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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 131 - Get them off their smartphone and make them care about your work. A conversation with Tade Thompson 11/18/2018
    1:19:18
  2. 2.
    Episode 130 - Energising each scene in your novel with polarity shifts and scene turns11/10/2018
    18:50
  3. 3.
    Episode 129 "Walking up a mountain in the mist" A conversation with writer and scientist C. John Arthur11/07/2018
    51:43
  4. 4.
    Episode 128 - Plotting your journey to traditional publishing success with Derek Künsken10/27/2018
    54:58
  5. 5.
    Episode 127 - A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach Part 2 of 2:10/05/2018
    35:23
  6. 6.
    Episode 126 A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach (Part 1 of 2)09/30/2018
    38:46
  7. 7.
    Episode 125 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 2 of 2)08/03/2018
    43:58
  8. 8.
    Episode 124 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 1 of 2)07/29/2018
    43:46
  1. 9.
    Episode 123 Face the fear and finish the job. A conversation with creative professional Sarah Rhea Werner07/09/2018
    1:01:58
  2. 10.
    Episode 122 - You’re not reading you're performing! A conversation with audiobook narrator Sean Pratt06/13/2018
    49:19
  3. 11.
    Episode 121 Another tour of duty - surviving and thriving in the world of book marketing05/28/2018
    15:27
  4. 12.
    Episode 120 - A conversation with award winning travel writer and entrepreneur Tim Leffel05/18/2018
    1:02:19
  5. 13.
    Episode 119 - The responsibilities of being a god: omniscient PoV - Point of View part 205/07/2018
    13:10
  6. 14.
    Episode 118 Getting to grips with PoV - Point of View part 105/06/2018
    20:51
  7. 15.
    Episode 117 "Who are you and why are you good to tell it?" A Conversation with Brendan O'Meara of the Creative Non-fiction Podcast04/13/2018
    58:27
  8. 16.
    Episode 116 - Climbing the North Face. Why completing the first draft of your writing project is so hard and how to achieve it03/25/2018
    14:46
  9. 17.
    Episode 115 Keeping the god in the machine. Why 'Deus Ex Machina' endings suck and how to avoid them03/13/2018
    16:48
  10. 18.
    Episode 114 "You've got to know what you want to say!" A conversation with Story Grid Certified Developmental Editor Lori Puma03/03/2018
    50:18
  11. 19.
    Episode 113 - You have the most important job in the world and here's why02/24/2018
    17:13
  12. 20.
    Episode 112 Of Monkeys and Manuscripts: a conversation with writer and BSFA Award winner Gareth L. Powell02/21/2018
    44:58
  13. 21.
    Episode 111 - Do you know what your book is really about? Cutting through the noise with book coach Jennie Nash02/14/2018
    55:33
  14. 22.
    Episode 110 - Why writing is hard work and how to keep doing it anyway01/11/2018
    17:00
  15. 23.
    Episode 109 Conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens Literary Agency12/22/2017
    1:07:56
  16. 24.
    Episode 108 "If it wasn't for the money everyone would be doing it" A conversation with Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell12/18/2017
    56:37
  17. 25.
    Episode 107 Why fake news is toxic for writers - and how to avoid it11/29/2017
    13:22
  18. 26.
    Episode 106 - What we can learn from literary fiction11/17/2017
    19:51
  19. 27.
    Episode 105 - "Creativity is not a luxury item." Interview with Jeff Leisawitz10/15/2017
    52:54
  20. 28.
    Episode 104 - Interview with Jeff Goins10/05/2017
    58:37
  21. 29.
    Episode 103 - A look inside the Creative Writer's Toolbelt Handbook09/20/2017
    11:06
  22. 30.
    Episode 102 - Interview with Monica Leonelle07/13/2017
    55:54
  23. 31.
    Episode 101: Dare to write - dare to submit - dare to publish06/28/2017
    18:00
  24. 32.
    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 Werner05/20/2017
    49:11
  25. 33.
    Episode 99 - Six simple principles for living well as a writer. 04/28/2017
    14:41
  26. 34.
    Episode 98 - How to look after yourself and not be a jerk - living the writer's life well with Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken04/09/2017
    59:33
  27. 35.
    Episode 97 - If you only get one thing right in your writing make it this04/03/2017
    17:34
  28. 36.
    Episode 96 - Different routes into publishing: Interview with Wendy H Jones and Ryan Dalton03/28/2017
    49:39
  29. 37.
    Episode 95 Into the crucible - empowering your work with symbol dilemma and innovation02/27/2017
    19:07
  30. 38.
    Episode 94 Jesse Pinkman meets Lady Macbeth. Themes ethics and morality in your story02/20/2017
    21:45
  31. 39.
    Episode 93 - Interview with Adrian Tchaikovsky02/13/2017
    41:29
  32. 40.
    Episode 92 - A home and a market for your story. Navigating your way around trope and genre02/06/2017
    14:59
  33. 41.
