Finding Your Voice Online – Interview with Nicola Balkind

Nicola BalkindAre you a writer, or do you want to be?  Then you’ll probably want to have a listen to this in-depth interview I recently recorded with Glasgow-based Writer and Content Specialist Nicola Balkind.

Nicola is giving a workshop in Edinburgh on Finding Your Voice Online (at the Skriva Writing School on Friday 23rd October) where she will help writers create “a plan you can’t ignore” for their online writing career.

She’s very well qualified to do so, being a published author, long-time freelancer and a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland and The List Magazine – just to mention a few of her accomplishments!

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We cover a dizzying array of topics in this half hour conversation including:

  • Why finding your voice online is so important
  • How she juggles so many multi-media projects
  • How she got started in freelancing and why it’s good to have a mix of more “serious” and fun work
  • Persuading people to hire you and take your advice when you’re ahead of the curve
  • Why being a young woman can be both an advantage and a disadvantage in the media
  • Her experience writing two books (about Glasgow film locations and Hunger Games fandom)
  • What she learnt from Oliver Burkeman’s book about self-help for cynics when she was a literary guineapig for Canongate Books

As well as her impressive business blog, you can also read more from Nicola at her personal blog Robotnic.co which features “monthly reading wrap-ups, book and film reviews, and pop culture chat” or you can enjoy watching/listening to her talking about the same topics on YouTube and the podcast she co-hosts, ‘Bookish Blether.’

Oh, and a final reminder that if you live locally you can book a place on her Edinburgh workshop over at Eventbrite.

Ali George

How to Write 12 Books in 12 Months – An Interview with Writer/Illustrator Ali George

Most writers are faced with a difficult decision as October draws to an end – whether to take part in NaNoWriMo (more details below). I’ve never managed it myself and having tried and failed to write a novel when I was younger the thought brings me out in a cold sweat.

So for the next in the Clear-Minded Creative Types series I looked to local writer Ali George for advice and more info on what drives her to work so hard.

As well as being a NaNo veteran, the level of output she maintains on her own blogs and in a variety of other outlets is hugely impressive, and oh yeah, there’s that small challenge she set herself for 2011 – writing a book every month. I hadn’t even realised that she is also an illustrator.