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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
location Nottingham, United Kingdom
age 39
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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 When is a prologue useful?
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answered How long should it take to write 100k words?
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awarded  Commentator
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comment What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
I hadn't thought about the ramifications for academic writers and the like being a fiction writer. Very sound point.
Dec
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answered What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
Dec
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answered What are some examples of modern original plots?
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answered What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
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comment What should I do to promote my books?
See, now I know what kinds of books you write. Awesome. It had never crossed my mind that this sub genre of romance existed and as a writer I am fascinated to see how such a subject is handled so I may buy one just to see how one would write a romance like that. My wife may buy them all but sometimes I can't tell what she wants to read and what she doesn't.
Dec
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answered What should I do to promote my books?
Dec
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answered Fictional diary for a novel
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comment Fictional diary for a novel
+1 for correcting the erroneous conflation of "epistolary" and "diary form".
Dec
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comment Good books on writing for comics?
This is one of my favourite books... He also wrote Reinventing Comics and a new one (well 2006 but I'd not heard of it) called Making Comics.
Dec
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answered How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?
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awarded  Quorum
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answered Do you always revise your stories or do you sometimes move on?
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comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
I hadn't even considered "diary" novels. Yes, the feeling your reading someone else's private thoughts without them knowing about it does bring you emotionally closer to the viewpoint character. I suppose it's the trick of believing you are not supposed to be reading the material. Ah, Special Agent Dale Cooper My Life, My Tapes... a classic... Good spot.
Dec
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comment Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.
You may not think they're appropriate but some of the best stuff on this site so far is under this question... crazy ou quoi?
Dec
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comment Works of literature that are (ostensibly) about the act of writing
@mootinator: it says you recognise a work about writing. It is, rather specifically, a treatise on the popular genre writer held hostage by psycho fans and feeling forced to write soulless tripe (and incidentally make a bucketload o cash) instead of the great literature their soul yearns after. Cry me a river Stephen.
Dec
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comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
I don't think it's always harder. When writing in first-person I just have to "get into character" before writing a stint and it tends to flow. In third person the character I am trying to get into is an aspect of my own personality. And that's not always as easy to identify.
Dec
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answered What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?