Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
I've had success with an idea I came up with for editing, so I thought I'd pass it on.
Audio record yourself reading aloud your first draft and listen to it repeatedly in the car, on the way to work, or dashing around town (works better if it's just you in the car).
Seriously, this works! Hearing the story spoken aloud helps you assess plot consistency, whether the characters are likeable or realistic and also allows you to judge how your story may sound to a reader. I stumbled across this idea, through listening to the Radio 4 plays and book of the week items. Commuting is dead time to me, but it's also valuable alone time and a great opportunity to rehash ideas in my head.
Now for some techie options you might like to try: -
- If your computer has the function, voice record yourself and burn it onto a CD that can be listened to in the car. Or put it onto MP3
- Beg, steal or borrow (or buy from argos, circa £20-30) a dictation machine and turn it up loud!
- Use the voice record function on your mobile and press play before setting off on your journey, or transfer it to your PC via USB and burn it onto disk.
If, like me, you have a long daily commute to a full time job and can only write in your precious spare time, it's worth a go.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
It's a masterclass in short story writing by one editor that's so good, I just had to pass it on!
Funny how, what started as a piece of writing taken on just for enjoyment has now ended up giving me the jitters.
It's crunch time with the PhD, I've taken on more research staff and things are less than perfect at home. But enough with the excuses. I've been told repeatedly that getting a PhD is less to do with academic brilliance, and more to do with the ability to overcome fear and boredom and get the piece done. Similar to novel writing - numerous false starts, nails in the confidence coffin...
Karen's blog title nailed it in one - GET ON WITH IT!!!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
My list of people I'm following on twitter includes:
- Wordy blog's very own Tamsin
- Bonkbuster goddess turned MP Louise Bagshawe
- Barack Obama
- The cast of The Hills, inc. Spencer Pratt
- Paula Abdul
- Paris Hilton
Oh the lives of the oh-so-glamorous!
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Lauren is beautiful. She has an enviable fashion career and shows real promise having released her own fashion range. She makes great Reality tv fodder. I really wish she'd write a blog, as I'm sure her exploits at red carpet events and fashionista job would keep millions hooked. Of course I know the reason she doesn't blog (and 500 words or so on her website every 3 months does not count); where would the money come from?
But are you just slightly curious to see how she's got on with the novel writing? Check out an excerpt here http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2009/05/lauren-conrad-la-candy-book-excerpt/ It will make your eyes pop! I'll stop now before I say anything libellous.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Find out about the New Writers Festival here, it's free. You might even want to consider joining the group.
Throw a few stumbling blocks into the mix (finding a spanish donor to compliment her irish looks, a holiday romance) and you get a brilliantly juicy novel that's a treat to read.
Author Claire Dowling has published a whole range of chicklit commedies. She's had a colourful past, after training as an actress, she turned to scriptwriting and most recently, novel writing. She has a sense of humour that had me laughing out loud at some points.
If you see any of her novels on the shelf, be sure to give them a flick!