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 between fact and fiction is blurred. I’ve listed ten of my favourite urban legends, mysteries and conspiracy theories that could be used as inspiration by fellow writers or are in some way writing related.

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Jul 17

1st place in Metamorphose Science Fiction Short Story Competition.

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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 first day, a mixture of fear and excitement.

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Jul 12

Keeping Track

How do you keep track of your writing projects? Do you have a computer file with a list of the current condition of  each project? Maybe you have your writing in paper form around the house somewhere? Maybe you just have it all in your head. How do you keep track of how far you are in each project?

I do this.

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Jun 28

Five explanations and solutions to procrastination

Procrastination – “The action of delaying or postponing something”

Procrastination – “The action of delaying or postponing something”

I am an amazing procrastinator. It’s taken me a week to pen the first draft of this blog post. Why? I’ve been settling into a new job, true but it’s not that. I’ve made myself find other things to do. Why? I don’t know. I always enjoy writing blog posts and working on my stories.  I don’t know why I procrastinate but I know that it’s a trait many writers share and that it’s annoying both for the writer and those waiting for his/her work.

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Jun 10

Does life imitate art or is it the other way around?

It’s a big and complicated question. In the red corner stands Aristotle who says “…art partly completes what nature cannot bring to a finish, and partly imitates her.” In the blue corner is Oscar Wilde who says in The Decay of Lying that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. It’s like the famous question “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” There isn’t really a solid answer but it’s interesting to think about.

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May 27

Comic Con

Have you ever been to Comic Con?

Comic Con is a convention for Manga/Anime Fans and Cosplayers (that is to say people who dress up as their favourite characters) where they can buy and sell comics, admire each other costumes and meet actors of their favourite shows and video games. When most people think of Comic Con they think of two things. The first is San Diego where all of the big stars go and where the announcements for upcoming films are made. The second thing people think of are the cos players who have spent hundreds of pounds on their outfits. (If you don’t know what I mean type Cosplayers in Google Images)

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May 18

Daily Writing Routine

What is your daily writing routine?  Some writers sit at their desks from dawn till dusk whilst some only work for an hour or two each day. Others find they can only write in cafés or on the move while others prefer to work surrounded by home comforts. Does the radio aid your writing or hinder it? How many words do you write per day? Do you set yourself a target?

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May 12

Welcome to Jack Dowd’s Writing Blog.

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

For any newcomers, or anyone who has just forgotten, I’m Jack Dowd, I’m twenty one years old and I’ve just finished a Creative Writing degree (BA Hons) at London South Bank University. I’ve been working on various projects (See publications at the top of this page) submitting short stories to competitions and magazines, working on my fantasy novel and pestering other writers in an attempt to learn the secrets of the craft for a number of years.

This blog has been in the works for several months and I have a list of topics and ideas I want to cover. You won’t find my personal life on here (unless it’s something to do with writing) nor will you find free pieces of work apart from those under the publications tab. If you want to follow my personal life please add me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or just ask.

The first topic Daily Writing Routine should be posted above this and I hope you enjoy reading my blog as I had as much fun writing it.

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Here I am with my balanced diet, a book in each hand.