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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
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comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Complex questions require complex answers.
Oct
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revised Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Addressed the specific query and then zoomed out to the general.
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
@Standback: I would say there's only two major differences between one and two, there are few more between one, two or three and more than three. I have played it safe and described the entire spectrum of features and flaws...
Oct
2
answered Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Oct
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comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Weirdly, I think what makes it look broad is making it one vs two. Really it's one vs. multiple and where to draw the line on POV characters. I think the question is really what features do the various POV numbers have in terms of pros and cons.
Oct
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revised How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Broadening the options available at the close of the answer.
Oct
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
comment Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
Never underestimate threats against kin. It's primal, and the threat doesn't have to be death. Find and read Vol I of Piers Anthony's Bio of A Space Tyrant: Refugee one of the most sustainedly brutal pieces of literature I've ever read. Aside from this, more surreal, is an attack on identity, brainwashing, psi-ops, convincing some of elaborate and malevolent illusions. Also the concept of denied access and false memory e.g. Dark City: How do you get to Shell Beach? This is the main other technique for creating mysterious menace.
Sep
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answered Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
Sep
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comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
You'd probably have to ask someone else I went and asked what one was and I had misdefined it by context. I am more a "partial" discovery writer. I kind of know what should be happening but am often surprised by how it ends up coming to pass.
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
Sadly, I would guess that the market for "misogynist fantasy" is niche but not currently shrinking. Personally I prefer "misanthropist fantasy" because I hate everyone equally ;)
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
@Shan: Exactly, therefore clear = epic fail! But there is a halfway useful question nestling in amongst the irrelevant gender politics.
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
I am not one of the downvotes. But when I hover my mouse over the arrow and it says this question shows research, is useful and clear it scores half a point for being somewhat useful. It would be more useful if it were clear. I think the "girls" angle is completely not the focus. What the real question is is "why do people strive for verisimilitude in works of fantasy, isn't that a bit oxymoronic?". Unfortunately that's so far from what's written I don't feel write just editing it to say this. Maybe some work from the asker is indicated? I might be wrong, also.
Sep
23
comment Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections
@John: Actually it was an excellent example. Superman is a sucky character for hero-wish-fulfillment purposes. I was just inking a little on your pencil sketch :)
Sep
23
answered Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
Sep
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answered Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections
Sep
23
comment What genre is my writing?
@Ethan: I couldn't resist when I pictured the 50s for some reason tupperware just pops right up in my head... possibly time for some counselling.
Sep
22
comment How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
edited to make more specific
Sep
22
revised How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
requested alter.
Sep
22
accepted What is a discovery writer?