• The Stories We Need To Tell Ourselves

    by  • January 10, 2018 • 2 Comments

    There is a shiny red apple filled with poison and a crone with eyes like steel. There is a virginal girl as pure as snow, a sleep like death, and a kiss that wakes her into a new life of Happy Ever After. This tale has survived from ancient times because it was always...

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    The Age Of The Psychopath

    by  • January 9, 2018 • 2 Comments

    In case you missed it, I published a piece on Medium: Is the Age of the Psychopath Over?  You can find it here. “Look around you. Out on the street, all those faces. They look just like you. But some of them aren’t like you at all. They’re so different, they might as well...

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    Get Pendragon At A Knock-down Price

    by  • January 9, 2018 • 0 Comments

    If you’ve ever considered trying the work of my pseudonym, James Wilde, now’s a good time.  Until the end of January, Amazon is offering Pendragon for just 99p as part of the Kindle Monthly Deals.  That’s a whopping £14 saving.  Will appeal to anyone who likes Game of Thrones, Arthurian myth, Age of Misrule,...

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    Ideas And How To Get Them

    by  • January 8, 2018 • 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 • 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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    Writing For A Living – New Ways Of Being

    by  • January 4, 2018 • 4 Comments

    We’re going through the biggest period of change in human history, and one that’s accelerating.  Every aspect of life is being disrupted.  As a general rule of thumb, if you’re carrying over any wisdom about the world and how to operate in it from more than ten years ago, it’s probably no longer applicable....

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    It’s Not Actually About The Writing

    by  • January 3, 2018 • 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 • 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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    2018 – The Year When Everything Changes

    by  • January 1, 2018 • 1 Comment

    For a while there, I was thinking of changing the name of this blog to The View From The Bunker.  On a personal and professional level, 2017 was all-round great, if not one of the best for a while.  But…you know…out there in the world… Now, stuffed full of turkey and mince pies and...

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    Best TV Drama 2017

    by  • December 11, 2017 • 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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