The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

Episode 83 - Curtain Up! Essential Principles for the Opening Scene

We all know the opening scene in any book is the critical moment to make your mark on the reader,...

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Episode 82 - Interview with children's author Bob Hartman

This episode first appeared (briefly!) back in 2014 but mysteriously disappeared, making it a...

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Episode 81 - You have a deal with your readers - here's how to deliver your side of the bargain

In this episode we use the development of a scene to illustrate a critical element of the...

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Episode 80 - The absolute essentials of writing a scene

The scene is a key building block of a story, so how can we make sure that the scenes in our...

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Episode 79 - The sound of your writing is critical to your success - here's how you can improve it

This episode is a round up of everything we've been talking about concerning the sound of writing...

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Episode 78 - Conversation with Becky Chambers and Nisi Shawl + Indiegogo launch for the Handbook

In this episode I'm excited to announce the launch of the Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook, a...

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Episode 77 - Listen to the voices! What we can learn about voice from great writing

In this episode we are going to look at a number of very different examples of writing that excel...

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Episode 75 - Unlocking the secrets of excellent writing style

What is excellent writing style? And how can we develop that style without simply mimicking the...

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Episode 74 - Thirty Years of the Arthur C Clarke Award. A conversation with Award Director Tom Hunter

The UK’s most prestigious Science Fiction literature prize, the Arthur C Clarke award, is 30 this...

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Episode 73 - Improve the sound of your writing by understanding and using tone, style, and voice

This episode marks the start of a new series for the Creative Writer's Toolbelt, looking at the...

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Episode 72 - Six principles for the perfect setting

This episode wraps up our review of the dimension setting of creative writing, and building on...

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Episode 71 - Interview with Ian McDonald

This episode is a conversation with Northern Ireland based author Ian McDonald. Ian has been a...

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Episode 70 - Three stories, three genres, three settings

Over the past ten episodes of the podcast we've looked at a range of strategies and techniques to...

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Episode 69 - Seasoning the story: how to seed information about character and setting into your work

So you've identified the key information about your settings and characters, and now you have to...

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Episode 66 - Conversation with Becky Chambers

My guest this week is the author Becky Chambers, author of the critically acclaimed novel 'The...

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Episode 65 - The Magpie and the Compost Heap: Curiosity and Curation for your future projects

In episode 64 we looked at what we can do to build and enhance setting in a current project, and...

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Episode 64 - Research Respect and Reasoning: building the foundations of your story setting

Great stories require a lot of research, but there's more to it than just surfing the net for a...

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