15: Writing for Wolves (with Kaite Welsh)
In this episode, Milo and Fabian meet Kaite Welsh (Twitter, Contently), freelance journalist and author (and self-described MoSho fangirl!) who recently moved back to Edinburgh to pursue her writing work full-time.
We discuss Kaite’s preparations that allowed her to leave her job, the advantages of strategic planning, weird press trips, and our rum (and music) preferences.
After a brief look into pitching, sex toy attacks, and dealing with “impostor syndrome”, we become Kaite fanboys when learning about her super productivity – that not only allowed her to read 80 books in 3 months, but also to make sense of them as the chair of the judges for the Green Carnation literary prize.
In the end, we all agree that doing something that doesn’t make us want to stab our eyes out is always a plus – and we reveal Kaite’s secret habit-forming weapon: “I want more gold so I can buy a wolf.”
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- Diplomatico rum (in Germany renamed to Botucal due to trademark issues)
- Kraken rum
- Liquorice tea – Milo’s beverage of choice
- The Freelancer @ Contently.net (The post on Kaite’s lessons from her job that helped her with her freelancing work isn’t live yet so keep your eyes peeled.)
- Robert Wringham’s idea of the “career gym”: See for example this interview
- More, I believe, in New Escapologist, issue 3
- And Robert was our guest on the previous episode, of course!
- Morning Pages by Julia Cameron
- Julia Margaret Cameron, the 19th century photographer
- 750 Words
- Steven Pressfield and Turning Pro
- Kaite’s “switch work mode to fiction writing” playlist on Spotify
- Emilie Autumn
- Any Other Mouth by Anneliese Mackintosh
- Habit RPG
- Jennifer Dziura’s Get Bullish
- Kaite is mentoring fellow female writers as part of the WoMentoring Project. See her talk about it at the Edinburgh City of Literature LitSalon Tuesday 27th Jan, 6pm in the Washbar, Edinburgh.