Trudi

Trudi

Female
Location
Christchurch
New Zealand
Current Status
That's that then.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Other non-fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Suskind,Michel Faber,Elizabeth George, Donna Tartt, AS Byatt, McCall-Smith
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Perfume, Crimson Petal & the White, The Secret History, Crippen, Gone Girl, Room, Ladies Detective Agency 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?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To write full time and sell the movie rights to Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. (Lord of the Rings/The Lovely Bones etc). To write the screenplay/s.
    Your worst habit?
    Working for a living instead of writing for a living.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    In my writing chair or anywhere at all.
    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?
    I work in the UK in universities and live in New Zealand. It's a long commute. I'm worried that everyone else on this course will be asleep when I am awake.

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    Trudi
    Trudi That's that then.
    2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi That's that then.
    2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Anyone else set up a profile on Jericho Writers? I did, but have no friends. *pouts, hopes for sympathy, or friends.
    2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Hi Trudi, I'm not sure how many people are paying into Jericho from here. Hope you find some friends there!
      2 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi thank you. *sniff
      2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi I can do this.
    2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Looking forward to a bit of slash & burn.
    3 months ago
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    • Trudi
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      Trudi Ah, thanks all. Didn't know it was called that, or that 3 was a set number, but it certainly feels right...
      2 months ago
    • TheWeyMan
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      TheWeyMan Is this an editing euphemism?
      2 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Yep. No actual fires should be necessary.
      2 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Don't forget a bit of tend and nurture is also important. :-)
      2 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi *strokes manuscript. There there it won't hurt a bit... Oh Debi - while you're there, what's the ellipse thing about?
      2 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Ellipsis - plural ellipses. Three dots to denote tailing off, as opposed to a hyphen to show interruption. Mentioned in Emma's punctuation guide.
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine I love ellipses. They are beautiful and my friends.
      2 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Some of my best friends are ellipses ...
      2 months ago
    • TheWeyMan
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      TheWeyMan I like them too much... Oh no, it's happening again...
      2 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Ah, thanks all. Didn't know it was called that, or that 3 was a set number, but it certainly feels right...
      2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Looking forward to a bit of slash & burn.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Week 6. Freedom!
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Week 5. Rules.
    3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi ... are meant to be broken. :-)
      3 months ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB ... but you have to know them first.
      3 months ago
    • Tony
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      Tony Ha. That's the difference between a great writer and a novice - they both break the rules but one doesn't know they're doing it.
      3 months ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty I have a metric one, an imperial one and a combined version. Never know when you'll need a rule.
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Sometimes it takes a novice to break new ground, unfettered by rules and conventions. So much writing reads like a formula and you know what's coming on the next page.
      3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Can't argue with that. See above: made to be broken. :-)
      3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Week 5. Rules.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Week 4 of the Self Edit course was a doozie.
    3 months ago
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    • Debi
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      Debi UK uses single ' and US uses double ". Not sure about Oz and NZ. No, doesn't really matter as long as you're consistent.
      2 months ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade is that good or bad?!
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi DEFINITELY BOTH!
      3 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Let me guess... psychic distance? Yep. And I still can’t get a decent PD1 in 1st person.
      3 months ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Not sure that anyone can. seems to me that the concepts of PD1 and first person are mutually exclusive.
      3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi *panto style* Oh no, they're not! It's when the narrator's role is dominating the prose, innit.
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Yes, I get that! And I'll bet you have a feather in your cap as you dance about.
      3 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD If the first-person narrator is being totally narrator-y, then there might not be an "I" in that sentence. But that doesn't mean it's not in first person, any more than it would be if I said "The news is cheerful today."
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi my head hurts
      3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi *applies soothing compress*
      3 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Yeah, see that compress? Didn’t work for me either ;-)
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Ahhh, that's better. Pass the wine.
      3 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Massage, Sea? Whale song? Scented candles? Still not working?
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi LOL- very funny! Yes tried all three, but it was the blustery seaside walk that did the trick!
      3 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen I’m thinking a combination - maybe whale song and wine. Or gin.
      3 months ago
    • Trudi
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      Trudi Whats the verdict on speech marks. Is this a choice? It seems to vary between books. "blahblah" as opposed to ' and more blah'. My whole MS has the latter. Does it matter? God, now I want to finish the rhyming couplet, but I'll resist.
      2 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi UK uses single ' and US uses double ". Not sure about Oz and NZ. No, doesn't really matter as long as you're consistent.
      2 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Week 4 of the Self Edit course was a doozie.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Feijoas falling on the ground and a few red leaves on the cherry tree and Autumn's here.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Feijoas falling on the ground and a few red leaves on the cherry tree and Autumn's here.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Shuffling post-it notes.
    3 months ago
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    Trudi
    Trudi Painting the kitchen and thinking, trying not to edit.
    3 months ago

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  • Trudi
    by Trudi 3 months ago
    Late on Sunday night and I think i just lost my entire response. GLOOM.