Monday, 11 February 2019

Episode #26: How Do You Plot Your Book?

We have hit a wall in our book writing process, so we’ve decided to work on our plots.

Join us this episode to discuss techniques to structure plots and writing advice to plot your novel.





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Doing some research for once and looking at techniques from Jericho Writers, amongst others, Jenni and Marc break down some plots from famous novels and try and apply them to their own book. We also look at classic plot structures from Well-Storied.com, using Freytag’s Pyramid, the Fichtean Curve and the Hero’s Journey.

Is our problem that we have so many main characters? Do we need to keep structuring our plot? Is our timeline enough? We try and work out how to finish off our novel, and Jenni then tries to completely change the book by just having one main character. And Marc shuts her down. Quite rightly.

Also in this episode
· Writing down the Status Quo
· Who is the main character in Lord of the Rings?
· Is Harry Potter the main character in the Harry Potter books? (yes, yes he is)
· Our main plot line appears to be ‘he’s being a naughty boy and shagging about a bit’
· Jenni’s kids book plots – The Dog Stuck in the Fence and The Trip to the Post Office
· An update of the effect of the lovely Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s book on Jen and reducing phone time
· Our amazing idea of a pub, where your loyalty card gets you story updates! Plus red wine and steak night!


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Monday, 28 January 2019

Episode #25: What’s The Right Writing Challenge for You?

This episode we talk about writing challenges as we try to get ourselves writing on our book again.

What sort of writing challenges are there? What would suit or motivate you?





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POW Podcast UK has come of age – we can drive, drink, vote and not get ID’d in shops for alcohol – well done us!

We’re discussing writing challenges this time – the whys and hows of setting specific goals for your writing. If you want to stimulate your creativity and set some priorities for your writing, a challenge is the way to go.

Writing challenges give you some space to try something different – looking at perspectives, forms, narration and themes that you might not have tried before. Whether it’s something based the style of prose, or something more practical like scheduling in your writing into your day, there’s a writing challenge for you.

After discussing some types of challenges and the theories behind them, we find a challenge that works for us and we’re excited to see how this works for our book!

Also in this episode:
  • A lengthy discussion of whether to edit a spoiler out of the podcast – which ended up being left in, as all references to things being edited out always are!
  • Our free writing makes an appearance again as we plan to send it to Cheryl Cole
  • Our obsession with the dreamy Dr Rangan Chatterjee and his podcast Feel Better Live More
  • “Writing is my rockclimbing”
  • A Savage Garden singalong
  • A Reading Challenge update, with a new entrant, Jen’s husband, reading his first book this year
  • More Harry Potter talk, this time the script (The Cursed Child) vs book debate


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Monday, 14 January 2019

Episode #24: Reading for Pleasure VS Reading for Challenge

Happy New Year from POW Podcast UK! This episode we’re talking about reading for pleasure versus reading as a task.

Following on from Jenni’s 2018 reading challenge against friend-of-the-show-Gemma’s husband Scott, Marc and Jenni discuss how the challenge went, how it affected Jenni’s love of reading and, crucially, WHO WON!


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If you’re reading with one eye on the total, it really makes a difference about what and how you read. We discuss the choices that you make, as well as the books Jenni really enjoyed this year, which ones she read really quickly, and which ones she abandoned because they were just taking too long.

We also discuss the perfect environment for competitive reading, which may or may not involve a spa break paid for by Marc, and whether listening to an audio book counts as reading an actual book.

Also on the podcast:

  • Hot lovin’ with the band on the aeroplane on holiday in the shack
  • Approaching reading like eating, and getting your full range of nutrients
  • A lot of Harry Potter chat
  • The perils of listening to a podcast on 11/2 speed
  • How do you say Katniss?
  • Some more podcast recommendations including Off Menu, Homosapiens and Happy Place
  • Marc talks about one of inspirations and mentors Douglas Jeal

You can find out all the books Jenni read in 2018 on the official reading list page

And finally, we realise that we haven’t done any writing recently which is the point of this podcast. We need some help with ideas for writing challenges – can you help us?

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Episode #23: All We Want for Christmas is... Books!

Marc and Jen are back to give you a run down of the best Christmas gifts for the readers and writers in your life.

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It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas! With jingle bells at the ready and a naughty elf, Marc and Jen either think about what other people would like (Marc) or just write down what they want (Jen). Along the way we ponder the trouble with goats and sheep, reminisce about the books we read as kids, confuse Albert with Abdul and reignite the Kindle debate.

Whether it’s a bestseller, something critically acclaimed or an off the wall choice, we’ve got a great selection should you need a last minute present. There’s still time, so make someone happy with a book specially chosen from the masters of procrastination.

