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Episode 23 - Why do we write?

February 18th, 2016

In this episode we discuss George Orwell's motivations for writing which he documented in his essay Why I Write : http://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw 

 

We hope you enjoy listening,

Cathy

 

 

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Episode 22 - A Sense of Place

February 11th, 2016

Hi,

 

This week we discussed 'a sense of place' - how to achieve it, how to describe it, what are the obstacles?

 

We hope you enjoy listening,

 

Cathy

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Episode 21 - The Milkisode

February 4th, 2016

At the start of 2015 our writers group set out individual goals... it's time to face the music and see if we did what we said we'd do. Some things roll over into our 2016 goals, and we set the trap for an awkward discussion this time next year!

We move on to discuss pop culture and temporal references and the conflicting merits of a sense of time and dating your work. And finish up with a rather revealing discussion about George RR Martin latest announcement that he did not make his deadline for the Winds of Winter. We go deep into Cathy’s motivation for writing and finally go public on her primary vice – milk!

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Episode 20 - The One With All The Feedback

January 28th, 2016

WE’RE BAACCCK! Happy New Year… It’s taken us almost a month to recover from our Christmas hangover, but the good news is that we have been writing. The even more advanced news is that Cathy and I have been engaging with professionals.

We start 2016 off with updating on our writing, and spend a lot of time talking about engaging and processing feedback. Cathy talks about processing the mountain of feedback she got from her developmental editor and I talk about script reader feedback. Kate talks about wanting to get back into the swing of things after travelling for the last month.

 With 2015 behind us, we’re moving forward!

Máire

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Episode 19 - Happy Holidays! We will be back in Jan

December 10th, 2015

Hi

 

This week we have a 'lively discussion' (read: argument) regarding the takeaways from the Queen Mary University of London paper called The Business of Being an Author: A Survey of Author's Earnings and Contracts. However we make friends again in time to discuss our winter reads and how they influence our writing.

 

This will be the last episode in this series. We will be back at the end of January with Season 2. We hope you all have a lovely holiday.

 

Happy Christmas & Good Writing for 2016,

 

Cathy, Kate & Maire

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Episode 18 - Rom-Coms & 2016

December 3rd, 2015

Hi

This week after our writing update we discussed Romantic-Comedies, asking the question “how does one write an authentic Irish love story while adhering to the Hollywood beats of a Rom-Com?”.

We also discussed the 2016 calendar, looking at some competitions and retreats that are coming up.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Cathy

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Episode 17 – The Special Snowflake That Farts Rainbows?

November 26th, 2015

Hi,

This week, we get an update from Maire and Kate on their adventures in NaNoWriMo.  We discuss short stories (and ask really, what’s the point?). And despite it being a little bit early we talk about possible Christmas Presents for Writers – what to get the scribbler in your life.

Plus there is a promise of a resources area from The Special Snowflake That Farts Rainbows – what’s that all about? Listen in to find out! 

We hope you enjoy the discussion,

Until next time,

Cathy

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Episode 16 - A Good Cry

November 19th, 2015

Hi there!  

In this episode we disclose our struggles of the mid-edit blues and the lack of motivation both Maire and I are feeling at this stage. Cathy chimes in as the voice of the therapist, having pushed through her editing to the end. We despair, but that is why we have each other. Heaven help us all if we are all at once in the despairing stage!

We happily segway into the topic of endings: what makes a good ending, what are some of our favourite endings and how our own endings match up. We all agreed that perhaps cinemas should leave the lights dim for an extended amount of time after a sad ending. Please, give us the dignity of letting our tears dry first before we are exposed to the public.

Enjoy,

Kate

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Episode 15 - Oran Doyle Interview

November 12th, 2015

Hi,

 

This week I met with Oran Doyle, an aspiring writer with a fair few writing achievements under his belt already. Oran was drawn to writing from a young age, and focused on film. He has had several shorts funded and made and spent two years as a freelance script editor. Early on however, he was challenged with figuring out whether had had something substantial to talk about, and went on to have another career in social work and aid in East Timor. So now, with lots of things to say, he has returned to writing with renewed focus and has recently become a full time writer. He’s continuing his screenwriting, but also working on writing for children.

We chat about the various challenges in writing, and what insights he gleaned from that early experience, and how he developed as a writer. You can follow Oran on twitter @Orandoyler

 

We hope you enjoy it,

 

Maire

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Episode 14 - The Grand Opening and NaNoWriMo

November 5th, 2015

Hi,

 

This week the discussion revolved around the opening lines. We looked at good and bad examples from a range of authors and then took these learnings to see how our own openings would fare under intense scrutiny.

 

We also discussed the upcoming NaNoWriMo and whether we would partaking.

 

We hope you enjoy listening.

 

Until next time,

Cathy

 

 

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