The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

Episode 23 - First things first (plot pt 2)

Continuing our review of the essentials of plot, in this episode we look at the things you need...

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Episode 22 - Interview with Claire Keane

This episode is an interview with artist and children’s writer and illustrator, Claire Keane....

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Episode 21 The Fundamentals of Plot - Part 1

We've started on the process of building a story from the ground up, and we're going to kick off...

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Episode 20 - Building a story from the ground up

It's time to start planning that story, but with so many aspects to creative writing and the...

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Episode 19 - Writing for others-writing for yourself

Back to first principles. We're asking a couple of fundamental questions in this episode as the...

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Episode 18 - The HARVARD Model for developing characters

The HARVARD model is a systematic process for developing the personae of your characters. It's...

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Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken

In one of our occasional interviews on the Writer's Toolbelt, I talk to award winning SciFi and...

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Episode 16 - Three tests that will tell you how successful your characters really are

So how good are your characters? Can you tell? Here are three tests that you can use to work out...

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Episode 15 - Characters with Edge

Great books can have ordinary characters plunged into extraordinary situations - but they can...

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Episode 14 - Deeds not words

It's what your character does, rather than what you say about them, that defines them for the...

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Episode 13 - Character Motivation

Continuing our series on characterisation, in this episode we look at character motivation and...

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Episode 12 - What three qualities do you need to be a good writer?

What are the personal qualities you need, not only keep you writing but to help you improve in...

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Episode 11 - Creating the individual character (part 1)

In the last episode we looked at character integrity and how this is founded on...

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Episode 10 - Getting to know you! Believability and consistency as the keys to developing character integrity

This episode introduces the core requirements for good character development: character integrity...

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Episode 9 - Get Active! Using the right verbs and the right voice to energise your story

In this episode I cover two issues, using precise and powerful verbs, and also using the active...

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Episode 8 - 'Just in time' storytelling

Grabbing the reader's attention immediately is a vital part of storytelling. Often writers will...

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Episode 7 - What the rejection letter doesn't tell you

In this podcast I explore some of the mistakes that editors look out for. Here are ten things to...

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Episode 6 - The serious business of writing something funny

This is the last of the five techniques for showing not telling - and arguably it's the hardest...

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Episode 5 - The power of suggestion

In this episode we look at another dimension of showing not telling, and that's the potential for...

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Episode 4 - The zest of the orange the icy tingle of the stream in winter

In this episode I will explain how you can use sensory language to show rather than tell your story

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