1. Author’s Promise

Every morning I struggle to get up and write, however, now my characters have started to complain. So this is my promise to, Mason and Connor, that I’ll show up to tomorrow and crank out their story: ———- Me: Hey boys, I’ve gotta stop now. My brain is losing focus here and I know I’m …

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What academics think about writers

This is a response to this blog post about a teacher leaving the creative writing MFA programme and spilling their guts about the award. I couldn’t wait to read this – needing to fire up my computer to do so – but on doing so, it leaves me cringing and disagreeing with many things. Read …

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Video: How to muscle a big brand in on your fiction

Whilst being an inspiring video about the local skateboarding scene, this also introduces the notion of brand promotion. In a word: Levi’s. It’s also worth noting that Nike have also cracked the scene and the only way they did it was by trying time and time again to earn the respect of skateboarders. Levi’s had …

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The dumb writer needs to catch up

So after yesterday’s Mathematical breakdown my head has been spinning. I tried to talk to my partner about the numbers; what is known by the Publisher and Editor but rarely by the Writer, and she hated it. The thought was: books are Art not Products and referring to them as such makes her angry. I’m …

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Writing Fiction: for Accountants

I’m going to paraphrase Shawn Coyne’s Storygrid chapter, The Math because I want to drill this into my head! The average novel is 80-100k words. The average beginning is 25% of the book (25k) The average middle is 50% (50k) The average end is 25% (25k) Each beginning, middle and end needs to hit 5 key points in …

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Books for Skaters who don’t read.

I’ve just found a great thread about books for lazy skateboarders on JenkemMag and couldn’t help to add a comment myself. I recommended FaLiL and If I Fall, If I Die but tbh, neither of them are focusing on ‘skating’ in anyway – or any of the books on the Jenkem list. Really disappointing. All the …

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Writer Skateboarder Scott Hobbs Bourne

Scott moved to France, isolated himself, wrote on an old typewriter with two fingers until his novel was done. Then he ‘came to’ and moved to Paris. What’s more amazing than this? Scott was a professional skateboarder and lived in a room with no windows – he couldn’t have been further from the writer lifestyle. …

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Skateboard fiction: Defining a genre

At last I’ve found my niche, and now, it appears, I’m creating a new genre. My niche is skateboarding. My genre is skate fiction. I’d like to say I’m in great company here but it appears I’m completely out on my own. I have read Blake Nelson’s book, Paranoid Park, and whilst I loved it, …

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covering myself with lard.

Today a breakthrough. And by a breakthrough, I mean a discovery of where to go for inspiration, when the shear thought of starting to rewrite an acre of pages becomes an ocean of stinging jellyfish and all you have to protect yourself is a pair of speedos and a layer of thinly spread lard. My …

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