Developing Skills and Techniques as an Aspiring Writer: Interview with novelist Jo Riccioni. Host Valerie Khoo and Jo discuss Jo’s latest novel The Rising, the process of writing a duology, her love for fantasy writing, and the importance of cultivating a detailed and authentic world in fantasy literature. Jo also shares how she came up with names in her books and gives advice to aspiring writers on how to get started, from mimicking styles to joining a writer's group.
00:00 Introduction and welcome
00:18 Upcoming event: Focus on flashbacks and memories
03:18 Nat Newman’s tips on structure
11:04 Win The Dinner Party by Rebecca Heath
14:14 Interview with Jo Riccioni: Journey of writing The Rising
21:25 Writing process and planning for a book series
22:26 Impact of reader feedback on writing a series
24:09 Influence of teaching and working with young people on writing
24:56 Advice on nurturing young writers
28:17 Overcoming fear and starting to write as an adult
32:18 The role of world building in fantasy writing
38:31 Creating unique words and names in fantasy writing
40:39 Current and future writing projects
41:21 Advice for aspiring writers
47:19 Fun fact: Origin of the word ‘freelance'
Links mentioned in this episode
- FOCUS ON… Flashbacks and Memories
- WIN The Dinner Party by Rebecca Heath
- Buy So You Want to be a Writer – the book!
- Facebook group for So You Want to be a Writer
Writer in residence: Jo Riccioni
Jo Riccioni was born in the UK to an Italian father and English mother. She worked in Singapore and Paris before settling in Sydney, and she has a master’s degree in literature from Leeds University. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and Radio National, and published in The Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2011. Her story Can’t Take the Country out of the Boy has been optioned for a short film.
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