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Writer & tutor. Serialised fiction author. Producer of the Writing Life podcast at the National Centre for Writing. http://simonkjones.com

In the 1990s I used to wait eagerly for EMPIRE magazine to drop through the letterbox once a month. Later, that same excitement was for PC ZONE. …


I’ve just started serialising my new novel over on Substack. It’s worth pointing out that I was intending to do this long before Salman Rushdie and Chuck Palahniuk started making headlines for doing the same thing.

Wattpad has been my primary publishing destination since 2015, when I first started experimenting…


I wrote a short How to Write Serialised Fiction guide back in 2016. The world has moved no since then and I’ve given the guide a long overdue re-write and expansion. So as to be as meta as possible, I’m serialising my guide to serialisation right here on my Substack…


It’s a good time to be a reader. Shelves in bookshops are overflowing with traditionally published books. If you want something more niche, online stores are packed with endlessly specific self-published work. …


I had a PlayStation 2 back in the day (mostly to play DVDs). I couldn’t play any PlayStation 1 games on it. When I got a PlayStation 3 (mostly to play blu-rays), I couldn’t play any of my PS2 game on it. …


After writing The Mechanical Crown for three years I felt like I’d spent time with the characters; that I’d talked with them and shared experiences, as I might with real friends. …


I’m trying something new with my next project. It’s the most ambitious speculative fiction book I’ve attempted so far, simply in terms of the scale of the setting. …


I’ve been using Scrivener to write my projects since 2012 and it’s no coincidence that was the turning point for my writing. Prior to 2012 I had never completed a major project. Since 2012 I’ve written three complete novels.

After a slightly weird delay, Scrivener 3 is finally out on…


Is ‘lore’ something which excites you or provokes a roll of the eyes? If you’re not a regular reader or viewer of genre fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, you may not even have heard the term in this context.

lore
/lɔː/
noun
a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or…


A quick how-to guide for charities, arts orgs and non-profits

I produce and co-host the National Centre for Writing’s podcast, The Writing Life. It’s a pleasure to put together each week and is surprisingly doable, even if you’re operating on tiny or non-existent budgets.

Here’s an example of a recent episode:

This is going to be a no-frills guide on…

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