The Mommy’s Pen Podcast

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By Sue and Nora Campbell
Writer Sue Campbell talks books, stories and story structure with her eleven-year-old daughter, Nora. New episodes every Thursday.
S1, E3: First Pinch Point
We review "The Blackthorn Key," the first book is a fabulous Blackthorn Key Adventure series by Kevin Sands. For this week's story structure lesson, Sue explains what a pinch point is. You also get an entertaining rundown of Britain's Restoration era from amateur historian, Nora. Incidentally, the art featured above for this episode is a Nora original in watercolor pencil. The gentleman William III (a nephew of Charles II). See the full show notes at
July 19, 2018
S1, E2: First Plot Point
Nora reviews Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile from the Royals Diaries series. Sue explains the function of a first plot point (FPP) and Nora takes a stab at identifying the FPP in Cleopatra and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Nora also clues us in on how ancient Egyptians handled body odor (hint: it involves snakes) and points to some great places to learn more about history. Full show notes at
July 4, 2018
S1, E1: Inciting Incident
A writer and her eleven-year-old daughter discuss the book “My Name is Victoria” by Lucy Worsely and the concept of an inciting incident. We fight about Lucy W.'s eyebrows and whether or not she has the help of a ghostwriter for her novels. We also discuss our plans for the podcast: we're gonna talk about books, stories, and story structure. Specifically, in each episode we'll discuss some aspect of story structure. This time around, it's "inciting incident." This is an event that thrusts a character into a particular situation and sucks a reader into a story. Full show notes at
June 25, 2018
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