Ian Pamphlett, Death Assessor


Published on my First Chapter blog…

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Standing beneath an arch, the keystone directly above his gelled hair, Ian Pamphlett, regarded the Hall of the Dead. It was fair to say it was the biggest room in the known or unknown universes, and that went for all the sub-dimensions too. Nowhere was there such a great square-footage with a roof. For a mile in each compass direction it spread, the vaulted roof and hanging chandeliers – of which there were close to twelve-thousand, constituting nearly a quarter of a million individual candles – faded into the distance like a lesson in perspective in a technical drawing class.

More impressive even than this were the rows of dead. They sat on long benches, rows upon rows of them, waiting patiently to be called. It was not Ian Pamphlett’s task to call them however, that was Helen’s job. Ian’s job was the assessment. Beneath his arm was his clipboard upon…

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Frustration, the blank page and nothing to read…


I have never been one for lacking anything to write, a trait that has kept me occupied and more than entertained on many an occasion. It has always been gratifying to be able to rely on my previously immutable ability to churn out something imaginative without much prevarication. However, I appear to have come up against a blank page. The dreaded writers block. It is alarming!

There is no solution to it other than continuing to write, no matter how bad the results. The fact that what I produce is unconvincing, all my prose riddled with self-doubt, and each premise utterly banal and derivative is of great concern. I await an epiphanic moment with increasing desperation.

It is not lost on me that I have not been reading much lately either. In almost every piece of advice about writing that I have ever come across, the instruction to READ, READ, READ is always in the top five.

So, if I have a strategy for writers block it is this: Read more, write into the wind.

Now, I’m off to find a novel I can get my teeth into, and hopefully the creative juices will flow as a result. Any recommendations gratefully received!