Tag Archives | writing

Just Keep Swimming

We don’t like to talk about failure. It’s icky, depressing, and we fear it’s contagious. But unless we acknowledge failure as a necessary condition for moving anything forward, we do ourselves a great disservice, and we risk believing in the myth of “overnight success.” Creative people – writers, musicians, actors, artists, poets – know this […]

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London Screenwriters’ Festival (Sept. 4, 2016)

I returned to the London Screenwriters’ Festival this year to expand on last year’s World Building lecture. This year, I led a workshop on writing a series bible.   I took participants through defining and outlining their show. It was my goal to help writers not only get their show sold, but also produced.  I was incredibly […]

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CMC (July 5, 2016)

I had the pleasure of speaking at the annual Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, this year helping budding writers and producers craft the perfect show bible. The “bible” in TV parlance is the document that tells everyone what the show is. It’s an essential document, and is the tool that ensures everyone on the show, from […]

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The Force Awakens

So, today is kind of a big day. If you’re like me, a child of Star Wars, this is the day you’ve been waiting for since the mid 80’s. I must admit, I was excited (and then ultimately disappointed) by the prequels, but nothing like the excitement in store for JJ’s take on Lucas’ world. […]

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London Screen Writer’s Festival, October 23rd

I’ve been invited to host two of my favourite writers, onstage, for an awesome topic: Being Human In A Fantastic World. On Friday, October 23rd, I’ll interview Nicole Perlman, who wrote Guardians of the Galaxy (and we have her to thank from plucking the comic book out of virtual obscurity and brining it to Marvel’s attention) and […]

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Straight Outta Croxton

I’m fascinated by the intersection of character & setting. It’s the nature vs. nurture phenomenon of shaping compelling characters, begging the question does the setting shape the character or does the character exist independently of the place? Think of some of your favourite characters from books or films, they are inextricably linked to their place… Luke Skywalker […]

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Memories As Raw Materials

This week, while on book tour in Canada, I guest blogged on the fantastic website 49th Shelf, a site that celebrates Canadian literature. In the spirit of giving them the web traffic they deserve, please click here for my piece on mining memories to create new fiction. I hope you enjoy…and maybe while you’re on […]

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Guardian Masterclass on World-Building (Jan 25th, 2015)

I’ll be doing a Guardian Masterclass on 25th January. Please join me for practical, actionable, deep dive into building your world for fiction (book, game, screen). To find out more, please click here.   Nest Learning Thermostat Review – From AmazonPros and Cons of Use Water Saving Shower HeadBest Mobile PlanerChoosing the Perfect Rifle Scope for […]

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In A World…

There is no formula for great writing. No shortcuts. No magic pills (though many have tried). And no easy path. While there are shelves full of “How To” books on the craft, and I believe that writing is a craft that  can be taught, it starts with talent and intent; and must be honed. If anything, […]

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In Which I Write A Sequel

So here’s some great news, there’s more ‘Neurotic Zombie’ on the way! I’ve just come off an epic book tour, introducing OCD zombie Adam Meltzer to the masses and my publisher Faber has asked for a follow-up book! I’ve actually been working away on sequel story since the Spring, but it looks like it’ll come out […]

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