Tim Clare: Author, Poet and Creative Writing Podcaster

Welcome to the website of Tim Clare: award-winning author, poet and podcaster.

PRE-ORDER MY NEW BOOK, THE ICE HOUSE, OUT MAY 2019! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER WITH FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.

I’m the author of THE HONOURS (‘Gorgeously gripping’ – The Guardian; ‘A tour de force of breathless thrills’ – The Herald) and WE CAN’T ALL BE ASTRONAUTS (winner of Best Biography/Memoir at the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards).

I present the creative writing podcast DEATH OF 1000 CUTS (iTunes link) for anyone who wants to know how to write a novel, write great fiction, and get published. My Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp is a free 8 week writing course by podcast (‘a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey’ – Lifehacker).

I’m a stand-up poet with several award-winning 5 star shows under my belt (‘the most compelling solo performance on the Fringe’ ***** – What’s On Stage’; ‘sublime… has the audience hooting in recognition’ – The Guardian; ‘astonishing, vivid… had me almost crying with laughter’ **** – The Scotsman). BOOK ME.

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Today I take a look at a listener’s first page and suggest ways to make it better. It’s an old school Death Of 1000 Cuts ‘In The Barber’s Chair’ episode. Hurrah!

I chat a bit about exposition, writing convincing dialogue, world-building in Fantasy and Science Fiction, and centring your protagonist’s conflicts. Lots of meat and potatoes stuff on editing your work to make it better.

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The old druid was creeping her out.

“It’s a hard thankless living, being the only watcher in these Felinae lands,” he was saying over his glass of wine. “But somebody has to do it.” He winked at Shehr in the firelight. Ew. “I cut this glade myself. Admittedly, there weren’t many trees to cut. The flora is sparse here, as you can see. And I built my home with these very hands. I’m not the strapping young man I used to be, but I don’t shy from hardship. Not old Xartes. The duty I accepted at the druid council—”

Oh my god, just kill me now. Shehr looked at her father, smoking his pipe and running his fingers over a beard like hanging moss. Her father seemed enraptured by their host, but surely that was the wine. How long would he make them stay here with this old… this old leathery… Shehr appraised Xartes, who was still blathering on and on about his boring duty to the druid council. What would the desert equivalent of ‘old codger’ be? Old gecko? Old desert bat?

Old Iguana. Xartes was like an old leathery iguana. Or were iguanas tropical? She and her father hadn’t been to the tropics for years. Not since she was a child—

“The Felinae are terrifying, my dear,” Xartes said.

He was talking to her. She snapped back to the present. “Um…”

He gave Shehr’s father an amused look. “She’s never seen one, has she Takhmaspa?”

Her father, smiling genially, shook his head. Then he blew out a family of ethereal smoke rings that floated away, one after the other.

If you’d like to support me, the podcast and all the things I’m putting out into the world, if you like what I do and would like me to do more of it, and if you’d like to be the first to read my brand new novel, please help me by pre-ordering a copy of THE ICE HOUSE. It’s got an old lady pulled out of retirement for one last job, a 400-year-old forensic pathologist field medic battle nun looking to bring down an empire, psychedelics, dungeon crawls, jungle adventures, a locked-room murder mystery, intrigue, romance, minotaurs, a secret testing facility, giant sentient beetles, immortal mutant aristocrats, knife fights, an angel, larceny and ancient menaces rising from the depths. You’re going to dig it and it helps me so much. Here are some places you can order now:

Mr B’s Emporium are an indie bookstore who deliver worldwide – I’ll sign all pre-ordered copies from here.

Wordery.

Amazon.

Or ask at your local bricks and mortar bookshop.

If you’d like to read a story about a 13 year old girl investigating a secret society in 1930s Norfolk, grab a copy of my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’d like to sign up to my free Weekly Writing Workout, here’s the sign up form.

Here’s my author page on Facebook.

Here’s my Twitter page.

And if you’d like to support the podcast, here’s my Ko-fi page.

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