On our wishlist this Christmas:
  1. The Liberty Faber Poerty Diary, with “poemy-poems”
  2. Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families – David Attenborough
  3. Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon
  4. The Spy Who Loved School Dinners – Pamela Butchart
  5. Becoming – Michelle Obama
  6. The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
  7. From Crook to Cook – Snoop Dogg
  8. One Enchanted Evening – Anton Du Beke
  9. A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig
  10. Love is Blind – William Boyd
  11. Taskmaster – Alex Horne
  12. Fire and Blood : 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones - George R R Martin
  13. Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow – Lucy Worsley
  14. I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year
And keep listening to the end for another INSPIRATIONAL quote, that was not found at the last minute by Jenni because she forgot, oh no…

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Episode #22: What Do You Do With Feedback?

In the midst of Nanny Flymo (#NaNoWriMo) Marc and Jen talk about getting feedback from their first chapters and the best ways to deal with critiques and comments from those lucky few that have finally had a peek at your writing.

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If you’ve written a novel, short story or any sort of creative writing, there will be a time where you’re going to have to put it front of someone to read it and, hopefully, give you a bit of useful feedback. But what should you do with that feedback? We have some top tips to help you apply any criticism to your work. Whether it’s avoiding taking comments personally, extracting those golden nuggets and common themes or remembering the bigger picture, our advice should allow you to take feedback on board without sinking!

It’s also November, National Novel Writing Month, so check in with how we’re getting on with NaNoWriMo and listen to us talk way too much about pie and the problems with fitting in writing when that tricky old life stuff gets in the way.

What else did we talk about this episode?

  • Jenni gets a bit deep with her ‘inflated sense of self’ – she may not quite understand what this means
  • We take food related metaphors too far, with our box of golden nuggets and choice of pie pomodoro (Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Treacle, yum!)
  • Singapore is NOT in Indonesia (Thanks Wikipedia!)
  • We also take sea-related metaphors too far, as we encounter a champagne lounge in a canoe
  • "I'm not saying Buddha's not a great guy" - we dissect a quote from a very clever man in a unique way


Massive thanks to Katy, Pete and Jan for their considered and insightful feedback – you guys are AMAZING!

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Episode #21: 10 Useful Ways to Approach NaNoWriMo

It’s episode 21 of POW Podcast UK and with NaNoWriMo 2018 just round the corner, Marc and Jen look at 10 useful ways to approach National Novel Writing Month. 

Are you planning to write 50,000 words in November to create a novel? Do you need some help with how to plan your month and stay motivated? If so, this is the episode for you!

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We used NaNoWriMo in 2017 with the aim of writing 5,000 words each, and we’re planning to do the same this year. We give you some ideas to help you along the way from our experience and other great tips we found about organizing your writing. We don’t want you to feel like it’s a chore, so follow our advice to really enjoy NaNoWriMo and the community it creates this year.

We talk about pacing yourself, freewriting, using practical support and much more. We also manage to digress into our tsundokus, some terrible singing, even worse inventions and the importance of making sure your dinner choices take exactly 25 minutes to cook so you can write a book while you wait.

Let us know if you’re doing NaNoWriMo at @powpodcastuk during November!

What else can you find in this episode?
  • The motivational effect of Disney songs, apart from when Rapunzel makes you feel bad about not doing enough stuff
  • The welcome return of Granny Flymo
  • Do what you like! Do. What. You Like. (No need to ask me).
  • Jen’s Dragon's Den invention to help artists with bad backs
  • There’s no place for ego in NaNoWriMo
  • The writing guide we refer to is Ready Set Novel and the ISBN is 1452101728

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Episode #20: How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome?

This episode we talk about perception and impostor syndrome! 

A chance convo with a mystery someone got Jenni thinking about perception, and how what we think other people think about us can affect our motivation. 



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Do you worry about what your parents, significant other, or friends think about your life choices? As a creative person who might not be bringing in the big bucks, this can be an issue, so we can talk about how we can tackle this. 

Jenni and Marc discuss unrealistic expectations – not everyone is going to write a best selling book or win an Oscar – and how we impose our standards on other people’s expectations. There’s also impostor syndrome – have you ever felt like you don’t belong beside your peers? There’s chat about the types of impostor syndrome and how you can overcome these feelings to motivate yourself to achieve more.

It’s a deep old chat for us, as we delve deep into what we expect from our children, our families and ourselves and how these change as we grow, so join us as we unravel our brains just for you!

What else have we learnt this episode?
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