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The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to Creative writers.Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process

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The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to Creative writers.Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process

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Excellent resource for new writers

By NewYA writer - Sep 13 2019
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Very clear and well presented practical tools and techniques given with clear example. Great structure to the podcast summing up at end resources and techniques explored. Starting at the beginning each builds into the next. Great backtracking at the start to refresh what was covered previously. Excellent resource!

Informative and Not Dull

By BiGGPaINS - Jun 06 2019
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I really enjoy this podcast. I wish they put out more than one a month. It’s a great listen. Keep up the good work!

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62 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
4
3
2
1

Excellent resource for new writers

By NewYA writer - Sep 13 2019
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Very clear and well presented practical tools and techniques given with clear example. Great structure to the podcast summing up at end resources and techniques explored. Starting at the beginning each builds into the next. Great backtracking at the start to refresh what was covered previously. Excellent resource!

Informative and Not Dull

By BiGGPaINS - Jun 06 2019
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I really enjoy this podcast. I wish they put out more than one a month. It’s a great listen. Keep up the good work!

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The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

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The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to Creative writers.Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process

Rank #1: Episode 134 "All successful books have this one thing in common..." A conversation with Dr Ginger Moran

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This episode is a conversation with the author, writing coach and academic Dr Ginger Moran. We talk about the right mindset for writing, the different disciplines that we need to bring to the first draft and editing, learning from great writers, and why we writers are such tender souls. And yes, Ginger tells us what that one thing successful books have in common is, enjoy!

Feb 10 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 105 - "Creativity is not a luxury item." Interview with Jeff Leisawitz

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This episode is an interview with Jeff Leisawitz (jeffleisawitz.com). Jeff is an award-winning musician/ producer, a critically acclaimed author and internationally distributed filmmaker. In this interview we talk about the healing power of creating something, why creativity is not a luxury item, and Jeff's online creativity workshops where he goes deep with the creative process. You can find out more about these workshops at http://jeffleisawitz.com/nfa-for-screenwrtiers-and-storytellers/

Oct 15 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 91 - Stay on target! How to write a great action scene.

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For this episode I am again joined by Jessi Rita Hoffman (jessiritahoffman.com). Jessi is a former publishing house editor-in-chief and award-winning magazine editor now offers professional book editing services and author coaching. In this episode Jessi and I discuss the key elements of the action scene. From the need to keep the prose tight, to managing the rising tension, from dumping those 'hedge' words, to not telling us how much your protagonist is bleeding. Remember - keep the girl, or guy, fighting!

Jan 31 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 89 - Power up your prose! Making sentences paragraphs and scenes work for you

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In this episode we look at the way in which the building blocks of prose: the sentence, the paragraph, and the scene, work. We explore the fundamental principle that drives all of them, and how you can use these structural tools to enhance your work and captivate your reader

Jan 07 2017

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Rank #5: Episode 118 Getting to grips with PoV - Point of View part 1

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Getting Point of View (PoV) right is one of the fundamental challenges for any writer. In the first of a two-part series on the subject, we look at what point of view is, and how to make a success of third person limited point of view in your work.

May 06 2018

20mins

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Rank #6: Episode 106 - What we can learn from literary fiction

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What can genre writers learn from literary fiction? In this episode we tiptoe across the (false) divide between literary and genre fiction and look at how the best literary fiction can inspire us to create characters with subtle and complex emotions, and settings that are evocative of detail, mood, and emotion. We look at description from the general to the specific and see how an aspect of setting can be used as a metaphor for theme and moral.

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #7: Episode 96 - Different routes into publishing: Interview with Wendy H Jones and Ryan Dalton

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This episode is a conversation with two authors who have come to publication by different routes. Wendy H Jones has self published crime fiction with the DI Shona McKenzie series, and a book on marketing for authors, she has also traditionally published a YA novel. Ryan Dalton is the author of the Time Shift Trilogy, and the first book in that series, his debut novel, The Year of Lightening was published in January 2016, Book 2 in the series The Black Tempest is published in April of this year.

Mar 28 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 124 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 1 of 2)

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This episode is a conversation with Dr Sandra O'Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of "Your first fifteen pages" an agent's guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. This is the first of two episodes featuring my conversation with Sandra; in this episode, we look at where submissions go wrong, the essential ingredients for the first fifteen pages of your novel, and what readers really want.

