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Rob Gregson

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Rob Gregson spent much of his youth reading fantasy novels, immersing himself in role playing games and generally doing everything possible to avoid life in the real world. In his defence, we're talking about the late 1980s - a time when ridiculous hair, hateful pop music and soaring unemployment were all very popular - so it wasn't altogether a bad decision. However, had he abandoned the realms of elves and wizardry at an earlier age, he might have developed one or two useful life skills and he would almost certainly have found it easier to get a girlfriend.

Since that time, he and reality have developed a grudging tolerance of one another although their relationship still goes through the occasional bad patch and his first two novels - Unr
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Rob Gregson I'm not sure it's good to listen to too much advice - at least, not if that advice feels like it's trying to mould you into a fine, upstanding…moreI'm not sure it's good to listen to too much advice - at least, not if that advice feels like it's trying to mould you into a fine, upstanding mainstream author. There are more than enough of those in the world already. If you want to enjoy writing - rather than turn it into just another job - then keep your quirks and your individuality. Otherwise all you're doing is maintaining a facade.

For that reason, I'd never presume to offer any advice on writing style. After all, it's not as though it's difficult to find it elsewhere. Plenty of publishers and agents offer good, pragmatic guidance on their blogs and websites. If you hope to engage with them and produce something that's actually saleable, then it's probably an excellent idea to listen to their house rules.

Paying due regard to professional advice is one thing, but (as with sweets and puppies) I think you should be very wary of accepting suggestions from strangers. Act on every new word of advice you receive and you'll soon end up writing by committee. In recent years, I've had feedback from all sorts of people and, sometimes, I suspect that what they consider good writing is just whatever matches the style of their favourite author. It may be well meant, but it won't always be well reasoned, so be ready to consider advice if you wish, but be equally ready to discard it.

That said, I do think it's worth involving yourself in writing groups and eliciting feedback where you can. That's 'feedback' as opposed to 'advice'. It's easy to make assumptions as a writer - about what works and what readers will intuitively understand - but run your early drafts by a few fellow authors and you'll quickly unearth issues and ideas that would never otherwise have occurred. For me, that all started on the much-missed Authonomy site and, ever since, I've found that 'reciprocal feedback' approach invaluable. There are some really bright, kind and insightful people out there, and discovering some of them has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my whole writing experience. (less)
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Unreliable Histories

4.64 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2014
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The Endless Land

4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2014
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Okay, so it's been a while. Sorry.
However... I have an excuse for my long absence. Amongst other things, I've been writing a new book. In its way, it's a sequel to 'The Written World' (i.e. 'Unreliable Histories' and 'The Endless Land'), except that it involves none of the original characters. Oh, and the world they inhabited has changed beyond all recognition. I don't know if that meets any o... Read more of this blog post »
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I look forward to the release of every new book in this series; I worry that it may have become an addiction... Read my reviews for the previous two and you'll understand why.

In other fantasies, protagonists go on simple quests to find the magic X,
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