The Creative Writer's Toolbelt

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. ...more

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May 28, 2018 00:15:27
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Episode 121 Another tour of duty - surviving and thriving in the world of book marketing

This episode looks at the emotional and psychological cost of marketing and promotion for writers. There are plenty of opportunities but it's hostile territory, so we look at the need to create an excellent product, what to do when you're feeling addicted to the numbers, and how to be sociable on social media. ...

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May 18, 2018 01:02:19
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Episode 120 - A conversation with award winning travel writer and entrepreneur Tim Leffel

Tim is an award-winning travel writer, the author of a number of books including The World’s Cheapest Destinations, Travel Writing 2.0, and Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less. He is also an established blogger, speaker and ghostwriter and in this episode, we talk about Tim’s experiences as a writer of non-fiction, how to get started and thrive as a blogger, and Tim gives us his hints and tips on making your writing time more efficient. I hope you enjoy this conversation, here it is. ...

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May 07, 2018 00:13:10
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Episode 119 - The responsibilities of being a god: omniscient PoV - Point of View part 2

In this second part of a two-part series on point of view, we look at the challenge of using omniscient third person point of view. Often seen as old-fashioned, and definitely a challenge to use successfully, this PoV option is making something of a comeback and is the right choice for some work. ...

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May 06, 2018 00:20:51
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Episode 118 Getting to grips with PoV - Point of View part 1

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. ...

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April 13, 2018 00:58:27
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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

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 ...

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March 25, 2018 00:14:46
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Episode 116 - Climbing the North Face. Why completing the first draft of your writing project is so hard and how to achieve it

Writing the first draft of a novel, like scaling the north face of the Eiger, presents particular difficulties. In this episode, we look at what those challenges are, and how we can overcome them to get the first draft done. ...

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