About

It recently dawned on me (at 43) that one way or another, I’ve been writing most of my life and may as well become better at it.

I've been getting to grips with short storytelling over the past year. Most of my tales have benefited from the critiques of 'Writers Forum' competition judges whose sound advice, I've even implemented here and there. Eventually, I hope to adopt a more literary style of storytelling which would allow for all sorts of clever-clever themes, imagery, similes and suchlike ...

Meanwhile, I'm more interested in the shape of story itself. Or rather its strength: as received through just about any form of entertainment (apart from rugby commentary of course - the dark side of life in Wales!).

My favourite authors are George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Noel Coward. I particularly like their letters and generally admire their work for its lucidity: a quality which I’m striving towards in my short stories. I’m also keen on the style of newspaper columnists who usually seek to be understood and keep me from retreating too far away from the 21st century!

As should Wattpad – although it's easy to spend too much time around here rather than focus on ways of improving one's craft and appreciating the work of ... well, proper authors (9 times out of 10) let's face it! 

And yet how enjoyable, it surely is, to overlook the shameless typos of a texted tale which seizes the storytelling moment; than to indulge so many a published author peddling the same sorry dross, year after year.

And so with that plainly jaundiced and none-too-novel rant, I now present to you my own selection of disparate tales (of woe, mainly) laced with humour (here and there) which may prove enriching in some worthy way ... my lovely trickle of readers!

Till next time or other,

Dd

Artistic Dabblings: www.jmartdab.blogspot.com

(Profile pic: www.deardenstudio.co.uk)
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18 Published Works

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The Ascendant

Social data: 50.5K reads. 487 votes. 105 comments.

Description: How one man schemed his way through corporate culture of the '00s. It's not what you know, it's what they think you know ...

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dandydilettante
It seems to have kept his storytelling together anyway : )

Thanks for sharing the journey (on his behalf obviously) and jogging my memory with regards that neat little appendix ~ it seems an unusual but quite effective way to get over mid-project angst and I have seen lengthy Wattpad threads on writer's self-doubt: something innate to any sense of ambition it seems!
'There are two ways of setting in motion the mystical agency that changes a mere human animal into a writer, a composer, an actor, a painter, a poet or what not. There is the natural and sacred one, the way of the application of one's own inner force by one's own inner light. The other is the way of sorcery: the resort to stimulants and drugs ... a deliciously comforting sensation which makes the task of writing a chapter much pleasanter and easier, though the chapter is twenty per cent the worse for it.'

George Bernard Shaw 'The Complete Prefaces: volume lll (1930-1950)' which deals with Oscar Wilde.
dandydilettante commented on The Ascendant - About the Author


dandydilettante
It was only Ed's last year which got the better of him really. 

The Ascendant was written before things took an intolerable turn and captures the best of many good times ... in fact, you've reminded me of a 'Letter to the author' I found on his computer which preceded the typescript and was full of self-motivation which I'll take another look at and more than likely post : )
dandydilettante commented on The Ascendant - Chapter Fifty-Nine


dandydilettante
Oh, thanks!!

There are still some slight spots of editing which I should have dealt with before The Ascendant was featured but I'm still hearing of so many glitches in Wattpad's new system that I haven't dared so far ... but thanks to everyone who has put up with any obvious kinks in the overall flow of the text ... I've enjoyed many Wattpad works myself which have been full of minor errors because the story itself was so compelling ... I suppose that's why nobody has mentioned anything on this occasion either; or you're all being tremendously kind lol
dandydilettante commented on The Ascendant - Chapter Fifty-Nine


dandydilettante
Well, we're both welcome Haha

I should however draw more attention to the 'About the Author' epitaph along the way for readers who may have missed the brief preamble. Anyway, not to worry for now ... I'm glad the story has worked it's inherent effect on so many readers : )