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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 […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 2

My 8 week fiction writing boot camp continues. You can start any time from Week 1! I’d love that. Don’t worry, it’s not a race.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 5 Day 1

Week 5 of my 8 week Couch to 80k fiction writing boot camp starts today! Huzzah. If you don’t know what it’s all about, it’s a course I’m putting out via podcast featuring daily 10 minute creative writing exercises, to take you from wherever you are with your writing, to feeling equipped and ready to […]

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

This one’s going up slightly early because I recorded a bunch in anticipation of an impending cold which has now hit me like a frying pan to the chops. Bleugh! But look – we’re halfway through. Half-flipping-way! Can you tell I’m excited? Already there are 4 weeks of daily, gradually escalating exercises to take someone […]

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

Here’s Week 4 Day 5. If you don’t know what this is all about, listen to Week 1 Day 1, or Episode 1 of Season 2 of Death Of 1000 Cuts to get started.

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

Ooh look! More podcasty goodness! We’re nearly halfway. Can you even believe?

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 4 Day 3

Here’s today’s episode of our 8 week writing course. Today we get a bit arty.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 4 Day 2

Our 8 week fiction writing course continues. The theme this week is ‘Elements of Style’. We’re going to become living gods of style in wee tiny bitesized daily chunks.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 4 Day 1

Hello! Look at us! We’re already on Week 4 of the 8 week course. We’re getting there. You know, in novel-writing terms, this just-before-the-50% mark is often the hardest bit – you’ve not quite crested the hill but you’ve produced enough to feel a bit exhausted, and you’ve still got more than half the book […]

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

Here’s another ‘bonus’ episode (I use that term loosely!) where I ramble through some more of my thoughts about the ideas we’ve covered so far, expand a bit on this idea of embracing failure as a necessary part of the creative process, and talk about how we’re going to develop the concepts we’ve already established […]

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

And here’s the last of this week’s episodes of Death Of 1000 Cuts. Another week complete! We’re nearly halfway there already. I really appreciate all the people who’ve got in touch to let me know how they’re getting on with the exercises, or who have shared some of their experiences on blogs or Twitter or […]

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

Here’s the latest episode of my 8 week Couch to 80k fiction writing course. If you’d like to join in, begin at the beginning. All I’m asking is 10 minutes of writing from you a day.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 3 Day 4

Aaaand here’s today’s episode, with a new 10-minute exercise to help you flex your writing muscles. Enjoy!

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80 – Week 3 Day 3

Our 8 week fiction writing course continues. In this episode I talk about the creative writing secrets of amateur online trance mediums.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 3 Day 2

Oh look! Another installment of the Death OF 1000 Cuts 8 week writing course! There are so many now! You can download them and work through them at your leisure. They’re getting weirder. But I hope you’re finding the journey interesting.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80 Writing Boot Camp – Week 3 Day 1

Week 3 Day 1 of my 8 week fiction writing course is here – daily 10 minute exercises to get you feeling better about your writing and discovering all the skills you forgot you had. If you’re new around here, please start at Week 1 Day 1. It would be lovely to have you onboard. […]

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

And here’s the last of this week’s exercises! Sorry I went a bit long on this one. I had – characteristically – a lot to say. Hopefully it’s helpful to get some of the theory behind the exercises I’m asking you to do. The broad theme of next week is Mask Work and the exercises […]