Nov 12, 2022 • 32M

Day 40: How to hold up the Middle with Annie Hartnett & Sara Shukla

Our First Fifty-Day Writing Challenge

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Michelle Hoover
Join award-winning novelist and writing coach Michelle Hoover and special guests for your morning writing wake up call, starting with a 50-day writing challenge.
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According to Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writes a Novel, the Fun & Games beat is pivotal for laying the groundwork of your story as you move into the second act while getting your characters moving. So how to do it? And how do the Fun & Games lead to your book’s all important Midpoint? To help us out, we talk to authors Annie Hartnett and Sara Shukla.

Sara Shukla is an editor and writer for Cognoscenti, WBUR Boston Public Radio’s ideas and opinions page, and a graduate of Grubstreet’s novel incubator. Her novel, Pink Whales, a humorous take on lies, drugs and yacht clubs in an exclusive seaside New England town – think “Mean Girls,” but moms — is forthcoming from Little A. She has writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books, short humor in McSweeney’s and elsewhere, and interviews in Dead Darlings. She lives in Mass. with her husband and three kids. 

Annie Hartnett is the author of two novels: her first was called Rabbit Cake and her new novel, Unlikely Animals, just came out in April with Random HouseAlong with the writer Tessa Fontaine, Annie runs bi-weekly accountability groups – workshops designed to give you community and support on your writing projects without the pressure and confusion of feedback. Annie is also the co-host of the Here to Save You podcast, a podcast about writing while parenting young children. Annie lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and their dog. 

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