M.J. Ryder

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Born in deepest darkest Thanet, M.J.Ryder now lives and works in Lancaster (UK) where he is reading for a PhD in English Literature. His website is www.mjryder.net. ...more

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M.J. Ryder The best bit of advice I can give you is to read as much as you can. Don’t just read things you enjoy either – read everything you can get your hands …moreThe best bit of advice I can give you is to read as much as you can. Don’t just read things you enjoy either – read everything you can get your hands on, as the more perspectives and the more styles of writing you can expose yourself to, the better.

The second best bit of advice is: write, write and write some more. It doesn’t matter what you write, or even if what you write is any good – it’s all about getting experience and building up those writing muscles. You see, a lot of people think that writing is all about skill and imagination, however, the truth is, it’s mainly down to perseverance and continuing to write even when you don’t feel up to it. Learning to break through that great barrier holding you back is possibly the hardest thing you will learn as a writer. (less)
M.J. Ryder I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my PhD thesis in English Literature, while also planning out some sci-fi short stories, and possibly so…moreI’m currently putting the finishing touches on my PhD thesis in English Literature, while also planning out some sci-fi short stories, and possibly some comic fiction. I’m also thinking about a sequel to The Darkest Hour, though that is still a little way off...(less)
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“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
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