Podcast: Bailey’s Writing Tips Episode 045 – short story hints & tips

Episode 45 of the Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast went live today, Sunday 8th January. In the last hints & tips episode (no.44) before Christmas I gave some exercises and this podcast, because I hadn’t covered the episode since April 2011 and today’s blog interview is with short story author Sarah England, had a focus on short stories. The websites mentioned were:

This episode’s sentence starts were:

  1. Charlie woke up remembering nothing…
  2. Marianne noticed the wedding ring and sighed…
  3. The glass was chipped but…
  4. Jay didn’t see her pour the liquid into…
  5. From her penthouse window Giselle could see…
  6. As Carlo sped away from…
  7. Fran bit her bottom lip as she waited for…

And there were some quotes:

  • “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order you can nudge the world a little.” Tom Stoppard
  • “The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” Terry Pratchett
  • “I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise.” Noel Coward
  • “I’m not too keen on characters taking over; they do as they are damn well told.” Iain Banks
  • “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one’s trousers to the seat of one’s chair.” Kingsley Amis
  • “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die” Isaac Asimov
  • “Life is not as short as its words. It’s so huge that not even a single man can define its existence.” (written in 2007 by Jette T. Luciano, Philippines)
  • “There are 3 rules for writing, unfortunately no-one can agree on what they are” (Somerset Maugham)

The podcast is available via iTunes (takes a few minutes – latest episode at the top, click on the relevant numbers), Google’s Feedburner (instant – latest episode at the end), Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

If you have any feedback or areas you’d like covered in the hints & tips podcasts, do email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com. Next week’s episode will be three more short stories. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords.

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