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Episode 3.14: Tropes we Love, Cliches we Hate

In today's episode, Holly and Angeline look at the difference between tropes and cliches in fiction. They discuss their favourite tropes, and why they're useful to signify your book's genre. They also give their tips for using tropes without making your book formulaic. Hear about the tropes they enjoy writing, and the cliches that drive [...]

Episode 3.13: How to Procrastinate and Still Get Stuff Done with Cindy Guentert-Baldo

In this episode, Holly talks to illustrator and online content creator, Cindy Guentert-Baldo. We get into Cindy's quirky floral illustrations that have a subtle hint of her blunt style (colourful language included!) and discuss how she was approached by a publisher to produce a hand lettering book. Cindy talks about managing a chronic health condition [...]

Episode 3.11: Crowdfunding for Authors with Kit Power

Having just finished a successful crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming collection of essays, 'My Life in Horror', author Kit Power discusses how he did it. He talks about repurposing content from blog to book, the help he had along the way, and the important lessons he's learnt through the experience. Hear about his moments of [...]

Episode 3.10: Writing Morally Grey Characters and Anti-Heroes

Everyone loves an anti-hero, right? In this episode, Holly and Angeline talk all about how to create morally grey characters and anti-heroes. They discuss how to get the balance right to craft anti-heroes that your readers will love, even if they know they shouldn't. They also talk about how those characters can redeem themselves, and [...]

How To Get Back Into Writing

This article is a transcript of our podcast episode on the topic of overcoming a writing slump. To listen to that episode, please see our show notes here. All of us wear multiple hats. We’re not only writers but also students, parents, carers, employees.  Then within our author life, we might write both fiction and [...]

Episode 3.9: Getting Back Into Writing After A Break

In this episode, Holly talks about how to overcome the struggle to get back into writing mode after a break. Life can get in the way of writing and getting back into a creative flow can be a real problem for a lot of writers. Holly shares tips on getting the creative juices flowing efficiently, [...]

Episode 3.8: Author Bucket Lists

In this episode, Angeline and Holly talk about what success means to them in this author business and how important it is to make your own definition of success. They get stuck into the items on their author bucket lists and the perils of comparisonitis. Find out what dreamy author goals Angeline and Holly have [...]

Episode 3.7: Writing in Shared Worlds and Fighting with Editors with Dion Winton-Polak

This week, Angeline chats to freelance editor Dion Winton-Polak. Dion discusses his anthology, This Twisted Earth, which he both edited and conceptualised. He talks about the process of writing in a shared world, and how to pull it all together into a cohesive book. Angeline gets Dion's top tips for finding and working with an [...]

Episode 3.6: Social Media for Authors

This week, Holly and Angeline discuss how to get the best out of social media and how to avoid getting distracted by it. It's one of our greatest tools for connecting with readers and fellow writers. But it can be all too easy to end up using social media as a means of procrastination. In [...]