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 3.9: 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 [...]

Episode 3.4: Co-Authoring & the Writing Community with Daniel Willcocks

Holly talks to Daniel Willcocks today about best practices for co-authoring with other writers, the writing community, podcasting and knowing when to take a step back from things. Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and podcaster of dark fiction. He is one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver, co-producer of iTunes-busting 'The [...]

Episode 3.2: How to Successfully Write Urban Fantasy

Angeline and Holly discuss the differences between high and low fantasy, how to delve into adding fantasy elements to a real-world setting, and why you should never put a goat on your book cover! What is the difference between second-world fantasy and intrusion fantasy? And where does portal fantasy fit in? Find out about the [...]

Use Your Fear

Happy Monday, folks! Holly here with my top tip for this week: Use your fear. We’re all afraid of something and it’s so easy to get lost in it and become paralysed. But what if you could ride your fear like a surfer rides a wave? Rather than being crushed by it, you can use [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]