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Mind Altering Substances

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So I finally finished my first short story! 2,000 words have never felt like a more gargantuan effort but it is worth it. And even though I’m not 100% happy with the final product, I’ve come to terms that I never will be and that this is a growing, natural process where I will start off shite but get better (hopefully) with every new word I write and re-write. Anyway, enough whining...

What I learned from Stephen King’s On Writing

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I’ve just finished reading Stephen King’s writing advice book ‘On Writing‘. King is a prolific and successful author who has a lot to say about the craft, and as every writing website demands that you read it, I read it. The first part of the book is King’s memoir – a very speedy run-through of some of the formative moments in his life that shaped him into the...

Why you need an email list

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An email list is exactly what it sounds like – a list of email addresses that you can use to communicate with. It is a vital part of any marketing toolkit as it should hopefully be the contact information of everyone you know of who is interested in you, your products, and your knowledge. But why email? Isn’t email dead? Didn’t Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, whatever...

Worldbuilding: Sanderson’s Laws for Magic

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If you are even slightly interested in the fantasy genre you should have come across the works of Brandon Sanderson. The man is a PROLIFIC writer of excellent fantasy and has written several of my favourite books (most notably the Mistborn series). Sanderson puts a ridiculous amount of work into his worldbuilding (but knows how much to show the reader – no crazy info-dumps here), and is...

The danger of comfortable

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I’m a creature of habit. I’m time poor. I know what I like. The above three statements mean I often re-read my favourite books instead of risking several hours on a new risky book. I will re-watch my favourite TV shows and films, again and again, re-feeling the same warm fuzzy feeling as my favourite characters and stories unwind in their familiar way. I even re-play my favourite...

Ira Glass on Being Creative

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A fantastic video stylising an interview with Ira Glass on the difficulty of being creative, specifically: When you first start out, you know your work is crap But you know your work is crap because you have good taste Most people quit at this stage – don’t! Everyone goes through this stage, and the only way to get through it is to do the work The more work you do, the more you close...

My writing regime and why it probably sucks

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I’m always trying to be a more productive person. I’ve read all the major books and tried all the common systems and taken bits and bobs from each to build something that works for me. It’s gotten me quite far in my marketing career, and I’m pretty good at getting my personal life in order too. Where it tends to fall down though is my writing. But I often fall into the...

What’s the most overpowered magic?

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So I asked the font of all internet knowledge (Reddit) what they thought were the most overpowered skills and magic in fantasy – partly for the laughs (Reddit is my favourite website to get a giggle) but also to generate more ideas for my stories. The internet hivemind delivered of course, and after wading through a lot of odd anime based arguments, I’ve whittled it down to my top...

Why I hate the ‘wake up at 4AM’ gurus

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Google ‘wake up at 4AM’ for me, don’t worry, I’ll wait… What did you find? Two things, (1) a whole bunch of ‘motivational’ articles screaming the benefits of how waking up at 4AM will help you succeed at life, and (2) another set of articles from rightly worried people asking why they can’t get back to sleep at that god-awful hour. Guess which...

Book Review: The Blade Itself

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the first book in the First Law trilogy – and it is definitely the first book in a series. The Blade Itself takes the hard work of the trilogy by being the ‘setup book’, slowly introducing all the characters and their motivations, and bringing them all together for one reason or another. This is actually my greatest frustration with The...

A little about me

My full name is Daniel SM Griffin (but call me Griff), a European (have been described as British), male human. My views and opinions (like my hair and teeth) are my own.

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