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

Oct 11

Literacy Locations in London

London is ancient. The Romans built a settlement sometime after 43AD and called it Londinium but historians argue there is evidence of a town before that.  Currently London is home to 8.63 million people and is the setting of countless stories.  I’ve visited the location of three well known stories set in London to see …

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Oct 04

How to create a pen name

Last week I stumbled across this article on Facebook. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/yifen-chou-white-author-uses-asian-pen-name-because-it-helps-him-get-published-more-often-10490578.html It’s about writer Michael Derrick Hudson who wrote under the pseudonym Yi-Fen Chou in order to have his work published in an anthology. Writers using pseudonyms isn’t uncommon but why did Yi-Fen Chou cause such controversy?

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Sep 27

Review: Doctor Who Series Nine Episode Two; The Witch’s Familiar

What did you think of episode two of Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar? On the whole I enjoyed it, a few nit picks but nothing that distracted me too much. I’m going to discuss it in detail but be warned I will be mentioning SPOILERS from the first two episodes. Just to note, I won’t …

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Sep 20

Review: Doctor Who Series Nine Episode One The Magician’s Apprentice

This is the first of my review posts. In these posts I’ll be reviewing recently released books, films and Television shows and discussing them, good points and bad. I’ll try and keep these reviews spoiler free and if I can’t I’ll be sure to place a warning. I won’t be speculating on what I think …

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Sep 06

Metamorphose Fundraising

Hello Everyone, A few weeks back I announced that Metamorphose had decided to award my short story “Sher’s Wood” first place in their Science Fiction Category (due out in November). Their fundraising campaign has been restarted and since they have helped me in regards to editing and promotion I wanted to explain the work they …

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Sep 05

Metamorphose: Featured Author

Exciting news! Yesterday (04/09/2015) Metamorphose posted a lovely article about me and my previous successes to promote the launch of their first issue (due out in November).

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Aug 30

Top Ten Urban Legends, Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories

One the most common questions writers are asked is where do you get your ideas from? The answer is anywhere and everywhere. Anything can spark an idea, a clipping in a newspaper, an overheard conversation or perhaps a well-known mystery, legend or theory. These ideas give writers a lot of wiggle room as the line …

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Aug 17

Plot or Not?

To plot or not to plot, that is the question. You could liken it to packing a suitcase. Do you shove everything and lumber yourself or do you travel lightly and risk being caught unprepared?

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Jul 17

1st place in Metamorphose Science Fiction Short Story Competition.

Fantastic news. My short story “Sher’s Wood” will be published in the first issue of Metamorphose this November.  I’ll also be the featured author on their website on 4 September.

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Jul 14

I finished my Creative Writing Degree with a 2:1.

Great news everyone. I’ve finished my Creative Writing course (BA Hons) with a 2:1. In September of 2012 I started my Creative Writing Course at London South Bank University. In my sixth form I was the only self-proclaimed writer, now I was amongst a group of likeminded individuals. You can image my feelings on my …

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