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Dear Writer is a weekly podcast about the experiences of two aspiring authors, from setbacks to successes, and all that goes on in-between. In her other life, show host Ashley Lindsay is a chemist, working in the fields of sustainability and innovation in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. And her co-host Sarah Anderson is an operating room nurse, residing in Calgary, Canada. But on evenings and weekends, we're bloggers at Linderson Creations. Podcasters on Dear Writer. And first and foremost, aspiring authors.

Dear Writer is a weekly podcast about the experiences of two aspiring authors, from setbacks to successes, and all that goes on in-between. In her other life, show host Ashley Lindsay is a chemist, working in the fields of sustainability and innovation in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. And her co-host Sarah Anderson is an operating room nurse, residing in Calgary, Canada. But on evenings and weekends, we're bloggers at Linderson Creations. Podcasters on Dear Writer. And first and foremost, aspiring authors.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Dear Writer is a weekly podcast about the experiences of two aspiring authors, from setbacks to successes, and all that goes on in-between. In her other life, show host Ashley Lindsay is a chemist, working in the fields of sustainability and innovation in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. And her co-host Sarah Anderson is an operating room nurse, residing in Calgary, Canada. But on evenings and weekends, we're bloggers at Linderson Creations. Podcasters on Dear Writer. And first and foremost, aspiring authors.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 107: Writing Short Fiction - Part 1

11/22/2022
This time on Dear Writer we talked about writing short fiction. In part one, we discussed what short fiction is and some of the elements of short fiction that are important in creating an engaging story.

Duration:00:43:33

Episode 106: Author Spotlight - Jennifer Chastain

11/15/2022
Today on Dear Writer, Sarah talked with Jennifer Chastain, a romance author from a small town in the state of New York, who now lives in North Carolina with her husband. We had a very engaging and inspiring conversation about Jennifer's journey so far, and her upcoming romantic suspense series.

Duration:00:45:28

Episode 105: Speculative Fiction Writing with Lee Murray

11/8/2022
This episode of Dear Writer, we were lucky enough to speak with Lee Murray about writing speculative fiction. Lee is a USA Today bestselling author and a four-time winner of the International Bram Stoker Awards. She writes speculative fiction in a number of different sub-genres, and resides in the beautiful Bay of Plenty district in New Zealand.

Duration:00:50:05

Episode 104: From Lacklustre to Blockbuster - Creating Tension - Part 2

11/1/2022
On this week's episode of Dear Writer, we continue our discussion about creating tension in fiction. We talk about some the common techniques for making tension and chat about some of our writing tips for enhancing tension in your novel.

Duration:00:34:15

Episode 103: From Lacklustre to Blockbuster - Creating Tension Part 1

10/25/2022
On this week's episode, we talk about the importance of creating tension in your novel, what the different types of dramatic tension are, and the distinction between tension and conflict.

Duration:00:36:40

Episode 102: Author Spotlight - Astrid V.J.

10/18/2022
This week on our Author Spotlight we had Astrid V.J., a South African fantasy author and USA Today bestseller. In her day life Astrid is a social anthropologist and transformational life coach who lives with her family in Sweden. We had a great chat about how she uses her skills and interests to create inspiring characters who work through personal trials to tell her stories.

Duration:00:46:41

Episode 101: AI Text to Image

10/11/2022
This week we tried another creative exercise, and used AI text to image software to generate pictures from our novels. We discussed the experience of doing this and how we think it might be useful to creativity and as writers.

Duration:00:23:58

Episode 100: Micro vs Macro Part 2

10/4/2022
In this week's craft episode we dive into part II of our micro vs macro discussion where we talk about the techniques that can be used to enhance the macro and micro details in your writing.

Duration:00:38:59

Episode 99: Micro vs Macro Part 1

9/27/2022
In this week's craft episode, we discuss the basics of writing micro (details) and writing macro (significant traits) through the lens of character and description.

