How's the novel going?
Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:03 AM
Unfortunately, the silence after the initial burst of "Yes! I'm going to do this, and here's the self-imposed deadline!" was deafening.
So, I just wondered how everyone was doing with their magnificent octopus...
Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:42 AM
Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:45 PM
Not setting myself a deadline though. Reckon it's going to take me years.
Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:33 AM
You can do it, guys! Just use any time spent away from the writing as an opportunity to think through your story and make it stronger in your head. Then, when you've got to the point where you have about 60 pages to go, pick a weekend and just utterly blitz it. That's how I got to the end.
(I am having massive problems with the synopsis, incidentally. It's harder than writing the damn book!)
Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:23 PM
The first is a sci-fi story about an assassin and his involvement in the nature of the universe... yup. Am actually >< that close to finishing it but haven't done any for ages.
The second is a contempory tale of life as a druggy in a British city and how the actions taken by one can have massive ramifications on others.
Oh and I've got a third that is just 1000 or so words long on paper but has been floating round my head for an age about a vigilante who decides it is up to him to clean up the streets. (I still have thoughts about this one combining with the one above but not sure how exactly... maybe the old two stories. path crossing....)
Anyway, all that is beside the point that I've been writing on and off for about 15 years and still haven't finished a bloody book! *sighs* ho-hum. I will get one done one day.... if only for my own satisfaction.
Posted 05 November 2007 - 06:59 PM
The crux of the book hinges on a man's relationship with his father, and how it caused him to supress something which resurfaces near the start of the novel. Problem is I'm sure that if this does get published one of my parents, or both, will read it and my father will be shocked about what he hears regarding him ( the main character is fairly obviously me, etc ). Our relationship has always been strained but I suppose I harbour hopes of a future reconcilliation, and writing about how I regard him in honesty, and as a dead character in the book ( otherwise you can see the twist a mile off ) may destroy those hopes once and for all.
So I find myself with something of a conundrum, and have been trying really hard to make a decision, I thought I could do it but now it actually comes to writing the words and realising some harsh truths I'm not sure I can.
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:15 PM
What software are you lot using to write your novels?
Bloody hell. I was musing over asking the exact same question recently.
Word seems a bit unwieldy to me, but maybe it's advantageous thanks to its near ubiquity.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:03 AM
I should be working on it now. This post is 158 words that could be in a novel, being put to some actual use instead of idle chatter.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:15 AM
Does anyone do something similar? I know Biglime advocates ignoring that and just writing away, but I find that very difficult. I usually don't enter Writers Corner very often because I have trouble getting anything down, and even when I do I struggle to reach 1000 words - that's why the last one was a single paragraph.
I have the basic story in my head in rough paragraph form so I'm thinking of using the Snowflake method for a bit and seeing how things go.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:15 AM
Well, it used to be a nice exercise. I gave up writing just over two years ago after concluding the only piece of writing I've ever been satisfied with. A very short story, little more than 1,700 words and very telling of my age, written when I started experimenting with language (often at the expense of clarity) but I actually think (with all due modesty) it's a cracking little thing.
Everything else which followed disappointed and I mean really fucking disappointed me. I know every writer goes through phases of quiet disgust in their own work but it started to depress me that I couldn't match the standards I though I was capable of. Eventually I just gave up and every attempt to start again, what little there have been, just faded away.
Pity really. I hope you folk ain't like me. I really miss writing.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:22 AM
What software are you lot using to write your novels?
I use Scrivener. Probably the best writing tool I've used. Absolutely great for keeping things organised. It's Mac only though.
As for my novel, a fantasy book, I've only got about 10000 words in the bag after 3 months. Been slacking a bit recently, so should get back into it. Not to be a killjoy, but I think it's highly unlikely any of us would ever get the first novel we send out, published. Even it was the best thing since sliced bread. I think publishers/agents want to see commitment as well as talent. I reckon you'd probably need three or four good novels under your belt before anyone gives you a sniff. I think the ones who get their first novel published are the lucky ones.
And after that downer, I still hope it all goes well for you, Eighthours.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:48 AM
Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:15 PM
Please don't hurt me for it.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:28 PM
Having said that, Christmas and the videogame explosion has scuppered my dystopian novels progress recently, but there's nothing like the depressing return to work and normality to get the old creative juices flowing.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:16 PM
University killed my will to write, but not my desire if that makes any sense, but I still keep coming up with story ideas. They donít stop, and have never been a problem. Telling them always has though.
This year I have a plan, and inspired from a trip to New York last October, the desire to write has never been stronger. All I need now is Will. And a little skill (so feel free to criticise, constructively I may add, the work I publish on this site). So the plan is to write no less that 1000 words each day which could be on anything and for anything (including posts like this) and no less than 10,000 each week (which I organise into a kind of magazine like document for my eyes only, with different sections like reviews, short stories and work I put into larger projects). The goal is to be ready for the 2008 Nanowrimo contest in November. Iím only two weeks into the new regime so far and I havenít been this geared to writing than I have for a long time.
So for the first time Iím not trying to or thinking of writing a novel. I consider myself in training to do so.
Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:09 PM
What size paper does a novel eventually get printed on? Or, to put it another way, when writing in Microsoft Word, what sort of paper size/page layout should we be writing on?
Also, what's a good font? Comic-sans doesn't seem to cut it these days in a professional capacity.
*This is not a guarantee.
PS I've written just over 1,000 words of a horror story today that hopefully might end up being proper book size, that is why I'm asking.
PPS How are you all doing with the books then? If there's a newer topic for general novelly stuff then I can't find it.
Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:41 PM
I can't help you with the font/formatting stuff. I stuck with Word's default Calibri, size 11.
I finished my novel last September, and sent it off to the Gaelic Books Council around that time. They took their time about getting stuff going, but I had a meeting three weeks ago with them in Glasgow (in a cafe with hot beverages, felt like proper author stuff) and things are finally moving. The two I met were incredibly positive about the book, and had clearly both read it because they discussed it with me in detail. They're assigning an editor/adviser type person who'll prepare a report on what works and what doesn't (this'll be plot/structure/characters stuff rather than proofreading, as it's already been thoroughly proofread and corrected). Then there'll be a correspondence with this person and we'll hammer things out to our satisfaction, then once that's all done - they envisage this being around December - they'll secure a publisher for me. Which is nice, won't have to do it myself. Then they think 5-6 months before actual publication, so about this time next year, I'll be a published author. Pretty giddy about that.
I also entered my novel for the Donald Meek Award, which is £5,000 given to one Gaelic writer each year. It's being awarded on the 18th of this month, and I've made the shortlist of four. I'm daring to dream that I might actually get this award, which would certainly make my life easier.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:06 AM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:10 PM
It's mostly in Gaelic, yeah. All the narrative is in Gaelic, but a good chunk of dialogue is in English. The audience for the book is entirely bilingual (there are no monoglot Gaels these days) and I wanted to keep realism as much as possible, and not have Sandhurst-educated Englishmen speaking Gaelic, for instance. It also let me play around a lot with mixing the two languages and making the dialogue as natural and slang-rich as I could. This is the best approach I could have taken for the novel, but it's going to make it a headache when it comes to translating it. I do plan to try to translate it into English, if only because the money is a lot better in English publishing, but it's undeniably going to lose something in translation.
Wow, Rudi. Wow! So it's in Gaelic? You'll have to link it even if so in order for me to buy a copy.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:55 AM
My unfinished novel is waiting for a final chapter and epilogue... then the long slog back through it begins!
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