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In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge over on the Daily Post, here’s a piece by photographer Andrew Brooks.

It’s a part of his ‘Hidden Cities’ collection, and was taken during an exploration of Manchester.

I have a lot of his worked saved and hidden away, because it has often served to inspire and save me from more than one bought of writer’s block.

The reason I love this particular picture so much is because I found it when trying to research locations for Underground, back when it was still a short that took place almost entirely inside a series of abandoned tunnels.

Whenever I’m having trouble writing that story, taking a look at Brooks’ work often helps me get back on track.

Be sure to click-through for the full-sized image and check out the rest of his site too!

On the Subject of: Introducing The Characters In My Head

A Detective's Office, image found through visualize.us, here.

A Detective’s Office, image found through visualize.us, here.

I’ve written before about Ben my inner critic and what a wanker he is. I’ve mentioned writer’s block as a beast like creature and my inner editor as an old school teacher. Well, these characters I’ve created over the years have helped me make light of some very real fears when it comes to my work. Continue reading

On the Subject of: Archetypes

Colourful PersonalitiesYou know those silly little quizzes that make you answer random questions, and at the end you get a shiny new label to add to your own personal personality box? Yeah. I love those.

I can’t help it, it’s a guilty pleasure and I suppose it stems from preferring to think of everything in story terms. I do it in my head a lot, think about the people in my life and what kind of character they would play. Continue reading

Why I’m Not Scared of Writer’s Block

killing-writers-blockWriter’s Block is probably the most annoying, disruptive and varying condition in our industry. It can affect anyone who has ever taken pen to paper and it doesn’t discriminate. It’s a term used so often it’s almost a placeholder. It’s an excuse to an editor, an easy dismissal when someone asks you “how that book of yours is going”. We even use it to convince ourselves it’s okay we didn’t try to push through that last scene. I know it won’t be any good today. I’ve got writer’s block.

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