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Write For Your Life

Write for Your Life is a show about creative writing, copywriting, reading, and the ever-changing publishing industry. Look out for advice, opinions, nonsense and some very special guests.

Hosted by Donna Sørensen and Iain Broome.

#29: Cleats, car parks and writing with intent

November 14, 2011 at 5:45PM • 9 minutes

We all have have the occasional lapse in confidence, but it’s important to keep writing with intent and conviction. It’s just like cycling with cleated pedals. Honestly, it’s exactly the same.

#28: Writing and disappointment

November 10, 2011 at 5:00PM • 6 minutes

Writing is pretty much a process of constant disappointment. It comes in many forms and from a wide range of sources, but it’s something you have to learn to deal with. In this episode Iain talks about the inevitable ins and outs of writing and being disappointed. Don’t worry. It isn’t all bad news.

#27: Why would you not be on Twitter?

October 27, 2011 at 5:00PM • 5 minutes

Iain recently spoke to a bunch of design students about social media and the opportunities it brings when you’re looking to build a career. He was surprised by how few of them were active online. The things he said to those students apply to us writers too. For example, you don’t need to be on Twitter to get published or shift copies, but what an opportunity. Why would you not take it?

#26: Two ideas are better than one

October 24, 2011 at 6:00PM • 5 minutes

It’s easy to think that when you have a good idea for a piece of writing, that’s your job done. But most great pieces of work have two ideas. In this episode of the podcast I talk about this concept and attempt to use my own novel as an example. Spoiler alert.

#25: Two audio tools for writers – Dropvox and Audioboo

October 18, 2011 at 6:00PM • 6 minutes

Sometimes you just want to dictate an awesome idea, sometimes you want to publish your thoughts to the world. Dropvox and Audioboo provide two excellent ways of doing those very things. Dropvox links up to your Dropbox account and gives you a great way to access your audio recordings from all your techno devices. Audioboo is simply the easiest way to get your own podcast up and running.

#24: Getting a writing job means projects, projects, projects

October 11, 2011 at 6:00PM • 7 minutes

Iain talks about what it takes to get a writing job. Basically, professional experience and good qualifications are fine, but it’s what you do outside of those things that will catch an employer’s eye. Why are you different to all the other candidates? What do you do simply because you choose to do it? What have you created that no one else has? These are the things that will make a difference and get you noticed.

#23: The space in between

October 5, 2011 at 6:00PM • 5 minutes

A few thoughts on productivity for you. If you feel like you’re always losing time, it’s probably not hours or days, it’s the minutes you spend on unnecessary tasks. It’s your meddling with nonsense. The fiddling about. The waiting for something to happen. Much better to think about work, life and the space in between. Then figure out which bits are most important. It’s the first two, by the way.

#22: Going solo and double spaces

October 3, 2011 at 6:00PM • 5 minutes

Iain talks about a new approach to the podcast. He also covers the terrible act of using a double space following a full stop. Imagine.

#21: How to start your own writing podcast

September 7, 2011 at 6:00PM • 48 minutes

Iain is joined by Myke Hurley, who records several times a week for his own various podcasting ventures. Together, they talk about the benefits of starting your own podcast and, more importantly, how to do it. From microphones to headphones, Garageband to getting your episodes on the web, Iain and Myke take you through the process of setting up a podcast. While there is some technical talk, they try to make it as easy to understand as possible.

#20: Ideas, beating writer’s block and the science behind your muse

August 25, 2011 at 6:45PM • 38 minutes

Iain is joined by Tom Evans from The Bookwright. Tom is an author’s mentor who specialises in helping writers think clearly and unblock their blockages. They covered all sorts of subjects, from how the muse works to understanding what success and failure is.