The Birth of A New Writing Podcast

A podcast dedicated to the documentation of the thoughts, views and ideas of the young aspiring author, Alexander Thomas as he begins his journey from zero.

I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a long time. When I say long, I mean since I was about 15. Back in July 2011, when I was 14, I uploaded my first ever gaming commentary. This basically just meant I would talk behind a full gameplay (an in-game match that was considered decent/impressive). If you think of most current YouTube gaming channels and Twitch streamers, you will see this is extremely commonplace now, but not as much back then.

One thing I had always spoke to my friends about was making a gaming podcast. I had the idea in my head for ages, and really wanted to make one. I love talking so I knew it was the perfect format for me. Unfortunately, it just never happened.

But the idea never left me. Not too long after my transition from gaming to writing content, the podcasting desire caught up to me. Again, I wanted to do it with other people. All the podcasts I have spent considerable time listening to were mostly enjoyable because they had a group dynamic, with friendly banter and occasional chit-chat. But most importantly, they bounced ideas off one another, or interviewed people of particular interest.

However, I could never get this exact format to exist. The honest truth of the matter is that I have ideas and topics I want to talk about that aren’t commonly spoken of. This would mean the other writers not only need to have a competent understanding of the craft, but also a more specific knowledge of the things I would be discussing.

Those writers surely exist, but I don’t know of them, and I would have to become comfortable with them before I could podcast with them. All of that would get in the way when I could just start the podcast, and literally talk about these things perfectly fine, in a shorter time, in the way I want, whenever I want.

Freedom to do things as I see fit is something I’ve grown to consider rather important in my life of late. Probably a bit contradictory considering I plan on becoming traditionally published, but even then, I expect a degree of respect to my work and control over it. Maybe I can’t choose my cover art, but I decide what words weave my worlds, and if the publisher has an issue with any of it, I have all the power to walk away. Maybe that’s something writer’s don’t like to consider, but to me, the vision is more important than making a quick buck.

And that is a nice segue into the topic of this first podcast. Vision. I discuss what ‘vision’ is and its understated importance in the construction of our stories.

For future podcasts, I plan on speaking on various topics. Some of those topics are: Ethnic and Narrative diversity; Emotive Writing; The Skill of Subversion; Japanese Storytelling; Sex and Violence in Fantasy; Do Writers Need Talent?; Series Lengths, and many more.

The podcast will be released every Friday at 8PM  (GMT), 12PM (PST) and is currently available on YouTube and iTunes.

Since you’re still reading this, I’m going to assume this is of some interest to you. Why not take a listen to the podcast? I spend about 7-8 minutes explaining the purpose of the podcast and how it will work, and in doing so, accidentally give it it’s title. The rest is dedicated to the topic of ‘vision’.

Here is a link to the iTunes version! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/from-zero-podcast/id1204112738?mt=2

But if you want immediate access, here is the first episode of my new writing podcast, From Zero.


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The Next-Gen Novelist We Need, And the One We Deserve

I’ve been away for a while, but I’m going to ensure that changes. I have had so many ideas on what I want to do with my blog, my YouTube, and other social media. I have been overwhelmed with ideas, and not entirely certain where to go with any of it.

But I have some clarity now.

The past couple of years have been quite good for me as a person, and by extension, a writer. I’ve learnt so much about the craft of writing, and tons about other areas of life. Through these years, I’ve learnt about how I want my writing to be, what I want it to achieve, how I want it to sound. The same for myself. Who actually am I? What do I actually want to achieve with my life? And how do I want to come across and be presented to others?

2015 and 2016 have been great to me, because I have had time to have these thoughts (had a gap year, which gave me a significant window to reflect before starting university). Now, coming to the end of the year, I believe I have clarity on what it is that needs to change about my current approach.

I need to be myself. Truly myself. I feel I have a very strong sense of who I am, and so far, I’ve done great at conveying that to people with mostly no smoke and mirrors. Mostly. There’s a layer to this that I’ve been very aware of, but have been rationalising away.

I’m only 19.

I have a very, very strong sense of intuition. My social and emotional intelligence is off the charts, and I know and can explain things that can make me sound 30 years ahead of myself. And I think I have a very unique mind, and can be very charismatic, and I know I have the ability to show others sides of themselves they never knew existed.

But I’ve always felt that people wouldn’t listen to me because of my age. And I have blogs sitting there, very useful, powerful blogs, that I have not published for months, because I fear the response I may get. “Oh, he’s just a kid, what does he know?”

However… I’m going to be me. Not the published author I’m slyly acting like I am. I’m going to be me.

Now, this blog hasn’t shown that authoritative part of me, because I’ve not published the things I wanted to publish, for this exact reason. But the issue is that I focused so much energy on content that perhaps I shouldn’t have been putting out in the first place, and ignoring the stuff that actually mattered. So many people are giving advice to authors in general, but what about a young writer giving quality writing advice to other young writers?

From here on, the only advice I will give on here will be to other young writers, and if anyone else wishes to take something from it (because I still believe they could) then they’re free to do so. But in terms of the content I will put out on my blog – the advice specifically – I will now target it at other young writers.

That being said, there are other things I wish to put on here. I have a very cool short story series in mind, that I think some people might really enjoy, and I’ll still document my thoughts on different things, as well as my journey to publication. The thing is, I’ve been slacking on all of that.

Not anymore. It’s not 2017 yet, and this is not a New Year’s resolution. This is simply the next stage of my journey.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got to say, and I’m out!

Peace!


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