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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
21
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
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
13
answered Dialogue writing practices?
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
minor typo
Sep
13
comment On copyright laws and plots
@Shan:Which is ironic because Dan Brown, famously, is an awful writer. The idea of the copycats in that case was "It's like The Da Vinci Code but better written!" I haven't actually had much of an opportunity to catch up on the truth of this but I have a couple I want to try out for research on my shelf.
Sep
13
comment Should I care if my short story has the same title as someone else's book?
Also note that certain titles are deemed "distinctive" calling your story "The Hobbit" for example, would probably be a concern.
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Halfling and Elfboy's Bogus Questathon
Sep
13
comment On copyright laws and plots
Even Percy Jackson was careful not to have a "Voldemort" plotline. It's all too easy to get too close for comfort.
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Expanded to draw the line between information and story.