anyone else doing it?

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07/11/2010 at 20:42

I fancied doing something different, someone on FB reminded me about NaNo after someone in here mentioned doing it last year. I'm trying to say "yes, why not, what's the worst that could happen?" to as many different things as I can.

As for the novel itself, I'd like to spend a year or so editing, and researching to see what other info I can get. It's based on my 4 x great grandmother's life, I'm a history geek...what can I say?

07/11/2010 at 20:44

PH does it doesn't she?

Kwilter with a K wrote (see)

 I'm trying to say "yes, why not, what's the worst that could happen?" to as many different things as I can.

 IM next then?

07/11/2010 at 20:45

It was PH who mentioned it last year.

IM...sure, why not, what's the worst that could happen? Apart from killing myself tryiing to find a wetsuit big enough to fit?

08/11/2010 at 10:21

Why would I throw toys anywhere?

If Bos1 wants to make a fool of himself (herself?) by making idiotic assumptions and making stupid sweeping statements based on something they might have read 6 years ago (how dare we discuss books on a running forum, hey? how dare we?), that's their decision. It's funny. Ironic. Entertaining. Defamatory too, but I'm anon and quite thick-skinned and not among friends here anyway, so I don't really care. I might have read scores of books since then, or maybe not. I might have written a few novels since then, or maybe not? Who knows, hey? Let's just pretend the guy knows "fuck all about literature", to entertain the masses.

Clueless people sweeping in and using words like "twerp" is even funnier.

Rush forward and fill your book with dead babies if you want to. That will make it really saleable and commercially useful. We all love reading about dead babies, don't we? We all head to Waterstones to get the latest dead-baby novel, the queue's enormous. Don't, whatever you do, pause and ask, do I really want this type of content in my book and take it in this direction before I work it up into detailed drafting that will be far harder to change later on. Doing that would be absurd. Treat the thing as a race and good luck!

08/11/2010 at 16:47

Where the hell have I said I want to publish what I've written? As for asking myself what content I should write about, as I've mentioned a couple of times, it's based on 10 years' meticulous research of SOMEONE'S LIFE. THE WOMAN GAVE BIRTH TO NINE CHILDREN AND BURIED THREE OF THEM. Is that clear enough for you? She was born in 1800 in Redruth and died there in 1840. Would you like my references for the parish records? Would you like the reference for her death certificate? Her children's marriage certificates? The census returns from 1841 to 1911?

Shall I ask for the fourth time where we can read your published work? Shall I refer you to the Waterstones section on traumatic biographical books? Shall I carry on referring to you as a twerp and thinking you're a gobshite know nothing?

Yeah, reckon so!

Edited: 08/11/2010 at 17:05
Ironholgs    pirate
08/11/2010 at 16:59

Just want to wish all the writers good luck, as long as you enjoy writing then have fun with it.

I'm a published author ( well will be on Jan 1st ) and I was given a 5 week deadline by the publishing house that picked up on my blog. 90,000 words later, two re-edits and the book has gone to print, recording pre-sales in 20 countries round the world, and topping the pre-sales charts for sports biography.

What I'm trying to say is, it's hard writing, but if you enjoy it......a bit like running, you might not be the best in the world but you can have fun doing it.

Ironholgs    pirate
08/11/2010 at 17:00
oh and Kwilter........caffeine and thyroxine were my drugs of choice as well
08/11/2010 at 17:03
Thanks Holgs, nice to hear from a real author.
08/11/2010 at 17:11

I hereby nominate Kwilter for an award for best post or one-liner. 

08/11/2010 at 17:22
Is that a short story? 
Ironholgs    pirate
08/11/2010 at 21:03
oh and kwilter, doing an IM is a doddle compared to writing a get yourself signed up......wetsuits come in all shapes and sizes
08/11/2010 at 21:09

<runs screaming from recruiting sergeants>

I can't ride a bike without panicking, still can't lift my right arm above my head, and have an arthritic toe....and my passport expires in 2 years

Ironholgs    pirate
08/11/2010 at 21:17
you're making excuses to the wrong person......anyway get offline and get writing.
08/11/2010 at 22:09

I wrote, broke 19k tonight. Didn't kill anyone this time, but a possible maiming*.

*Based on eyewitness accounts from the West Briton Newspaper of 1832, following a bal maid getting injured on the machine wheel of a tin mine.

Edited: 08/11/2010 at 22:20
08/11/2010 at 22:15
Kwilter will we get an opportunity to read the finished work.  I think by the time you get to the end of the month you will have us all hooked.
08/11/2010 at 22:16
Can you write in one of my ancestors Kwilts?... either the serial bigamist sailor (Wife in every port - literally!) Or one of the founders of the Bank of Australia who married a 14 year old at 62 and held off a bunch of bush rangers who had his farm under siege for 6 days killing 2 of them.
Edited: 08/11/2010 at 22:16
08/11/2010 at 22:19

Yours sound more interesting than mine Corinth!

Biziliz...not for public consumption until it's been seriously edited, like I said at the start of the thread, I've not written fiction since college.

08/11/2010 at 22:26
Good thing your doing Kwilts - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

16/11/2010 at 21:53

Just zoomed past 30,000 words.

Nice part to write from here on in, happy, long lasting marriage, then move to Lancashire from Cornwall with lots of the extended family.

Also done loads more personal research, looks like I've found yet *another* Jones line to follow up! That's 3 of the buggers now.

17/11/2010 at 12:50


do you treat it as a novel or as a biography?

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