• Book Review: Unwinding The Spiral

    This is going to be the kind of book review that is 100% biased. If you’re looking for one that isn’t, check out the Goodreads one that has been reposted on a few other platforms. That’s the only warning you get. So buckle in. This Book. This freaking book. It’s a masterpiece. It’s magic. I’m not even ashamed to say that I purchased the first copy, before the release date because I was so eager. And that meant that I purchased both the ebook and the physical copy. I’m not even ashamed of it. And I feel like I need to explain the beautiful soul behind the book to really…

  • Writer’s Block: An Interview with Creativity Coach Amie Mcnee

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our interview with the most divine human ever. I got to interview Amie Mcnee who is the perfect most perfect guest for Writer’s Block. It’s been a challenge to get here! This episode is so delayed due to me getting the spicy cough and have been dealing with all of the fatigue that comes with it, but we’re back and we’re ready.  In today’s chat here are some of the topics we chat about: Writer’s Block Procrastination  Amie’s relationship with both Journalling Giving ourselves permission to drop expectations And so much more. This is a chat you don’t want to miss…

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    Writer’s Block: Touchstones and How to Heal It

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our last theory lesson on Writer’s Block. It’s a bit late as I had the spicy cough and was pretty exhausted. But we’re back into it. Writer’s Block is such a personal thing and I’ve loved hearing from you guys and opening up the conversation about Writer’s block because it is so different for everyone and I think that it’s a great opportunity to talk to other writers about how it feels or what you can do to help heal it, which is what we’re talking about today. There are ways to help alleviate writer’s block when you are working through…

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    Writer’s Block: Emotional and Environmental Triggers

    Welcome back to our second lesson on writer’s block. I hope that you’ve all been productive. I know I have. Or at least I have tried to be. I’ve sent my manuscript to my editor and it’s with BETA readers. It’s making me so nervous but I’m trying to keep busy, which is good. I’m trying to get ahead with the podcast because it does take a lot of time and effort to get it done. I’m a one-woman production here. I write all the scripts, record, edit and mix all of the episodes on my own. I do have a friend who will help me with audio and mixing…

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    Welcome to Writer’s Block

    Welcome back to a new year and a new topic. 2021 is behind us and I can’t believe that we’re in 2022! Wowiiiie.  I hope everyone has had some great time off. I spent some of my time off in Adelaide with my mum and basically being a mermaid and then just getting back into my retail job. Things are gearing up and are a little mental at the moment but that will pass. I know it will. But also, welcome to one year of The Writing Apothecary Podcast! We have covered so much ground and covered so many topics and we still have so many to go. I’m still…

  • Revisions: Interview with Suspense Author Jess Farady

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary and our interview for revision. Today’s guest is published author Jess Faraday and we talk about all things revision. As a traditionally published author she has a different take on revisions and an important one. In today’s chat we talk about: First drafts Time between revisions Looking as aspects How to flip the revisions on their head And some great nuggets on when to revise.  I really loved this chat and it was such a fun and refreshing take on revisions.  About Jess:Jess Faraday is the author of the Simon Pearce Mysteries, the Ira Adler Mysteries, and several standalone works of suspense. She lives…

  • Revisions: The Small Things

    Welcome back to the Writing Apothecary and the last lesson for revision. Last week was a big one and we’re following it up with the smaller things.  Life has been a bit hectic so this one is a little bit late, but better to be late than never! First thing is first, reading your draft out loud, does wonders. You can find the natural pace of the dialogue and all of the words you’ve missed or misspelled. Because our eyes are trained to see what is there, even if we miss it.  Without going into a lot of detail, because we are going to be covering editing – don’t worry…

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    Revision – The Big Picture

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary and to our new lesson on revision: the big picture.  All of the work we have done to get here has actually been foundational. We’ve looked at what makes up a story and what is so important to a story but now we’re turning it on its head and looking at it from a revision point of view and not a writing point of view. Both are very different. This is something I can’t stress enough. Don’t beat yourself up if this doesn’t really compute the first time. It takes a bit of getting used to. But with revisions, you just need to be…

  • Welcome to Revision

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary Podcast and back to another new topic! Cutting down the monthly topic to bimonthly has helped clear space and allow for me to have the mental capacity to work with my creativity instead of against it. I’m appreciative to everyone for still supporting the podcast. Our bimonthly topic is: Revision and I’m so excited. The aim is to take the lessons that are so personal and make them digestible and easy to follow.  The first thing you need, before you even start revisions, is a first draft, which means if you haven’t done that, you need to put in that work before you can…

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    Genre: Interview with Urban Fantasy Writer Lindsay Elizabeth

    Welcome back to another episode of the Writing Apothecary Podcast and today do I have an amazing guest for you this week. As we look at our last lesson on genre we have the most amazing guest on board. Lindsay is such an amazing writer and so sweet. Our chat left me energised and so excited to tackle what was coming up. We chat about her favourite genres and what genre tropes work the best to entice readers. We go on a Nora Roberts tangent that brings us right back to mixing genres and how successful it is once you know the rules and you’re able to break them and…