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The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

By Andrew J Chamberlain

The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice 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

  1. 1.
    Episode 125 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 2 of 2)3 August 2018
    43:58
  2. 2.
    Episode 124 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 1 of 2)29 July 2018
    43:46
  3. 3.
    Episode 123 Face the fear and finish the job. A conversation with creative professional Sarah Rhea Werner9 July 2018
    1:01:58
  4. 4.
    Episode 122 - You’re not reading you're performing! A conversation with audiobook narrator Sean Pratt13 June 2018
    49:19
  5. 5.
    Episode 121 Another tour of duty - surviving and thriving in the world of book marketing28 May 2018
    15:27
  6. 6.
    Episode 120 - A conversation with award winning travel writer and entrepreneur Tim Leffel18 May 2018
    1:02:19
  7. 7.
    Episode 119 - The responsibilities of being a god: omniscient PoV - Point of View part 27 May 2018
    13:10
  8. 8.
    Episode 118 Getting to grips with PoV - Point of View part 16 May 2018
    20:51
  1. 9.
    Episode 117 "Who are you and why are you good to tell it?" A Conversation with Brendan O'Meara of the Creative Non-fiction Podcast13 April 2018
    58:27
  2. 10.
    Episode 116 - Climbing the North Face. Why completing the first draft of your writing project is so hard and how to achieve it25 March 2018
    14:46
  3. 11.
    Episode 115 Keeping the god in the machine. Why 'Deus Ex Machina' endings suck and how to avoid them13 March 2018
    16:48
  4. 12.
    Episode 114 "You've got to know what you want to say!" A conversation with Story Grid Certified Developmental Editor Lori Puma3 March 2018
    50:18
  5. 13.
    Episode 113 - You have the most important job in the world and here's why24 February 2018
    17:13
  6. 14.
    Episode 112 Of Monkeys and Manuscripts: a conversation with writer and BSFA Award winner Gareth L. Powell21 February 2018
    44:58
  7. 15.
    Episode 111 - Do you know what your book is really about? Cutting through the noise with book coach Jennie Nash14 February 2018
    55:33
  8. 16.
    Episode 110 - Why writing is hard work and how to keep doing it anyway11 January 2018
    17:00
  9. 17.
    Episode 109 Conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens Literary Agency22 December 2017
    1:07:56
  10. 18.
    Episode 108 "If it wasn't for the money everyone would be doing it" A conversation with Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell18 December 2017
    56:37
  11. 19.
    Episode 107 Why fake news is toxic for writers - and how to avoid it29 November 2017
    13:22
  12. 20.
    Episode 106 - What we can learn from literary fiction17 November 2017
    19:51
  13. 21.
    Episode 105 - "Creativity is not a luxury item." Interview with Jeff Leisawitz15 October 2017
    52:54
  14. 22.
    Episode 104 - Interview with Jeff Goins5 October 2017
    58:37
  15. 23.
    Episode 103 - A look inside the Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook20 September 2017
    11:06
  16. 24.
    Episode 102 - Interview with Monica Leonelle13 July 2017
    55:54
  17. 25.
    Episode 101: Dare to write - dare to submit - dare to publish28 June 2017
    18:00
  18. 26.
    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 Werner20 May 2017
    49:11
  19. 27.
    Episode 99 - Six simple principles for living well as a writer. 28 April 2017
    14:41
  20. 28.
    Episode 98 - How to look after yourself and not be a jerk - living the writer's life well with Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken9 April 2017
    59:33
  21. 29.
    Episode 97 - If you only get one thing right in your writing make it this3 April 2017
    17:34
  22. 30.
    Episode 96 - Different routes into publishing: Interview with Wendy H Jones and Ryan Dalton28 March 2017
    49:39
  23. 31.
    Episode 95 Into the crucible - empowering your work with symbol dilemma and innovation27 February 2017
    19:07
  24. 32.
    Episode 94 Jesse Pinkman meets Lady Macbeth. Themes ethics and morality in your story20 February 2017
    21:45
  25. 33.
    Episode 93 - Interview with Adrian Tchaikovsky13 February 2017
    41:29
  26. 34.
    Episode 92 - A home and a market for your story. Navigating your way around trope and genre6 February 2017
    14:59
  27. 35.
    Episode 91 - Stay on target! How to write a great action scene.31 January 2017
    22:14
  28. 36.
    Episode 90 - Let the romance do the talking! Writing a great love scene14 January 2017
    27:56
  29. 37.
    Episode 89 - Power up your prose! Making sentences paragraphs and scenes work for you7 January 2017
    18:43
  30. 38.
    Episode 88 - My favourite reads of 2016 and the CWT Survey27 December 2016
    12:43
  31. 39.
