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Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 24 – Chatting With Gareth L Powell

In this episode I chat to SF author Gareth L Powell about his pistol-toting flying ace monkey, ACK-ACK MACAQUE, writing sentient spaceships, winning awards and being nice on the internet. We get into his new novel, EMBERS OF WAR, and he shares his best writing tips for novice authors. This is a great episode to […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 22 – Chatting With Claire North

In this episode I chat to novelist Claire North (aka Catherine Webb) about her amazing career spanning 20 (!) novels so far, starting when she was just 14. We chat about genre, growing up geeky, dystopias, craft, and changing the world – and her latest novel, 84K, set in a frighteningly familiar corporate near-future where […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 21 – Chatting With Peter Newman

This episode I chat to Peter Newman, author of Fantasy trilogy THE VAGRANT, THE MALICE and THE SEVEN, and – released in the UK *this week* (!) – his latest, THE DEATHLESS. I grill him for precious, precious info on how he builds worlds, his philosophy on creating characters, and what makes Fantasy so compelling. […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – 100th Episode Special – Aing Your Qs

To mark the 100th episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts, my writing advice podcast, I thought I’d record a Q&A, answering listeners’ questions. Here are the questions I answer, in the order I answer them. Thanks very much to everyone who submitted questions! – How do you know when you’re being original? – When can […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 20 – Untitled by M (1st Page Critique)

In this episode I take a look at a listener’s first page and suggest ways to make it better. That’s right, it’s an old school In The Barber’s Chair critique! This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know: – how can I be a better self-editor? – how can I […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 19 – Chatting With Grant Howitt

In this episode I chat to tabletop game designer Grant Howitt about creating stories out of thin air. We talk about the magic of gathering together to make stories with friends, how characters flow out of the simplest backstories, and ways in which you can use the techniques of roleplaying and improv to get over […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 17 – Chatting With Jeannette Ng

In this episode I chat to author Jeannette Ng about her Gothic Fantasy novel UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN. We discuss how she came upon her tale of a gothic heroine travelling to the mysterious and threatening continent of Arcadia, in search of her missionary brother who has been trying to convert the Fair Folk. We […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – Season 2 Episode 18 – Getting Unstuck & Defining Success (Writing Ramble)

In this episode I talk about creative ways of getting unstuck when you’re working on a project, and showcase John August’s Writer Emergency Pack – a deck of cards designed to help storymakers out of jams. I also review what I’ve learned from speaking to the various authors I’ve had as guests on the show […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts LISTENER SURVEY

Create your own user feedback survey Hey friend. I really want to get to know you. If you listen to Death Of 1000 Cuts, you would be making a big and valuable contribution by filling in this 5 minute (literally 5 minutes – it’s 10 questions) survey about what things you’d like me to do […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 16 – Chatting With Hayley Webster

I chat to Hayley Webster, author of JAR BABY and MEET THE TWITCHES. We talk about the origins of her love of reading, the ways a story engages your senses, and her approach to writing across genres, from mystery to literary fiction to memoir to children’s adventures. This is a great episode to listen to […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 15 – Chatting With Emma Healey

In this episode I chat to author Emma Healey, about her bestselling Costa-winning debut ELIZABETH IS MISSING, and her new novel WHISTLE IN THE DARK. We have a wide-ranging, frank and occasionally funny chat about finding the voice of your protagonist, transmuting research into living characters and stories, and how to start again from scratch […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 14 – Chatting With V C Lancaster

In this episode I chat to author V C Lancaster about her work and the world of self-publishing. If you’ve ever considered publishing your own work, or you’re interested in how it all works, this is the episode for you. This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know: – how […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 13 – Your First Draft Survival Kit

Writing a novel? Finding it too easy? This episode isn’t for you. In this episode, author Tim Clare (that’s me) packs your 10-piece first draft survival kit. It has everything you need to get you through the first draft of your novel – the tools, the mindset, and proven strategies. The 10 Tools in your […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 12 – Chatting To Nikesh Shukla

In this episode, I had a chat with author Nikesh Shukla. You may have heard him in Season 1 where the two of us looked at a listener’s first page. If you’re not familiar with his work he’s written three novels so far: Coconut Unlimited which was nominated for the Costa, Meatspace and his latest, […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 11 – Raising The Stakes

In today’s episode I answer a listener’s question about character motivation and stakes. How do you know whether the stakes in your story are enough to carry a whole novel? How do you stress test your protagonist’s motivation before writing the entire book? Why do some character goals seem to matter more than others? This […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 10 – Who’s Story Is It Anyway?

In this episode, author Tim Clare (that’s me) talks about what’s been going on in fiction writing this week. I discuss the dangers of writers’ semi-jokey fixation on productivity and ‘laziness’, and why I think it makes us sad while creating the very problem it claims to tackle. Then I dive into a topic I’ve […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 8 – The Dawn Trials (by Jack)

In this episode author Tim Clare (that’s me) looks at another listener’s first page and gives a detailed critique of the opening to their story. I talk about how you can use vocabulary to build mood and imply things. I talk about how to write great similes and when to dial them back. I talk […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 8 – The 7 Pillars Of Line-Editing Your Novel Like A Motherfucking Laser Surgeon

On the latest episode of the creative writing advice podcast, author Tim Clare (that’s me) responds to listener requests to an episode dedicated to editing your work. What are the best rules for editing your fiction? What are some simple techniques you can apply right now to your work to make it immediately better? How […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 7 – The Gap (Writing Ramble)

In this episode I give advice about changing your relationship with your writing, and the perils of seeing making art as a war, or viewing your novel as the enemy, or listening to your self-doubt as if it were your boss. I talk about Steven Pressfield’s non-fiction book The War of Art, and David Bayles’ […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 6 – Chat With Nate Crowley

On this episode I chat to author Nate Crowley about ideas – specifically the incubation, hatching and rearing thereof. Lots of discussion of how to generate ideas, how you know when an idea is ready, how to turn an idea into a story, as well as in-depth chat about world-building, good and bad. We go […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 5 – Learning To Breathe (Writing Ramble)

Hey super lovely gang. Here’s the latest episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts. It’s an unscripted chat about creative anxiety, blocks and inspiration. I like doing the odd episode where I check-in with a sort of diary entry about where I’m at with my own writing life – I think it’s useful to hear the […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 4 – Chat With Joe Dunthorne

Hello friends. Here’s the latest episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts. I said I was going to record some chats with other writers and lo, here is the first of what will hopefully be ‘a bunch’. Joe Dunthorne has appeared on the podcast before, helping me look at a couple of listeners’ first pages, but […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Season 2 Episode 3 – Untitled by Sam

Hello friends. Here’s this week’s episode of Death Of 1000 Cuts. After the intense boss rush of Couch to 80k, we’re back to a slightly more manageable flow of episodes for everyone, which you can listen to whenever you like. You don’t even have to do a writing exercise during them! Gosh. Luxury, eh? In […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – The Debrief

In this episode I chat about what to do once you finish the Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp. How to fill the weeks and months that follow? How to keep the momentum going and capitalise on your gains?I reveal The 7 Pillars of Finishing Your Novel. They’re a thing that I just made up, […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp – Week 8 Day 6

So here it is. The final episode of the Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp. 8 weeks and 48 episodes are now available online for anyone to stream or download for free. It’s a full free writing course with daily 10 minute exercises that cover everything from how to come up with ideas for stories, […]