The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
Practical, accessible advice for the creative writer
Episode 135 'You are valuable just as you are. And so is your writing.' A conversation with Jen Louden.
March 14, 2019 12:32 PM PDT
In this episode, I have a great conversation with the writer and international speaker Jen Louden. I talk about my own personal philosophy for being a writer and we get into the hard questions: why do you want to write? What's your story REALLY about? And do you know who you are, and what you are writing for? This episode looks at the need for proper self-regard, self-care, resilience, self-awareness, and how to focus on the task at hand.Episode 134 "All successful books have this one thing in common..." A conversation with Dr Ginger Moran
February 10, 2019 03:20 AM PST
This episode is a conversation with the author, writing coach and academic Dr Ginger Moran. We talk about the right mindset for writing, the different disciplines that we need to bring to the first draft and editing, learning from great writers, and why we writers are such tender souls.
January 17, 2019 01:48 PM PST
Can we talk about our work without hesitation, and without feeling like there's some aspect to it that could have been better? Have we done your best with our book project? In this episode, I look at what it means for us writers to be proud of our work, how we achieve that, and what the benefits are.
Episode 132 "Challenge Accepted!" A conversation with full time independent writer Steff Green
December 19, 2018 01:32 PM PST
This episode is a conversation with Steff Green. Steff is a blogger, author, optimist, metal-head, and full-time author. She also suffers from a rare genetic condition which means she is now legally registered as blind. In our conversation, we discuss the challenges that writers who have a disability face, and also how should any writer present a character who has a disability.Episode 131 - Get them off their smartphone and make them care about your work. A conversation with Tade Thompson
November 18, 2018 09:06 AM PST
This episode is a conversation with award-winning writer and NHS doctor Tade Thompson. We discuss everything from the Wombles to the Fantastic Four, and from the fact that no one gives a **** about your writing unless you make them, to the tropes of English horror.Episode 130 - Energising each scene in your novel with polarity shifts and scene turns
November 10, 2018 12:00 AM PST
What must a scene have to really make it work? It's not action, it's not dialogue, it's not sparkling description, wonderful those these things can be. For a scene to work something that matters needs to change. In this episode, we explore these changes or polarity shifts to show this principle, with an example story that contains some scenes with these shifts and some that do not to show what a difference that make.Episode 129 "Walking up a mountain in the mist" A conversation with writer and scientist C. John Arthur
November 07, 2018 12:00 AM PST
My guest for this episode is the scientist and independent author C. John Arthur. Chris has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and now works in medical research. He has been a reviewer for the British Science Fiction Association’s critical journal, Vector, and has more recently contributed to Focus, the BSFA’s writers’ magazine. He returned to writing short fiction a few years ago and has had stories published in small press anthologies, the latest being 'The Masque Maker of Venezia'. He is now based in Sweden, and his thoughts on science fiction and science are chronicled occasionally at www.blog.cjohnarthur.com.Episode 128 - Plotting your journey to traditional publishing success with Derek Künsken
October 27, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
This episode is a conversation with the author and international speaker Derek Künsken. Derek is a Canadian writer who learned the trade with short stories. For a number of years now his work has been accepted by some of the premier magazines in SciFi including Asimov. Derek now has an agent, has signed a two-book deal and is negotiating a further deal and is published in multiple territories and languages. In this conversation, we talk about the transition to novel writing, how to introduce compelling themes and characters, and the perils of hitting the Strunk and White 'Kool-aid'!Episode 127 - A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach Part 2 of 2:
October 05, 2018 11:22 AM PDT
This episode is the second half of my conversation with Ellen. We talk about a range of issues including making the right choice for the Point of View of your work, how to create the ideal query letter, and how to utilise the resources that Ellen has made available.Episode 126 A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach (Part 1 of 2)
September 30, 2018 03:01 AM PDT
This episode is a conversation with the novel editor and writing coach, Ellen Brock. You may know Ellen from her annual Novel Boot Camp event and her series of videos on YouTube. Ellen has a real heart for helping people who want to develop their skills in the craft of writing, and in this first half of our conversation, we talk about the biggest problems writers have with both structuring their work and refining narrative quality.
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