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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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The Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook is published on 22nd September 2017. 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 is at last ready, and this episode is a look inside. Also in this episode, I'm speaking at the Writer's Jump-start conference on 11th November 2017 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.

Episode 96 - Different routes into publishing: Interview with Wendy H Jones and Ryan Dalton
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March 28, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode is a conversation with two authors who have come to publication by different routes. Wendy H Jones has self published crime fiction with the DI Shona McKenzie series, and a book on marketing for authors, she has also traditionally published a YA novel. Ryan Dalton is the author of the Time Shift Trilogy, and the first book in that series, his debut novel, The Year of Lightening was published in January 2016, Book 2 in the series The Black Tempest is published in April of this year.

Episode 95 Into the crucible - empowering your work with symbol dilemma and innovation
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February 27, 2017 12:00 AM PST
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In episodes 92 and 94 we explored the landscape of genre and trope, theme and moral, and in this episode we continue that exploration with a look at symbol and motif. We step back to look at how all of these aspects of creative writing are connected and how we can use the power of symbols, the fascination with dilemma, and the potential to subvert tropes as tools to empower our work.

Episode 94 Jesse Pinkman meets Lady Macbeth. Themes ethics and morality in your story
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February 20, 2017 12:00 AM PST
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In this episode we explore the right and wrong way to handle themes in our work. We say 'no' to preaching and lecturing the reader, and 'yes' to weaving the themes we want to present into the story, and giving the engagement of the characters with those themes real consequences. We explore some great examples of how themes can be explored in story, from Elizabeth and Darcy to Harry Potter, and Jesse Pinkman to Lady Macbeth

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