Laurie Steed
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
2w ago
Laurie Steed discusses his craft and process for writing his short story collection Greater City Shadows. He discusses the formation of his characters and how he chooses point of view (or it chooses him!) Laurie emphasises the need for writers to take risks with their characters, and explores how both dialogue and subtext can be used to develop character.  Laurie is a master of specificity, writes beautiful, evocative description and loves a good edit so we talk about all that and more. You’ll find links to buy both paperback and ebook versions of Greater City Shadows by Laurie Steed here ..read more
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Joanna Nell
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Michelle Barraclough, Writers Book Club
1M ago
In this final episode for 2023, I’m bringing you a deliciously long chat about writing craft and process with the author of five novels, Joanna Nell.  Jo joins me in a deep dive into her novel writing practice, sharing her techniques for creating dynamic characters, sustaining story momentum, managing dialogue, and outlining scenes. She also takes us through her entire editing process, how she weaves in backstory, the importance of the opening line and she shares some terrific tips for what to do when she’s feeling stuck. I asked Jo to read several excerpts from her novels to illustrate t ..read more
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Jo Riccioni
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
2M ago
A deep dive with Jo Riccioni into the writing process and craft behind her fantasy novels The Branded and The Rising. We talked about Jo's writing process, how she carves out writing space, her experiences with writing different genres and recent successes in her career such as signing an international deal for her fantasy book series. Jo also spoke about the importance of character development, ideas for world-building, lessons she’s learned from writing in different genres, interactions with her readers and her role as a writing teacher. We also got a very special reading from Jo’s latest fa ..read more
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Sally Hepworth
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Michelle Barraclough, Writers Book Club
4M ago
Sally Hepworth talks about the writing process for her novel Darling Girls. We discussed writing craft aspects including inspiration, research, character development, description, typical writing schedule, editing, backstory, pacing, seeding in twists and balancing darker themes with humour. You’ll find links to buy both paperback and ebook versions of Darling Girls here. ABOUT SALLY HEPWORTH Sally Hepworth is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, most recently Darling Girls. Her novel, The Mother-In-Law (2019), has been optioned for a TV series by Hollywood actress and produce ..read more
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Kate Mildenhall
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
5M ago
Kate Mildenhall talks about the writing process for her novel The Hummingbird Effect.  We discussed writing craft aspects including structure, voice, setting, editing, sentence work, inspiration, multiple timelines, journalling and the power of prompts. You’ll find links to buy both paperback and ebook versions of The Hummingbird Effect here. ABOUT KATE MILDENHALL Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and her bestselling The Mother Fault was longlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and ..read more
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Allison Tait
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Michelle Barraclough, Writers Book Club
6M ago
Allison Tait talks about the writing process for her middle-grade novel The First Summer of Callie McGee.  We discussed writing craft aspects including: - what you need to include (or exclude!) to make the novel age appropriate - how to balance character arcs with the external plot - the difference between a child-led versus a parent-led purchase - how to find your ‘writing age’ - pacing the novel at scene level - what a novel opening needs to include - the hallmarks of good middle-grade fiction - writing a mystery story for children aged 8-12 (including the necessity of red herrings ..read more
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Brendan Cowell
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Michelle Barraclough, Writers Book Club
7M ago
Brendan Cowell talks about the writing process for his novel Plum.  We discussed writing craft aspects including: - how the main theme of the novel ripples through every character - why structure is where the magic lies - why Brendan decided to plot this particular novel - how he broke the novel into micro-beats - the influence his publisher Catherine Milne had on the work - how he writes authentic dialogue - what his experience as a playwright and screenwriter brings to his novel writing You’ll find links to buy both paperback and ebook versions of Plum here. ABOUT BRENDAN COWELL Brendan ..read more
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Victoria Purman
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
8M ago
Victoria Purman talks about the writing process for her novel A Woman’s Work, an historical novel set in Melbourne in 1956. We discussed so many writing craft aspects including: - how a pamphlet in a second hand bookstore gave her the idea for the novel - how she fills the saggy middle of a novel - the importance of a first line - how her readers are a treasure trove of stories and ideas - her approach to backstory - the editing process - how she overcomes self-doubt  EPISODE INCLUDES SOME SPOILERS You’ll find links to buy both paperback and ebook versions of A Woman’s Work here. ABOUT VI ..read more
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Rae Cairns
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
9M ago
Rae Cairns talks about the writing process for her novel Dying To Know, a crime thriller.   We discussed so many writing craft aspects including: - why she starts with theme, rather than plot or character - the research process - the power of a prologue done well - conventions of the crime thriller genre and how to meet readers’ expectations - how a crime thriller should start - how to write page-turning chapter endings - an editing method that ensures a balance of tension and pacing - Rae took us through the opening of her novel and showed us, step-by-step, how she balanced the tension a ..read more
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Rachael Johns
Writer's Book Club Podcast
by Fresh Web Design, Writers Book Club
1y ago
THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS. In this episode, Rachael Johns takes us through the process behind writing her novel The Work Wives.  Rachael very generously decided she was more than happy to discuss the twists and turns of the novel so that all you writers out there could learn from this novel. She also takes us through her physical notebook for the novel - the original character outlines and plot points - so we can really see how this novel took shape from its inception. Rachael also read through the detailed developmental and structural notes from her editors which was such a terrific ..read more
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