Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 5

Penultimate day! Um, I know I said I was going to keep it short and sweet, but this episode goes a little bit long – if you listen you’ll hear why. I hope you’ll take the time to listen, and act on it if you feel that’s right for you. See you tomorrow for the final episode.

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Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 4

Here’s the latest episode of the Death Of 1000 Cuts Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp. Only two days left after this! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing and recording this course and I’ll have some followup episodes where I sum up some of the lesson I’ve learned from doing it. Really, really useful to think about my craft in this depth.

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 3

Here’s the latest episode of the 8 week writing boot camp. We’re nearly done! Wow. If you’ve got this far, nice work.

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 2

And here’s Day 2 of our final week. Just 4 days to go. Then I’ll collapse in a heap of cushions (only to be bopped on the head by my daughter who wants to play, no doubt, but that’s fair enough).

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 1

Oof. We’re in the final week. Or, at least, I’m in the final week of recording. I don’t expect anyone to have got this far yet. There’s no ‘starting late’. This course is meant to be available for you to work through whenever you’re ready.

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

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

Here’s the latest episode of the podcast. Enjoy!

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The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 6

And here it is. The final episode of Week 7. We’ve only got one more week to go. My slight melancholy is tempered with satisfaction and excitement at the prospect of having a full fiction-writing course by podcast up online and ready to go, for anyone to use. Friends, I feel happy of myself. That is a nice resource to give the internet and writers everywhere. Well done me.

But now is not the time for smugness! There is much to do. One more week to prepare, record and upload. And the true victor shall be you, of course, catapulting yourself off towards the horizon with a halloo of glee, your pen afire and your novel well and truly underway.

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 5

Hello friends. Here’s the latest episode of the Death Of 1000 Cuts Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp, for those of you following along at home.

If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

The best way to support me if you like what I do is to buy my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’ve already got it and you’re getting value out of the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 4

The latest episode is up! If you’re new, welcome. Start here.

I have a novel out called THE HONOURS. If you like atmospheric adventure, beautiful-looking books and/or supporting artists you can buy one/several and scratch that itch.

Also, hey, if you’re getting value out of the podcast you can drop me a few bucks to help me keep the lights on, here.

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 7 Day 3

Hey friends – here’s the latest episode of my Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp. I hope you had a happy and relaxing festive period, or if not that you at least survived it. I’m looking forward to finishing up the boot camp – then it’ll be completed, done, just existing as a resource that writers can download or stream and work through whenever they’re ready. If you’re currently working through it, fingers crossed you’re enjoying it, and it’s challenging you just enough to push you to write things you might not have tried before.

Because it’s the New Year and I’ve had the chastening discovery that I’m stony broke, I’ve popped up a little button in the sidebar that lets you drop me a few quid if you enjoy what I do here and would like to see and hear more of it. Anything I get goes towards hosting costs, and on the slim chance we go over that, it’ll all go towards making more and better episodes of Death Of 1000 Cuts, doing writing projects online like my first lines for novels that don’t (yet) exist, and keeping the lights on at Clare Towers. It’s been a bit tricky the last couple of years, writing a novel where I don’t yet know if it’ll get picked up, becoming a parent, writing a new stage show, recording Death Of 1000 Cuts and contending with periods of bum mental health, but I’m feeling more optimistic now so I thought I might as well pass round the hat, since my previous experiences doing so have been incredibly positive. It by no means represents an expectation on my part – it’s just there if you like what I do and think it’s worth supporting. I only set it up less than 24 hours ago and already I’ve been really taken aback (in a good way) by people’s generosity and encouragement. It’s so rad that you’re enjoying what I’m putting out. Here’s a link if you fancy clicking through and dropping something into my open guitar case. Thanks.

When I get to the end of the boot camp, I’ll do a short post (probably accompanied by a quick podcast episode) talking about the different ways – financial and non-monetary – you can support me and artists like me. Worth thinking about, not just so that we can all work together to create a vibrant arts culture with more of what we like, but also because a lot of those ways will become relevant to you if you put a book out in future. Thinking about the kind of help you might need, then practising by giving that help to others, is both pragmatic and it makes you feel good.

Right. Enough from me. Back to work.

Death Of 1000 Cuts – The Big Writing Motivation Episode

I recorded a sprawling and impassioned motivational episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts today, for anyone who wants to write more fiction in 2018. I talk about writing resolutions and why most of them are rubbish, what studies into motivation have shown us works, all the great short and long term reasons why you – yes, you – should write, and 7 Rules for Kicking the Dick Off Your Writing in ’18.

I’m in many ways a petty, mediocre man, but I know what I’m talking about when it comes to writing and if you listen to this I not only guarantee that at the end of it you’ll be totally transformed, but you may well VOID YOUR BOWELS with sheer approval. So be warned.

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 on and all the mistakes you’ve learned from into a clear set of protocols that can guide you through writing and finishing your novel.

Today, I do a quick rundown what you’ve learned so far, then I take you for a deep dive into the question of what you’re actually going to write this novel about.

If you’re new round here and you’d like to try the boot camp for yourself, maybe you’d like a little something you can do daily with just 10 minutes of writing that can help you get back on track with your writing again, you can start here.

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 course and you haven’t yet, you can listen to the first episode here. I’m only asking for 10 minutes of writing from you a day – I’ll even time you.

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 all levels (including pros!) who’d like a little gentle guidance back into a regular writing habit, then click here to get started. I’m only asking 10 minutes of writing from you a day.

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 worst of it now, so here I am, catching up, under the slightly absurd belief that anybody is terribly bothered or cares. (although the podcast is currently doing the most listens it ever has so maybe some people actually are listening – which is amazing to me and very exciting)

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 about – I’ll even time you. Go on. It might change your life.

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 to use it.

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.