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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
location Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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 Do all main characters require equal development?
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revised Writing about extreme trauma
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revised Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
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revised Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
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revised Resources on plotting mystery stories
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revised Resources on plotting mystery stories
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Mar
23
revised What is a good methodology for researching a historical novel?
Added a section about my research approach.
Mar
16
revised How to achieve a dark and nostalgic feeling/setting in a novel?
Changed word archive to achieve so question made sense.
Mar
2
revised What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
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revised How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
slight semantic tangle untangled.
Jan
20
revised How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
correct typo
Jan
20
revised What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
clarification; added 78 characters in body; edited body
Jan
4
revised Writers Communities?
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