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Welcome to my website! I’m DSM Griffin (but you can call me Griff) – a fantasy and sci-fi writer who wants to tell you awesome stories about cool characters in difficult situations. Sounds good? Then take a look at some of my books and short stories while you’re here, or delve deeper into my head and read my latest blogs, reviews and rants below.

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Current book Progress

 

Press Start: Gamification and MarketingIn second draft

Jormun Walks Among UsPlanning stage
Short Story Collection0 short stories completed

Latest stories

Apparently I should be writing

I have a big problem with procrastinating. I will do anything other than what I am supposed to do. This ironically leads me to sometimes do productive things (like cleaning the house), or nice things (like going out to get Becky a present), instead of what I actually should be doing – which is more often than not, writing. For me, I think the big problem was a word I used in that last...

Book Review: The Red Knight

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is a thoroughly enjoyable medieval fantasy hack-n-slash that is heavily focused on two things: grizzly authentic medieval combat, and making the main character as cool as possible in the eyes of the reader and everyone else in the story. The book focuses on the war between mankind vs the wild (monsters), with the Red Knight being the leader of a mercenary company...

Book Review: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by the great bearded Patrick Rothfuss is a funny old beast. It follows the story of Kvothe, a gifted boy with a natural talent for learning which applies itself quite readily to magic. Why is it a funny old beast? Because it reads like epic fantasy, but nothing epic really happens, at least in this first book. The whole story is told through a series of flashbacks by Kvothe...

Learning from the masters

Knowing how to analyse a story is one of the first lessons we all need to learn as writers. By analysing our favourite stories we can learn how they work, what makes them great, and hopefully how we can make our own stories great too. For me, I tend to go through a book a week. This isn’t some kind of my dick is bigger/smaller/greener than yours boast, it’s just a fact. There are...

Game Review: Tyranny

Sometimes, evil wins. Tyranny is a game where there was no last minute hero, no deus ex machina, no chosen one. Only an evil villain that took over the world with very little real resistance. It’s an excellent example of a game exploring one simple concept: what if the good guys lost? And reminds me very much of Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Mistborn’ novels. Tyranny is set in a...

Best Books & Blogs on Writing

When learning any skill you need a good teacher (think Yoda with a pencil instead of a lightsaber), but anyone who has tried writing soon finds out that it’s often a solo journey. Most of your learning will often come from good old practice or from reading other author’s work, but that doesn’t mean you should always go alone. Am I talking about joining a writer’s group...

The Awkward First Post

First things first, the word awkward makes me itch. I know it’s spelt correctly, but it looks so wrong and makes me want to scratch my eyes out with a spoon. Anyway, hello! This is my new website (so please ignore the mess and sorry about all the gaps). A place where I write random crap about what I’m writing about (I know it’s all horribly meta). This is the usual first post...

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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