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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This is the inaugural episode of the Irish Writers Podcast, where three unpublished writers discuss their writing, their journey towards publication and interesting topics for writers.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,


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