The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

Episode 63 - Interview with Peter F Hamilton

This episode is a conversation with bestselling author Peter F Hamilton. In a career spanning...

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Episode 62 - In at the deep end. How to immerse readers in your story

In the previous episode we explored the two essential qualities of setting through describing the...

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Episode 61 - Are you sitting comfortably? Why your setting must be Credible and Immersive

This podcast starts a new series on the subject of setting, and we begin by exploring why there...

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Episode 60 'Writing the Other' with Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older

How should we present characters from a range of different backgrounds in our work? How can we...

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Episode 59 - Character and characterisation: series wrapup

This episode is a summary of the issues we have covered in the last dozen or so installments of...

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Episode 58 - Deep and narrow, or broad and shallow? The essentials of Point of View

Point of view (PoV) is critical to your story. The authorial decision you make about PoV will set...

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Episode 57 - Outstanding performance in a supporting role - making your supporting characters excellent

It's no surprise that many of the principles that we use to develop our lead characters also...

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Episode 56 - Toolbelt EXTRA: Interview with Al Robertson

Toolbelt EXTRA is an additional episode outside of the usual fortnightly regular podcasts. In...

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Episode 55 - Don't just talk the talk! Squeezing everything out of your characters interactions

I'm responding to a listener question in this episode by looking at the issue of character...

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Episode 54 - Interview with crime writer Wendy H Jones

Wendy H Jones is a self-published crime writer and part of the controversial "Tartan Noire"...

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Episode 53 - Perfecting the devil. How to create a deliciously wicked antagonist

This episode is all about the protagonist's nemesis, the antagonist. Traditionally seen as 'the...

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Episode 52 - Christmas 2015: Superfood for the writer's brain

In this episode, released on Christmas Day 2015, we take time out from the usual teaching and...

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Episode 51 - True to the End. The keys to developing your protagonist's character arc

Nothing holds the reader in your story like a compelling, authentic character, and an essential...

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Episode 50 - Interview with Nancy Kress

For the fiftieth episode I'm delighted to present an interview with Nebula and Hugo award winning...

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Episode 49 Tailored for a perfect fit. The perfect characteristics for your cast

Sometimes it's just one or two well placed,well fitting characteristics that make a character. In...

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Episode 48 - The blade in the mind. Exploiting the interior life of your characters

What is the interior life of the character, and what sort of interior life should we be showing...

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Episode 46 - The Essence of character

What is the essence of a character? Why is the creation and presentation of that essence the most...

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Episode 45 - Interview with editor and agent Julie Crisp

This episode is an interview with the freelance editor, script doctor, and literary agent Julie...

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Episode 44 - Finish with Style! The Resolution stage of your story

Finishing your story takes as much skill and wisdom as telling it, and there's more to a good...

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