writer podcasts

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 different stages?...

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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 him reading a...

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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 this episode we...

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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 Reynolds. In this...

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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 at four practical...

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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 at how you can...

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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 writing? In this episode...

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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 guiding principle, or...

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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 wonder where it's...

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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 Bilodeau. Marie's...

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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 plan and outline,...

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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 to deal with early in...

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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. Until 2013 Claire was...

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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 with plot. In this...

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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 creative process being...

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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 foundation for going...

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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 different from other...

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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 fantasy author Derek...

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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 how effective your...

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Episode 15 - Characters with Edge

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

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