I’ve found a new podcast to binge! It’s from the number one Australian online bookseller, Booktopia. Each ep is only about 30 minutes and this morning I listened to the one and only Mr Eric Idle and another with Australian crime fiction author Candice Fox who I had (somehow!!) never heard of!
I know I am obsessed with podcasts, but I absolutely learn something brilliant at least six times a day! Candice Fox is a very entertaining podcast guest for anyone with a heart beat but for writers she drops a lot of useful tips. My fave from this episode was the idea of a writer carrying a basket with them everywhere they go. Not a literal one, although that would be quite the ice-breaker (what this old thing? This is just my Writer’s Gatherin’ Basket!) A notebook is handy (I use Notes on my iPhone but I always carry a notebook when I’m able.) Candice Fox’s figurative basket is the repository for all the little tid-bits of information that we come across in our daily life, snippets of conversation, fascinating sciencey-type concepts, the way someone shifts their feet while waiting for the bank teller…are they a bank robber having second thoughts? God, I hope so…
Lee Child confirmed the importance of your ‘basket’. When you’re writing, you bring your whole self to the table. Even if you are writing a crime novel and you’ve never even had a parking ticket, you bring your whole life’s weight of experience to help inform each character, to put flesh on their bones…or take it off. Child’s last Jack Reacher book had a storyline about ornithology. Surely some day my brain will be vindicated for stockpiling unseemly amounts of general knowledge.
The year that I am writing the book is the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg, and what you don’t see is that lifetime of exposure to other people’s entertainment.Lee Child on The Booktopia podcast