Penworthy

Penworthy

13 years old
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Current W.I.P. has changed from a crawl to a trot. Hope to reach a canter soon. Galloping probably not a good idea. Aim to finish first draft by end of November.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Other
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    I favour Victorian novelists. They were the best.
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    "Persuasion", "Villette",
    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?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To get published.
    Your worst habit?
    Drinking too much coffee.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    Sitting room/bedroom
    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    I am an unpublished writer living in East Anglia. I'm never sure how to categorise my writing and have never understood what "write for your target market" means. My fiction is character-driven, in a variety of modern and old settings.

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    Penworthy
    Penworthy Current W.I.P. has changed from a crawl to a trot. Hope to reach a canter soon. Galloping probably not a good idea. Aim to finish first draft by end of November.
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    "Penworthy" commented on Dolly's Blog "A Load Of Old Tut!".
    You forgot poppycock, Dolly.
    3 days ago
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      bazbaron Oh, I've just replied to it. What I said was that it's a political ploy and parties of all colours subscribe to it, they won't be the first to commit to anything. Bit like an auction, have you ever been to one? If you want to get a bargain you wait for someone else to start the bidding. Hopefully if the price remains within your budget you make a bid, if it goes beyond your budget, you jump out of the bidding.
      5 days ago
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      Penworthy Thank you for referring me to this, Baz Baron. You're dead right, of course. They are terrified that, if we succeed in getting a good deal, or a deal at all, others will want the same. I'm still puzzled about the other thing, though
      5 days ago
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      Penworthy whoops - seem to have deleted my post!
      5 days ago
    • bazbaron
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      bazbaron Oh, I've just replied to it. What I said was that it's a political ploy and parties of all colours subscribe to it, they won't be the first to commit to anything. Bit like an auction, have you ever been to one? If you want to get a bargain you wait for someone else to start the bidding. Hopefully if the price remains within your budget you make a bid, if it goes beyond your budget, you jump out of the bidding.
      5 days ago
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      Penworthy Thank you for referring me to this, Baz Baron. You're dead right, of course. They are terrified that, if we succeed in getting a good deal, or a deal at all, others will want the same. I'm still puzzled about the other thing, though
      5 days ago
    • bazbaron
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      bazbaron It's a typical political ploy, parties of all colours use it. Don't be the first to commit to anything. Have you ever been to an auction? To get something at the price you want to pay you set your price and wait for others to bid first, if the price falls within your budget you bid, if it surpasses your bid you can jump out.
      5 days ago
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    bazbaron
    bazbaron commented on Penworthy's wall:
    We tend to stay away from political comment on here, Penwworthy, howeer, if you want my take on it go here: https://bazbaronblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/doinmeheadin/
    5 days ago
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    Penworthy commented on Penworthy's wall:
    I'm not sure how this wall thing works and politics may be unwelcome but I'm bursting to ask a question about the E. U.'s attitude to Brexit. Why do they want us to say how much we'll pay? If there's a legitimate charge why can't they tell us what ...
    5 days ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    An excellent blog, Richard. In that little matter of sticking to submission guidelines I've often wondered, if we could see the first submissions of successful authors, we would probably find that they had broken the guidelines but got published ...
    11 days ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    Thank you, Mike.
    11 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    If writing a popular book is your aim, then I would look at the light comedy genre. This can include detective fiction. I saw a film last week called 'Hampstead' and I glanced at the reviews afterwards. It is the sort of film, apparently, ...
    12 days ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on Squidge's Blog "Celebrity children's authors...".
    Yes, some celebities may have writing talent but you have to remember that they are ASKED to write their books because the publisher wants guaranteed sales. They don't have to go through the same trials and tribulations of submission as the rest of ...
    12 days ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    These further comments are welcome. I've already started to improve my reading habits with Joanna Trollope's "City of Friends", since she's a very popular writer. The book is possibly a far cry from Ishiguro (although, never having read him, i ...
    12 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    Dear Penworthy, But what of Ishiguru? The most imaginative story I read about a private detective was written by Ishiguru and he has just won the Nobel prize for literature. The novel is called 'When we were orphans' I ...
    13 days ago
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    Philippa
    "Philippa" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    I agree. I think there's a spectrum. If you want to write a "best-seller", you sort of have to write to order. A 'best-seller' crime novel needs to have this kind of style, these kind of characters, these many twists. Standardised for the masses? At ...
    15 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    I had 'not commercial enough' thrown my way for years. I was told my novels were well written, good plots etc, but they couldn't sell them because they wouldn't stand out. Having now published two novels after even more editing, I can say that the ...
    15 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    @Penworthy - I'm with you on this. If I ever manage to finish any fiction, to a standard that I'm pleased with, I know I'll have written it to be something that I'd enjoy reading, and not something that I think some imagined other person would ...
    15 days ago

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  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 5 days ago
    We tend to stay away from political comment on here, Penwworthy, howeer, if you want my take on it go here: https://bazbaronblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/doinmeheadin/
  • Penworthy
    by Penworthy 5 days ago
    I'm not sure how this wall thing works and politics may be unwelcome but I'm bursting to ask a question about the E. U.'s attitude to Brexit. Why do they want us to say how much we'll pay? If there's a legitimate charge why can't they tell us what it is, exactly what it covers, and the period it spans? As it is, it seems like a bribe. "Slip us a few quid and you can have it."