This week on the Write for Your Life podcast, Donna talks about pressure and what it must be like to be both a poet and the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. I talk about how we faff around deciding what tool or writing app we should use instead of just getting on with it. Then both of us begin the long journey of explaining the publishing process, including the hows, whats and the are you sure about thats? Finally, the listener’s question is about experimental fiction.
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In this first episode back on the ol’ airwaves, me and Donna talk about writing staycations, quitting your job, winning a book prize, writing when you can, gender-targeted books for children, Dropbox acqui-hiring Readmill, and as the title of this episode suggests… chicken. Also, how to battle the blank page once you’ve already filled a load them and then stopped writing for a bit. Techniques for starting again. Getting back on the pony. That sort of thing. Go and get your headphones. This is happening.
29 December 2013
In the final episode of the Write for Your Life podcast for 2013, Iain and Donna look back at some of their highlights from the last 12 months. From best books read to most memorable writing moment, how do your memories compare? And what do you have planned for 2014?
19 December 2013
In this episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna talk about the importance of keeping up with what’s going on in the publishing industry. We then go on to cover the various tips and tools they use to track the latest news, blog posts and other exciting titbits. Headphones time.
30 November 2013
In this week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna look at what it takes to be a ‘creative person’. Are we/they particularly special? A bunch of nonsensical contradictions? Other topics include how you know when a nice story you’re writing should become a novel, 50 Shades of Grey and herpes. Those last two go together. Apparently. Yuck.
18 November 2013
In this episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna talk about interviews, social media and how much of yourself you should share with the world. We also answer a listener’s question about how to go about getting a novella published. Finally, listen out for my rather unpleasant recounting of my eye operation.
11 November 2013
In this week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna discuss the thorny issue of having a full-time job and writing fiction in your spare time. Is it more than just a hobby? Even if you’re published but still need a full-time job? Tricky business this writing… business. Other topics include finding your voice and knowing if and when it’s happened!
1 November 2013
In this 101st episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna put their reading, writing, and publishing pet hates into Room 101. Or at least they do when the other lets them. Will you agree with their choices? What gets your goat about the world of writing and whatnot? Get in touch, we’d love to know. In the meantime, pop your headphones on.
24 October 2013
In this, the 100th episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, I talk about some of my favourite episodes, but much of the show is dedicated to reading habits. How do you choose your next book? Do you have a reading list or a set way of doing things? Choose from your own shelves or the ones at the local bookshop? Headphones on for all this and more. Plus: thanks so much for listening!
17 October 2013
This week’s Write for Your Life podcast sees me and Donna talk briefly about the disaster that was their first attempt at ‘recording’, but swiftly move on to cover my hosting of a fiction slam event in Sheffield. More specifically, negative feedback, how we writers should handle it, and why context and discussion is important. Feedback is part of the job, but rarely straightforward to implement.
10 October 2013
In this week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Donna reports back on her book launch, which leads to a discussion about poetry difficult reading. Then it’s on to the topic of book spoilers – with a short drop off at Game of Thrones and whether it’s misogynistic or not – followed by a final, warm congratulations to Alice Munro, nobel prize winner.
30 September 2013
On this week’s Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna discuss the act of starting when it comes to writing. Is it best to have an idea and get stuck in or should you plan, plan, plan? Nobody knows. Then matters move to writing groups, including their numerous benefits and potential pitfalls. It’s a good show. You should listen to it.
12 September 2013
In this week’s Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna talk about the author who sued her publisher, the Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist, and the most stylish people in publishing. Iain also talk about the demise of Very Meta and whether we should all be more careful about taking on too many projects. It’s a bumper episode. Listen up.
5 September 2013
This week on the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna talk about Seamus Heaney’s death, which just happened to coincide with the official launch day of Dream Country, Donna’s debut collection. This leads to a more general conversation about book promotion as an author, and finding the balance between marketing your work and, well, not annoying people. Listen in. You’ll enjoy it.
It’s an exciting episode of the Write for Your Life podcast that even comes with its own video version! To celebrate Donna’s first poetry collection being published, we talk about her writing journey, including going from a hobbying to professional writer, and how she came to be published. Also features live poetry. You can watch the video version on my YouTube channel.
22 August 2013
In a feisty and thought-provoking episode of this week’s Write for Your Life, me and Donna talk about the writing tools of famous authors. Things hot up when we move on to the publishing industry, YouTube and why they always seem to be one step behind. And then the spice continues when I talk about a site called Patreon. Should we ask our readers/fans to become patrons and support our work with actual money? Listen in and let us know what you think.
15 August 2013
This week on the Write for Your Life podcast, I report back on my event at the Wilderness Festival, Donna takes a look at the world of book trailers, and both of us talk about how we approach the outlining, structuring and general planning of our writing. What’s not to like about all of that? Exactly. Get it in your lugholes as soon as you can.
8 August 2013
This week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast sees me and Donna talk about prizes and events that can lead to publication, writing and speaking about subjects that you’re not necessarily an expert in, and how we attach identity to names, including our characters. That’s a long sentence. This is a bumper show. Put your headphones on and enjoy yourself.
1 August 2013
Donna is back and ready to chat with me about writing advice, mystique, dead animals, and Joyce Carol Oates’ recent list of tips for writers. From writing your heart out to having humility, it’s all there. Grab your headphones and listen up.