This week we have author Sinead Hamill, author of ‘Scumbags and Handbags’, ‘Smiling Vendetta’ and the soon to be published ‘Dippers’. Sinead talks about her decision to self-publish, where her inspiration comes from and the drive she has to write (and of course have the craic). We talk life, death and ditties!
We’re on hiatus at the moment, but we’ll be returning soon and we’re looking for interesting writers to interview for the podcast in 2017. So far we’ve had some great interviewees: Oran Doyle, Roland Evans, Catherine Ryan Howard, Caitriona Lally and Kevin Curran, and they’ve given us great insight and interesting things to think about when exploring our own work, as well as interesting things to read!
If you’d like to come on the podcast and talk about your experience as a writer or author please email us email@example.com. We’re happy to talk to writers from anywhere, but as we’re a chatty podcast we like to be in the same room – so if you’re based in Dublin or just passing through we’d love to talk to you!
We’re looking for writers and authors who are in Dublin, or passing through, to come on the podcast and talk about writing. We’re currently scheduling interviews for 2016, and we’d love to hear from you, whether you are in triumph or despair.
If you’d like to be considered as an interviewee, please drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) telling us a bit about yourself. If you have a writing CV then please include that too.
We’re half way through November and Kate and I are joining in with #NaNoWriMo this year. In case you’re unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s the time of year where writers power through to get a first draft of that novel they’ve been meaning to write. The challenge is to write 50,000 word in 30 days.
I think the biggest benefit of NaNo is the community. The site allows you to set up a profile, connect with buddies and get access to coaches and prompts, and you can find people talking about it in all the usual social media sites. If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you’ll know I set up a profile. You can become my buddy here. We discuss NaNo on the podcast throughout the month, so if you’re getting involved too let us know.
As you may know, I’m currently having a love-hate relationship with the graph the site provides. I’ve never been ahead of it, and catching up to it seems increasingly difficult, but without it I doubt I would have written so much already. It’s been fun so far and writing a first draft is definitely better than editing!
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.
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.
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
Then we moved back to safer ground – putting your writing out there; advantages, challenges, hurdles. How do we do it and why.
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?