    Episode 91 - Stay on target! How to write a great action scene.01/31/2017
    22:14
  34. 42.
    Episode 90 - Let the romance do the talking! Writing a great love scene01/14/2017
    27:56
  35. 43.
    Episode 89 - Power up your prose! Making sentences paragraphs and scenes work for you01/07/2017
    18:43
  36. 44.
    Episode 88 - My favourite reads of 2016 and the CWT Survey12/27/2016
    12:43
  37. 45.
    Episode 87 - Inside the publishing house - conversations with the team at Gollancz12/21/2016
    1:33:36
  38. 46.
    Episode 86 - Handle with care! Writing and placing the flashback scene12/15/2016
    13:35
  39. 47.
    Episode 85 - An interview with Anne Perry editor at Hodder and Stoughton11/27/2016
    1:06:27
  40. 48.
    Episode 84 - Finishing well. Principles for writing a great closing scene11/23/2016
    20:34
  41. 49.
    Episode 83 - Curtain Up! Essential Principles for the Opening Scene10/27/2016
    18:55
  42. 50.
    Episode 82 - Interview with children's author Bob Hartman10/15/2016
    37:20
  43. 51.
    Episode 81 - You have a deal with your readers - here's how to deliver your side of it10/05/2016
    13:36
  44. 52.
    Episode 80 - The absolute essentials of writing a scene09/24/2016
    19:47
  45. 53.
    Episode 79 - The sound of your writing is critical to your success - here's how you can improve it09/14/2016
    19:58
  46. 54.
    Episode 78 - Conversation with Becky Chambers and Nisi Shawl + Indiegogo launch for the Handbook09/09/2016
    41:32
  47. 55.
    Episode 77 - Listen to the voices! What we can learn about voice from great writing08/29/2016
    25:24
  48. 56.
    Episode 76 - It's not just what you say it's the way that you say it. Why the sound of your writing matters.08/19/2016
    20:10
  49. 57.
    Episode 75 - Unlocking the secrets of excellent writing style08/08/2016
    20:38
  50. 58.
    Episode 74 - Thirty Years of the Arthur C Clarke Award. A conversation with Award Director Tom Hunter08/01/2016
    52:57
  51. 59.
    Episode 73 - Unlocking the secrets of tone style and voice07/24/2016
    30:13
  52. 60.
    Episode 72 - Six principles for the perfect setting07/14/2016
    16:40
  53. 61.
    Episode 71 - Interview with Ian McDonald07/08/2016
    44:44
  54. 62.
    Episode 70 - Three stories - three genres -three settings07/03/2016
    19:31
  55. 63.
    Episode 69 - Seasoning the story: how to seed information about character and setting into your work06/16/2016
    17:36
  56. 64.
    Episode 68 - Building characters from the foundations up: how to develop compelling characters & backstory06/08/2016
    17:58
  57. 65.
    Episode 67 - From Research to Reality: using the raw material of research to create compelling setting and backstory06/02/2016
    19:12
  58. 66.
    Episode 66 - Conversation with Becky Chambers05/14/2016
    58:33
  59. 67.
    Episode 65 - The Magpie and the Compost Heap: Curiosity and Curation for your future projects05/12/2016
    12:12
  60. 68.
    Episode 64 - Research Respect and Reasoning: building the foundations of your story setting05/05/2016
    15:21
  61. 69.
    Episode 63 - Interview with Peter F Hamilton04/28/2016
    35:25
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    Episode 62 - In at the deep end. How to immerse readers in your story04/16/2016
    15:41
  63. 71.
    Episode 61 - Are you sitting comfortably? Why your setting must be Credible and Immersive04/07/2016
    13:08
  64. 72.
    Episode 60 'Writing the Other' with Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older03/30/2016
    1:01:53
  65. 73.
    Episode 59 - Character and characterisation: series wrapup03/17/2016
    21:55
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    Episode 58 - Deep and narrow or broad and shallow? The essentials of Point of View03/03/2016
    18:25
  67. 75.
    Episode 57 - Outstanding performance in a supporting role - making your supporting characters excellent02/18/2016
    15:21
  68. 76.
    Episode 56 - Toolbelt EXTRA: Interview with Al Robertson02/11/2016
    1:05:44
  69. 77.
    Episode 55 - Don't just talk the talk! Squeezing everything out of your characters interactions02/04/2016
    17:14
  70. 78.
    Episode 54 - Interview with crime writer Wendy H Jones01/21/2016
    48:28
  71. 79.
    Episode 53 - Perfecting the devil. How to create a deliciously wicked antagonist01/07/2016
    16:30
  72. 80.
    Episode 52 - Superfood for the writer's brain12/25/2015
    6:13
  73. 81.
    Episode 51 - True to the End. The keys to developing your protagonist's character arc12/09/2015
    15:17
  74. 82.
    Episode 50 - Interview with Nancy Kress11/27/2015
    46:55
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    Episode 49 - Tailored for a perfect fit. Find the right characteristics for your cast of characters11/13/2015
    15:34
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    Episode 48 - The blade in the mind. Exploiting the interior life of your characters10/30/2015
    14:18
  77. 85.
