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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

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    • 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

    S4E45 - Fitting In (Writing Ramble)

    S4E45 - Fitting In (Writing Ramble)

    In this episode I talk about feeling like you 'fit in' in the publishing world, my own experiences, & why feeling like an insider or outsider - whether you are or not - shouldn't be your barometer for success.

    If you like the podcast & want me to make more please support me via my Ko-fi page: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    Want to pre-order my new book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It? It's out May 2022. Here are some pre-order links for the hardback or ebook:
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/coward/tim-clare/9781838853105
    https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/coward-3
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coward-Why-Anxious-What-About/

    If you want to drop me a line, click the 'Contact Me' link on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    • 1 hr 12 min
    S4E44 - Dials vs Switches (Writing Ramble)

    S4E44 - Dials vs Switches (Writing Ramble)

    In this episode, I respond to a piece of advice for first-time non-fiction authors I read back in August, explaining why I disagree and giving my own take. It's basically about what's better - giving the reader clear, committed answers to questions, or dealing in shades of grey. I also explain how I think this relates to fiction writing, and why it matters.

    If you enjoy this episode and you want to help me keep making podcast, drop me a few beans here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    You can also get in touch via the 'contact me' button on my website: www.timclarepoet.co.uk

    And my new book, COWARD: Why We Get Anxious & What We Can Do About It, is available for pre-order. Please do put in a pre-order, and take a look at it here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/coward/tim-clare/9781838853105

    • 1 hr 17 min
    S4E43 - Writing a Novel Pt7

    S4E43 - Writing a Novel Pt7

    In this episode I talk about my progress with my project to write a new novel, and why I think I've stalled. I reflect on where I think I've stumbled so far, and my plans for getting back on track. Recorded while I had Covid, so maybe disinfect your earphones after listening.

    If you want to listen to previous episodes in the Writing A Novel series, they're on this playlist: https://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

    And if you want to pre-order my forthcoming book, COWARD, all about anxiety, it's here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/coward/tim-clare/9781838853105

    • 47 min
    S4E42 - Editing with Nate Crowley

    S4E42 - Editing with Nate Crowley

    In this episode I look at the first page of a listener's story with author Nate Crowley and we suggest ways to improve it. What is too much information, and what is too little? How can you employ the art of the telling detail?

    If you'd like to read Nate Crowley's new Warhammer 40k novel, THE TWICE-DEAD KING, you can grab a copy here: https://www.4tk.co.uk/the-twice-dead-king-ruin-hb.html

    He's also on Twitter here: @frogcroakley

    And you can support the show via my Ko-fi page: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    • 1 hr 30 min
    S4E41 - Chatting With Molly Naylor

    S4E41 - Chatting With Molly Naylor

    Hi everyone. On this one I chat with author, poet, screenwriter and director Molly Naylor about the graphic novel she created with artist Lizzy Stewart, LIGHTS, PLANETS, PEOPLE! It's about an astronomer who has to give an inspirational speech and is thinking back over the choices she's made throughout her life. We get into a good chat about collaborating, how to submit a graphic novel to an agent, the culture surrounding the publishing industry, and how the pandemic (temporarily) helped some writers who struggle with self-doubt.

    You can grab LIGHTS, PLANETS, PEOPLE! here: https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/lights-planets-people-by-molly-naylor-lizzy-stewart

    Here's Molly's website: www.mollynaylor.com

    Here's illustrator Lizzy Stewart's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzy_stewart/

    And go on then, if you want to drop me a bean or 3, you can do so via my Ko-fi page: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    • 1 hr 13 min
    S4E40 - Chatting With Chris Farnell

    S4E40 - Chatting With Chris Farnell

    In this episode I chat with author Chris Farnell about his early interest in the fantastic, what makes good Science Fiction and Fantasy, and about his satirical SF series FERMI'S PROGRESS.

    You can grab the novellas from independent e-book publisher Scarlet Ferret here: https://scarletferret.com/books/fermis-progress-season-pass

    (they're also on Amazon)

    You can follow Chris on Twitter: @thebrainofchris

    If you like this show and want to support me, drop me a bean or two here: www.ko-fi.com/timclare

    That's it. That's the show.

    • 1 hr 14 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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