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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


Mar
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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.
Mar
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answered What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
Mar
1
answered How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
Feb
28
answered When should a chapter end?
Feb
25
comment Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
@Ralph: I don't know... there's nothing that substitutes for the moment when you have more or less forgotten part of the novel so that when you read it you either think: "Damn, this guy shows some promise" or, more commonly: "Who the hell wrote this?" I can do some good editing right off the bat but time reveals all dreck in the end.
Feb
24
comment Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
Good point. I tend to think of novels and similar as that's what I write...
Feb
23
answered Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
Feb
21
answered Writing first programming book
Feb
21
comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
For the record Song of Ice and Fire bores me rigid. I couldn't relate to anyone in it and gave up after 200 snooze inducing pages. Obviously his methods for managing complexity fell short in my case. Oh well, everyone else seems to like it.
Feb
21
comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
For the fact that there is an itemised list of checkpoints which give points for review when looking over work this one gets the green tick. Thorough work, good stuff.
Feb
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accepted Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
Feb
18
comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
+1 for the advice, which is a start. Interesting that you assume I just mean plots... I do, but that's not all. I think there's a degree to which a story should be about something and that something could be philosophically complex so how to not tie yourself up into knots with that? And how to integrate it into the flow?
Feb
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asked Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
Feb
17
answered What are common attributes of the Steampunk genre?
Feb
16
answered How common *are* happy endings?
Feb
15
answered Are there good tips on being a better *creative* writer?
Feb
15
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
A late answer but nonetheless useful. I'm a big Howard fan via Lovecraft and Marvel (the writers of Dr. Strange plundered Howard's Lovecraftian stuff shamelessly). I shall re-read with interest.
Feb
9
answered Resources for character development
Feb
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comment Resources for character development
Really nice and simple. Good stuff. +1
Feb
9
answered Character details of male archetypes