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Post  ISN on Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:04 am

have written 1,000 words of my 'cyberpunk pastiche' - really enjoying writing it......it's awful....hehehe

Eddie - have you written something too - thought I read you were looking for a publisher before I disappeared....

was wondering if anyone had any tips on writing.....

I showed the first 300 words to a guy at work and he thought it was good

the next day I showed him the total 1,000 and he agreed with me that it was quite bad.....but I'm not setting expectations for myself as I am enjoying writing it and feel that it could be a tongue in cheek comical pastiche

apparently (as it says in my how to sci-fi writing book) omniscient narrators are not fashionable anymore.....

anyone got any thoughts?

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:29 am

Hi Cath

Only tip I have is to try to write in your own voice, but that advice would obviously be qualified by the genre.

I've been working on a kind of themed memoir of my time with London Underground, where the "Write in your own voice" advice is obviously appropriate. But Shakespeare put words into the mouths of Kings & Queens and he was neither (though he did perform at court, so was presumably familiar with Royal customs and protocols). So the advice is not really pertinent to a dramatist. Imagination/ Research works better there. And Shakespeare was, in any case, a notoriously "anonymous" writer: Tolstoy, for one, thought he had no 'voice'- no point of view- at all.

Different genres require different approaches.

It also helps to pause a bit after the first frenzy of creation and then review the work from a certain temporal distance. That's been more or less forced upon me by my shift pattern, and- more recently- by the demise of my computer.

Seeking an opinion is also useful.

That's it! Good luck!

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Post  ISN on Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:02 am

wow! that's great, Eddie......I'll have to digest that in the morn as it's 1am here and I'm off to bed......

you are the one that should be published.....

my little dalliance is really pathetic, but it's fun to write.....and I can't believe I've started writing something......so I'm pretty chuffed even though it's so bad.....

plus I've got my linguistics course coming up too if it pans out.....

better get to bed.....though......

am pretty pleased you've got some stuff down on paper - genius that you are......

thanks for the tips.....Smile


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Post  ISN on Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:09 am

this site is an alternative to normal publishing for authors, Eddie

http://unbound.co.uk/about

as featured on BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15588077?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter



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Post  eddie on Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:18 am

Cheers, Cath.

There are several options.

First, I've got to get the bloody thing finished.

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