About the show
The Write for Your Life podcast is part of the 5by5 network.
It's a show about creative writing, copywriting, reading, and the ever-changing publishing industry. Featured in the ‘new and noteworthy’ section of iTunes and having reached number three in the ‘Arts’ chart, the podcast is recorded and published weekly with trusty co-host, poet and copywriter, Donna Sørensen.
You can find the latest show, more than 100 previous episodes, and all you need to know about subscribing in iTunes or wherever else you fancy, over on the Write for Your Life podcast page on 5by5.
Last 30 episodes
Writers feeling obliged to blog; Hilary Mantel and the fuss over her story about Margaret Thatcher; measuring how 'good' you are as a writer; and should some subjects be off limits?
Characters' voices in your head when you read and write; how to balance light and dark when your book is sad; daily word counts and how long what we write should actually be.
Sliding doors moments as a writer; Super Thursday when all the books in the UK are published; writing for your own special group of readers, advantages and disadvantages of side-projects.
Amazon's newly launched Kids' Book Creator; picking names for characters; Eleanor Catton's grant for writers to read; and just how useful are writers' notebooks, really?
Roald Dahl, children's fiction and how much is too much, too young; how to choose cliche-free titles; being addicted to our phones and tackling writing distractions.
Hanx Writer, the new writing app co-launched by Tom Hanks; why teenage girls love Wattpad; Facebook the destroyer; the literary technique of foreshadowing.
The infamous email Amazon sent to its KDP authors; tips on how to approach the revision and editing process; the death of the great Robin Williams.
Having more than one string to your writing bow; handy services called Videoscribe and Voice Bunny; how to give and receive feedback, making money as a writer; author envy.
Donna's poorly finger; the Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist; the trailer for the 50 Shades of Grey Film; planning and creating characters; why editors put down your manuscripts.
Planning your writing; putting your words under pressure; JK Rowling's 'Potter Plotter'; Overcast and how to listen to podcasts; why editors stop reading manuscripts part one.
Recent press coverage of author earnings; how authors need to think outside the box to fund their work; the real-life pomodoro productivity technique; a great piece of screenwriting advice.
Introduction to Wattpad; rejections and how many agents to submit to at a time; whether a career in writing now is more tricky to come by these days; why things are the way they are.
Iain at the Coventry Book Awards; quantifying your data and writing 400k words in a year; different types of criticism and how to handle it; one journalist's experience of digital publishing.
The just-announced Amazon Fire phone; the new American poet laureate and the idea of 'representing' your genre; self-deprecation, confidence and being positive; writing lyrics versus writing poetry.
James Franco's short story; Iain's new fictional podcast project and screenwriting apps; book endings including how important they are; allotting time to your reading and writing.
The great Amazon-Hachette battle and the former's grip on the book world; Eimear McBride's winning the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; writing those all-important openings.
The selfie that made the national news (in Denmark); great writing epiphanies; treating creative writing like a job; performing your work off by heart; the literary critic versus the average reviewer.
Selfies, Jedward and social book-selling; crowdfunding your book; those exciting book launches; knowing what type and genre of book to write in the first place.
Eurovision and Miley Cyrus (naturally); Studio Ghibli and writers' influences; staying close to our stories; are translators are writers; publishing process part three.
The death of the novel; trials and tribulations of working from home; the second part of our look at the publishing process; what exactly it is that agents do for writers?
Being both a poet and the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes; deciding what tool or writing app to use instead of getting on with it; the publishing process part one.
Donna (Tartt) winning the Pulitzer Prize; being accessible to readers, or not; misconceptions about being an author; curiosity and writing; do writers like all of their characters?
Writing staycations; quitting your job; winning a book prize; writing when you can; gender-targeted books for children; how to battle the blank page when you’ve stopped writing for a bit.
Iain's new large print book cover; highs and lows of the last 12 months; making plans for 2014.
What makes a creative person creative?; the contradictions of being a writer; when is your short story ready for becoming a novel?
Being interviewed about your work; how much about ourselves we should share online; publishing novellas and short fiction.
Being an author and having a full-time job; how day jobs have an effect on our creative writing; knowing when you've found your writing voice.
Iain and Donna choose their writing, reading and publishing pet peeves, from errors in books to whinging publishing people.
Celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast; reading habits and choosing what to read next; recommended episodes from the past.