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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June 12, 2015 00:15:26
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Episode 38 - We have lift off! Getting the best out of the inciting incident

How do you get the most out of the inciting incident in your story? Here are three challenges that you should set your inciting incident, and it should be equal to them all. First it should answer the need for action you created at the start of your story, second it needs to transform the story, and grip the reader as it does so, and finally it needs to be the springboard into the next stage, providing the necessary momentum to draw the reader in as the main part of your story. ...

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May 29, 2015 00:17:45
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Episode 37 - Grab them by the eyeballs!

What are the three key objectives you need to achieve at the start of your story? In this episode we will be exploring in more detail stage one of the six stages of story I outlined in episode 36. And in this opening stage there are three things you must achieve as your story gets started: first grab your reader and keep them, second, set out your stall in terms of setting character and voice, and third, create the need for change and action. ...

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May 16, 2015 00:15:57
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Episode 36 - The DNA of Story. The six stage model of great storylines

How do stories work? What are the stages in a story, and what are the objectives of those different stages? Understanding the answers to these questions will help you understand the way a great story can be constructed. In this episode we delve a bit deeper into the concept of the six stage story process, and show how this model represents the DNA of great stories, and how you can apply the model to inform and improve your writing ...

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May 02, 2015 00:40:04
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Episode 35 - Interview with Lee Harris Senior Editor at Tor.com

This episode is an interview with Lee Harris, Senior Editor at Tor.com. We find out what keeps him reading a manuscript, the MOST important lesson you need to learn before you submit anything anywhere, and why a Batman novella can never be properly be regarded as Epic Fantasy. There are also hints and tips for anyone thinking about going to a convention. ...

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April 18, 2015 00:17:50
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Episode 34 - Story theory: a powerful addition to your writer's toolbelt

Studying story theory might sound like a bit of an academic exercise, but don't be put off! In this episode we explore how story theory can help you understand what stories are, how they work, how they are structured, and how the theory can be applied to make your work excellent. ...

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April 03, 2015 01:03:25
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Episode 33 - Self-publishing for everyone. Advice for all writers from four authors who published their own work

Four different writers, four different approaches to publishing your own work. In the first half of this episode, I talk to bestselling author and professional speaker JOANNA PENN about defining goals, thinking globally, and writing what we love. Then I talk to the local historian Heather Flack, NGO writer-in-residence Glenn Myers, and sixth form student, Holly Phipps – each of whom have used self-publishing for their own, very different projects. ...

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