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Episode 106 - What we can learn from literary fiction
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November 17, 2017 12:00 AM PST
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What can genre writers learn from literary fiction? In this episode we tiptoe across the (false) divide between literary and genre fiction and look at how the best literary fiction can inspire us to create characters with subtle and complex emotions, and settings that are evocative of detail, mood, and emotion. We look at description from the general to the specific and see how an aspect of setting can be used as a metaphor for theme and moral.

Episode 105 - "Creativity is not a luxury item." Interview with Jeff Leisawitz
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October 15, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode is an interview with Jeff Leisawitz (jeffleisawitz.com). Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a critically acclaimed author and internationally distributed filmmaker. In this interview we talk about the healing power of creating something, why creativity is not a luxury item, and Jeff's online creativity workshops where he goes deep with the creative process. You can find out more about these workshops at http://jeffleisawitz.com/nfa-for-screenwrtiers-and-storytellers/

Episode 104 - Interview with Jeff Goins
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October 05, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode's guest will need no introduction for many of you. Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, and the host and organsier of the annual Tribe conference. In this conversation Jeff gives honest, sometimes poignant answers to my hard questions. Also in this episode - The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook is out! Find it at Amazon and www.andrewjchamberlain.com, and I also talk about our 11th November conference: A Writer's Jumpstart, which will combine teaching on the craft of writing with practical insights on marketing for authors - nad it's all in one intensive day. Contact me via the website or at www.equippedtowrite.co.uk to be part of that day.

Episode 103 - A look inside the Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook
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September 20, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode focuses on the just published Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook. Condensing all of the best advice and insight from three and a half years of podcasting over 100 episodes, and with over twenty different writers editors and artists as guests, the Handbook gives you the practical advice you need to be a better writer and produce great work. Also in this episode we feature The Writer's Jump-start conference from Equipped to Write (www.equippedtowrite.co.uk) where I will be speaking with the writer and coach Wendy H Jones. CWT listeners get a 10% discount on the cost of the conference - use the code E2WTEN in the coupon section of the box office page.

Episode 102 - Interview with Monica Leonelle
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July 12, 2017 11:57 PM PDT
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This is a guest episode with the independent author and blogger Monica Leonelle. Monica has written across several genres and series, most notably her young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance series, 'Waters Dark and Deep'. She also writes about indie publishing at ProseOnFire.com. Before becoming an independent author, Monica led digital marketing efforts at Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural and Braintree. She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. To find out what she’s up to and get access to her latest fiction updates, exclusive giveaways, advanced review copies, and more, sign up at MonicaLeonelle.com

Episode 101: Dare to write - dare to submit - dare to publish
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June 28, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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The professional writers and editors I speak to tell me that one of the biggest challenges for the writers they come across is that they don't get down to the writing! Or if they do they don't then submit or publish the material. So in this episode we examine the barriers to writing, submitting, and publishing, and we look at ways to overcome these barriers and get our work written and out there

Episode 100: Reflecting on the best advice and insight from 100 episodes of the Creative Writer's Toolbelt with writer editor and fellow podcaster Sarah Werner
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May 20, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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After just over three years the Creative Writer's Toolbelt reaches 100 episodes! To mark the occasion I'm reflecting on some of the best advice and insight I've received over that time, and to do that I am joined by writer, editor, speaker and fellow podcaster Sarah Werner. In our conversation I ask Sarah some great questions(!) and we reflect on story structure, character, setting, genre, research and the writers life. I'll also give you an update on the Handbook, which is due out in October, and there's news about the "Writer's Jumpstart" conference which is in London on November 11th, where I will be speaking with Scottish Crime writer Wendy H Jones.

Episode 99 - Six simple principles for living well as a writer.
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April 28, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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Continuing the theme of "the writer's life" this episode offers some evidence based advice and practical steps for looking after ourselves so that we can live well and write well. From getting enough water and sleep, to eating well, exercising, socializing, and being mindful of our spiritual well-being. These tips will help us all to look after the totality of who we are, so that we can look after ourselves and our writing.

Episode 98 - How to look after yourself and not be a jerk - living the writer's life well with Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken
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April 09, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode is a conversation with Ottawa based speculative writers Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken. In the conversation we explore how to live the writer's life well, and what it means to follow the navy maxim that we need to be able to float, sail and shoot. We explore Marie's experiences with retreats, and Derek's experiences with sabbaticals, and we reflect on Derek's best advice for writers: Don't be a jerk.

Episode 97 - If you only get one thing right in your writing make it this
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April 03, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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As of this month (April 2017) I’m working hard on the Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook. As I look back on nearly 100 episodes I’ve realized that there's one fundamental thing we writers have to do to create great work, and it's this: be authentic! In this episode we explore what it is to be authentic, and we look at some practical tools to achieve that authenticity.

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