Monthly Archives: February 2017

CWT Episode 94 – Jesse Pinkman meets Lady Macbeth. Themes ethics and morality in your story

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

The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt Handbook

I have CWT Handbook news!

Some of you will know that I’m in the process of bringing the very best of what will be the first 100 episodes of the podcast together in book form. I’ll be publishing this in the autumn of 2017 as The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt Handbook, and it will contain the very best advice and insight from the first 100 episodes of the podcast.

I’ve now got the first draft of the cover art for that book finished, you can see a decent rendering of it here.

I’m really looking forward to bringing you the finished product in the autumn, and I’ll giveyou more news as I get it on this project.

CWT Ep 93 – Interview with Adrian Tchaikovsky

This episode is an interview with award winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.  Adrian and I talk about the long road to producing publishable quality material, how to work with genres and their tropes, the writer’s life, and why it’s always helpful to have a contact at the Natural History Museum.

On iTunes from here and podomatic from here.

Episode 92 – A home and a market for your story. Navigating your way around trope and genre

What genre does your story fit into? And how can you use the tropes of that genre to make your story fresh, original, and compelling? In this episode we explore the challenge of identifying the genre or genres of your story, and looking at way to embrace the tropes of that genre by re-imagining them and subverting them to keep your work interesting and cliche free.

On iTunes from here and Podomatic from here.