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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
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revised On copyright laws and plots
minor typo
Sep
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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.
Sep
13
answered On copyright laws and plots
Sep
13
revised What is a beat?
Annotated the beat example for those unfamiliar with Macbeth.
Sep
13
comment What is a beat?
@Shan: I'll annotate the example. You have been playing with the tin opener in the canned worm factory I am afraid ;)
Sep
13
comment What is a beat?
Oh yes, of course that's the micro micro beat, sometimes even written into scripts. "Marriage is a wonderful institution. (Beat.) But who wants to belong to an institution?" That's where the whole thing started, of course. Good spot.
Sep
13
answered What is a beat?
Sep
9
comment What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
I must say I like this question and the other one about "breathing space" because they address matters of pragmatic necessity versus the broader goal of doing a good job. In both cases the problem arises from having been given practical advice that seems to conflict with aesthetic sense. Nicely put as well.
Sep
9
answered What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
Sep
9
answered How to give the readers breathing space, without putting them to sleep?
Sep
7
comment I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
If you need more there are plenty of "writing dares" in the Nanowrimo forums.
Sep
7
answered Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
Sep
7
comment Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
There's a character in the Dresden files like this "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone. Dresden starts off hating him completely but over time he finds out things about the character that make him, er, sympathise with Marcone's position a little more, leading to some respect.
Sep
7
comment Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
Just to be a pain, but also because it is true, I find none of these characters likeable. I might however sympathise with any of them. It's not the actions themselves. It's the motivation that matters.
Sep
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revised I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
expansion
Sep
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answered I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?