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5 characters every story needs

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

So you followed the first part of this course on ideas and the seeds of your next great story are beginning to grow. That’s great, so long as it doesn’t turn out better than mine. Now you have the germs of your story, you’ve progressed to the next logical step, creating characters. That’s not just Read more about 5 characters every story needs[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit

This entry is part 32 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Hello, and welcome to this Mark Ayre production of “The Hobbit (review)” Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Mark. Why are you writing the Hobbit review BEFORE your Buffy Scripts review? We know you read Buffy first cause that review came out days ago.” Well first off, how do you know what order I’m writing Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts

This entry is part 31 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Whenever I tell people I’m reading a script for a TV show or movie I get some sort of derisory response. “Why don’t you just watch it?” asks my girlfriends. “Shows weren’t meant for paper,” say my friends. “What are you doing in here, I thought we changed the locks?” says my mother. But I Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak

This entry is part 30 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

This was always going to be an easy book to get through. Less than 200 pages. Decent sized font. Nothing to challenge the mind. Oh, and I’ve read it at least twice before. It took an evening, and you’d think, how can there be anything to review in a book read in such a short Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector

This entry is part 29 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After reading two non-fiction books, I was excited to read something that might offer more to review.  Not that this doesn’t have its drawbacks. For one, the time taken. 2018 has not got off to the best of starts for writing, and I constantly find myself behind where I would like to be. Last weekend Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Pele

This entry is part 28 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to read two non-fiction books in a row, except that I haven’t because who does? What is interesting or not interesting depending on what kind of life you’ve led is that last week’s blog was the shortest I’ve written thus far. It was a short book, so Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Pele[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature

This entry is part 27 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Sometimes I read a book that offers so little for me to review, I wonder if it’s even worth me getting out bed in the morning.    Then I remember there’s more to life than reviewing books. All those boring tasks I have to attend to. Working so I can pay the bills. Attending to Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature[…]

5 ways to generate ideas

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Everything begins with the idea. Simple as that. It doesn’t matter if you can craft beautiful dialogue. If your prose makes people accept the existence of God. Or if your metaphors are good like chocolate cake. That was a simile. Even if you have all that, it doesn’t matter. Not if the best idea you Read more about 5 ways to generate ideas[…]

How to win at authoring: Course Overview

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

An introduction to ‘how to win at authoring’ Overview Every budding author needs to understand the key steps that will allow them to rise to the top despite their obvious lack of talent. Via the use of underhand tactics, lying, cheating, and other activities that will make your mother cry with shame this course will Read more about How to win at authoring: Course Overview[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)

This entry is part 26 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Since starting Man vs Bookshelf it has been full steam ahead. In fact, from week six until week 17, I read more than a book a week in all but one week. At times I was struggling to keep up with all the review writing this entailed. A couple of times I even burst into Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)[…]