Another Interview

I just received some links to an interview I did with an American friend who has her own podcast. The discussion was generally about writing. I thought people might be interested to hear what we talked about. Podbean: https://thewritershourcreativeconversations.podbean.com/e/stephen-oliver-on-reprogramming-your-mind/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/743kfTq81cl8zehJ67FCtF Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/the-writers-hour-creative-conversations/e/74333204 Radiopublich: https://radiopublic.com/the-writers-hour-creative-convers-8QMzmO/s1!abe12 Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/user/12807063/stephen-oliver-on-reprogramming-your-min Backtracks: https://backtracks.fm/discover/s/the-writers-hour-creative-conversations/5805f4772e3bbc2f/e/stephen-oliver-on-reprogramming-your-mind/bcbb29e13520f590 Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/show/1513512 iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stephen-oliver-on-reprogramming-your-mind/id1523697787?i=1000495495371 Tunein: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Education-Podcasts/The-Writers-Hour-Creative-Conversations-p1346601/?topicId=158139916 I will be taking part in another interview with her specifically about my book Unleash Your Dreams next week.Read more

Writing Excuses

It's that time of the year again, when people think about joining in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. People undertake to write an entire novel in 30 days. I don't take part because I write all year round, to the tune of over 1 million words in eight years. However, many don't take part because of so-called writer's block. Again and again, in various Facebook forums, I've heard people complain about being blocked. I've written about dealing with this before (Becoming a Writer), but the next section contains the thoughts I had…Read more

Submissions

I've been thinking a lot recently about submissions to agents and publishers, given that I'm sending out three different books and a whole bunch of short stories to them. I have come to several conclusions about how much work is involved, what information you need to know, and how much preparation you need to undertake. I'll call the agents and publishers AP's to shorten the article. I now have around a dozen different versions of my manuscripts on the computer. Some AP's want double-spaced, others 1.5 lines spacing. Some want Times New Roman,…Read more

A Taster of My Style

I was asked the other day, what kind of stories I write. That is not easy to answer, as my tales cover multiple genres: self-help, science fiction, space opera, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, fairytales, fairy stories, magical realism, noir, detective fiction, humour, YA, children's books. Moreover, many of them contain more than one genre. That makes it difficult for agents and publishers to pigeonhole my work. Nevertheless, I've been told by multiple readers that they like my style and imagination. I'm a member of a local writing group called the Whittlesey Wordsmiths. We…Read more

Being Creative

I've been thinking about what it means to be a writer; the ups and downs, as well as the triumphs and defeats (aka rejections). I have to wonder why I do this, sometimes. What drives me? I decided that I'm one of those lucky ones who not only has a creative streak, but has discovered the best way to express that. I've been looking through old blog posts from another blog of mine (http://stephenoliverblog.com), and I realised that this one is just as relevant now as it was a few years ago. So…Read more

Interview – Update

Since my last post, I've received some links to the interview on various podcasts. Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/77O2gsFTbWXcKy5Ks1dUr7 Podcast Addict https://podcastaddict.com/podcast/3038980 Jiosaavn https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/The--Writers-Stop\/1\/JTAMKezVAWU_ Passionate World Talk Radio Network https://passionateworldtalkradio.com/unleashing-your-dreams/ It's also on their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/passionateworldradio/ iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-writers-stop/id1523170826?i=1000484275418. Spreaker https://www.spreaker.com/user/8680265/the-writers-stop Castbox https://castbox.fm/channel/id3104442Read more

Interview

I was recently interviewed for a podcast and Internet radio station, here in the UK. We talked about a book I self-published some years ago, as well as the experience of being a writer. The interview took place over several days due to technical problems obtaining a coherent recording. This explains the somewhat different timbres and tones of the various sections. I found it an exciting experience because I had no idea what the questions would be, nor how I was going to answer. You see, I'm a Pantser even when I'm talking…Read more

Computer Voices

I've been doing some experimenting recently in connection with a project I am working on. I discovered software that will allow me to enter text to create computer-generated voices. I am thinking of using them to make short training audiobooks. Three of the voices appealed to me for various reasons. One is British, the other two are American with different accents. I have a personal preference, but I would like to know what other people think. To this end, I used the software to create recordings of last month's blog post, "Becoming a…Read more

Becoming a Writer

Some time ago, I received an email in connection with a post I made on the TUT Writer’s Group on Facebook. The writer asked me about how to become a writer. I wrote them the following reply. When it comes to writing, I would like to know where your writer’s block lies, so that I can give you more targeted advice. However, I can give you the following points, to begin with. What sort of writing do you want to do? Do you intend to write fiction or non-fiction? I do both, and each needs…Read more
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