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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
location Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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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revised Do most novels not get published?
Updated link to find materials.
Jan
3
comment Quality examples of 'in medias res' starting sequences in SF literature
@standback You are correct in medias res just means start in action as opposed to ramping up into the action. The beginning of the story should still, conceptually, be "the beginning" starting literally in the middle and then flashing back to a seemingly far calmer opening sequence is something else. I think its overuse in television is to do with the enforced structure and perceived need for "beats" dictated by creative control in that medium. It's not necessary, or shouldn't be, in an actual novel, unless of course, it is, which is rarely.
Dec
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answered How to write realistic female dialogue
Dec
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awarded  Yearling
Oct
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awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
23
revised Cheap ways a young person can get paper books printed/bound from their manuscript? (Please incl sample costs)
Added some costings.
Oct
22
answered Cheap ways a young person can get paper books printed/bound from their manuscript? (Please incl sample costs)
Oct
17
answered Any documentaries or other inspirational movies about creative writing?
Oct
16
comment Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?
@Shan: Yeah. I'm a pretty fast typist... ;)
Oct
15
answered Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?
Oct
14
answered Am I too prepared to do NaNoWriMo?
Oct
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awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
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awarded  Talkative
Oct
11
answered What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
Oct
8
comment How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
@Hauser: My advice, FWIW, study the hero's journey deeply, try to understand why it exists. What Campbell wrote about suffers from being true but having no obvious corollary or use that's apparent to his peers. Also there is this problem of sticking to the recipe not always doing the job. Sentiment is the biggest enemy of success. The Wachowski's included Neo/Trinity for mostly cynical reasons, Rowling was working for her child and for her love of children's fiction. Which one was really the winner?
Oct
7
comment Italicize part of a word in fiction?
I believe I have seen this done by gasp actual published authors. So yeah, use as applicable. As with anything, don't overuse, terms and conditions apply, may cause drowsiness and contents occasionally settle in transit. ;)
Oct
7
answered How do I round out a powerful character?
Oct
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comment How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
Just to clarify, the Woody example is about the quintessential part, not the other part. :P
Oct
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answered How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
Oct
7
comment How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
I have never heard of a project that attempted to make novel writing more like writing for television etc. where there have been salaried writers and focus groups and all that stuff. Has anyone else heard of this? And if not, who says it wouldn't work? I'd be fascinated to read the autopsy of any failed experiments in this area. Also, yeah, writing for critics is stupid.