Love to hate: evil lead characters

A great many popular lead characters in books are actually people with which you would never choose to engage in real life. The vampire Lestat was portrayed to some extent as a manipulator and a fiend, Ripley was detached and goal-oriented, there was no possible way that these people could actively take a part in... Continue Reading →

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Writing with historical accuracy: Dialogue.

I am currently writing a book based in Edwardian London. The characters come from various social backgrounds and the need for accuracy is eating away at my fingers as I write. This weekend just past, I attended the MCM Comic Con at London's Excel Centre and was lucky enough to have a brief chat with... Continue Reading →

Mind melt

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to lose my job. I experienced many thoughts and emotions as  reult of this but one of the outstanding ones was "woo-hoo, I can now concentrate on my writing". This was, predictably, not to be. Although I managed to get some short stories written and a number of... Continue Reading →

Book Trailer fun

Most of my posts, if not all of them, have been about my ill-conceived and badly carried out plans on how to produce a book and then go about marketing it; this post will be no exception. I previously posted a link to the book trailer I made to promote my book, The Dead Famous.... Continue Reading →

Making a book trailer

In response to a link posted by @SandyAppleyard on Twitter, I decided to make my own book trailer for The Dead Famous using what little film making skill I have (i.e. none).  My first step was to read through the post describing what a trailer should contain adn what structure it might take. I then went... Continue Reading →

Originality in plot

I read, quite some time ago, a claim that William Shakespeare had managed to encapsulate most story types within his works. He had been so successful at doing this that now, as a result, people tend to refer to the story types via his writings rather than any works created before him even if the... Continue Reading →

An idea source for stories

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post, I had nothing to say for a while so didn't want to fill the page with rubbish "just because". There are a good few stories about people having dreams which they then turn into books, for better or worse. I suppose the most famous is... Continue Reading →

Encouraging the masses

After my book was made available to the public, I enjoyed a brief period of it doing quite well, in fact better than I expected to be honest. It's now been downloaded over 550 times and went into the Kindle top 20 humour charts. All very good, I thought, something to be sustained, I thought...... Continue Reading →

How I’ve tried to promote my book

I've found, since abandoning my book to the amazon website, that the internet is full of people's opinions on how best to promote ebooks to the masses. Some of this advice seems quite logical, some of it a waste of time, personally speaking. Here are some brief notes on what I've found so far: Kindle... Continue Reading →

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