Author Archives: AndrewJChamberlain

Episode 117 “Who are you and why are you good to tell it?” A Conversation with Brendan O’Meara of the Creative Non-fiction Podcast

I recently spoke with fellow podcaster, essayist and award-winning journalist Brendan O’Meara. We talked about the challenges that writers of both fiction and non-fiction face, the issue of finding time to write, the value of having momentum, and the goal of building up a body of work to close the creative gap.

Find this episode on iTunes here and Android here.

Episode 116 – Climbing the North Face. Why completing the first draft of your writing project is so hard and how to achieve it

Writing the first draft of a novel, like scaling the north face of the Eiger, presents particular difficulties. In this episode, we look at what those challenges are, and how we can overcome them to get the first draft done.

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Episode 115 – Keeping the god in the machine. Why ‘Deus Ex Machina’ endings suck and how to avoid them

Deus Ex Machina or ‘god out of the machine’ endings have a rich heritage going back to the Ancient Greek Theatre. But they are a terrible model for endings in creative writing. In this episode, we explore what Deus Ex Machina endings are, why they are so bad for creative writers, and how we can create a much better ending that will give credibility to our work and satisfy our readers.

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Episode 114 “You’ve got to know what you want to say!” A conversation with Story Grid Certified Developmental Editor Lori Puma

 This episode is a conversation with story grid developmental editor Lori Puma. In our conversation, we talk about why stories matter, and what we as writers should do about that. We discuss the way in which Story Grid and a developmental editor can actually help authors, and we reflect on the way in which personal tragedy can inform both our lives and our stories. You can find out more about the Story Grid process here: www.storygrid.com and about non-violent communication here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX4N0VryiC4 And you can find out more about Lori at her website: www.loripuma.com

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Episode 113 – You have the most important job in the world and here’s why

Writer’s have the most important job in the world. Does that sound like hubris? Well, I would suggest that it isn’t. Stories are of profound importance, and as storytellers, we are the custodians of these precious artefacts, as such it behoves us to be as authentic as possible, to practice our craft, and to be as brave and persistent as we can be.

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Episode 112 – Of Monkeys and Manuscripts: a conversation with writer and BSFA Award winner Gareth L. Powell

 This episode is a conversation with award-winning science fiction and alternative reality author Gareth L Powell. We talk about how maturing as a writer and a person can inform our work, Gareth’s advice for developing authentic and rich characters, and the inspiration behind his new book Embers of War. Gareth can be reached at his website www.garethlpowell.com and on Twitter at @garethlpowell

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Episode 111 – Do you know what your book is really about? Cutting through the noise with book coach Jennie Nash

This episode is a conversation with book coach Jennie Nash. We learn about the difference between wishing you had written a book and actually writing one, the three essential pillars of effective book coaching, and how to work out what your story is really about. Don’t just have a good idea, write the book! Jennie can be reached at jennienash.com and authoraccelerator.com/blueprintworkshop

 

You can reach the episode on podomatic here and iTunes here.

 

Episode 110 – Why writing is hard work and how to keep doing it anyway

In this episode we explore the unavoidable truth that writing is really hard work. We look at why that is the case and think about ways to acknowledge this truth, and keep writing anyway. We learn the one fundamental truth about writing that everyone from the most obscure writer to the likes of Stephen King will tell you, and we identify three ‘tools’ for the toolbelt to help us keep going with our writing even when it’s tough going.

You can download the episode from podomatic here and iTunes here.

 

 

 

Episode 109 Conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens Literary Agency

Episode 109 Conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens Literary Agency

Released 22 December 2017

Want to know how to query an agent? I do, so I decided to talk to talk to one of the best agents in the business right now; someone with international clients, and experience of selling book, TV, and film rights. This episode is a wide-ranging conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens literary agency in which we talk about how to approach an agent, what to put in the query letter, and what in a single sentence, the agent is really looking for.

Episode 108 “If it wasn’t for the money everyone would be doing it.” A conversation with Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell

Episode 108 “If it wasn’t for the money everyone would be doing it” A conversation with Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell

Released18 December 2017

This episode is a spirited and warm conversation with two authors, Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell. In this conversation my guests talk about strategies for approaching an agent, decoding responses to submitted work, and what makes a writer, enjoy!