Do you know your dead salmon from your downpipe?
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
Hello and welcome to one of my occasional episodes of the Creative Writers Toolbelt, this is episode 181, and I want to ask you a question - Do you know your dead salmon from your downpipe? If you know what these phrases mean, well done! But whether you do or don't, please do keep listening. In any event, I hope you found that title amusing, and that would be entirely appropriate as the subject of this episode is comedic writing, the subtle art of writing something funny. And to join me to explore this is my good friend the blogger, speak and author Ruth Leigh. Ruth is the author of the Issy S ..read more
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Getting the marketing basics right with Written Word Media's Clayton Noblit
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
This episode is a conversation with Written Word Media's Senior Marketing Manager, Clayton Noblit. In this episode we talk about what basics an author needs to focus on, using our own email lists, Facebook pages, and social media, and web pages, we also talk about how Written Word Media can take away some of the pain that authors at every level of success will feel ..read more
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Episode 179: Escaping the submissions treadmill: could a service like Submitit be the way forward?
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
Erik Harper Klass is the founder of Submitit, a company that directly addresses the stress and uncertainty of the submissions treadmill. Submitting your work, again and again, can be time-consuming and exhaustive, especially if you get more than enough rejection slips to cover the walls of your bathroom.  Submitit is a company that takes on the job of reviewing the journals to which writers might submit their work and decides on the best places to make a submission. Submitit will select the journals to submit to, craft the submission, and even make some of the editorial improvements that ..read more
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Episode 178: Trust the process that gives you joy! With Jessie Kwak
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
My guest for this episode is the non-fiction and science fiction writer Jessie Kwak.  In this episode, we talk about the different writing processes that people use, how to choose the right one, and why some writers have found the pandemic such a difficult time. We discuss the importance of finding a writing process that brings us joy, how essential it is for us to know ourselves as writers, and when and how to hire the right professionals to help you with your writing. I had a great time talking to Jessie I hope you find the conversation useful to listen to, here it is.   ..read more
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Episode 177: The mind of the warrior. A conversation with Nick Narbutovskih of the US Air Force Special Operations Command
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by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
Nick Narbutovskih grew up knowing that he wanted to be a pilot in the military, now Assistant Operations Officer Narbutovskih with Air Force Special Operations Command, and he now trains others who are going to be pilots in the US Air Force. On the day of our conversation, Nick was supposed to be able to talk to me from the comfort of his own home but the military being what it is he was required at the base that day so we conducted the conversation with Nick stepping out for a few minutes to his car, so I’m afraid the sound quality is a little off what I would normally hope to bring you. But ..read more
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Episode 176: Making peace with the internet. Practical advice for your digital presence, with Jason Smith of Social Shapes
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
In this episode, my guest is the Digital Marketing expert Jason Smith. In this conversation, we talk about the essentials of setting up a web and managing social media accounts for your brand as a writer. We talk about the best platform to use to design a first website, the importance of design aesthetics, and what the author needs to use their website for. We also talk about social media, how to make it not scary, what the functions of social media engagement are, how to choose the right platforms, and what kind of content to put on it. This was a fascinating conversation, full of the kind of ..read more
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Episode 175: A guest at the reader's table, with veteran publisher and literary agent Tony Collins
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
My guest for this episode is someone who has spent nearly 50 years in publishing. Tony Collins has worked for a number of publishing houses, owned three magazines, published an astonishing 1,400 books, and is now a literary agent. In this conversation, we talk about the lessons he’s learned in his career. We talk about the most common error that writers make when with their work, how the author must remember they are a guest at the reader's table, and there are many other things for readers to do. We talk about the essential power of narrative, why we can’t write in the way Dickens did, the pl ..read more
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Episode 174: Writing your novel is part of your heart - with Lynn Hightower
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
Welcome to Ep 174, my guest for this episode is the writer and writing coach Lynn Hightower. Lynn writers thriller with a darkly paranormal twist.   In this conversation, we discuss why we do need to tell as well as show, especially in terms of plot, why we need to hear the character’s voice in our head rather than try to pick and mix their traits and characteristics. We also talk about why clarity in your prose is so important, what do you do to keep the reader hooked, and why every writer needs to try to limit the number of desks they own! I had a wide-ranging conversation with Lyn ..read more
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Episode 173: Make your reader feel smart, with Jessica Brody
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
Suppose you discovered that nearly all of the great stories written conform to a particular structure, a structure that would help to guide you in your writing and that, subconsciously at least, your readers are expecting to see in your work. This is the contention of my guest today, the writer and creative writing tutor, Jessica Brody. Jessica took the classic screenwriting text “Save the cat” and applied it to the process of writing a novel, producing the appropriately titled “Save the cat writes a novel”. In our conversation, Jessica and I explored the key beats in the 15 beat structure, wh ..read more
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Episode 172: Immersed in the sensorium: how we can enjoy, and learn from poetry, with Aaron Poochigian.
The Creative Writer's Toolbelt
by Andrew Chamberlain
1y ago
I have always believed that there are important lessons for prose writers to learn from poetry, and I also think we can always gain something from the joy and discipline of listening to good poetry. To test and prove this belief, in this episode, I am talking to the teacher, poet, and translator Aaron Poochigian.  Aaron has a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University.  In this episode, we talk about the rise of the prose form over poetry, why anyone might write poetry, why poetry is like music and should be heard as music, how we ..read more
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