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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July 27, 2014 00:13:38
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Episode 14 - Deeds not words

It's what your character does, rather than what you say about them, that defines them for the reader. In this episode Andrew talks about how action defines character and gives examples for both heros and villains ...

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July 12, 2014 00:15:16
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Episode 13 - Character Motivation

Continuing our series on characterisation, in this episode we look at character motivation and why the motivation for the characters in our writing must be: evident to the reader, reasonable and understandable, and must drive the plot. ...

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June 26, 2014 00:19:27
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Episode 12 - What three qualities do you need to be a good writer?

What are the personal qualities you need, not only keep you writing but to help you improve in your craft? Andrew shares his views on why perseverance, humility, and imagination are the fundamental character traits you need to develop as a writer. ...

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June 13, 2014 00:10:38
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Episode 11 - Creating the individual character

In the last episode we looked at character integrity and how this is founded on 1.Believability/plausibility and 2. The character as an individual. In this episode I'm going to start to look at how a character can become an individual, focusing on descriptive markers and character weaknesses. ...

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June 01, 2014 00:13:51
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Episode 10 - Getting to know you! Believability and consistency as the keys to developing character integrity

This episode introduces the core requirements for good character development: character integrity and individuality. We will look at individuality next time, but in this episode we look at how making a character believable, and keeping them consistent are the keys to successful characterisation. ...

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May 03, 2014 00:15:25
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Episode 9 - Get Active! Using the right verbs and the right voice to energise your story

In this episode I cover two issues, using precise and powerful verbs, and also using the active rather than passive voice to energise and drive your story ...

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