Podcast: Bailey’s Writing Tips – Episode 033 (20 June 2011)

Episode 33 (length 13m 54s) is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer!) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe). The podcast started talking about ‘What If’ then two recommended books on characters (‘Writing dialogue’ by Tom Chiarella and ‘Creating characters – how to build story people’ by Dwight V Swain) then a spot of grammar and a couple of ideas:

  • Write down a series of five numbers at random, no higher than 10 then take a magazine or newspaper and then using those numbers take the first number from the first line, second from the second etc. to make keywords, i.e. if your first number is seven, you write down the seventh word in the first line then if the second is four, the fourth word on the second line etc. Then when you’ve got the five words, write a story that includes those five words, regardless of how normal or strange they are.
  • Secondly, pick a picture from a magazine or newspaper and imagine what that person’s name would be. Now give them a complete different name and write two pieces with the same character but with different names. Would they act the same as Sarah or Ethel? They may, but equally they may not.

The podcast’s sentence start suggestions were (more on http://twitter.com/sentencestarts)…

1.    As she crept across the room, Leora hoped he was a sound sleeper…

2.    When Dudley woke in the morning…

3.    The cat’s back arched as…

4.    In an ideal world…

5.    As Dell watched the hearse go past…

6.    Had Bryan realised he’d left the door open…

7.    Roy slammed his hand on the buzzer…

Other websites mentioned:

The podcast culminated in News & Feedback (including an invitation for author blog interviews – I’m especially short of UK authors!*), On This Day in History and Fiction Freebie (as shown on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/a-story-a-day-may-may-2nd). *I have spaces from c. 2 weeks’ time, you can email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com for the list of questions.

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