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by Louise Curtis
December 14th, 2010, 9:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: All that paper...
Replies: 30
Views: 4200

Re: All that paper...

I do print hard copy backups of all my books once a year (double sided, in tiny print - the important thing is that it's THERE). Then I keep them at someone else's house. I also back up whatever I'm working on in my own email account at least once a day. Scariest movie ever: "Little Women". Because ...
by Louise Curtis
December 13th, 2010, 5:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: All that paper...
Replies: 30
Views: 4200

Re: All that paper...

I went to a writing conference lately where an editor from Text Publishing Australia (a small but well-known publisher, with a staff of twenty) said that once a book is accepted, it is edited - entirely on paper. He refuses to work on screen. I do think I see more on paper, but it means I need to ma...
by Louise Curtis
December 12th, 2010, 11:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Conflicts and tension scenarios in novels
Replies: 20
Views: 2391

Re: Conflicts and tension scenarios in novels

*hoping no-one said this, since I didn't read everything* even 7-year olds have wants. Is she jealous of a prettier girl at school? Is there a boy who pulls her hair that she can kick in the. . . leg? what does does she REALLY REALLY need for xmas/her birthday? people in a utopia are still people - ...
by Louise Curtis
December 12th, 2010, 5:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Editing Tricks
Replies: 19
Views: 16379

Re: Your Editing Tricks

My editing philosophy is "it's never done". A part of me loves it when a publisher takes absolutely ages to reply (a big publisher has had one of my books for over a year and a half. . . but who's counting?), because when* they reject it, it's like a present that I get to dive into editing. . . espe...
by Louise Curtis
December 10th, 2010, 5:37 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What's Your Ultimate Writing Dream?
Replies: 30
Views: 7543

Re: What's Your Ultimate Writing Dream?

Wow, this is interesting, how most of us so far are emphasizing our ideal writing lifestyle over fame. I'm sure none of us would turn down money and recognition and having our books in store windows, but yeah. Fame and the ability to choose our writing lifestyle go together. If no-one knows my name...
by Louise Curtis
December 9th, 2010, 4:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do You Narrate Your Life?
Replies: 9
Views: 1643

Re: Do You Narrate Your Life?

All the time, yes.

Luckily, most of it then wanders off into the blog. Even before social media, blogging, etc, I would write letters throughout a day, describing exactly what was happening.

So evidently I am to blame for the "what I had for dinner today" facebook update thing.
by Louise Curtis
December 7th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Incredible Shrinking Novel (aka, What NaNo Taught Me)
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Novel (aka, What NaNo Taught Me)

Bizarrely, my nano novels get longer with editing. I realise I haven't given any kind of sensory data, and every conversation and action is happening in a vacuum. Even after deleting a lot, adding in description makes things longer. I did NaNo last year, and decided (since I'd been told I needed mor...
by Louise Curtis
December 5th, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Building a Platform
Replies: 6
Views: 2030

Re: Building a Platform

Thanks for checking out the website. I will add some links to the main page. I like the Papyrus font, but have had one other person complain that it's difficult to read. Do you have any suggestions for a name for the Blog? I've talked to a few people about platform stuff, and one should always use ...
by Louise Curtis
December 2nd, 2010, 5:13 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Islam
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Islam

[quote="Steppe"](Cool Pirate tales..) You have an interesting blog with a lot of fun stuff to read. I think if Buddha, Jesus or Mohamed were walking the earth right now they would either be laying low or putting themselves at great risk in such a contentious world. Well, Jesus had a pretty tough yea...
by Louise Curtis
December 1st, 2010, 6:42 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Islam
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Islam

Margo - thanks. Robin - sorry. That was mostly a way to make the link relevent writing-wise. But I do think it's true. The obsession with forbidding a mosque "near" Ground Zero shows that a lot of Westerners don't understand that Islam is a peaceful religion. When you have two characters who believe...
by Louise Curtis
November 30th, 2010, 6:41 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Islam
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Islam

Having a Muslim character instantly creates tension, so this may be helpful. Islam is an obsession of mine, so I wish I could make everyone in the Western world read this article.

https://twittertales.wordpress.com/2010 ... headshawl/
by Louise Curtis
November 29th, 2010, 5:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7493

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

The million words and/or ten thousand hours is a nice way to say (a) success takes time and work, and (b) progress is [probably] happening, even if it doesn't seem like it. I've written twelve books - 20,000, 200,000, 50,000, 120,000, 50,000, 50,000, 40,000, 30,000, 30,000, 60,000, 10,000. 60,000. T...
by Louise Curtis
November 26th, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2768

Re: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

I heard a surprisingly brilliant talk at a con recently. Rebecca Johnson said she doesn't have her readers actually read an early draft - because everyone knows that once a story is written down, it's hard to change (so they're too merciful, even when they don't mean to be). Instead she tells her st...
by Louise Curtis
November 24th, 2010, 4:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creator or Channel of Creation
Replies: 64
Views: 14860

Re: Creator or Channel of Creation

I'm definitely a creator, and I think a lot of people that talk like channels are conscious of what they're doing too (in the sense that they plan tension, description, etc - instinct can only take us so far). I also struggle to do bad things to my characters, but I'm getting over it. I'm Australian...
by Louise Curtis
November 22nd, 2010, 6:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing foreign dialogue....
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Writing foreign dialogue....

I hate hate hate authors assuming it's okay to speak another language at me - they're leaving me out of the conversation. (For the record, I speak Indonesian fluently, plus some Mandarin, Pidgeon English, French, Arabic, and German). I'm gonna go look up how I've handled it myself - here's an exampl...