9. Key resources and key people

This time we talk about the things that we’ve used that helped us: books, websites, courses, conferences, and everyone refuses to enable my insistence that movie watching counts as writing! I then asked when are you ready to go looking for an agent. And we talk about the agent’s role, finding the right agent, how writers become authors, and the luxury of time for first time authors…. and the beginnings of a Santa origin story.

Resources we mention are:

 

8. Have we learned anything at all?

In this episode we discuss how sparks of ideas end up as written stories, what we look for in ideas to  make them into stories, and ponder how we picked the subject or if the subject picked us. This segued neatly into talking about what we would do differently knowing what we now know, and how we’ve obviously developed the perfectly streamlined process by now… probably… or maybe not.

7. Name calling and a writing update

This week we gave a writing update to see how far we had come since the pilot episode, and what were the obstacles in the way.

We then flowed into the thorny subject of naming characters, places and sometimes things. The question of using nicknames or borrowing the associations of distinctive names was .. well, not really answered to tell the truth (!) but they were both discussed.

 

6. A beard stroker and putting it out there

This week Kate stumped us with an excellent question: what role does the act of listening play in our writing. We grappled with this and finally emerged with some very different thoughts and views (and a conspiracy theory was born: has this whole podcast been set up by my family to get me to
listen more??). 

 

 Then we moved back to safer ground – putting your writing out there; advantages, challenges, hurdles. How do we do it and why.

 

5. A good story and a better competition

This week we had a discussion on what makes a good story and what is it that really attracts a reader to a story. We discuss what attributes make our favourite stories our favourites, and what traits should be absolutely avoided.

This was followed by a natter on competitions – the benefits, the pitfalls and really how useful are they to a writer?

 

4. Raving (classes) and Ranting (writer’s block)

In a continuing discussion from episode 3, the conversation turned to writing classes – what benefits do they bring and why should people do them. As a confessed class-aholic I love a good writing class and attend them frequently, however, interestingly, Kate and Maire never do.

This then lead to a discussion (read: argument/rant) about writer’s block. Mixed in with terribly fake Dublin accents and overtones of feminism, there was a discussion questioning the very existence of writer’s block and, assuming that it is real, how should one overcome it

 

3. Word Hoarding and Editing

On a pleasant sunny Saturday in Dublin, over afternoon tea, I hosted our third episode – a discussion on editing. Kate, Maire and I are all in the process of editing the third draft of our novels/screenplay and because of this I thought it would be interesting to compare our individual editing process and our different approaches to this.

Over the clinking of teacups we examined the virtues of following a rigid structure to place the beats of the story where the audience expects them to be, as opposed to abandoning conventional wisdom and letting the story find its own format.

However, if while listening to this, you are more likely to be sipping something more alcoholic than tea, a fun drinking game might be to take a shot every time someone says ‘yeah’. I doubt you will make it passed minute twenty.

 

Pilot Episode Irish Writers Podcast

This is the inaugural episode of the Irish Writers Podcast, where three unpublished writers discuss their writing, their journey towards publication and interesting topics for writers. In this episode Kate, Cathy and Maire introduce themselves and their writing.

Reference is made to a George R.R. Martin quote :

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”

 

And to James Scott Bell’s book ‘Write your novel from the middle” which I read, not wrote, clearly.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Cathy

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