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Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 2

Oof! Another dose of daily motivation and focused training hits you in the gut like a push-passed American football. But you catch it. And you undo the laces and inside is the small jade statuette you need to unlock the door to your grandfather’s vault. Well done. You’re almost there.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 1

Wow! We’ve started Week 7. Once you reach this point, you’re three-quarters of the way through the boot camp, and the end is in sight. So these last two weeks are all about setting you up so you have everything you need to turn the positive habits you’ve practised and the skills you’ve been working […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Reflections

Here’s one of my periodic longer episodes where I talk more broadly about fiction writing, and my thoughts that have come up over recording the course so far. In this episode I drill into the problem of setbacks in our writing, and how to deal with them. If you’d like to try the 8 week […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 6

And there you have it. Another week done, dusted, polished, placed under a protective layer of plastic and sealed inside a shipping container for the long, perhaps endless, voyage into history. If you’re new here and you’d like to take part in my 8 week Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp, ideal for writers of […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 5

Ooh! Another episode. More metaphor-meta-fun as we play madlibs with great works of literature for our personal pleasure and profit. MWAHAHAHAHAHA.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 4

And here’s another episode of my 8 week writing course – this week we’re working on metaphors, similes, and transforming language in your fiction.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 3

SORRY for the delay, diligent writing pals. Of course unless you’re following these posts as they go up you probably won’t have noticed the time lag between this post and the last one. I was ill! I came down with fever and a cold simultaneously, and a poorly daughter and wife. We’re all over the […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 2

Here’s Day 2 of Week 6. We’re looking at pushing metaphors to their metaphorical limit – and then going farther, just to see what happens when your metaphor density reaches CRITICAL.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 6 Day 1

Week 6 has started! Eeek! This week it’s all about lyrical language, metaphor, simile, the sound and feel of your writing, and powerful imagery.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 6

Here’s the last day of Week 5, our journey into your writing’s emotional core. If you haven’t listened to any of the course yet, you can start here. I’m only asking you commit to 10 minutes of writing a day, 6 days a week, over an 8 week course. I’ll tell you what to write […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 5

Apologies for being slightly behind with updates. A cold-real life combo set me back slightly, plus these episodes felt like the ones I least wanted to fuck up, so I took my time getting them right. I hope you find the exercises rewarding.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 4

Hey hey hey. Welcome to Week 5 Day 4 of the Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp. If you’re new and you’d like to join in, click back and start at Week 1 Day 1. Today’s episode discusses unstable early memories.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 3

Here’s the latest episode of my 8 week writing course. Today’s was a tricky one to record – it took me a while to work out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. If you have a listen you’ll hear why. I hope it’s helpful for you, however you choose […]