Duration:00:30:14

Episode 98: Author Spotlight - Steven J Kolbe

9/20/2022
This week we interviewed Steven J Kolbe about his books and his writing process. We had a great discussion on the importance of portraying mental illness accurately in media and greatly enjoyed talking to Steven about his experiences. If you want to find out more about Steven and his books, visit his website at https://stevenjkolbe.com.

Duration:00:46:08

Episode 97: Creative Exercise - Found Poetry

9/13/2022
This week for our creative exercise we explored found poetry. We each took an instruction manual and used the text to create our found poems. We discovered this was a very enjoyable exercise. To read our found poems, visit our instagram @lindersoncreations.

Duration:00:17:40

Episode 96: World Building Part 2

9/6/2022
On the week's episode of Dear Writer, we continue our discussion about world building. We talk about the important elements of building a realistic world, how much detail you should give to your readers, and some of our hot tips for effective world building.

Duration:00:32:56

Episode 95: World Building Part 1

8/30/2022
On this week's episode of Dear Writer, we talk about some of the exciting new changes happening on the podcast before jumping in to a discussion about world building. We cover topics ranging from how world building and setting differ, to why it is important to consider world building in your novel.

Duration:00:25:24

Episode 94: Writing and Technology with Joanna Penn

8/23/2022
This week on the podcast we had a very interesting interview with Joanna Penn about how the ever-evolving world of technology affects our careers as authors. We discussed the advances in artificial intelligence and how it can be used as a writing aid, before moving onto the topic of digital narration and what benefits might be derived from this technology.

Duration:00:39:08

Episode 93: Culturing Creativity - Sestina Poems

8/16/2022
This week on our culturing creativity episode, we explored Sestina Poems and discussed how they can contribute to inspiring creativity. For this exercise, we used the instructions on the masterclass website linked below to come up with the Sestina Poem. Adhering to the strict structure was a challenge, but an enjoyable one! Click on the link if you are interested in creating a sestina poem yourself. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/sestina-poem-form Below, you can find our poems. Sarah's...

Duration:00:35:41

Episode 92: A Diverse Cast

8/9/2022
This week we discuss the importance of having a diverse cast of characters in your novel. We chat about how we feel diversity in fiction has changed over the past ten years, how we feel we have changed as writers during this time, and some tips for creating authentic characters.

Duration:00:53:52

Episode 91: Talking Shop

8/2/2022
In this month's Talking Shop episode, Sarah reviewed Episode 7 and 8 from the lecture series Writing Great Fiction - The Mechanics of Dialogue and Integrating Dialogue into Narrative. Ashley reviewed chapter four of The Writing Experiment – Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing By Hazel Smith which was about using already existing texts to inspire new literature.

Duration:00:27:41

Episode 90: Author Spotlight - Melissa Guyan

7/26/2022
This week we talked to Melissa Guyan about her writing journey. Melissa is a New Zealand based indie author. Her work spans a number of subgenres in romantic fiction, with a different penname for each. In YA romance, she goes by Jordan Ford, in romantic suspense she is Melissa Pearl, and in romantic comedy she is Melody Sweet. She also cowrites Christian small town romance under the penname Sophia Quinn. Melissa has published over 80 novels and owns a small press company, Forever Love...

Duration:00:58:06

Episode 89: Culturing Creativity - How to Say No

7/19/2022
On this culturing creativity episode, we discussed the power of saying 'no'. Saying no can be a difficult feat to master, yet without appropriate boundaries it can be easy to fall victim to burnout. We talked about whether we find it hard to say no, and some tips and thoughts on how to ease the guilt and free up writing time.

Duration:00:33:29

Episode 88: Transforming the First Draft

7/12/2022
This week, we discuss how to edit the first draft of your novel. Should you let your manuscript rest or start editing immediately? Then, we share our editing checklists and some tips about dealing with Beta Reader feedback.

Duration:00:51:36