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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


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revised Must protagonists be flawed for satisfying character evolution?
Another example
Apr
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revised How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader
added 1469 characters in body
Dec
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revised How to write a novel if you only have five minutes here, ten minutes there to work on it?
Expanded answer for more clarity and detail.
Jul
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revised Is it common for flashbacks to not to follow a chronological order?
edited body
Sep
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revised How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?
deleted 3 characters in body
Feb
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revised Do most novels not get published?
Updated link to find materials.
Oct
23
revised Cheap ways a young person can get paper books printed/bound from their manuscript? (Please incl sample costs)
Added some costings.
Oct
2
revised Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Addressed the specific query and then zoomed out to the general.
Oct
1
revised How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Broadening the options available at the close of the answer.
Sep
22
revised How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
requested alter.
Sep
21
revised What is a discovery writer?
clearing up a typo
Sep
15
revised Incorporating Military Experience into Fantasy Writing?
added 28 characters in body
Sep
14
revised Dialogue writing practices?
Tidying up a bit.
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
minor typo
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Halfling and Elfboy's Bogus Questathon
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Expanded to draw the line between information and story.
Sep
13
revised What is a beat?
Annotated the beat example for those unfamiliar with Macbeth.
Sep
6
revised I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
expansion
Jul
29
revised Publishing a Children's Picture book — Question about an App and a Printed version
added 1 characters in body
Jun
17
revised How can I make a story bigger?
A rather heavy attempt to expand upon my original comment.