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by Louise Curtis
November 21st, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNo-NowWhat?
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Re: NaNo-NowWhat?

I successfully wrote a NaNo novel last year (not my first time - if anything, the books I've written for NaNo are better than the others), and I've waited a few months (so I have fresh eyes) and edited and waited and edited again several times, then used a friend (I never waste a beta reader on a fi...
by Louise Curtis
November 11th, 2010, 5:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does anyone ever lose that spark?
Replies: 41
Views: 9514

Re: Does anyone ever lose that spark?

Losing the spark is part of the process. I generally push through. Also, you can liven things up by introducing a new character, killing someone close to your hero (especially if they're a source of strength), giving them a new subplot to work towards, giving them awful bad luck, or even just making...
by Louise Curtis
November 4th, 2010, 5:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novellas
Replies: 23
Views: 2837

Re: Novellas

I have an idea for a story that I'm in love with. It's not complex enough to be novel-length, but maybe too long for a short story. I've been afraid to write a novella, thinking it would be pointless. Maybe I shouldn't be. It's not pointless :) But it's also even harder to market than a full-length...
by Louise Curtis
November 3rd, 2010, 5:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novellas
Replies: 23
Views: 2837

Re: Novellas

35,000 is a great length for middle school kids, but that probably doesn't help you. One thing it is good for is audio books. I sold a 20,000 word novella to Vision Australia (that is, the Royal Blind Society), having approached them out of the blue on the basis that they'd provide audio books to pe...
by Louise Curtis
November 2nd, 2010, 5:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can You Have Alternating Third Person/First Person?
Replies: 24
Views: 3962

Re: Can You Have Alternating Third Person/First Person?

PS - and your first person sections should be from the perspective of your main character, because why would you visit the internal thoughts of anyone else?
by Louise Curtis
November 2nd, 2010, 5:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can You Have Alternating Third Person/First Person?
Replies: 24
Views: 3962

Re: Can You Have Alternating Third Person/First Person?

Having your story happen from two points of view is always difficult for a reader. If at all possible, don't do it - because it means you effectively have to get them hooked into two books, instead of one (and re-hook them over and over again - either that, or they'll simply skip every second sectio...
by Louise Curtis
October 26th, 2010, 6:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How to know you're not a writer?
Replies: 56
Views: 8418

Re: How to know you're not a writer?

Please don't kill me for this. . . The writing life sucks. It does. If you can do anything else, DO IT. I imagine that expressing yourself in words is a skill for you (especially since you mentioned "a year's work" - that's more writing than most people ever do). There are loads of real, paid, appre...
by Louise Curtis
October 26th, 2010, 6:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Present Tense
Replies: 10
Views: 1840

Re: Present Tense

I teach writing sometimes, so excuse the lecturish tone. Present tense is (for most people) easy to write and hard to read. Primary schoolers seem to embrace it, but everyone else would prefer people just wrote in past tense (with a few notable style exceptions - which I don't recommend emulating, b...
by Louise Curtis
October 24th, 2010, 5:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

Re: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.

John Dillon wrote:Louise's answer was better than mine, so I defer to her.
Hey cool! I'd forgotten I'd commented on this thread, and reopened it because I'm curious. Now, of course, I wish I could remember what you said.
by Louise Curtis
October 18th, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: It gets me every single time!
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: It gets me every single time!

When I do this, it's usually from Lord of the Rings. . . always makes me laugh (then pause, then wonder what else I've plagiarised along the way).
by Louise Curtis
October 17th, 2010, 6:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How often do you read your manuscript?
Replies: 22
Views: 6676

Re: How often do you read your manuscript?

I don't read the first draft until it's done. Then I edit it once or twice. Then I wait at least two months, and edit again. Then I repeat the wait-then-edit until the first reading after a wait shows me it's good. Then I edit some more, and submit it somewhere. After that, I edit once a year or onc...
by Louise Curtis
October 15th, 2010, 5:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

Re: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.

It sounds like a bad idea to me, simply because some readers like hero books and some readers like anti-hero books. However, if you sucessfully sell the first few books then you get more leeway (for example, in YA marriage is a no-no, but by the third "Twilight" book Stephanie Meyer had enough cred ...
by Louise Curtis
October 7th, 2010, 6:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Past Tense & Present Tense Blunders
Replies: 15
Views: 19958

Re: Past Tense & Present Tense Blunders

I strongly recommend past tense, unless you're writing for children (the rest of us generally find present tense annoying). If you want to discover for yourself the "correct" (ie sellable) way, go to a bookshop and take out ten of the strong sellers (published this year - classics sometimes sell onl...
by Louise Curtis
October 4th, 2010, 6:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Three Things You Need to Begin a Novel
Replies: 0
Views: 627

Three Things You Need to Begin a Novel

Some people believe you should write an outline of every scene before you begin. Others believe you should flow with the tale “as it happens”. I think that plot is important enough to deserve conscious thought – but I also believe that a lot can be fixed by editing. And if you’re writing your first ...
by Louise Curtis
October 2nd, 2010, 10:46 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis: "The Princess and the Pirate" (9-14 year olds)
Replies: 8
Views: 2835

Synopsis: "The Princess and the Pirate" (9-14 year olds)

Synopsis of "The Princess and the Pirate" A 30,000 adventure fantasy book for ages 9-14. ANA is a princess, and her grandmother SOL is a vicious pirate. Their worlds collide when the mysterious RANSOM sends Ana to find Sol and bring her home. He says Ana’s mum needs Sol’s help – but advises Ana not ...