MikeL

MikeL

52 years old
Male
Location
Norwich
United Kingdom
Current Status
Hope everyone is progressing nicely with their writing endeavours. My third edit went quick. I noticed that my word of choice was 'but'. 564 of them in 65K words. Got 'em down to 184, whew! Then not wishing to second guess myself I sent my MS off for a p
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Thriller
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fantasy
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    J.R.R. Tolkien; Stephen King; Michael Moorcock; Terry Pratchett; Julian May; Piers Anthony
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Lord of the Rings; Dark Tower Series; Eternal Champion Series;
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Tell my story, but learn my ambition along the way.
    Your worst habit?
    Easily side-tracked.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    Mostly when away from home.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    American; retired US Navy; work offshore; live in Norfolk England; excited about finally finding my grove.

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    MikeL
    MikeL Hope everyone is progressing nicely with their writing endeavours. My third edit went quick. I noticed that my word of choice was 'but'. 564 of them in 65K words. Got 'em down to 184, whew! Then not wishing to second guess myself I sent my MS off for a professional editorial assessment. Can't wait. Plus have a few friends and family giving it a proofread. Wish me luck
    1 year ago
    • Vox Populi
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      Vox Populi That's great, Mike. The professional editorial assessment will provide excellent feedback. Keep going.
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    MikeL Argh! On my second edit of my MS and just when I think I have too many commas I end up adding ten more. I am going 'Komma-kaze!' or comma-crazy!
    1 year ago
    • BP
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      BP Make yourself a mug of Chocolate Tea. And ease off the commas, love. Or friend-up with FergC. He loves commas.
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    MikeL I have amazed myself. Why did I not not try to write earlier? What was I waiting on? I guess when the time is right it is right.
    1 year ago
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    MikeL
    MikeL I have amazed myself. Why did I not not try to write earlier? What was I waiting on? I guess when the time is right it is right.
    1 year ago
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    MikeL
    MikeL I finished my book, with an unexpected ending. I have done one round of editing and need to examine the time line. It only covers one week but some seems out of sync. Writing was very the easy bit, now comes the hard part. Any advice?
    1 year ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Hi Mike - lots of good advice on Emma Darwin's blog http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/2010/12/my-ten-tools-not-rules-of-writing.html
      1 year ago
    • MikeL
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      MikeL Thanks, Scheherazade. I will have a look.
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    MikeL Waiting for flight and found Catcher in the Rye in the book shop. Been wanting to read it for years.
    1 year ago
    • Amarantha
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      Amarantha Wow! Happy travelling, MikeL
      1 year ago
    • MikeL
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      MikeL Thanks. I work off shore. I do most of my reading and now writing after work. Very few distractions.
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    Mike Just started serious on a plot which exploded in my head in 1989. I have never been interested in whether I got published until I found out I may be looking down the barrel of redundancy, again. I always had planned serious writing at retirement. But I could not get started. After reading Stephen King's On Writing again he says he never knows where the story is heading. He let's his characters take him on the journey. So I just sat down and started. This is not the story is had planned. It's better. I don't know where I am going but I am enjoying the ride. Has anyone else had this happen. It's bliss.
    1 year ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade I wish! Glad you're enjoying the journey Mike, and best of luck with the book
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    Mike Is 32,700 words in 14 days good? And they make sentences too :-)
    1 year ago
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    • MikeL
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      MikeL Thanks, not sure how things worked on this site. I posted a few page on the Forum: Critiques - General
      1 year ago
    • Old Fat Prop
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      Old Fat Prop very good
      1 year ago
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      Old Fat Prop post a few paragraphs in crit
      1 year ago
    • MikeL
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      MikeL Thanks, not sure how things worked on this site. I posted a few page on the Forum: Critiques - General
      1 year ago
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    MikeL
    Mike 26,818 words and counting!
    1 year ago
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    Mike joined The Word Cloud
    1 year ago

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