Squidge

Squidge

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So...the Booker Prize winner had something like 160 voices in his novel. 160! Talk about you have to know the rules to break the rules...how the heck did he manage all of them?
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fiction for children
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Short fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Terry Pratchett
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Discworld, Peepo, Little House on the Prairie, Katherine, Life of Pi,
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    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?
    To get reluctant readers reading!
    Your worst habit?
    Saying 'yes' too often
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    At 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?
    Love cold chicken and liquorice...not necessarily at the same time. Prefer sunshine to snow.

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    Squidge
    Squidge So...the Booker Prize winner had something like 160 voices in his novel. 160! Talk about you have to know the rules to break the rules...how the heck did he manage all of them?
    1 day ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie It's an interesting book. I'm picking it up from time to time, but it's hard going.
      1 day ago
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    Squidge
    Squidge is mightily relieved to have gotten to the end of the umpteenth rewrite of Rurik-which-is-now-Reeka. Editing/rewriting something written about weight years ago is flippin' hard work - but it's done now.
    2 days ago
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    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I'd be interested to hear how you managed it. I have a 10yo novel too, that won't leave me alone. I've tried to re-write in the past and failed miserably.
      1 day ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Congratulations!
      2 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Well done, Squidge. Time for a treat!
      2 days ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Well done. That is a feat. Go celebrate!
      1 day ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I'd be interested to hear how you managed it. I have a 10yo novel too, that won't leave me alone. I've tried to re-write in the past and failed miserably.
      1 day ago
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    Squidge
    Squidge commented on Alex's wall:
    Hadn't realised how close you are to me...I'm in Leicestershire
    3 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on mike's Blog "Am I entering a blind alley?".
    My granny went progessively blind over the years. She certainly could remember things - used to be in a partially sighted and blind theatre group, and I remember helping her to learn her lines! But I'm not sure she had a better memory than anyone ...
    3 days ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Perfectly. What great source of conflict! Watching it going on around her and despising it for being false and then wondering if there might be some truth in it.
    8 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    I don't think she wants to BE believed...she wants to believe in something that has crushed her belief in it. Does that make sense?
    8 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    She wants to be believed. Is that it?
    8 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Philipa - is it? ;) And Whisks..I know. I'd much rather be sorting something else out than my own problems! ;)
    9 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Excellent news! Glad it helped. Now to wrestle with my own theme. Other people's problems are so much easier to solve :)
    9 days ago
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    Philippa
    "Philippa" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    So you mean your theme is about "validation", Squidge? ;)
    9 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Thanks, all - there are some really helpful suggestions in here. What Whisks said about it linking into the theme resonated... I think that's actually what I was searching for. This morning, I woke up and realised that the theme is something close ...
    9 days ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Hi Squidge. Interesting post and brilliant comments. I think when you know what your character needs over all and what she wants both overall and specifically in each scene, it infuses the writing and brings it to life - much like Philippa says. ...
    9 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Great post from Phllippa. I don't know your book and so I can't make concrete suggestions, but in the context of what little WB says about it her suggestion makes sense. As do Whisks' comments. As a general point, motivation doesn't necessarily ...
    9 days ago
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    Philippa
    "Philippa" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    Hi Squidge, I totally feel your pain. My teenage MC had (has?) a very similar problem. Firstly, she was often an onlooker to the action, rather than the prime mover, and secondly, I realised I didn't know what was fundamentally driving her. Her ...
    9 days ago
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    Woolleybeans
    "Woolleybeans" commented on Squidge's Blog "No motivation! ".
    I am behind on reading your Reeka draft, but from the opening chapter, I'd expect her to 'want' to find a way to become an active agent of her own life. She is propelled into leaving against her wishes and is worried about leaving her mum in the ...
    9 days ago

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5 foot nothing, silver hair (I refuse to be grey). Have a bit of a thing for fancy dress...
Married, two kids, part-time learning support assistant at a local primary school. Ex-microbiologist and trainer in pharmaceutical manufacture. Have also worked as a butchery assistant, sales assistant, and egg pickler. (Still can't stand salt and vinegar crisps as a result of that one...)


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  • J.net
    by J.net 4 months ago
    Excellent comp entry, Squidge. Fresh and so believable.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 4 months ago
    Bloody hell Squidge - your comp entry has nailed it good and proper.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Happy birthday, Squidge. Hope you have a truly wonderful day.
  • Hil
    by Hil 4 months ago
    I hear it's your birthday! Have a good one! xxx
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Hi Squidge. Thanks for your comment.
  • Kate
    by Kate 4 months ago
    Just got a copy of Starmark to read to my kids - had to smile when I opened the front page and it said 'For Debi.....' Don't we all owe her a lot. Looking forward to reading.
  • Barny
    by Barny 5 months ago
    PM for you
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 7 months ago
    'Good' that I can't show off my tan? Ha! ;)
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 7 months ago
    Thank you, yes to both. I have the most glorious tan, but it's too cold to show it off!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 9 months ago
    Dahl did quite a few collections of short stories - he was a bit of a master of the 'sting in the tail'