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September 18, 2015 00:42:40
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Episode 45 - Interview with editor and agent Julie Crisp

This episode is an interview with the freelance editor, script doctor, and literary agent Julie Crisp. Julie has over fifteen years’ experience working for three major houses across a broad spectrum of commercial titles within fiction, non-fiction and children’s. Most recently she headed up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ann Cleeves, Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Neal Asher, Amanda Hocking, and Naomi Novik. This is another 'must listen' interview for anyone who wants advice from an experienced professional about what catches the editor's eye, what sells, and how to give yourself the best chance of getting your work noticed. ...

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September 04, 2015 00:14:59
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Episode 44 - Finish with Style! The Resolution stage of your story

Finishing your story takes as much skill and wisdom as telling it, and there's more to a good finish that clearing up the battle field and writing THE END at the bottom of your manuscript. The final, resolution stage of the six stage story process requires that you tie up the loose ends, resolve your subplots, and show your readers the consequences of the climax stage of the story. ...

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August 21, 2015 00:12:20
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Episode 43 - Judgement Day! How to get the best out of the climax stage of your story

In this episode we look at stage five of the six stage story process - the climax stage. We are going to answer the question "what is the climax?" and also look at how, as writers, we can make the most of this stage of the story. The most important lesson to take away from this episode is that the climax is not about blood and explosions - it's about characters and ideas, it's about the beliefs that characters hold dear, and will live, and die for. ...

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August 06, 2015 00:18:35
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Episode 42 - Exploiting the Crisis stage of your story

In this episode we look at stage four of the six stage story process, the Crisis. There is no better time in your story to showcase the strengths, weaknesses, and motivations of your characters. This is also a moment to use all of your creative writing skills to create a poignant moment, to enrich the setting and mood of your work, to add colour and depth to the context for your story. The crisis is the decisive moment, the calm before the storm, the point where all of the choices have been made and the climax must now be faced. How will your characters react? Will they be heroes or cowards, or maybe a more subtle combination of both? Here is your window of opportunity to show all of these things, use it well! ...

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July 23, 2015 00:51:38
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Episode 41 - Conversation with historian writer and speaker Nick Page

This episode is an interview with the author and historian, Nick Page. Nick, who describes himself as a 'writer for hire', has been a freelance writer for nearly twenty years, publishing over seventy books including biblical histories. We discuss the disciplines required to write history, including historical fiction, tips for placing the reader firmly in the scene you are writing, and advice for the new writer. Nick has a wealth of experience which he brings to this conversation. I have been looking forward to interviewing Nick for a long time, he is witty, honest, and knowledgeable, and it was a joy to speak with him, I hope you find our conversation entertaining and enlightening. ...

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July 10, 2015 00:19:57
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Episode 40 - Show them the magic. Making your story excellent through the Momentum stage

This is the second of two podcasts focusing on stage three of the six stage story process. What can you achieve during the broad expanse of your story from the inciting incident through to the climax? This episode will show you how to make your story sparkle as you use the 'momentum' stage of the story process to develop complex and intriguing characters, enrich the setting of your story, present your themes to the reader, and beguile them (and the commissioning editor) with a distinctive voice. ...

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