Writing Podcast Episode 94 Meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson, author of ‘Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

podcast-artwork In Episode 94 of So you want to be a writer: Go inside the world of things that look like books but aren’t, writing in a foreign language, a re-usable notebook, how to avoid distractions from writing, and meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson. Also: an app that distills non-fiction works into short reads, giving you the main concepts of an entire book in 15 minutes, how to equip yourself to be interviewed as an author, win a signed copy of “Withering-by-Sea” by Judith Rossell, and more!

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Show Notes
‘Blook' madness: inside the world of ‘bogus books'

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I am, in Italian, a tougher, freer writer’

Wipebook reusable journal review

Stay Focused: 4 Ways to Delete Writing Distractions From Your Life

Writer in Residence

Don Watson

Don WatsonDon Watson was previously Paul Keating’s speechwriter and he wrote the bestselling book Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, which won the Age Book of the Year. He also wrote Death Sentence, which won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, and American Journeys – all award winning. His critically acclaimed 2014 book The Bush recently won the Indie Book of the Year and the NSW Premier's Literary Award. Since 2003 his website weaselwords.com.au has been documenting the viral spread of management-speak and the decline of public language. His latest book is Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon.

App pick  this week

Blinkist: business book summaries.

Working Writer's Tip

How to equip yourself for good publicity?

Answered in the podcast!

Competition

Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell

Your hosts

Allison Tait

Valerie Khoo / Australian Writers' Centre

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