Author Archives: AndrewJChamberlain

Episode 101: Dare to write – dare to submit – dare to publish

Episode 101: Dare to write – dare to submit – dare to publish

Released 28 June 2017

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

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

Released20 May 2017

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.

Episode 99 – Six simple principles for living well as a writer

Released28 April 2017

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.


The writer’s imperative: be authentic

If you only get one thing right with your writing, make it this… BE AUTHENTIC

Being authentic means being true to how a story would unfold, how a character would behave. It doesn’t mean what you say has to have happened, it does mean that the reader has to believe it could happen.…/episo…/2017-04-03T00_00_00-07_00

The attractive character is the honest character. She is the character in whom we see the keenest desires, the most poignant failures, and the most cherished hopes.

Episode 98 – How to look after yourself and not be a jerk…Living the writer’s life well, with Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken

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




CWT Episode 97 – If you only get one thing right in your writing, make it this…

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


CWT Ep 96 – Different routes into publishing: Interview with Wendy H Jones and Ryan Dalton

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.

CWT Episode 95 – Into the crucible – empowering your work with symbol dilemma and innovation

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.

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.