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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 Which version of these three lines is more likely to attract the interest of the reader ? (character's viewpoint vs omnicient narrator)
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answered Does giving away free stories boost sales?
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answered What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
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answered How should I approach possibly unfamiliar pop culture in fiction?
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awarded  Enthusiast
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comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
If your novel is of a particular type (either lit fic or gimmicky) you can have sections in full on screenplay format, something Stephen Fry did in Making History. In genre novels you have to go a long way to get away with that kind of stuff. But writing it straight out like the draft of a play isn't appropriate unless the reader can gain some meaning from your adoption of the approach.
Mar
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comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
That's pretty much what I like to see so it's pretty much what I like to do. +1
Mar
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answered Getting emotional while writing, good or bad?
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comment Finding the 'voice' of a character
Sounds like a good read. I may hunt it out!
Mar
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comment Finding the 'voice' of a character
I think my approach to this exploration comes from my time at acting school. This is a very "actory" way to explore a character. Actors have to get to know already written characters but writers can help focus by using similar techniques.
Mar
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answered Finding the 'voice' of a character
Mar
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answered How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
Mar
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revised What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
clarification
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comment How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
@JYelton: Diptychs are blessed with a bizarre elegance and are too often a neglected artistic form. I learned of the word from Leone's "Once Upon A Time" diptych of movies (OUAT In The West and OUAT In America). The trilogy is the traditional crowd pleaser but the diptych of complementary narratives is something special when done right.
Mar
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comment Self Editing tips/tricks
Given that time is the great leveller the logical thing would be to take two weeks off from editing/submitting, but not from writing. Then your daily tasks are: 1. Edit what I wrote two weeks ago 2. Write my article for two weeks time. and 3. Final review and submit on todays piece. Of course if the piece has to be super timely that won't work...
Mar
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revised How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
slight semantic tangle untangled.
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comment What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
It seems like a school question where part of the brief on the assignment was unclear. Some editing could clarify this and then the question would be a reasonable one.
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answered What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
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answered How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
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answered When should a chapter end?