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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


Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
It should be fine as long as it's just for fun. Doctor Who, in particular, should provide a format that's fairly forgiving of you wishing to play with your own ideas. There are periods in the Doctor's history where he goes off a-wandering without his best known companions and all sorts of things could happen to him during those times.
Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
awarded  Announcer
Sep
13
revised How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?
deleted 3 characters in body
Sep
13
answered How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?
Aug
16
answered Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
Jul
2
comment Should my story's main obstacle be secret or common knowledge to the society?
What's the key bad thing about the drug? Scenario 1 will only really make sense if the drug has some insidious and drastic side effect. In scenario two a smaller side effect makes the revolution trickier to sympathise with.
May
14
answered How can I convey that my viewpoint character is lying?
May
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
25
awarded  Revival
Apr
25
answered Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Apr
9
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
26
comment What printing methods and quality can I expect of POD companies?
Just to add a small fyi to this the POD "shop front" on the site is often just that, a shop front. The actual POD work is farmed out to approved printers so quality of finished product may vary by territory. For example when I first had Lulu send stuff to me in the UK they used a Spanish Printer who were slow, and sometimes produced lower quality runs of books. For the last four years or so they have switched to a UK printer who is quicker and produces better goods than the original printer.
Mar
5
comment Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Do I take it you already have your own answer to this question?
Feb
3
comment Do most novels not get published?
Seems the author was tired of paying for hosting and moved to smashwords. See above. He is now charging for them when they used to be free which I would consider to be an error of judgement but they are, at least, not the digital equivalent of out of print. Maybe googling will turn up the free versions.
Feb
3
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
19
answered How to write realistic female dialogue
Dec
1
awarded  Yearling
Oct
30
awarded  Nice Answer