THE MAN OF TWISTS AND TURNS
A writing podcast with Matt Rees
For fans of crime fiction and thrillers, and good writing, the top-ranked thriller podcast on iTunes. “How to” tips on writing thrillers, behind the scenes looks at crime writing, and a FREE psychological novel podcast in serial form. Matt Rees is an award-winning writer of crime fiction, thrillers and historical fiction.
Here are some of the most popular episodes of Matt’s podcast
Episode 10: The Best First Paragraphs in Crime Fiction
As an award-winning crime writer, I’ve studied the greats of the genre and lectured about how they do what they do. Here I take my three favorite openings to crime novels — including “Red Harvest” by Dashiell Hammett, “The Little Sister” by Raymond Chandler, and “The Saint-Fiacre Affair” by Georges Simenon — and examine what makes them great. Either as a writer or a reader, I hope you’ll be intrigued by the analysis.
Episode 6: How to Write a Book: Writing and Editing
As an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers, I’ll show how to write and edit your book. This is the final episode of three titled How to Write a Book. The previous episodes detailed the researching, structuring and plotting of your book.
Episode 5: How to Write a Book: Structure and Plot
I use my experience as an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers to show how to structure your book and, in the case of fiction, how to lay out your plot. This is the second of three episodes titled How to Write a Book. The next episode will cover writing and editing the book.
Episode 4: How to Write a Book: Research
I use my experience as an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers to lay out exactly what you need to do when you research your book. This is the first of three episodes titled How to Write a Book. The next episode will cover structuring, planning and plotting your book. The third episode will be about writing and editing the book.
Episode 1: My Arab Spring short story in Syria
My experience as a foreign correspondent throughout the Middle East places me uniquely to understand the ‘Arab Spring’ freedom movement sweeping the region. ‘Damascus Trance’ is an original short story about the violent current events in the Syrian capital. In this podcast I read the story in full and explain why my fictional response to current affairs is a better way to understand what’s happening in Arab countries than journalism.
Episode 27: Yoga for Writers
I use yoga and meditation to prepare myself for the mental and physical challenge of writing. I introduce this podcast by talking about the importance of yoga and how it helps to open a writer’s creativity, and to prevent fatigue from sitting for long periods. I describe several stretching techniques you can do throughout your writing day. Then I talk you through a 20 minute yoga practice sequence for you to follow along with the exercises. The postures should leave you feeling energized and creative — ready to write!
Episode 8: Meditation for Writers Part 2
This is a guided meditation for writers. Sit or lie down and listen to it. Do what I suggest in the podcast, and you’ll be meditating. I’ve used meditation techniques to help my concentration and to build my creativity in writing my award-winning crime fiction and historical novels. I’ve also found it transformative in my daily life. I hope you will too.
Episode 7: Meditation for Writers Part 1
I’ve used meditation techniques to help my concentration and to build my creativity in writing my award-winning crime fiction and historical novels. I’ve also found it transformative in my daily life. This podcast describes why that is and tells you a little about the guided meditation for writers I’ll be doing in my next podcast. In other words, here’s why you ought to do it. The next podcast will be a practical tool with which you can meditate, clear your mind, and open up your creativity.