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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
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I started out writing when I was about ten and a teacher gave me an exercise book to direct my overactive imagination and hopefully tame my awful calligraphic skills. One out of two, I suppose, isn't bad. My imagination has been directed but my handwriting remains appalling to this day nearly three decades hence.

At first I wrote what people write, genre novels, trying to make something I would be proud of, a dark fantasy novel to capture the imagination filled with relatable characters and new ideas. After producing a heap of badly written generic tripe with wooden characters, appalling dialogue and wonky plotted garbage I finally fixed the dialogue in the first novel I wrote that doesn't make me blush with shame Hidden Predators, Dangerous Prey.

After that I noodled around trying to make something a publishing house might want to publish before realising my chances of a satisfying career as a writer were about as good as my chances of winning the lottery four weeks straight.

Thereafter I got involved in the murky world of self-publishing and it was a short leap from there to the design of RPGs and other such ephemera. I designed several RPGs and had a whale of a time before Amazon's Kindle brought e-readers to the masses.

Since 2005 I have tried to complete 50k in National Novel Writing Month and have only failed in 2007. In 2012 I have begun to rewrite, ressurrect, polish and produce some solid genre work that I have been proud to publish through KDP Select.

Check out my work (and the artistic stylings of my artist friend Justin on one of the RPGs) at my creative blog: leostableford.blogspot.com


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answered Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
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answered Beginners can break rules too?
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comment When does repetition start becoming tedious (especially metaphors)?
It occurs to me that simile framing in English has become the signal of a half-baked thought. One of the perennial annoyances is people using the word 'literally' to mean 'metaphorically'. I wonder if that usage crept in because 'like' and 'as if' started to become gauche...
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comment When does repetition start becoming tedious (especially metaphors)?
Oh in the first draft the rule is "switch off the inner editor and bang it down". But then in drafting it's time to weed out those pesky as ifs, definitely.
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answered When does repetition start becoming tedious (especially metaphors)?
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answered How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
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comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
In addition I know a small press publisher personally who has let it be known that he would not be averse to re-framing and re-publishing some stuff that I've self-published before because he likes it and thinks it's good. He is a small concern though, so it's not like I'm being courted by HarperCollins or anything...
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answered Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
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comment How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
It's an odd thing though, when I was 8/9 years old watching Star Wars for the first time I didn't actually read the crawl I was just bouncing up and down in my seat excited to be seeing Star Wars. I always view the opening crawl info as optional filler, the fact of the crawl happening as an experience is more important, or was to me, than the actual content. It's a sort of meta moment, the crawl just means "Hey gang it's Star Wars time!"
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revised Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
Another example
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answered Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
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comment Is there such a thing as the “master copy” of a book?
A book is an example of a "simulacrum" each one is a "copy of an object that has no original", fact fans.
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answered Storyboard a Novel?
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revised How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
added 1469 characters in body
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comment How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
Deus Ex Machina is a symptom of introducing information too late the devil of this one is in the judgement of when something is needed. See Edit Above.
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answered How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
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comment How to write a novel if you only have five minutes here, ten minutes there to work on it?
Answer expanded. HTH.
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revised How to write a novel if you only have five minutes here, ten minutes there to work on it?
Expanded answer for more clarity and detail.
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answered How to write a novel if you only have five minutes here, ten minutes there to work on it?