Episode 21- Newbie Writers Podcast

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Newbie Writers Podcast.
Episode 21- Conferences and Questions.

Writing conferences What I learned.  That Damien is right, forget Facebook and use Twitter to connect with readers, new readers, who may want your book.

And I do not have an accent.

The book you were discussing is Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, who won a posthumous Pulitzer.

I think we can both speak to these questions:

6. Does your own writing ever make you laugh or cry?
7. What made you fall in love with writing?
8. How do you feel while you are writing?
9. What other authors do you admire?
10. Do you listen to music when you write?
11. If you were not an author what would you be?
12. What are your other interests and what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
13. What are the last five books you have read?
The Immortal Life of Henreitta Lacks by Rebecca Skloorr, Build Your Writer’s Platform, by Teresa Le Yung Ryan (who is here at the SF Writer’s Conference)  Own Your Niche by Stephanie Chandler (who we interviewed last week, and who is at this conference as well).  The Hanging in the Hotel, by Simon Brett and Another Quiet American, Brett Dakin (about Laos).  I also write up what I’ve been reading on my web site.

14. What do you get out of mentoring emerging writers?
15. What do you sacrifice to write?
We discussed this – sleep and TV
16. What is the most demeaning thing that has been said about you as a writer?
17. What do you consider your biggest failure?
18. What do you find to be the most challenging thing about writing?
19. What is your schedule when writing?
20. (The holy grail) What do you think makes a good story?


Word of the week:


We are in the northern English city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the late 1640s, during the Cromwellian Commonwealth following the Civil War. The city fathers became unhappy, as many municipal authorities had before and many have since, with the levels of drunkenness among the local

A nineteenth-century drawing of a drunkard’s cloak
An impression of the punishment, from Glimpses of the Wonderful of 1854.
Click on the image to enlarge it

Their punishment for the offence was novel. If putting the offender in the pillory or stocks failed to induce sobriety, they had their law officers take a cask, remove one end, cut a hole in the other end for the head and two in the sides for the hands and force the convicted drunk to parade around town wearing this heavy garment for a set period. This was the drunkard’s cloak.

Bring out Your Dead:

Dionne Lister wrote this when she was 11.
Silver Waters of Brumbie Land (play sound)
In five more days Diamond and Ginger Fire knew how to gallop and canter and jump fences.  Being able to do that, they were allowed to go up past the two trees that were a little way up the mountain.  Even if they could go up there and they were allowed, Ginger Fire’s mother was still scared that he would fall or something would happen to him because it was very slippery and slopey.

When they were going up the mountain there was a rabbit and Ginger Fire ran after the rabbit and slipped.  Down he fell. When he neared the bottom his head hit a rock.  Diamond galloped as fast as he could, being careful not to slip the way Ginger Fire did.  Diamond, Mercury, Silver Sunlight and Ginger Fire’s mother were standing around Ginger Fire.  To Diamond’s shock, Ginger Fire was dead!!

Later through the day Diamond was grieved at the death of his best friend; most of the day he was feeling sorry for himself.  He was really in despair.

Writing Prompt:

Writer’s Block:  When your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.

Write about writer’s block.  Believe it or not, when you are really stuck in your work, try writing:  I am really stuck, over and over.  Or try writing non-stop for ten minutes.  The act alone can help you break through.

Shout Outs:

Ciara Ballintyne http://ciaraballintyne-fantasy.blogspot.com.au
Peter Hobbs http://peterhobbs1.wordpress.com/
Jane Isaac http://www.janeisaac.co.uk/
Emma from Exceptional Editing and Proofing. http://www.exceptionalediting.com.au/

Where to Find Us:

Catharine: http://www.yourbookstartshere.com @cbramkamp
Damien: http://www.newbiewriters.com @newbiewriters


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  • Justin Bogdanovitch
    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I’m putting my Drunkard’s Cloak on right now . . . loved the talk tonight. Funny but so interesting to my writing mind.

  • Dee
    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Ooh man, I laughed until I cried “…for ten dollars I’ll smack your kid!”

  • Ciara Ballintyne
    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out 🙂

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hey guys! Great podcast. Thanks for the shout out and support and congratulations to Damien’s Mum;-)

  • Damien
    Posted on February 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hmm maybe I should put a Donate button on the site and I’ll come round and smack ppl’s children.

  • Anne
    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Great podcast. I loved every minute of it. Thanks so much Catharine for answering all of my questions and congrats also to Damo’s mum. You will have to give us updates. Maybe even get her on the show.

  • Damien
    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Not 100% keen to get her on the show. She struggles with hotmail, let alone Skype!!!

  • Anne
    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ha ha me too. That’s precisely why you should get her on.

  • EditorProofer
    Posted on March 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout. Great show as usual.

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