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13th

Oscar nominated, and winner of the Bafta for Best Documentary, 13th is a fiercely intelligent dissection of the American prison system. It’s an important film, not just because it calmly… Read more 13th

This week, next week

First of all, a confession. I gave Stephen King a go and… I’m not sure if he’s for me. It’s not him, it’s me. I long ago lost the ability to read anything without my inner editor having a browse too. If I read a book that is over two hundred pages long I instinctively look for lines that could be shortened or cut. King’s writing style is conversational, almost, it has the feel of a story being told at a campfire, and I cannot cope with it. I want… Read more This week, next week

Week Two Recap

We are really cooking with rocket fuel now. Next week we will look at genres within genres, for when you are thinking about doing something a bit more sophisticated, but for now let’s just have a think about what you are going to spend your millions on. I heard a story once, about Axl Rose buying his girlfriend a heart-shaped swimming pool the day before she dumped him. It probably isn’t true, but that is the sort of thing you should be aiming for. Have you considered buying an island?… Read more Week Two Recap

A list of possible reboots

A beginners guide to writing science fiction, fantasy, etc for male literary fiction writers who have decided to give it a go, possibly for financial reasons, despite having no real knowledge of, or interest in, the form.  Lesson Eight. Stealing Other People’s Ideas So you have knocked out a science fiction book but Hollywood hasn’t called. Don’t panic. Here is a list of stuff that is due a reboot. Could you write a script for one of them? Then, when Hollywood does call and says they really like the planet… Read more A list of possible reboots