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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


Feb
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answered Resources for character development
Feb
9
comment Resources for character development
Really nice and simple. Good stuff. +1
Feb
9
answered Character details of male archetypes
Feb
8
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
I read through those and, to my surprise, most detective fiction I have ever read is apparently not detective fiction... who knew?
Feb
8
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
mysterylist.com/declog.htm -- fictionwriting.about.com/od/genrefiction/tp/mysteryrules.htm
Feb
8
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
There's no magic bullet there. A story is a story.
Feb
8
answered Resources on plotting mystery stories
Feb
5
answered Getting Inside Someone Else's Head
Jan
28
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
I agree, my example was just like fight scenes I have read. Part of my agenda in asking this question was to find out if there was any earthly reason why some authors write out bullet time descriptions of their combat. As we can see above some people eat that up, but most find it tedious. Which is what I thought.
Jan
27
comment How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
@Lauren - King's probably a target for a lot of budding authors because his style is quite lumpy, a lump of horror stuff followed by a lump of character stuff it's quite easy to see. He's also not great at plots or exposition so it makes people feel better: "Hey, if this guy who can't make up his mind why the car is evil from chapter to chapter can get a movie made of his best selling but nonsensical novel, so can I!"
Jan
24
comment How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
Oh yeah, learning to pastiche +1 definitely. When I started out I did really poor pastiche Stephen King. What tends to happen is you work out how the other person's style holds you back and where you can do things better another way.
Jan
24
answered How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
Jan
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accepted What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Jan
21
answered Does my first paragraph grab your attention?
Jan
21
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
I agree with the point about fight scenes and sex scenes being similar. Although when you write a story describing sexual exploits that's called erotica; there is no violence-based equivalent I know of. In many cases sudden scenes of sex or violence, intimately detailed, in a story that's about something other than the sex or the violence distract from the actual story itself.
Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
@Lauren: I acquired a taste for H.P. Lovecraft I guess that's my quota!
Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
@QuickerSnarkerBacker: I'd never wear a blindfold at a fireworks display. Doesn't mean I want to read: "Then one went boom and red bits filled the sky. Then another one went wheee leaving a trail of green sparks. etc."
Jan
20
revised How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
correct typo
Jan
20
revised What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
clarification; added 78 characters in body; edited body
Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Heresy Alert! I don't really like Lord of the Rings. I admire the work and the intention but I don't like the writing. I find it ponderous, pompous and overly concerned with food.