Archive of posts tagged fiction

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Here’s the latest episode of the podcast. Enjoy! – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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.