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 →

Making the book into a short film

I had an idea, after making a book trailer, that I should develop the trailer into a short film in order to promote the book story a bit more but also just to have a good time spent with friends while making it. Having no idea whatsoever how to make a short film, I started... Continue Reading →

Free book – The Dead Famous: Chapter 1

At the moment this blog finds me in the middle of pre-production on a short film version of my book, so in the meanwhile I'm going to start posting the book here, chapter by chapter. I hope it brings at least some of you some reading pleasure 🙂 Chapter 1 “It’s Friday, it’s five to... 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 →

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