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Started by AshburtonAbove on Aug 17, 2018 2:23:12 PM
Novel writers anonymous

For those of us attempting to write a book. Share your progres up and downs and to encourage each other through adversity.

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Stellata - 17 Aug 2018 19:47:47 (#1 of 43)

I started writing a book recently. I’ve written about 6000 words so far. It’s difficult to stay motivated because I’m not convinced anybody would want to read it. But actually, this thread has given me a bit of a kick.

TenGorillas - 17 Aug 2018 19:55:59 (#2 of 43)

there's a thread somewhere in the Books folder for budding writers, if you want to dig around a bit.

Pentecost - 17 Aug 2018 20:01:04 (#3 of 43)

coshipi of this parish is a published novelist. I know that because I bought one of his books at a meet so that it could put me to sleep on the coach back :)

Brunothecat - 17 Aug 2018 20:38:25 (#4 of 43)

Blimey. Where did you end up?

popstar7 - 17 Aug 2018 20:41:00 (#5 of 43)

India.

Eligelis - 17 Aug 2018 20:43:53 (#6 of 43)

heh.

I've had some short stories published - admittedly in anthologies cosh has edited.

Pentecost - 17 Aug 2018 21:15:09 (#7 of 43)

Berwick on Tweed, actually.

MontyPeculiar - 20 Aug 2018 10:47:31 (#8 of 43)

You’re never too old get get your first book published:

https://twitter.com/guerillamemoir/status/10312950
24984743937?s=21

RosyLovelady - 20 Aug 2018 11:27:35 (#9 of 43)

Tolkien was only 45!

pranzingfrogg - 07 Sep 2018 16:30:45 (#10 of 43)

One short story published so far (in a low circulation magazine that no longer exists). One play performed (by an amateur group who decided not to ask me to write for them again). Thousands of words on the laptop just needing to be put in order. The universe may be trying to tell me something.

Eligelis - 07 Sep 2018 16:41:39 (#11 of 43)

I've been asked to write a short story (based on an idea I've had for a year or so) for a book about beekeeping.

I just haven't been given a deadline when they need it for, so I'll get around to it at some point. I think I'll give the guy a poke and find out when they want it - give me some impetus for actually getting onto the page what I've already got in my head.

AshburtonAbove - 02 Oct 2018 19:52:35 (#12 of 43)

C'mon guys, lets get writing.

Shall we have a wednesday evening online meeting where we report back to each other about what we have achieved the last week?

Anyone here like the idea?

whitbreadtrophy - 02 Nov 2018 12:02:55 (#13 of 43)

https://justthetalk.com/books/524/how_s_your_book_
going_/1


I'm up for it.

CarlosFandango - 02 Nov 2018 12:50:46 (#14 of 43)

Like the idea, yes.

I have quite a lot of material here and there, but I've been so slow that all the refs. to things internetty, techy and whatnotty need a big old update. And though the story isn't about them per se they are embedded, so to speak.

Somehow it feels harder to go back and revise than it is to do something fresh. It isn't actually, because on-rereading, it's clear that the thing is pretty coherent, so that narrative logic shit doesn't have to be done again.

coshipi - 02 Nov 2018 12:55:36 (#15 of 43)

I have quite a lot of material here and there, but I've been so slow that all the refs. to things internetty, techy and whatnotty need a big old update. And though the story isn't about them per se they are embedded, so to speak.

I thought I had that problem with Pawns, but realized that the story simply wouldn't work with all the internetty, techy and whatnotty.

So I eventually decided it was all in a different leg of the trousers of time, that had diverged from ours in about 1980. Which seems to have worked absolutely fine, the few people who've read it mostly seem to think so. We're rapidly catching up with the date (2024) of its sequel, Going Forth, by which time the other leg of the trousers of time has diverged even more from our own.

whitbreadtrophy - 02 Nov 2018 13:18:35 (#16 of 43)

I have quite a lot of material here and there, but I've been so slow that all the refs. to things internetty, techy and whatnotty need a big old update.

I have the first draft of a novel which I've put to one side for a few months intent on redrafting/rewrtiting it from next month. I've avoided the internetty stuff by setting it in the mid-90s. I heard someone on the radio a few weeks ago say that if Murder On The Orient Express happened today Poirrot would solve it in half an hour with a bit of googling.

There must be books from 15 years ago with lines like "They met on ICQ but only realised they were at school together after Jill spotted Jake on friendsreunited. But it was when Jake sent her a link to his MySpace page and she fell in love with him via his music." and are unintelligable to anyone under 20.

Peacock - 02 Nov 2018 13:22:42 (#17 of 43)

I'm in Ash. I 've had several academic articles published but fancy my hand at fiction

Pentecost - 02 Nov 2018 15:31:20 (#18 of 43)

I've got that book. Pawns.

thisonehasalittlehat - 02 Nov 2018 15:42:11 (#19 of 43)

My advice is don't overload the contemporary culture references unless you're Bret Easton Ellis.

coshipi - 02 Nov 2018 15:49:41 (#20 of 43)

Not sold it yet, Pente ? 8~)

Not tempted to buy Going Forth ? 8~(

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