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    Plot: Drama, real life and plot steps

    Episode 022 Welcome back to another episode of The Writing Apothecary, this is a week at looking at drama, real life and plot steps when we start to play around with plot. Every plot has a major dramatical question that is either a yes or a no, with the few cases where it’s a maybe. It’s the central-most organised force in a novel, no matter what you’re writing, there will always be a single question that will need to be answered and your plot?  The main points in today’s lesson:– Your protagonist is your most fleshed out, cohesive and dimensional character.– They need a desire.– Their desire leads to their…

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    Welcome to Plot

    Episode 021 Hey guys, welcome back to a new month and a new topic. Drum roll please! This month we’re tackling plot and like all fo the previous lessons this is just a step that we’re building into our tool box. Today we’re going to dig into a little bit of an introduction about plot. We all know that they’re really important and that thy serve to be an essential part of the story, but they’re not what makes your readers pick up your book. It’s the characters and they’re extraordinary snippet of life that you’re writing about. The major points of today’s podcast are: Plot is the core part…

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    POV: An interview with writer and photographer Av

    Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary and today I have a treat for you. We’re sitting down to chat about Point of View with another dear friend of mine, Av. We met during our Writing and Publishing degree and is always a wealth of knowledge. Today we chat about all things point of view, focalisation and cats, because what is a writer without their cat? We go into detail about characters because, down to the wire, all of our storytelling comes back to our characters and just what point of view means to her. It also is a good look at the creative brain of something who is neurotypical and…

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    POV: Distance and Focalisation

    Episode 019 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and the last theory less on Point of View. Today we’re looking at Distance and Focalisation. Just a word of warning, focalisation is a lot to wrap your head around it and I feel like every writer needs to understand to get the most out of their writing. The major points of today’s podcast are: There are two kinds of distances: Emotional and Time. Emotional distance is the distance that readers sense between the narrator and the characters. It’s a distance that affects how close the reader feels to a character. Time distance, our readers assume that the events of the…

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    POV: First, Second and Third Person

    Episode 018 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to another lesson on Point of view. Today we’re looking at first, second and third person POV. We’re breaking them down and really understanding what they are and what how they can affect your story. Have you ever read a book and really gotten lost in the character’s story? Do you feel their pain or the mistakes that have happened to them or for them? Or maybe you’ve squealed in delight because you can see the way through their actions. And all of this comes down to what POV is used. The major points of today’s podcast are: First-person uses…

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    What Writing Mindset Coaching with me looks like

    This has been a blog post that I have been trying to write and I have been putting it off for a while, but I’ve hit Resistance and I’ve hit my own Self Doubt. Two of the biggest problem that not only myself but sometimes I have worked with time and time again with clients. I call self doubt by what I know it as our Inner Editor (IE). This voice is the one that tells us that our writing is crap, that we can’t do it and that we’ll never have anything to show for all of our effort. That we’re quitters. Our IE is the reason resistance comes…

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    Welcome to Point of View

    Episode 017 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to a new month. You know what that means! It’s new topic time. I can’t believe how far we’ve come. We’re looking at Point of View and expanding on what we learned in our Voice. This week’s lesson is really short and sweet. The major points of today’s podcast are: Point of View or POV is really important to the story. You want your readers to care about your characters. POV is the next level to voice. We’ll be covering: First, second and third person narration, focalisation and distance and closing it off with a really great interview. Tell me…

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    Character: An Interview with Ru Tripodi

    Episode 016 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and our next guest on the podcast. Characters are such an important part of our stories and it’s no surprise that this is the episode that I actually recorded two or three years ago when I decided I needed a podcast, but it seems that the world and my life wasn’t quite ready for it. This interview is such a special one to me, and maybe it’s because it’s one of my close friends or maybe it’s because there was so much laughter and I really got lost in the interview. What you don’t see in this is the number of…

  • Characters: Getting to know them

    Episode 015 Welcome back to The Writing Apothecary podcast and to our next lesson about characters, and today we’re getting to know them. We’re looking at the symphony that it takes to make all of the working parts move in sync. To craft a believable, fascinating and memorable characters there needs to be a point where you start with them. Most of the time we create characters from memory and the mind. Your characters emerge as different versions of the people in your life. The major points of today’s podcast are: Characters are a version of ourselves and the people we see in our lives. The best way to tell…

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    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.…