Jack Dowd

I'm a twenty four year old (dyslexic) writer from England. I live just outside London. I hope you enjoy reading my work just as much as I enjoy writing it.

Most commented posts

  1. Five More Fictional Places you can Visit — 11 comments
  2. Daily Writing Routine — 8 comments
  3. Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — 8 comments
  4. Symbolism — 8 comments
  5. 1st place in Metamorphose Science Fiction Short Story Competition. — 5 comments

Author's posts

Mar 18

Five films based on real events that are mostly lies

If you place the phrase “based on a true story” at the start of a film people expect the film to be…. a true story or at the very least inspired by true events. Yes, writers can make a few changes in the form of creative licence (You can read that old website post here) but …

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Mar 04

Hamilton review

After two years  I have finally seen Hamilton: An American Musical!

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Feb 18

Top Five misunderstood lines in Literature

Your English teacher probably told you that every line of literature has meaning. I think that’s half true, the line has meaning if you give it meaning. There are some sentences that everyone knows what the meaning is. Then there are also sentences that everyone thinks they know what the meaning is. Here are five misunderstood lines from …

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Feb 04

Feb 4: Five historical figures who turned out to be fictional characters

The line between truth and fiction can be blurred. People who we believed were real because they have such a large influence in our modern world, could be nothing more than a clever lie.  Here is a list of five historical people who turned out to be fictional characters.

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Jan 21

Top five spelling mistakes in published pieces of work.

My spelling is absolutely appalling. So appalling in fact that it took me three attempts to spell absolutely in the previous sentence. The reason is because I’m dyslexic (which is another tricky word to spell). My spelling is poor but my creativity and reading level compensates for it. Before I submit any piece of work …

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Jan 06

Spitfire Review: The Greatest Showman.

Hello everyone, All the way back in June I published an article called Top Five Fictional Animals and their Real-Life Inspirations. You can read that article by clicking here but during the research for that article I come across P.T. Barnum, founder and original owner of the Barnum and Bailey circus. Although I implied in …

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Jan 01

New Year, New Goals, New Plans

Welcome to 2018 and welcome to my new website! Why don’t you  look around? I’ll wait…

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Dec 03

Does Authorial Intent matter?

The concept of authorial intent is what the author meant to say in his or her work. What was the point? What were they trying to prove? What message were they trying to convey? For example the author of The Little Engine That Could  clearly wanted to convey the message “if you approach a task with a positive mind-set …

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Nov 19

Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017 film)

Does Murder on the Orient Express count as a Christmas film? There’s no mention to the time or date but it is set in snow. Anyway here’s my review of the 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express staring and directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Spoilers ahead!

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Nov 12

Review: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Hello everyone, I’m not normally a fan of poetry, it isn’t my forte (although I did achieve a first in my poetry module at uni) but one of the poems I do know is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. This poem is taught in schools in the UK (I remember a copy of the poem being …

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