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 →

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 →

New Year, New goals

Apologies to those who might have expected a quicker update since my last blog. My recent plans have been involved in how to promote my current book, The Dead Famous, and also how to motivate myself to edit my second book to a publishable standard. Plans and mice and men and all that, well things... Continue Reading →

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