This episode is a conversation with Ottawa based speculative writers Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken. 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!
Available on iTunes and Stitcher as well as Podomatic
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.
Find it at podomatic here or on iTunes here
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.
You can access the podcast via podomatic from here and iTunes from here.
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
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.
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.
Show notes are available for most of the CWT episodes at pinterest. You can access them here.
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.