The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

Episode 43 - Judgement Day! How to get the best out of the climax stage of your story

In this episode we look at stage five of the six stage story process - the climax stage. We are...

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Episode 42 - Exploiting the Crisis stage of your story

In this episode we look at stage four of the six stage story process, the Crisis. There is no...

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Episode 41 - Conversation with historian, writer, and speaker Nick Page

This episode is an interview with the author and historian, Nick Page. Nick, who describes...

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Episode 40 - Show them the magic. Making your story excellent through the Momentum stage

This is the second of two podcasts focusing on stage three of the six stage story process. What...

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Episode 39 - Harnessing the power of human psychology for your story

In this episode we start to explore the third of the six stages of story, and answer the...

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Episode 38 - We have lift off! Getting the best out of the inciting incident

How do you get the most out of the inciting incident in your story? Here are three challenges...

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Episode 37 - Grab them by the eyeballs!

What are the three key objectives you need to achieve at the start of your story? In this episode...

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Episode 36 - The DNA of Story. The six stage model of great storylines

How do stories work? What are the stages in a story, and what are the objectives of those...

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Episode 35 - Interview with Lee Harris Senior Editor at Tor.com

This episode is an interview with Lee Harris, Senior Editor at Tor.com. We find out what keeps...

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Episode 34 - Story theory: a powerful addition to your writer's toolbelt

Studying story theory might sound like a bit of an academic exercise, but don't be put off! In...

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Episode 33 - Self-publishing for everyone. Advice for all writers from four authors who published their own work

Four different writers, four different approaches to publishing your own work. In the first half...

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Episode 31 - From Aristotle to Stephen King. Story theory tips for your writer's toolbelt

In this episode we condense about 2,300 years of story theory into ten minutes(!) and then look...

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Episode 32 - Interview with Alastair Reynolds

This is a bonus episode, featuring an interview with the British Science Fiction writer Alastair...

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Episode 30 - Hit the ground running: how to write a great opening line

How do you start a story? With a compelling opening line, of course. In this episode we will look...

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Episode 29 - Interview with Jeanne Cavelos

This episode is a "must listen" for all writers of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. My guest...

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Episode 28 - Harness the power of foreshadowing

What is foreshadowing? How does it work, and how can you use it to enhance and enrich your...

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Episode 27 - What is the guiding principle behind your story?

What's the most important thing in creating a plot and story development? It's knowing your...

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Episode 26 - How to deal with a mid-story crisis (plot part 4)

You know that feeling, you are about 20k to 30k words in to the story, and you suddenly begin to...

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Episode 25 - Interview with Marie Bilodeau

This is a guest episide with Ottawa-based storyteller and science-fiction/fantasy writer, Marie...

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Episode 24 - Planners and Pantsers (Plot pt 3)

One of the more contentious debates in creative writing is the question of whether authors should...

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