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by sarahdee
December 6th, 2010, 8:12 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: 1st Page: Memoirs of Daniel
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Re: 1st Page: Memoirs of Daniel

I liked the opening. Death may not be the happiest subject but jumping right in there with Victor's death suggests a good story. His peace had been made over the years, but never as strong as the day that he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Are you trying to say that on his day of diagnosi...
by sarahdee
December 2nd, 2010, 12:05 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Big Picture Reader for YA fantasy mystery
Replies: 6
Views: 2229

Big Picture Reader for YA fantasy mystery

I am halfway through a draft of a ms that is completely out of genre for me. Yeah, okay I admit, it was a Nano attempt but I was a bad Nano writer and edited along the way so while I failed to reach 50k, I do have 30k which I think is in good shape. I'm at that stage where I don't know if to bin it ...
by sarahdee
December 1st, 2010, 11:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My writing has problems. BUT WHICH ONES?
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: My writing has problems. BUT WHICH ONES?

Try writing the long synopsis while following your ms, that way you can see any 'big picture' flaws. Also (and this may get you arrested for craziness if you do it in public) read a few pages aloud. I often miss words or make small typo mistakes that I gloss over when I read to myself and don't pick...
by sarahdee
November 30th, 2010, 3:03 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7493

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

I just wonder if all my years in corporate law and tax counts: emails, contracts, articles of association, memos, reports - a good half of it would have come under the fiction umbrella :)
by sarahdee
November 23rd, 2010, 11:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2768

Re: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

That sounds like a full strategy. I have a close friend who is a bit useless at picking up on small things (so its no good asking her to proofread a polished draft) but she is good at big character and plot questions - she will tell me if something doesn't work or one of the characters she just does...
by sarahdee
November 23rd, 2010, 3:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing foreign dialogue....
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Writing foreign dialogue....

Thanks, I think my question is answered. I will write in English perhaps starting it with easy French (hello, enchanted to meet you - then I can refer to how her pronunciation gives away where she comes from) and then reverting back to English but noting they are speaking in French. Its not essentia...
by sarahdee
November 21st, 2010, 1:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNo-NowWhat?
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Re: NaNo-NowWhat?

I'm not going to end up hitting 50,000, but that wasn't my goal to begin with. At first it was really just an experimentation in writing in first person, something I have never done. But once I got started and the world sort of unraveled, a lot of got me excited. And as soon as I got excited about ...
by sarahdee
November 20th, 2010, 11:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing foreign dialogue....
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Writing foreign dialogue....

I have a scene in my whereby two of the characters will briefly speak in French. The conversation is not too complicated and will go on for around half a page max. Is it better to write in French and hope the readers understand by context or that I write in English but say they are speaking French e...
by sarahdee
November 2nd, 2010, 1:57 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 53
Views: 12526

Re: NaNoWriMo

751 words although I have around 10 pages of hastily scribbled research...
by sarahdee
October 30th, 2010, 5:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 53
Views: 12526

Re: NaNoWriMo

Me. And I have no outline. Just a vague character idea and a misty sort of plot. I'm gonna wing it and see what happens...
by sarahdee
October 28th, 2010, 1:21 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Querying UK Agents?
Replies: 14
Views: 17031

Re: Querying UK Agents?

Unless it says so otherwise I don't see any reason why not. Do read the authors pages well though as I found there were many that I could not query. They often want UK resident authors as they like the face to face time and I was ruled out as even though I am English and my story is set in England I...
by sarahdee
October 28th, 2010, 12:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Present Tense
Replies: 10
Views: 1843

Re: Present Tense

One of the last Margaret Atwood books I read (Robber Bride if memory serves although I don't have the book to hand) was in present tense and it worked very well. But then Margaret Atwood is a genius and I am sure If I tried to write in present tense I would sound like a primary school child. I think...
by sarahdee
October 23rd, 2010, 9:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Random Name Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 10024

Re: Random Name Generator

"Behind the Name" was the one I was thinking of but I've saved the others to my bookmarks as well!

Cheers everyone!
by sarahdee
October 22nd, 2010, 4:40 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Random Name Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 10024

Random Name Generator

I'm sure Nathan or someone posted a link to a really good one but I can't find it via these forums or google. All the ones that come up on google are SF/fantasy types and I just want some inspiration finding normal names...

Anyone have a clue what I am talking about? :)
by sarahdee
October 22nd, 2010, 4:33 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can you write anywhere?
Replies: 19
Views: 3112

Re: Can you write anywhere?

I write in the dive centre with customers and staff asking me questions all the time and cats trying to crawl up my back to sit on my shoulder.