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October 01, 2021 00:41:02
Episode 164. A citizen of two worlds. Juggling writing and life with Sam Mills and Michael J. Harvey

Episode 164. A citizen of two worlds. Juggling writing and life with Sam Mills and Michael J. Harvey

The American writers Joyce Carol Oates famously said:  “The biggest obstacle for writers is distraction from other people."   And it’s substantially true. But those who say we should exclude these distracting people are offering a solution that is both naïve and selfish, and doesn’t really allow for the reality of our lives. In truth, it’s usually the people that we love who are the most distracting, and we choose to continue to love them and engage with them rather than cut ourselves off from them; our partner, our children, family members, close friends, maybe even vulnerable people to whom we have made some kind of commitment. We have to find a way of acknowledging our responsibilities to those who we have a commitment to, whilst still finding the time and energy to write, and to achieve this balance is an essential skill for the writers life. To help us explore this issue, and to offer practical steps to help us all with this tight rope act, I am joined by two writers, Sam Mills and Michael J Harvey. Sam Mills studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and worked as a journalist and publicist before giving it all up to write full time. She has published seven books, the latest of which is “The Fragments of My Father” which explores her personal story of becoming a carer to her father, who has schizophrenia. Michael J. Harvey is a fantasy novelist with degrees in History from the Universities of Leicester and Cambridge. He is a blogger, writer and traveller, and also a husband and father to two young children. Both of my guests have had to learn to create and manage time for their writing, ...

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September 17, 2021 00:56:29
Episode 163. Getting in touch with our own inner champion - with Cami Ostman

Episode 163. Getting in touch with our own inner champion - with Cami Ostman

So much of how we engage with our writing is bound up with the disciplines, good and bad, we apply to ourselves, and how we feel about ourselves as writers. In this episode I tackle these issues, together with the thorny subject of dealing with our own inner critic, with speaker writer and marathon runner, Cami Ostman. ...

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September 03, 2021 00:55:53
Episode 162. Keep the faith! With Sarah Moorhead

Episode 162. Keep the faith! With Sarah Moorhead

Yes! The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt is back after a hiatus of about 18 months and it’s a delight to talking to you again. If you haven't subscribed you can do so at: https://the-creative-writers-toolbelt.castos.com/ My guest for this first episode of the relaunched podcast is the author and teacher Sarah Moorhead. Sarah is every inch the the scouser that she sounds, she's funny and honest and determined, all qualities that I think we need to have in big quantities as writers. In our conversation we talk about keeping the faith in our stories and our voice, asking ourselves the question: who are you as a writer? And nurturing the determination to see a writing project through to the end. I had a great time talking to Sarah, I hope you will enjoy listening to our conversation, here it is. ...

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August 06, 2021 00:06:31
Announcement: The Creative Writer's Toolbelt will return on Friday 3rd September 2021

Announcement: The Creative Writer's Toolbelt will return on Friday 3rd September 2021

Hi and welcome to this brief message about the Creative Writer’s Toolbelt podcast. I have news! The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt is relaunching on Friday 3rd September. To catch all the new episodes you can subscribe to the podcast here: https://the-creative-writers-toolbelt.castos.com/ After a hiatus of about 18 months I am restarting the podcast. The core mission of the podcast wont be changing. Like you, I love writing and The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt will continue in its purpose of helping you and me to become better writers and produce great work. ...

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April 22, 2020 00:47:38
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Episode 161 Writing your memoir

Has the Covid-19 virus forced you into being at home with time on your hands? Could now be the time to start that memoir project you've been meaning to get around to for so long? If so, this is the episode for you. My guest for this episode is the journalist, editor, commissioning editor and speaker Ali Hull. Ali is the Deputy Editor of Sorted magazine, and a freelance commissioning editor, who has worked with at least a hundred authors on their books, many of which were memoirs. She has also co-authored a book on grief, and written many press releases, features, interviews and reviews. Since 2003, she has spoken on numerous writing courses, around the UK and in Ireland. ...

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April 02, 2020 01:03:18
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Episode 160 Lockdown for writers

Yes I'm back! I want to do two or three more episodes before I finish, to address the extraordinary times we are living in, and in this episode I am talking to two writer / entrepreneurs, Wendy H Jones and Abidemi Sanusi about how writers can survive and thrive in Lockdown. We discuss motivation, routine, self-care for writers, and just getting started. ...

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