• About markchadbourn

    Ideas And How To Get Them

    by  • January 8, 2018 • Writing for a Living • 3 Comments

    Before I became a writer, I crawled along a coffin-sized tunnel far underground. I was set on fire while sleeping under canvas in the Arctic Circle. Gangsters threatened me with a gun in a basement in Brighton. And bullets whizzed around my head during a high-speed chase into the desert outside Palm Springs. When...

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    Are You A Writer?

    by  • January 5, 2018 • Writing for a Living • 3 Comments

    Simple question, complex answer. Kat is a fantastically talented writer.  She graduated from one of the UK’s leading universities with an MA in creative writing and immediately sent out her manuscript for her first novel.  It was picked up by a small publisher.  It didn’t sell well.  Books from small publishers normally don’t.  Nor...

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    It’s Not Actually About The Writing

    by  • January 3, 2018 • Writing for a Living • 9 Comments

    A manuscript flopped on to an editor’s desk.  The prose was absolutely captivating, every word honed to perfection.  A joy to read.  It was about a boy wizard, attending a school for magic while battling a rising evil linked to his past.  Only this novel was written by…let’s call them ‘Dave’.  From Droitwich.  Dave...

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    The First Rule Of Writing For A Living

    by  • January 2, 2018 • Writing for a Living • 0 Comments

    It’s a fantastic time to be a writer.  And that’s the problem. There are opportunities everywhere – in self-publishing, particularly, via Kindle, or in this golden age of TV.  Sometimes it seems like every single person you encounter is publishing their novel on Amazon.  (A friend, an acclaimed UK screenwriter, was chatting to a...

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    Best TV Drama 2017

    by  • December 11, 2017 • TV • 0 Comments

    I’ve watched a lot this year, for both work – because you need to keep up with what’s out there when you’re a screenwriter – and for enjoyment. There’s plenty I haven’t seen (not got round to Dark yet, or the final season of Bloodline) – there’s so much good TV at the moment,...

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