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James Kemp

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I'm a Glaswegian living in Surrey, which is good because it added about 20 years to my life expectancy and generally it rains less here than in the West of Scotland. I have always written stories, since I was a boy, and I've managed to carry that on even though I did a science degree and then work for the UK government. More recently I've been doing a degree with the Open University, which includes creative writing

Most of what I write is science fiction, and I was inspired by an entry on Charles Stross's blog to have a go at the National Novel Writing Month 2012 (AKA NaNoWriMo - http://www.nanowrimo.org/ ) and even though I started five days late I ended up writing 50,000 words by the 1st December 2012 (just missed the deadline of 30th Nov
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James Kemp Just write stuff down. The first draft will always be rubbish. Don't worry about that. Tell yourself the story as you write it down. This might be an …moreJust write stuff down. The first draft will always be rubbish. Don't worry about that. Tell yourself the story as you write it down. This might be an outline, it might be a full blown draft, either way is good.

Once you have the story down you need to keep on re-reading it and editing it. Read the dialogue out loud and change it to fit the voice you want from the characters. Change the tell you write in the first draft so that you show readers what is going on.

Lastly find some honest but helpful beta readers and try out your stories on them. No matter how good you get you still need people that haven't lived and breathed the story to tell you how it is for them. (less)
James Kemp Write something just for myself. Mostly the thing that stops me writing is the inner editor that tells me it isn't good enough. Frankly you need to bl…moreWrite something just for myself. Mostly the thing that stops me writing is the inner editor that tells me it isn't good enough. Frankly you need to bludgeon the inner editor until it keeps quiet. (less)
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Crisis Point

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe [Book Review]

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It took me a very long time to read The Half-Drowned King, mostly because it's a long story, although it never felt that long when I was reading it. Based on a couple of sagas the Half-Drowned King starts the story of Ragnvald and his sister Svanhild ...more
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