Episode 006 - Author Interview: Wendy Jessen

Wendy Jessen, author of Hope and Healing: 

In this episode, Rena interviews Wendy Jessen about her new book, Hope and Healing: A Survivor's Faith-Based Perspective on Recovering from Sexual Abuse, available on Amazon. As a survivor, Wendy made it her mission to support other survivors. She launched a blog for survivors, Hope and Healing, and encourages victims to seek self-care and therapy as needed. Rena and Wendy discuss big-picture revisions and line-by-line editing techniques.

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Here are the links to the books Wendy references in her interview:

Also, check out Rena's new book on Amazon!

Book Cover Art by Nathan T. Gross

Happy NANOWRIMO, writers!
Now, get back to the keyboard and Crack that WIP!

Episode 005 - Q&A about the creative process

In this episode, Rena and Nate tackle questions about the creative process.


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Episode 004 - Structuring Narrative Essays with Karin Brown

In the latest podcast, Rena interviews Karin Brown, 2nd place winner of the first chapter contest (general fiction category) at Storymakers 2018 and author of the newly released essay, "Falling," published in Segullah. It's about the sweet nostalgia and crumbling heartache that stem from life's seasonal changes. Other essays by Karin Brown can be found here.

Rena and Karin also explore the narrative essay structure with some tips from expert essayist, Sheila Bender. For more information on structuring other types of essays, Crack the WIP highly recommends her book, Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page.
Also mentioned: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, (mistakenly referred to as "The Feminine Persuasion" in the podcast), A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas, and essays by Colleen Kinder.

How to use Submittable Discover and Querytracker

So you wrote a narrative essay. Or a Canadian vampire fantasy. Or maybe you're like my friend Beth who takes photos of dogs defecating. Now what? Where do you publish?

In today's podcast, Nate and Rena explore the features of Submittable Discover, an online tool for finding journals and magazines that publish poetry, short stories, essays, and art, and QueryTracker, a database of agents for writers ready to submit book-length work.


Listen here, or check us out on patreon.com/crackthewip. Tell your writer friends. We'd love your support!

Now, go crack your WIP! Whipppppaaaccchhh!

Meet Krista M. Isaacson

In the latest podcast, Rena interviews Krista M. Isaacson, 3-time winner of the first chapter contest (nonfiction category) at Storymakers Con. This year (2018), her submission earned her the runner-up spot for the Grand Prize.  They discuss Krista's history with writing and the harrowing events that led to her current WIP, go-to lessons, writer tics, and favorite books. Listen here.

You can read her Storymakers submission here for a limited time.

Find Krista online:

Write on!

Plotting Your Memoir

New episode! In this one, Nate and Rena discuss ways to use Dan Wells' 7-Point System for memoir plotting (or planning).

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And before listening, we recommend that you watch Dan's videos below.

Check out our new Crack the WIP episode on Patreon here.

Dan's vids:

Part 1 of 5:

Part 2 of 5:

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Part 5 of 5:

If you are interested in reading anything by the incredible horror and sci-fi writer, Dan Wells, check out his website here. I loved his I Am Not a Serial Killer YA novel series.

Write on!

Rena and Nate

Welcome to Crack the WIP!


If you're a writer or an artist, you probably have a Work In Progress (WIP).

Our Crack the WIP podcast is all about cracking the codes of writing so that you can whip your WIP into shape.

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Thanks, and write on!

Rena Lesue, MFA in creative nonfiction
Nathan Gross, BFA in photography

Episode 006 - Author Interview: Wendy Jessen

Wendy  Jessen, author of  Hope and Healing:  A Survivor's Faith-Based Perspective on Recovering From Sexual Abuse https:// surviv...