    Episode 87 - Inside the publishing house - conversations with the team at Gollancz21 December 2016
    1:33:36
  32. 40.
    Episode 86 - Handle with care! Writing and placing the flashback scene15 December 2016
    13:35
  33. 41.
    Episode 85 - An interview with Anne Perry editor at Hodder and Stoughton27 November 2016
    1:06:27
  34. 42.
    Episode 84 - Finishing well. Principles for writing a great closing scene23 November 2016
    20:34
  35. 43.
    Episode 83 - Curtain Up! Essential Principles for the Opening Scene27 October 2016
    18:55
  36. 44.
    Episode 82 - Interview with children's author Bob Hartman15 October 2016
    37:20
  37. 45.
    Episode 81 - You have a deal with your readers - here's how to deliver your side of it5 October 2016
    13:36
  38. 46.
    Episode 80 - The absolute essentials of writing a scene24 September 2016
    19:47
  39. 47.
    Episode 79 - The sound of your writing is critical to your success - here's how you can improve it14 September 2016
    19:58
  40. 48.
    Episode 78 - Conversation with Becky Chambers and Nisi Shawl + Indiegogo launch for the Handbook9 September 2016
    41:32
  41. 49.
    Episode 77 - Listen to the voices! What we can learn about voice from great writing29 August 2016
    25:24
  42. 50.
    Episode 76 - It's not just what you say it's the way that you say it. Why the sound of your writing matters.19 August 2016
    20:10
  43. 51.
    Episode 75 - Unlocking the secrets of excellent writing style8 August 2016
    20:38
  44. 52.
    Episode 74 - Thirty Years of the Arthur C Clarke Award. A conversation with Award Director Tom Hunter1 August 2016
    52:57
  45. 53.
    Episode 73 - Unlocking the secrets of tone style and voice24 July 2016
    30:13
  46. 54.
    Episode 72 - Six principles for the perfect setting14 July 2016
    16:40
  47. 55.
    Episode 71 - Interview with Ian McDonald8 July 2016
    44:44
  48. 56.
    Episode 70 - Three stories - three genres -three settings3 July 2016
    19:31
  49. 57.
    Episode 69 - Seasoning the story: how to seed information about character and setting into your work16 June 2016
    17:36
  50. 58.
    Episode 68 - Building characters from the foundations up: how to develop compelling characters & backstory8 June 2016
    17:58
  51. 59.
    Episode 67 - From Research to Reality: using the raw material of research to create compelling setting and backstory2 June 2016
    19:12
  52. 60.
    Episode 66 - Conversation with Becky Chambers14 May 2016
    58:33
  53. 61.
    Episode 65 - The Magpie and the Compost Heap: Curiosity and Curation for your future projects12 May 2016
    12:12
  54. 62.
    Episode 64 - Research Respect and Reasoning: building the foundations of your story setting5 May 2016
    15:21
  55. 63.
    Episode 63 - Interview with Peter F Hamilton28 April 2016
    35:25
  56. 64.
    Episode 62 - In at the deep end. How to immerse readers in your story16 April 2016
    15:41
  57. 65.
    Episode 61 - Are you sitting comfortably? Why your setting must be Credible and Immersive7 April 2016
    13:08
  58. 66.
    Episode 60 'Writing the Other' with Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older30 March 2016
    1:01:53
  59. 67.
    Episode 59 - Character and characterisation: series wrapup17 March 2016
    21:55
  60. 68.
    Episode 58 - Deep and narrow or broad and shallow? The essentials of Point of View3 March 2016
    18:25
  61. 69.
    Episode 57 - Outstanding performance in a supporting role - making your supporting characters excellent18 February 2016
    15:21
  62. 70.
    Episode 56 - Toolbelt EXTRA: Interview with Al Robertson11 February 2016
    1:05:44
  63. 71.
    Episode 55 - Don't just talk the talk! Squeezing everything out of your characters interactions4 February 2016
    17:14
  64. 72.
    Episode 54 - Interview with crime writer Wendy H Jones21 January 2016
    48:28
  65. 73.
    Episode 53 - Perfecting the devil. How to create a deliciously wicked antagonist7 January 2016
    16:30
  66. 74.
    Episode 52 - Superfood for the writer's brain25 December 2015
    6:13
  67. 75.
    Episode 51 - True to the End. The keys to developing your protagonist's character arc9 December 2015
    15:17
  68. 76.
    Episode 50 - Interview with Nancy Kress27 November 2015
    46:55
  69. 77.
    Episode 49 - Tailored for a perfect fit. Find the right characteristics for your cast of characters13 November 2015
    15:34
  70. 78.
    Episode 48 - The blade in the mind. Exploiting the interior life of your characters30 October 2015
    14:18
  71. 79.
    Episode 47 - Get 'em off the couch! Goals motivation and passion as the driving forces for your characters 15 October 2015
    13:00
  72. 80.
