• Character: Desire and the Human Complex

    Episode 014 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our next lesson centred around the desire and human complex when it comes to characters. I want to ask you, first, a few questions: Who is your favourite character? Or characters? What do you think makes them your favourite character? The major points of today’s podcast are: All characters have a living, breathing desire if they are a fully formed and dimensional character. Desire is a driving force of human nature and when it’s applied to characters it creates momentum to drive a story further, which is what we all want our stories to do as we write them.…

  • Welcome to Character

    Episode 013 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to a new month and new topic. Welcome to character. Today we are looking at an introduction on character and how they are the central part of a story. Characters are the core of the story and interact with or influence every aspect and element of a story. Some character will turn up fully formed and others may not. Some may even be a facet of yourself or someone you know but at the same time they will have a mind and body of their own. They will be separate from you but they will also be a part of…

  • Setting: An Interview with Andrew Irvine

    Episode 012 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and our next guest on the podcast. I am really excited for you guys to meet him. Andrew and I met in uni while we were studying psychology and since then we have had a healthy back and forth competitive friendship built on chasing each other’s word counts. In this interview Andy and I talk about all things setting and the importance of how integral setting is to the story. We also cover a different kind of setting, a societal setting that is something that most fantasy authors come across. It’s that one piece of law that makes the story different…

  • Setting and Character

    Episode 011 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our next lesson on setting. Today we’re looking at setting and characters, the details, the reality and a brief look at pace in time The setting your characters are in is also as important as their voice is to them. With setting it can play a big role in who your character is. A setting elevated how your character dresses, talks, socialise, works, eats etc. Much like animals, humans behave in a certain way in their natural habitat, so placing your character in a space that is familiar to them will make it easy on them, but that doesn’t…

  • Setting: Place and Time

    Episode 010 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our next episode on setting. Today we’re looking at Place and Time when it comes to setting and how important it is for your story. When writers talk about place, they mean the specific and definite locations of a story on both a small and a large level. This is where we need to really nut it out, what planet are they on? What about the continent, country, state neighbourhood or street that the characters are in? What does the home they are in look like? Or what about the office building or the castle? The major points of…

  • Introduction to Setting

    Episode 009 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to a new month and a new topic. This month we’re looking at the backbone of a story. This is a small introduction in to what to expect and how a setting can elevate a character and the story. Without it, you don’t have a story. The major points are: Stories draw on authentic settings on time and place. Writers have the ability to choose to make up places, which works better for them. Setting really is the foundation of a story. We will be covering place and time, as well as looking deeper into setting and time and looking…

  • Walking In This World Wrap Up

    Working through week by week of Walking In this World and here is a collective list of all of my weekly break downs. This book is by far better than The Artist’s Way. I felt like every lesson was so poignant and on point with everything that I am dealing with right now. I hope you guys take the time to pick up this book and work through it. You won’t be sorry. Week 1 – Discovering a Sense of Origin Week 2 – Discovering a Sense of Proportion Week 3 – Discovering a Sense of Perspective Week 4 – Discovering a Sense of Adventure Week 5 – Discovering a…

  • Voice: An Interview With Peta Hawker

    Episode 008 Welcome back to the Writing Apothecary Podcast and to our first guest on the podcast. I am so excited for you guys to meet her. She is an amazing writer and woman and not to mention one of my close friends. She has to be one of my favourite writers so she is such a perfect person to be our first guest on the podcast. After a month of lessons, we break down Peta’s character voice and how she differentiates the different voices in her debut novel. And really we go on tangents about characters and what they mean to us. The main points of our chat is:…

  • Walking in this World – Week 12

    The last week of Walking in this World and we’ve done it. I’m at the end. It was a bit bittersweet because I loved so much of this book. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t feel deep in my soul. It’s like she was inside my brain when she wrote this and it was amazing. All of it. The last week is about discovering a sense of dignity. How many days this week did you do your morning pages? I was away for the beginning of the week but I feel like I’m finding that I am craving to sit down and do some morning pages. This tends to happen…

  • Other Ways to Use Voice

    Episode 007 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our last lesson on Voice. This week we’ll be looking at other ways to find voice and how to use it because there are other ways of using that we haven’t covered. The different voices that don’t fit into the box are: Diary/journal entry kind of voice Stream of consciousness No grammar or punctuation Style choices Stylistic expressions goes hand in hand with voice. Looking at your sentence length, your grammar and your punctuation as it will allow your reader to see more about your character without you stating the obvious about them. Your choices for your character voice…