creative podcasts

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 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 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 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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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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