The Better Reading podcast, Stories Behind the Story has given readers ‘behind the scenes’ access to many of their favourite authors. From national treasures such as Tom Keneally, to debut authors like Holly Ringland, there is a strong desire to know where their story came from and ultimately about their lives. Something that has also intrigued many podcast listeners is not so much the step-by-step process of writing but how an author writes and thinks and creates.
In response to this, Better Reading has created a six-part series Better Reading On Writing. The series is not a ‘how to’, rather an inspirational and highly entertaining listen for those who are intrigued about the minds of authors, their processes and their worlds.
This companion podcast is for everyone: writers, teachers and students, would-be authors, and readers who love hearing how their favourite authors work. We are so happy to share it with you.
Trent Dalton, the author of the phenomenally successful novel Boy Swallows Universe discusses the heart and soul of the writer and what being a writer means to him. He talks through the process of writing Boy Swallows Universe, as well as his work as a Walkley Award winning journalist.
Dervla McTiernan discusses plot, how important structure is in your novel, and how she approaches writing a novel. And she shares what the sign on her wall says, that reminds her what is important, every time she writes.
Belinda Alexandra talks about how she immerses herself in the world she’s writing about so her characters come to life. She talks about how some characters have a mind of their own… and how she even develops a full-blown crush on the occasional hero.
Candice Fox has immersed herself in both setting and research. She’s lived in LA, she’s visited a serial killer on death row, and even had dinner with an American President, all in the name of research. Hear all this and much more in this highly entertaining episode.
Dialogue expert extraordinaire, Melina Marchetta discusses the importance of dialogue, and how that voice defines her characters, the setting and the story she tells.
Nikki Christer, the Group Publishing Director at Penguin Random House Australia talks about the publishing process, the difference between agents and publishers, why editing is so important… and what she needs in a story to encourage her to offer an author a publishing deal.