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Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast – episode 036 (crime writing)

Episode 36 (length 17m 45s) is now 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). This podcast’s focus was on crime writing (partially because that’s what I’m turning my attentions to having been told by an agent to write it because it’s what she wants) and this episode culminated in a flash fiction freebie called ‘The Threadbare Girl’.

Websites mentioned were: http://www.crimelibrary.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_Next_Door_(novel), http://www.thesmokinggun.com, http://www.cnn.com/crime, http://blog.trutv.com/dumb_as_a_blog, http://www.trutv.com/weird/index.html, http://www.crime-files.co.uk/index.html, http://www.twbooks.co.uk, http://www.sohonoir.co.uk, http://www.mysterywomen.co.uk, http://www.eurocrime.co.uk, http://www.crimetime.co.uk/mag, http://www.shotsmag.co.uk, http://www.crimesquad.com, http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com,  http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/submit.html, http://therapsheet.blogspot.com, http://www.rediscoversherlockholmes.com, http://www.peterguttridge.com, http://www.martinacole.co.uk, http://www.itsallaboutthemoney.co.uk, http://www.simonspurrier.co.uk, http://www.stephen-booth.com, https://twitter.com/stephenbooth

The podcast then continued with crime-related quotes, ideas and the following sentence starts picked from my http://twitter.com/sentencestarts Twitter page; each one, if you’d like to use them, for a daily writing project.

1.    As Cheryl put the head on the costume …

2.    The creature padded out of its cave/lair …

3.    Just one thing had spoilt the party …

4.    This wasn’t what Eugene had signed up for …

5.    Life wasn’t supposed to be this hard …

6.    Walter couldn’t believe his eyes when …

7.    As the rocket prepared for …

This episode then culminated in ‘On this day in history’ and the beginning of a story that I’m rather fond of. It’s one of my http://storyaday.org creations from back in May this year – when I wrote 32 short stories in a month. This piece was called ‘The Threadbare Girl’.

Thank you for listening and/or stopping by here. If you have any feedback or areas you’d like covered in the hints & tips podcasts, you can email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com.

This blog also contains the author interviews that I’ve posted to-date (81 when this episode came out). I do one a day and, although I’m currently a month in hand, I’m always looking for more so if you write, regardless of genre (please note my blog and podcast have a ‘clean’ rating) or whether you’ve been published or not, do email me. if you’re interested in taking part. The next episode next Monday which will probably be another genre’s mixed bag.

 

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