LifeAfter Podcast Writer Mac Rogers – Joined Up#49

It’s episode 49 – almost at that half century – and today is a landmark episode because we have our first international guest in the award-winning playwright and writer of one of my favourite audio dramas – the LifeAfter podcast – Mac Rogers.

Mac is an award winning playwright based in New York. Often working in the Science Fiction genre, with plays like Universal Robots and his epic Honeycomb Trilogy, he’s won acclaim from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, Gawker, Flavorpill and lots of other places too numerous to mention.

As a professional writer Mac has contributed columns to Slate.com and New York Magazine’s Vulture site – as well as writing content for global brands in his role as a copy writer/producer for StellarEngine.

Follow Mac on Twitter here, check out his website MacRogers.org and buy his plays over at Samuel French.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, he’s now making waves in the podcast world, first with The Message and now with my latest audio-drama binge – LifeAfter Podcast. And it’s free on iTunes!

In addition to the interview, we also make time for our new feature, ‘What Ya Readin?’. This week’s Tweet of The Week is ‘Your Complete Self-editing Checklist’ and comes courtesy of Publication Coach (@pubcoach).

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From Story Idea To Reader – Patsy Collins Interview – JU#48

It’s episode 48 and today we’re lucky enough to have writer, Patsy Collins on the show. Patsy has loads of experience with long and short fiction and has also just released an excellent book packed full of useful writing advice.

Patsy Collins

Patsy is the author of four novels; three contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa.

As well as fiction, Patsy writes articles for Writing Magazine, gives occasional writing workshops and talks, and runs two writing blogs – Womagwriter and Patsy-Collins Blogspot which include tons of advice on succeeding in the Woman’s magazine market, links to free writing competitions and other useful tips. She co-runs #WritingChat – the weekly writing tweet-up and – as if that wasn’t enough – she has also co-authored ‘From Story Idea to Reader’ a non-fiction book that has loads of help for writers new and experienced.

Follow Patsy on Twitter and go and take a look at her website PatsyCollins.uk

Tweets of the week

This week’s Tweets of the week came from Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) and The Write Turn (@writeturninfo). Joanna has an excellent post ‘Going Further With Audiobooks’ which has lots of tips on audiobooks for Indies. The Write Turn gave us a great piece on ‘Writing Through Stress: Tips to Keep Writing When Life Gets Tough’.

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Writing for Low Budget Films – Marc Hamill – Joined Up #47

Have you shared the show with at least one of your friends? If not, why not?!

It’s Episode 47 and today we’ve got a great little catch-up interview with previous guest, filmmaker, Marc Hamill (not Luke Skywalker!) who has loads of practical advice about writing low-budget genre screenplays.  Wayne and Leah tell us what they’ve been up to and even find time for some  Tweets of the week too – which even has a proper jingle now!

Marc’s film ‘The Wrong Floor’ had its theatrical release in May 2016 and is now being streamed on Amazon Video Streaming service, under its new title, ‘Toxic Apocalypse’. A second feature has been financed and Marc talks about his current writing process as well as giving us loads of practical tips on writing and producing low budget films.

You can find more information on Marc’s work and upcoming projects over at Roasted Films or follow him on Twitter here.

In addition to all this screen writing goodness, you’ll find some great writing resources and articles in Tweets of The Week, which this week came courtesy of @CSlakin and @Susandfaw. They tweeted links to 8 Steps to Writing A Perfect Scene Every Time and This is How Writers Can Walk The Tightrope of Work & Life.

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Flash Fiction – TMT#32

This is a very quick introduction to and overview of Flash Fiction. What is it? How do you go about writing it? And what can you do with it?

Ok, first things first. What is it? Well our old friend Google describes it as an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as twitterature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words). Must admit some of those terms are pretty new to me, but I count anything of 750 words or less as Flash Fiction.

People new to writing Flash usually make the mistake of thinking it doesn’t need to be a complete story – how could it be? It’s so short! You will be surprised. The best example of this is Hemingway’s six word tear-jerker: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. It can and should have a beginning, middle and end, but you need to dispense with any serious pre-amble. It’s a lot like writing any scene – get in late and leave early. Start off by just getting the story down – don’t worry if the first draft is long. You need something to edit and there’s no better feeling than taking a 500 word story and reducing it to a tightly honed 150.

There’s loads of places online to submit your micro-masterpieces, with probably the most famous being Flash 500, but new ones spring up all the time so just give it a Google and get Flashing. Not like that – please, take your minds from the gutter!

There’s not enough time here to cover all the ins and outs of writing Flash and I’m sure we will touch on it again in a future episode, but for now that’s your Two Minute Tip. Tweet us your ideas for more TMTs and check out the longer weekly podcast for more writing chat, inspiration and author interviews. Happy Writing!

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Sarah Hilary – BritCrime Special – Joined Up 46

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“You can always write a better book.” – Sarah Hilary.

After a little break (sorry, we’ve both been very busy!) here is a little treat for you – a great interview with Sarah Hilary, author of the Marnie Rome crime series.

Sarah writes crime thrillers that have been described as ‘superbly disturbing’, ‘stunning’ and ‘meaty, dark and terrifying’. They all feature the central character of DI Marnie Rome. Sarah’s debut novel, ‘Someone Else’s Skin’ won the 2015 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year Award and she already has three books in the series with a fourth due in 2017. When she isn’t churning out award-winning books, Sarah also runs a flash fiction contest for Crimefest.

Sarah is one of the BritCrime group of writers that are part of the brilliant free online BritCrime Festival that runs July 15th-17th. You can find all of our other BritCrime Interviews here.

You can find out more about Sarah and her work on her blog here and follow her on Twitter.

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Writing can be lonely! TMT#31

In the second of a new TMT mini-series, Leah looks at the solitary nature of Writing and what you can do to stave off some of the feelings of loneliness and detachment that can set in after long bouts at the page.

Give us your ideas for future Two Minute Tips, suggestions of future guests or general rants in the comments below.

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Self-publishing sucks, right? – Joined Up#45

Self-publishing sucks, right? Well, actually, no, but a recent article by Ros Barber in The Guardian seemed to be making that assertion so we decided to give our reaction to it.

Understandably, Leah in particular has some very strong views on the subject, having already written and published many of her own series.

We also drew on a great rebuttal from Kristen Lamb here.

And as a little aside, here’s a link to Wayne’s monologue mentioned in the weekly catch-up, as performed by actor, Mark Theobald.

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