Catch up with Writers one word at a time. Join Polly Alice McCann, Flying Ketchup Press, Kansas City, MO, and a host of international artists, poets, writers, and creatives as they each share one word that has accelerated their artistic journey.


September 26, 2021 15 min

Join editors Hope Houtwed and Polly Alice McCann in the the search for the A-Hah Moment. Who needs to have it? Why? How does it work? This just may be the secret to how to get your fiction to stand out! Maybe you'll say "A-hah."

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So how much should a narrator be allowed to speak in fiction? Join Hope Houtwed and Polly Alice McCann in the editing room discussing those writing terms editors throw around. Sometimes writers want to speak to the reader directly. Find out about why and some great examples on how breaking the fourth wall is something certain readers can't get enough of. 

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September 10, 2021 20 min

Join editors behind the scenes at the editing desk with Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed to discover the secrets to great pacing in your fiction writing. It's a bit like "Car Talk" for Writers. Sure it's one of our longer episodes and that's not ironic at all! 


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September 4, 2021 16 min

What if you could write your next piece of fiction a lot faster? What if you could organize scenes and plot your fiction without the inner editor stopping you, the plot outline crushing your creativity, or the typing endless amounts of draft material that are discarded? Dream Storming is a phrase coined by Pulitzer winner, Robert Olen Butler, in his book "From Where You Dream." Find out all about it while listening behind the scene...

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August 29, 2021 20 min

Join Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed for another exciting behind the scenes look into the editor's mindset when it comes to the craft of writing. Just what do all those terms mean and how do they work together? What is a story and what must a good story have? Where do we find the inspiration? How long should a short story be? All the truth, no classroom, just the good stuff. 

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August 19, 2021 15 min

Join Hope Houtwed and Polly McCann for another word power episode on the word voice. What do editors mean by great voice? How can a writer achieve great voice in their writing? Where does it come from? Is it possible. The answer is yes! Find out here. 

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August 12, 2021 17 min

Join editors Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed in the editing room for a discussion on Serendipity. Is all writing serendipitous, or are there steps to make the magic happen? Should we use form, premise, or wait for lightening to strike our creative imagination?

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August 6, 2021 14 min

Join editors Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed in the studio talking about what happens in the editing room. Every wondered what editors are really thinking about the work you submit and how to bring your writing to the next level. Get all the lingo here at Ketchupedia's word power moment.

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July 29, 2021 12 min

Have you ever taken your writing, art or creative idea and put it in a drawer- never to see the light of day again? Was it because it needed more work or because you needed to work out something? What would happen if you decided to take that work out of the drawer? Find out how one writer does it with editor, Polly Alice McCann from Flying Ketchup Press. 

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July 24, 2021 15 min

It's launched! What is Ketchupedia all about? It's about words, and it's about us creatives catching up with each other and our art. Do you ever feel that all your responsibilities are bleeding you dry, leaving no room for creative work? Find out how to be more creative from editor, Polly Alice McCann and why she believes writers and artists still have room to share their creativity in more outlets than you might expect. 

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July 17, 2021 10 min

Join editors Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed in the studio to talk about the craft of writing from the editor's angle. Goes without Saying or GWS could come back into fashion but when is it a good time to show versus tell? Wouldn't it be nice to know if you were on the right track with your manuscript? You can be when you know when to trust your reader, and how to show them that you do!

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July 9, 2021 9 min

Poetry Editor Beth Gulley interviews writer, Dan Krause on his daily writing practice and his word of the day, spontaneity. His science fiction novel 'Winfield and Roberts' published with Alien Buddha Press Krause answers the question about what a daily writing practice is all about, and how to access infinite imagination. 

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July 1, 2021 18 min

Join San Franciso artist JoAnneh Nagler author of Naked Marriage (Skyhorse Publishing); How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass (W.W. Norton); and The Debt-Free Spending Plan (Harper-Collins) as she shares the word that has pushed her forward and changed her life. Artistry is her word of the day. How do we move forward as an artist and creative? How do we take our passions and make them a ...

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June 26, 2021 15 min

Join Editors Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed in the studio for a behind-the-scenes discussion of what happens to a manuscript during the "editing" process. How many kinds of editing are there? How long does it take? What is the difference between copy-editing and developmental editing?

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June 18, 2021 13 min

Join poetry editor, Beth Gulley as she interviews poet Jeremy Gulley on the word of the day, "Space." How do we give space for creativity in our writing and more importantly how do we creatively collaborate and support writing partners with both critique and "space" to write? Accompanying music "Flail" by JBird is the Ketchupedia music for Flying Ketchup Press.

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June 11, 2021 10 min

Carole Lynn Jones, winner of the Flying Ketchup Press prompt for cozy mystery and author of upcoming short mystery collection "This New Job's Murder," shares why writing prompts are her motivation to get work out there-picture prompts especially. Intern blog editor, Nathanael Quezada and Polly Alice add a moment from the weekly editor's meeting to share with you, a studio moment. They ask what prompts us to be creative, and could a...

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June 3, 2021 18 min

Join editors, Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed in the Flying Ketchup Press studio talking about the craft of writing. Plot arc or Character arc? Which is it? How many should you have? What about arc v. archetype. What about side characters? Ketchupedia's word power source "words for writers." 

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May 28, 2021 8 min

Join editorial intern, NATHANAEL QUEZADA, a 2021 graduate of Concordia University, WI as he shares his word of the day, "sublime" or "sublimity"-- "of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe." A.k.a. Next Level. Do you aim for your work to be sublime, do you know poetry, art, or writing that takes you to the next level, sublimity?  Nathanael writes literary criticism, theory, and fantasy. He's a w...

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May 23, 2021 19 min

Join poetry editor and professor, Dr. Beth Gulley, and Polly Alice McCann in the word of the day poetry edition. How do we Listen listen to ourselves, to a person, to an object? What is micro poetry? and really how do we revise a poem?

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Join hosts Poet t.l. Sanders and Polly Alice Artist and guest deejay, Richard Parilla, for an hour of Poetry Radio. How do you know you are a poet? What is Poetry? And how does poetry create "magic" or help mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month, week three. 

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