Jul 29 2018

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Rank #9: Episode 110 - Why writing is hard work and how to keep doing it anyway

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In this episode we explore the unavoidable truth that writing is really hard work. We look at why that is the case and think about ways to acknowledge this truth, and keep writing anyway. We learn the one fundamental truth about writing that everyone from the most obscure writer to the likes of Stephen King will tell you, and we identify three 'tools' for the toolbelt to help us keep going with our writing even when it's tough going.

Jan 11 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 100: Reflecting on the best advice and insight from one hundred episodes of the Creative Writer's Toolbelt with writer editor and fellow podcaster Sarah Werner

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After just over three years the Creative Writer's Toolbelt reaches 100 episodes! To mark the occasion I'm reflecting on some of the best advice and insight I've received over that time, and to do that I am joined by writer, editor, speaker and fellow podcaster Sarah Werner. In our conversation I ask Sarah some great questions(!) and we reflect on story structure, character, setting, genre, research and the writers life. I'll also give you an update on the Handbook, which is due out in October, and there's news about the "Writer's Jumpstart" conference which is in London on November 11th, where I will be speaking with Scottish Crime writer Wendy H Jones.

May 20 2017

49mins

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Rank #11: Episode 3 - Sparse and Specific Description

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How to use a small number of very specific descriptive cues to show your reader both scene and character

Feb 16 2014

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Rank #12: Episode 117 "Who are you and why are you good to tell it?" A Conversation with Brendan O'Meara of the Creative Non-fiction Podcast

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I recently spoke with fellow podcaster, essayist and award-winning journalist Brendan O'Meara. We talked about the challenges that writers of both fiction and non-fiction face, the issue of finding time to write, the value of having momentum, and the goal of building up a body of work to close the creative gap

Apr 13 2018

58mins

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Rank #13: Episode 5 - The power of suggestion

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In this episode we look at another dimension of showing not telling, and that's the potential for hinting, suggesting or implying something rather than telling the reader outright. One of the most powerful tools we have as creative writers is derived from the fact that a hint or suggestion, well understood, will always have more power than something said explicitly.

Mar 08 2014

15mins

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Rank #14: Episode 127 - A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach Part 2 of 2:

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This episode is the second half of my conversation with Ellen. We talk about a range of issues including making the right choice for the Point of View of your work, how to create the ideal query letter, and how to utilise the resources that Ellen has made available.

Oct 05 2018

35mins

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Rank #15: Episode 21 The Fundamentals of Plot

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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 episode we look at three aspects of plot: the shape of the story, the engine of the plot, and the danger of cliches

Nov 01 2014

13mins

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Rank #16: Episode 36 - The DNA of Story. The six stage model of great storylines

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How do stories work? What are the stages in a story, and what are the objectives of those different stages? Understanding the answers to these questions will help you understand the way a great story can be constructed. In this episode we delve a bit deeper into the concept of the six stage story process, and show how this model represents the DNA of great stories, and how you can apply the model to inform and improve your writing

May 16 2015

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Rank #17: Episode 18 - The HARVARD Model for developing characters

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The HARVARD model is a systematic process for developing the personae of your characters. It's different from other character generators in two ways: first, it encourages you, the writer, to show how the character's personality manifests itself, and how they interact with others; and second it acknowledges the way in which character and plot should work together to produce your story.

Sep 20 2014

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Rank #18: Episode 51 - True to the End. The keys to developing your protagonist's character arc

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Nothing holds the reader in your story like a compelling, authentic character, and an essential element of developing a character is developing their character arc. In this episode we explore the essentials of developing the arc for your protagonist and principle characters. I'll explain why the character arc is so important, why it has to develop in harmony with the story arc, and why we need to pay attention to the inner and outer journey of our lead characters.

Dec 09 2015

15mins

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Rank #19: Episode 125 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 2 of 2)

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This episode is the second part of a conversation I had with Dr Sandra O'Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of "Your first fifteen pages" an agent's guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. In this episode, we look at how the 'why' of your novel has to hook the reader, how character and place work with the inciting incident and Sandra gives us her advice on mastering 3rd person Point of View in the ensemble story. We also discuss three of the most useful tools a writer can use: Airtable, Grammarly, and Story Grid.

Aug 03 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 130 - Energising each scene in your novel with polarity shifts and scene turns

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What must a scene have to really make it work? It's not action, it's not dialogue, it's not sparkling description, wonderful those these things can be. For a scene to work something that matters needs to change. In this episode, we explore these changes or polarity shifts to show this principle, with an example story that contains some scenes with these shifts and some that do not to show what a difference that make.

Nov 10 2018

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