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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


Sep
22
answered How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
That's very much how it goes. Sometimes you think "A then B then C then D" and actually what happens is "A then B then E then C forget D"...
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
Elmore Leonard famously does this. I "borrow" a bit from acting in my approach. You know how actors are supposed to moan about how their interpretation of a character "wouldn't say x"? Well the real answer to that in many acting circles is "well then your character interpretation is wrong". If I need a character to act a certain way at a certain point and it would seem far fetched to have them act that way given what's gone before I tend to go back and find the roots of that action in the earlier parts of the novel. I consider this "editing".
Sep
21
revised What is a discovery writer?
clearing up a typo
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
I tend to have a very clear idea about what I want to achieve but I want always to start the story in purest mundanity and turn up the fantasy elements (usually). I tend to think deeply about the central characters and, whenever I introduce a new character I let them have a little scene and then I go away and think about who they are in more depth. For me writing a novel is like "join the dots" that whole thing about JK Rowling writing the last chapter of HP and then putting it away until she'd written the rest? That's how I work always, more or less.
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
Really? Then that's totally not what I am. I broadly know where I'm going but I "discover" the key specifics of the character arcs and plot points rather than planning them. Is there a term for that?
Sep
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asked What is a discovery writer?
Sep
21
comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Apparently I am a "discovery" writer, if that is what I think it is. So probably I am not the greatest person to look at this.
Sep
20
answered How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Sep
19
comment So I finished my novel. Now what do I do?
2 weeks? I usually leave them at least three months! Really put some distance between you and it.
Sep
17
comment Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
One thing I would say, looking at this, is that it looks handy as long as you feel free to disagree with it. The fact it highlighted the use of the word "around" twice within two sentences was good even though it didn't realise it was doing that and thought it was doing something else. Using it as a "something could be wrong-o-meter" seems like it might work out.
Sep
15
revised Incorporating Military Experience into Fantasy Writing?
added 28 characters in body
Sep
15
answered Incorporating Military Experience into Fantasy Writing?
Sep
15
comment Incorporating Military Experience into Fantasy Writing?
There is also a theory that Tolkien, a resident of leafy Warwickshire and professor at Warwick University, saw the rise of the hideous grey concrete city of Birmingham and had an idea about a dark, evil and industrial power arising in a green and pleasant place.
Sep
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
14
comment Dialogue writing practices?
@Dale: That had never occurred to me!
Sep
14
revised Dialogue writing practices?
Tidying up a bit.
Sep
14
awarded  fiction
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
13
answered Dialogue writing practices?