Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Lost King: Resistance

Here’s a repeat post by Camilla Brown about my book The Lost King: Resistance. Camilla Brown – Why did you chose to write it in the 1st person? To make it more personal? MartinLake- I started writing in the third … Continue reading

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Battle of Salamis

In 480 BC the Greek Fleet defeated the Persian fleet at the Battle of Salamis.  It was one of the most important battles of the ancient world, indeed ever. Tom Holland has written a great book about the Persian Greek … Continue reading

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Napoleon at School

On this day in 1785 the 16 year old Sicilain Napoleon Bonaparte graduated from the military academy in Paris. He was 42nd in a class of 51.  Just shows that league tables are a waste of time.

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Planning a Short Story

Yesterday I described a planning tool and the next day listed the elements of the story which this had generated. Here is the story which came out of the exercise. THE CAR PARK Melissa lounged against her car. It was … Continue reading

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Using your sub-conscious.

Here’s a post I wrote about how to use the exercise I described yesterday. I went to a supermarket a while ago and was momentarily shocked to see a garden rubbish bag apparently dumped near some bushes. Only when I … Continue reading

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When Writer’s Block Strikes

Harness your sub-conscious. Here is a little exercise which will allow your sub-conscious to help you when you are at a loss for a story or how to progress it. It makes use of the following categories of story: 1. … Continue reading

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Another Rogue Male

YOU ASK ME WHAT I FEAR You ask me what I fear. The answer is that I fear very little.  I stand tall above the grasses and can gaze across far plains, spying any animals long before they get close … Continue reading

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