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by ladymarella
May 1st, 2012, 3:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you compose in your mind?
Replies: 11
Views: 1901

Re: Do you compose in your mind?

Yes, all the time. I always know where the story is going, even if it's not outlined formally, and I find if I haven't already composed the scene in my mind, I have trouble putting it all down on paper and making it flow.
by ladymarella
April 8th, 2012, 2:51 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novels With Multiple Plot Lines
Replies: 22
Views: 4659

Re: Novels With Multiple Plot Lines

Thanks Claudie!!!!!!
With the books you recommended which one do you think is better if I could only have one? I looked them both up on Book Depository, and they're both almost the same price at the moment
by ladymarella
April 5th, 2012, 4:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novels With Multiple Plot Lines
Replies: 22
Views: 4659

Re: Novels With Multiple Plot Lines

I'm bumping this thread up a very long way, but i just wanted to tell you all that I have just finished outlining my novel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to all you lovely people who pitched in with advice and ideas, otherwise i think I never would have gotten it done. i did the last third tonight, as I was ...
by ladymarella
March 8th, 2012, 8:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Showing vs. Telling
Replies: 11
Views: 1688

Re: Showing vs. Telling

Something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I just finished reading 'The Potato Factory' by Bryce Courtenay. Good story and all, but it didn't take long until i got utterly frustrated by his writing style. So much was just told, in narrative form, no action, I felt annoyed, wanted more characte...
by ladymarella
February 28th, 2012, 4:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?
Replies: 41
Views: 11502

Re: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?

My favourite is Marianne. i like to think she's a lot like me, or what i would be like if i was in her situation. She is the thirty-four year old unmarried daughter of the squire's family in early nineteenth century England. she feels an outcast from the rest of her family, and has an unspoken battl...
by ladymarella
February 20th, 2012, 3:49 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Time to start a blog?
Replies: 12
Views: 5817

Re: Time to start a blog?

Thanks Sommer!!! Some really good stuff to think about there. I really do think it is something I want to do, just wondering about taking the plunge. I'll sit on the idea for a week or so, make a list of topics and the such, see if the whole idea is viable, because I do think it would be a lot of fu...
by ladymarella
February 20th, 2012, 12:45 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Time to start a blog?
Replies: 12
Views: 5817

Re: Time to start a blog?

Good questions Quill. I have been thinking about blogging for a while and it IS something I want to do. I'm just afraid of jumping into it a little prematurely. The networking vs. promotion thing is interesting. I guess I'd be wanting to do a bit of both. And, what to blog about: probably a mixture ...
by ladymarella
February 19th, 2012, 7:21 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Time to start a blog?
Replies: 12
Views: 5817

Time to start a blog?

So, when is the best time to start a blog??????????????????????????????? I am almost finished the first draft of my first novel; I am also trying to do some freelance article work and thinking of starting to enter some short story competition. Seeming I have now finished high school, now seems to be...
by ladymarella
February 19th, 2012, 6:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)
Replies: 54
Views: 13834

Re: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)

I think I overuse the phrase 'Of course' I just posted in the' what we do well;' thread, interior monologue, but sometimes I wonder if that could be a weakness as well. I guess a lot of it depends on the reader, and how much monologue they like, compared to dialogue, and I do try and do an even mix ...
by ladymarella
February 19th, 2012, 6:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What do you do well?
Replies: 28
Views: 3888

Re: What do you do well?

I like to think I do internal monologue well. I like trying to get inside character's heads and seeing how they think about a situation. I also do pretty good narrative summaries at the beginning of some scenes. And I hope I am getting better at using commas; my high school English teacher also lame...
by ladymarella
February 19th, 2012, 4:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When someone inspires a character
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: When someone inspires a character

I imagine it depends. I am comfortable telling my best friends that they have found their way into my novel in various forms, and they like that, but telling the guy I once liked that he was the inspiration behind much of a romance subplot i think is out of the question. i think the main problem wit...
by ladymarella
February 19th, 2012, 4:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Condensing Your Pitch
Replies: 18
Views: 2354

Re: Condensing Your Pitch

Good to know it's a universal problem! i don't have as much problem with the stigma thing. All of my friends are either writers/ artists/ musicians/ actors to some degree, except the honorary engineer. But it is still awkward, because the novel is really complicated, and saying it's about "stuff" ju...
by ladymarella
February 18th, 2012, 3:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Condensing Your Pitch
Replies: 18
Views: 2354

Condensing Your Pitch

The scene: it is after church last week and there is a conversation going involving, me, my best friend and another guy. This guy has recently discovered that I am writing a novel. I don't keep this as a dark secret, and really don't care who know. Then I get asked the dreaded question: so, what's i...
by ladymarella
February 11th, 2012, 2:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Best Advice to a New Writer
Replies: 28
Views: 6727

Re: Your Best Advice to a New Writer

Probably the best piece of writing advice I have gotten is 'Write a crappy first draft'. Your first draft does not have to be perfect, and it's better to gt words down on paper. Secondly, the write what you know thing. I have a love-hate relationship with this one. Writing just what i know would be ...
by ladymarella
January 6th, 2012, 4:01 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA vs. Adult
Replies: 9
Views: 2072

Re: YA vs. Adult

I never went through a YA stage.
I went from an Enid Blyton phase aged 11 to a Jane Austen phase aged 12, and then promptly discovered the Brontes. Actually, I remember rereading Pride and Prejudice at aged 11, and rereading Wuthering Heights aged 12. I've always been a bit strange.