So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcast (general)

Online writing tools for writers, writing habits to avoid, how walking can make you a better writer, and things that make editors stop reading your manuscript. Meet Writer in Residence Alexandra Joel, author of "Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story". Plus: can living in a country where English isn’t the main language affect your English writing skills, and more.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm AEDT

Women in their 20s and 30s driving sales in “grip lit”, perfect bedrooms for bookworms, tips on how to pitch in a digital age, and up-level your word-geekiness with synecdoche. Meet Andrew Faulkner, author of “Stone Cold” the story of Australia’s deadliest soldier, find out how to format your manuscript for submission, and much more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm AEDT

To plot or not to plot, self-publishing and the difference between mentors and coaches. Advice for blogging authors including how to blog about your book without giving too much away and why blogging is important. Plus, the book "Between You & Me, Confessions of a Comma Queen" by Mary Norris. We chat with Graeme Simsion on his success since writing “The Rosie Project”. Also: the Ulysses writing app for iPhone and more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm AEDT

How writing crime has changed in the last ten years and the increasing demand for content writers. We ask if an app can improve your writing plus give you tips on how to survive writing envy. Meet picture book author Emma Allen. Plus, the most dangerous writing app. What are the benefits of editing a printed manuscript over editing on screen?

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep099.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm AEDT

An intriguing memoir, how to become an Amazon 'best-seller' for $3 and 40 words for emotions you've felt but couldn't explain. Plus: confessions of a ghost writer and the trouble with using fashionable words. Meet successful children's author Jen Storer. Also: a writing device for nostalgic tech geeks, whether you should put your writing on your website, and more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep098.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm AEDT

Book 2 of Allison Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles is shortlisted for the Aurealis Award, punctuation in famous novels and a poem that shows how tricky English can be. Would you write differently if you were anonymous? Also: what NOT to do when you start a novel, the book “Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographic Curiosities” by Keith Houston and meet thriller author Adrian McKinty. Plus: an interesting storytelling app, and more.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep097.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm AEDT

What was left out of Seven Little Australians, the life of a Hallmark card writer, fewer vs less, and how to write a fab press release. Also check out the the book “Wordburger: How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites” by David Astle and meet author Hazel Edwards. Plus: become a word-nerd like Valerie by browsing the Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep096.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm AEDT

The number one problem with backstory and how to fix it, old English insults, and writing tips from the indomitable Chuck Palahniuk. Plus: 10 questions to ask yourself before launching your author website, the 100 best websites for writers, and how to win a copy of The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky. Also: meet novelist Tim Baker on his blog tour of his book Fever City, learn how to motivate yourself to edit and rewrite, and more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep095.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm AEDT

Go inside the world of things that look like books but aren’t, writing in a foreign language, a re-usable notebook, how to avoid distractions from writing, and meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson. Also: an app that distills non-fiction works into short reads, giving you the main concepts of an entire book in 15 minutes, how to equip yourself to be interviewed as an author, win a signed copy of Withering-by-Sea” by Judith Rossell, and more! Show notes

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep094.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm AEDT

What writers need to know about defamation when writing memoirs, win a writer's residency in a bridge, a writer is arrested after winning illegal narcotics in a writing competition and a tax return is hailed as a masterpiece of contemporary fiction. Plus: advice on how to juggle multiple writing projects, meet thriller author Jaye Ford, who moonlights as a romance author, and more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm AEDT