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Death Of 1000 Cuts is a podcast for fiction writers, full of motivational rants, writing exercises, interviews with authors, and detailed critiques of first pages submitted by you, the listeners. Everything you need to write more and better, and love it. Presented by Tim Clare, author of The Honours, The Ice House and We Can't All Be Astronauts, and stand-up poet.

Support the podcast at: https://ko-fi.com/B0B17913

Death Of 1000 Cuts Tim Clare

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 90 Ratings

Death Of 1000 Cuts is a podcast for fiction writers, full of motivational rants, writing exercises, interviews with authors, and detailed critiques of first pages submitted by you, the listeners. Everything you need to write more and better, and love it. Presented by Tim Clare, author of The Honours, The Ice House and We Can't All Be Astronauts, and stand-up poet.

Support the podcast at: https://ko-fi.com/B0B17913

    S5E23 - Cyborg Novelists

    S5E23 - Cyborg Novelists

    In this episode, I discover that Artificial Intelligence is better at writing my novel than I am. I discuss the threats & opportunities of AI-generated novels & what the future might hold for authors collaborating with bots.

    Here's OpenAI, if you're interested & fancy having a play: https://beta.openai.com/playground

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    And you can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And here is a link to the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 56 min
    S5E22 - Chatting With James Wallis

    S5E22 - Chatting With James Wallis

    In this episode I chat with author & games designer James Wallis about storytelling in games, writing novels in other people's worlds, & his new book about award-winning boardgames, EVERYBODY WINS.

    EVERYBODY WINS by James Wallis: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everybody-Wins-Decades-Greatest-Board/dp/1839081910/

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    And you can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And here is a link to the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 1 hr 29 min
    S5E21 - Stained Glass by Bobby

    S5E21 - Stained Glass by Bobby

    In this episode I look at a listener's first page and suggest ways to make it better.

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    And you can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And here is a link to the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 54 min
    S5E20 - Chatting With Adrian Tchaikovsky

    S5E20 - Chatting With Adrian Tchaikovsky

    In this episode, I chat with SFF author Adrian Tchaikovsky. We talk about his Children of Time Science Fiction series, his Shadows of the Apt Fantasy series, how tabletop roleplaying got him started as a storyteller, & how he approaches worldbuilding & planning novels.

    Adrian's new book, THE CITY OF LAST CHANCES, is available for pre-order: https://www.amazon.co.uk/City-Last-Chances-Adrian-Tchaikovsky/dp/1801108420

    Here's the first book of the Shadows of the Apt series, EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Empire-Black-Gold-Shadows-Apt/dp/152905026X

    Here is his SF novel we talk about, CHILDREN OF TIME: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Children-Time-Winner-Arthur-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00SN93AHU/

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    And you can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And here is a link to the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server as promised: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 1 hr 18 min
    S5E19 - Writing a Novel Pt9

    S5E19 - Writing a Novel Pt9

    This is the 9th episode in my series that follows me as I try to write a novel while commentating on what I'm doing & why. This time I share two drafts of a new attempt at a possible opening, explain why I made the changes I've made, then talk about what's next.

    If you want to listen to previous episodes in the Writing A Novel series, they're on this playlist: soundcloud.com/timclare/sets/writing-a-novel

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    And you can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And here is a link to the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server as promised: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 1 hr
    S5E18 - Bad Writing Takes (Writing Ramble)

    S5E18 - Bad Writing Takes (Writing Ramble)

    In this episode, I chat about getting back into writing after burnout, and embracing your personal writing manifesto. I have a bit of a rant! But hopefully with the understanding you are free to disagree. This is a writing ramble episode, so an unedited b-side where I talk about what's on my mind.

    If you enjoy the podcast and would like to drop me a few beans, my Ko-fi page is here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Please buy my latest book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, which is available in hardback, ebook & audiobook (narrated by me): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/dp/1838853103/

    You can get in touch via the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    Here's the Death Of 1000 Cuts Discord server: https://discord.gg/Gr7nNU3jjv

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

LeGrandMushroom ,

Brilliant and varied

This podcast offers a brilliant array of different content, and styles, of episodes. The first page reviews are great at seeing how you can improve and polish a piece of writing, the depth and consideration (and humour) Tim puts into them is significant - writers can really learn a lot from his approach. What’s more, if you read his books, like The Honours, you can see the echos of his advice in action his own writing, which gave me an extra level of enjoyment in reading. Then there are the author chats, which give insights into difference genres and careers, and are so much more practical than broad sheet interviews with writers. Next, there are the writing challenge episodes, which I have only just started, but seem fun and easy to fit into day. I think some of the most extraordinary episodes though are Tim’s writing rambles, where you have an hour of more of Tim thinking aloud on writing, publishing, mental health, novels that everyone thinks are great but are they really (Never Let Me Go…looking at you), genre writing, editing, drafts, etc etc. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything like these before, they are remarkably raw and honest, it really is quite affecting to listen to someone forming their thoughts in your own ears so to speak. I think it is this part that has prompted what re-reading sounds an awfully gushy review, but there we go, I’ll stick with it. Such a good find this podcast.

tonytoo ,

Couch to 80k course episodes

I’ve just completed the 8 week creative writing course during lockdown. I had no aspirations to write a novel; it was intended as a fun family activity for 10-20 minutes a day.

We all really enjoyed ourselves and are inspired to continue in one form or another. Two out of the four of us are now planning to write novels, which I find amazing. All of us have found a hidden, creative aspect to our talent which we can develop.

Please try this podcast/course: Tim is a great teacher and it takes little time and commitment.

Draver_1123 ,

Come on and listen

I am not a writer. I love listening about writing. Tim hooked me right in with both content and his personality. I recommend even if you don’t write.

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