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25. Fantastic Writing, Writing Fantasy

March 3rd, 2016

This week we focus on writing fantasy. Kate is a practiced hand and Máire's just begun, so we go through Melissa Kelly’s Top Eight Rules For Writing Fantasy http://fantasy.fictionfactor.com/articles/fantasyrules.html and talk about what we’ve done, what we have yet to do, and what we feel guilty about not doing.

 

Kate mentions Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work http://austinkleon.com/show-your-work/ and the Mythcreants http://mythcreants.com/ in her very knowledgeable take on writing fantasy. Cathy keeps us on track, reminding us that much of this is good advice for writing in all genres, and Máire threatens everyone with the potential of writing ‘Orcrotica’!

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

 

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24. Pirate Love & Historical Fiction

February 25th, 2016

This week we chat about Historical Fiction, what it is and how to write it best.

 

We hope you enjoy listening.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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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 

 

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

 

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22. A Sense of Place

February 11th, 2016

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

 

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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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!

 

Presented and Produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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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 Máire 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!

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall.

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19. Happy Holidays! We will be back in Jan

December 10th, 2015

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

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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18. Rom-Coms & 2016

December 3rd, 2015

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.

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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17. The Special Snowflake That Farts Rainbows?

November 26th, 2015

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! 

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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16. A Good Cry

November 19th, 2015

In this episode we disclose our struggles of the mid-edit blues and the lack of motivation both Maire and Kate 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.

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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