    Episode 46 - The Essence of character3 October 2015
    16:59
  73. 81.
    Episode 45 - Interview with editor and agent Julie Crisp18 September 2015
    42:40
  74. 82.
    Episode 44 - Finish with Style! The Resolution stage of your story4 September 2015
    14:59
  75. 83.
    Episode 43 - Judgement Day! How to get the best out of the climax stage of your story21 August 2015
    12:20
  76. 84.
    Episode 42 - Exploiting the Crisis stage of your story6 August 2015
    18:35
  77. 85.
    Episode 41 - Conversation with historian writer and speaker Nick Page23 July 2015
    51:38
  78. 86.
    Episode 40 - Show them the magic. Making your story excellent through the Momentum stage10 July 2015
    19:57
  79. 87.
    Episode 39 - Harnessing the power of human psychology for your story25 June 2015
    17:46
  80. 88.
    Episode 38 - We have lift off! Getting the best out of the inciting incident12 June 2015
    15:26
  81. 89.
    Episode 37 - Grab them by the eyeballs!29 May 2015
    17:45
  82. 90.
    Episode 36 - The DNA of Story. The six stage model of great storylines16 May 2015
    15:57
  83. 91.
    Episode 35 - Interview with Lee Harris Senior Editor at Tor.com2 May 2015
    40:04
  84. 92.
    Episode 34 - Story theory: a powerful addition to your writer's toolbelt18 April 2015
    17:50
  85. 93.
    Episode 33 - Self-publishing for everyone. Advice for all writers from four authors who published their own work3 April 2015
    1:03:25
  86. 94.
    Episode 32 - Interview with Alastair Reynolds21 March 2015
    43:30
  87. 95.
    Episode 31 - From Aristotle to Stephen King. Story theory tips for your writer's toolbelt21 March 2015
    18:07
  88. 96.
    Episode 30 - Hit the ground running: how to write a great opening line7 March 2015
    13:01
  89. 97.
    Episode 29 - Interview with Jeanne Cavelos19 February 2015
    54:21
  90. 98.
    Episode 28 - Harness the power of foreshadowing7 February 2015
    12:46
  91. 99.
    Episode 27 - What is the guiding principle behind your story?24 January 2015
    15:13
  92. 100.
    Episode 26 - How to deal with a mid-story crisis 10 January 2015
    13:03
  93. 101.
    Episode 25 - Interview with Marie Bilodeau27 December 2014
    54:30
  94. 102.
    Episode 24 - Planners and Pantsers13 December 2014
    14:23
  95. 103.
    Episode 23 - Story structure - first things first29 November 2014
    11:26
  96. 104.
    Episode 22 - Interview with Claire Keane15 November 2014
    30:48
  97. 105.
    Episode 21 The Fundamentals of Plot1 November 2014
    13:50
  98. 106.
    Episode 20 - Building a story from the ground up18 October 2014
    11:51
  99. 107.
    Episode 19 - Writing for others-writing for yourself4 October 2014
    9:27
  100. 108.
    Episode 18 - The HARVARD Model for developing characters20 September 2014
    9:04
  101. 109.
    Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken5 September 2014
    37:29
  102. 110.
    Episode 16 - Three tests that will tell you how successful your characters really are23 August 2014
    7:45
  103. 111.
    Episode 15 - Characters with Edge9 August 2014
    9:29
  104. 112.
    Episode 14 - Deeds not words27 July 2014
    13:38
  105. 113.
    Episode 13 - Character Motivation12 July 2014
    15:16
  106. 114.
    Episode 12 - What three qualities do you need to be a good writer?26 June 2014
    19:27
  107. 115.
    Episode 11 - Creating the individual character13 June 2014
    10:38
  108. 116.
    Episode 10 - Getting to know you! Believability and consistency as the keys to developing character integrity1 June 2014
    13:51
  109. 117.
    Episode 9 - Get Active! Using the right verbs and the right voice to energise your story3 May 2014
    15:25
  110. 118.
    Episode 8 - 'Just in time' storytelling19 April 2014
    12:56
  111. 119.
    Episode 7 - What the rejection letter doesn't tell you5 April 2014
    14:30
  112. 120.
    Episode 6 - The serious business of writing something funny22 March 2014
    21:56
  113. 121.
    Episode 5 - The power of suggestion8 March 2014
    15:27
  114. 122.
    Episode 4 - The zest of the orange the icy tingle of the stream in winter22 February 2014
    8:04
  115. 123.
    Episode 3 - Sparse and Specific Description16 February 2014
    11:19
  116. 124.
    Episode 2 - Dialogue7 February 2014
    14:29
  117. 125.
    Episode 1 - Showing not telling24 January 2014
    13:40

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