    Episode 47 - Get 'em off the couch! Goals motivation and passion as the driving forces for your characters 10/15/2015
    13:00
  78. 86.
    Episode 46 - The Essence of character10/03/2015
    16:59
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    Episode 45 - Interview with editor and agent Julie Crisp09/18/2015
    42:40
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    Episode 44 - Finish with Style! The Resolution stage of your story09/04/2015
    14:59
  81. 89.
    Episode 43 - Judgement Day! How to get the best out of the climax stage of your story08/21/2015
    12:20
  82. 90.
    Episode 42 - Exploiting the Crisis stage of your story08/06/2015
    18:35
  83. 91.
    Episode 41 - Conversation with historian writer and speaker Nick Page07/23/2015
    51:38
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    Episode 40 - Show them the magic. Making your story excellent through the Momentum stage07/10/2015
    19:57
  85. 93.
    Episode 39 - Harnessing the power of human psychology for your story06/25/2015
    17:46
  86. 94.
    Episode 38 - We have lift off! Getting the best out of the inciting incident06/12/2015
    15:26
  87. 95.
    Episode 37 - Grab them by the eyeballs!05/29/2015
    17:45
  88. 96.
    Episode 36 - The DNA of Story. The six stage model of great storylines05/16/2015
    15:57
  89. 97.
    Episode 35 - Interview with Lee Harris Senior Editor at Tor.com05/02/2015
    40:04
  90. 98.
    Episode 34 - Story theory: a powerful addition to your writer's toolbelt04/18/2015
    17:50
  91. 99.
    Episode 33 - Self-publishing for everyone. Advice for all writers from four authors who published their own work04/03/2015
    1:03:25
  92. 100.
    Episode 32 - Interview with Alastair Reynolds03/21/2015
    43:30
  93. 101.
    Episode 31 - From Aristotle to Stephen King. Story theory tips for your writer's toolbelt03/21/2015
    18:07
  94. 102.
    Episode 30 - Hit the ground running: how to write a great opening line03/07/2015
    13:01
  95. 103.
    Episode 29 - Interview with Jeanne Cavelos02/19/2015
    54:21
  96. 104.
    Episode 28 - Harness the power of foreshadowing02/07/2015
    12:46
  97. 105.
    Episode 27 - What is the guiding principle behind your story?01/24/2015
    15:13
  98. 106.
    Episode 26 - How to deal with a mid-story crisis 01/10/2015
    13:03
  99. 107.
    Episode 25 - Interview with Marie Bilodeau12/27/2014
    54:30
  100. 108.
    Episode 24 - Planners and Pantsers12/13/2014
    14:23
  101. 109.
    Episode 23 - Story structure - first things first11/29/2014
    11:26
  102. 110.
    Episode 22 - Interview with Claire Keane11/15/2014
    30:48
  103. 111.
    Episode 21 The Fundamentals of Plot11/01/2014
    13:50
  104. 112.
    Episode 20 - Building a story from the ground up10/18/2014
    11:51
  105. 113.
    Episode 19 - Writing for others-writing for yourself10/04/2014
    9:27
  106. 114.
    Episode 18 - The HARVARD Model for developing characters09/20/2014
    9:04
  107. 115.
    Episode 17 -Interview with Derek Kunsken09/05/2014
    37:29
  108. 116.
    Episode 16 - Three tests that will tell you how successful your characters really are08/23/2014
    7:45
  109. 117.
    Episode 15 - Characters with Edge08/09/2014
    9:29
  110. 118.
    Episode 14 - Deeds not words07/27/2014
    13:38
  111. 119.
    Episode 13 - Character Motivation07/12/2014
    15:16
  112. 120.
    Episode 12 - What three qualities do you need to be a good writer?06/26/2014
    19:27
  113. 121.
    Episode 11 - Creating the individual character06/13/2014
    10:38
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    Episode 10 - Getting to know you! Believability and consistency as the keys to developing character integrity06/01/2014
    13:51
  115. 123.
    Episode 9 - Get Active! Using the right verbs and the right voice to energise your story05/03/2014
    15:25
  116. 124.
    Episode 8 - 'Just in time' storytelling04/19/2014
    12:56
  117. 125.
    Episode 7 - What the rejection letter doesn't tell you04/05/2014
    14:30
  118. 126.
    Episode 6 - The serious business of writing something funny03/22/2014
    21:56
  119. 127.
    Episode 5 - The power of suggestion03/08/2014
    15:27
  120. 128.
    Episode 4 - The zest of the orange the icy tingle of the stream in winter02/22/2014
    8:04
  121. 129.
    Episode 3 - Sparse and Specific Description02/16/2014
    11:19
  122. 130.
    Episode 2 - Dialogue02/07/2014
    14:29
  123. 131.
    Episode 1 - Showing not telling01/24/2014
    13:40

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