Category: Writing posts

This is a list of all my writing related posts.

Nov 01

Start of NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone, Today is November the first and it is the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and the aim of the project is for writers to write up to 50,000 words in thirty days. To many non writers that sounds impossible but when you break it down it’s 1666 …

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Oct 14

Camden Fringe review – 2018

Hello everyone, Throughout the month of August, the area of Camden and several locations beyond it, play host to a variety of shows that form the Camden Fringe Festival. I’ll admit that the timing of  Camden Fringe this year couldn’t be worse for me. August was my promotional month for Empty Nights and as a …

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Sep 01

My novel Empty Nights is available now

Hello everyone, I’ve just finished the live video on my Facebook author page in which I dropped the link to my début novel Empty Nights.  I can’t link directly to the video but here is a link to my Facebook author page where you can find it. https://www.facebook.com/jackdowdswritingblog/ If you enjoy the book please take the time to …

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Jun 24

Twin films

You may have noticed that occasionally two films are released in close proximity of each other that share the same premise. Its almost as if two separate production teams were given the same idea to work from. This is called the Twin film phenomenon are there are several reasons it occurs. Stolen ideas – Although ideas are stolen and copied it …

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May 14

Top Five Shakespearean Words

The English language is beautiful, complicated and it is constantly evolving. Lexicographers have the task of updating the dictionary with new words and removing outdated jargon. They also have the difficult task of judging the most popular word of the year. Here are the past five words of the year:

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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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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

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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