episode, a guest will join hosts Miranda and Bonnie to hammer out the skills a writer needs to succeed in the writing world. We cover a variety of topics—from the idea phase through publication and beyond—to help you no matter where you are on your writing journey. We believe every writer has something to share to help us all learn and grow!


19: Comedic Sans: Tips for Humor Writing
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18: Copyright Misconceptions
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17: Subgenres vs. Tropes
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16: Spooky, Scary Serials
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15: National Novel Writing Month
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14: Envision the Future: How Sci-Fi Can Inspire
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13: “I’m Not a Writer:” Battling Imposter Syndrome
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12: A Talk with Shawn Amos
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11: Just… Don’t Take It Too Far
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10: Does Writer’s Block Exist?
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09: Atlas’s Pen: Writing Under Stress
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08: Writing Trauma in Fiction
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07: The Importance of Reading Widely
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06: So You Want to Write a Graphic Novel?
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On today’s episode we discuss comic books and graphic novels with author Rod Martinez.

This Week’s Question: What is your favorite graphic novel? One that was most influential, one that caught your interest, or just one that you've been following? Let us know! 

Tips and Tricks:

  • When writing a graphic novel, don’t think like a novelist, instead try to think like a director in a play or a screenplay.
  • Storyboard your panels, keeping in mind that you’ll be working with an artist and you need to be clear on the vision you’re aiming for.
  •  Seriously, clarity cannot be underscored enough.
  • When writing a graphic novel, lean into your strength, whether dialogue or exposition; both will help.
  • Querying a graphic novel or comic book is similar to querying a children’s picture book: some publishers just want the script only; some want the script and the art. Be sure to research.
  • Be. Patient.
  • The publishing timeline on comic books is variable.



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Published Jun 7, 2022 at 9:40am
05: #Bookstagram
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04: Plotting
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03: Research and Novels
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02: Submissions
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01: Balancing Dialogue and Description
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