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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 mainstr…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

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November, National Novel-Writing Month

On November 13th 2019, two Lancashire libraries will help to celebrate National Novel-Writing Month by playing host to a couple of short talks for local reading groups, aspiring writers and anyone else with an appreciation for the written word.
I mention this mainly because I'll be one of the speakers.
The first will take place at 1pm at HeyshamLibrary. The second will be held at the Harris Museum, Read more of this blog post »
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A suitably fun and satisfying end to what has been, I think, the most intelligent and rewarding fantasy series I have ever read. Buy the books. Savour them. Pass them on to your grandchildren, for here is wit and wisdom. And dragons, too.
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