October 17, 2013 at 4:00PM •
This week’s Write for Your Life podcast sees Iain and Donna talk briefly about the disaster that was their first attempt at ‘recording’, but swiftly move on to cover the former’s hosting of a fiction slam event in Sheffield. More specifically, negative feedback, how we writers should handle it, and why context and discussion is important. Feedback is part of the job, but rarely straightforward to implement.
October 10, 2013 at 4:00PM •
In this week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Donna reports back on her book launch, which leads to a discussion about poetry and ‘difficult’ reading. Then it’s on to the topic of book spoilers - with a short drop off at Game of Thrones and whether it’s misogynistic or not - followed by a final, warm congratulations to Alice Munro, nobel prize winner.
September 30, 2013 at 4:00PM •
On this week’s Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna discuss the act of ‘starting’ when it comes to writing. Is it best to have an idea and get stuck in or should you plan, plan, plan? Nobody knows. The duo also look at writing groups, including their numerous benefits and potential pitfalls. It’s a good show. You should listen to it.
September 12, 2013 at 4:00PM •
In this week’s Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna talk about the author who sued her publisher, the Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist, and the most stylish people in publishing. Iain also talks about whether we should all be more careful about taking on too many projects. It’s a bumper episode. Listen up.
September 5, 2013 at 4:00PM •
This week on the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna talk about Seamus Heaney’s death, which just happened to coincide with the official launch day of Dream Country, Donna’s debut collection. This leads to a more general conversation about book promotion as an author, and finding the balance between marketing your work and, well, not annoying people. Listen in. You’ll enjoy it.
August 29, 2013 at 4:00PM •
It’s an exciting episode of the Write for Your Life podcast that even comes with its own video version! To celebrate Donna’s first poetry collection being published, she and Iain talk about her writing journey, including going from a hobbying to professional writer, and how she came to be published. Also features live poetry.
August 22, 2013 at 4:00PM •
In a feisty and thought-provoking episode of this week’s Write for Your Life, me and Donna talk about the writing tools of famous authors. Things hot up when we move on to the publishing industry, YouTube and why they always seem to be one step behind. And then the spice continues when I talk about a site called Patreon. Should we ask our readers/fans to become patrons and support our work with actual money? Listen in and let us know what you think.
August 15, 2013 at 4:00PM •
This week on the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain reports back on his event at the Wilderness Festival, Donna takes a look at the world of book trailers, and both of them talk about how we approach the outlining, structuring and general planning of our writing. What’s not to like about all of that? Exactly. Get it in your lugholes as soon as you can.
August 8, 2013 at 4:30PM •
This week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast sees Iain and Donna talk about prizes and events that can lead to publication, writing and speaking about subjects that you’re not necessarily an expert in, and how we attach identity to names, including our characters. That’s a long sentence. This is a bumper show. Put your headphones on and enjoy yourself.
August 1, 2013 at 5:00PM •
Donna is back and ready to chat to Iain about writing advice, mystique, dead animals, and Joyce Carol Oates’ recent list of tips for writers. From writing your heart out to having humility, it’s all there. Grab your headphones and listen up.