Colin

Colin

59 years old
Male
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Bude
United Kingdom
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Hi all, would just like a general thought on how much dialogue to use in a novel. Just had someone look at my manuscript (a person who owns a local bookshop) and whilst he loved the plot, characters and the pace pace of the book, he did say that from abo
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    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)?
    Ian Rankin/Stephen Leather/Peter Robinson
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Lord of the Rings, Shadow of the Wind, One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nobody's brother and many others i cant recall at the moment.
    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?
    Lets write and see what happens! Geting at least one novel published would be a major acheivement.
    Your worst habit?
    Putting things off.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    Brand new to it but it will probably be at my dinning room table, or in bed!
    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?
    Now live on the beautiful North Cornish coast but origionally from the Black Country, too busy most of the time to enjoy it!!! But when i can i love to walk the coast path. Have started Cornish Pilate Gig racing.....Its OARSOME!!!!

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    stephenterry
    "stephenterry" commented on Colin's Blog "Giving up football".
    My Old Boys team chose to wear the same colours, as Wolves was a top team in the 50's and in 1953/4 they won the league.
    2 months ago
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on Colin's Blog "Giving up football".
    Ah, Billy Wright, Ron Flowers - they had some great names a few years (decades) ago.
    2 months ago
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    poggle
    "poggle" commented on Colin's Blog "Giving up football".
    Woof-woof! Do they still wear black and gold? Any team that does deserves success. I suppose they wear all sorts now, though. I don't follow football but as a child I used to support 'the Baggies' because my Dad did. Keep on rocking on the terraces ...
    2 months ago
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    Colin
    Colin wrote a new blog: "Giving up football".
    Five years ago I wrote my very first, and ashamedly my only blog to date. The title was giving up football and that was what I intended to do. To stop following the team I had supported since my father had taken me to watch as a five year old. One ...
    2 months ago
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    Colin
    Colin Hi all, would just like a general thought on how much dialogue to use in a novel. Just had someone look at my manuscript (a person who owns a local bookshop) and whilst he loved the plot, characters and the pace pace of the book, he did say that from about halfway in. He got the feel it was more like a screenplay than a novel. Dialogue is one of my strengths as I was told on the courses I did with The writers workshop. I suppose it's about getting the right balance. Just wondered how other writers felt. Cheers in advance.
    1 year ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra I use dialogue as a starting point but then make a second pass so as to make sure the reader is grounded, i.e. have them eating, drinking, scratching or observing what's around them. Things that would be happening even if you were writing a screenplay. Did take a bit of practice.
      1 year ago
    • Colin
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      Colin Yeah thanks, they are all doing things and the scene is set when they are talking.
      1 year ago
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    Colin
    "Colin" commented on AlanP's Blog "He Must Have Liked his Soup".
    P.S. There is a cracking book covering the plight of the nailmakers of the early 18th Century. It's called a capful o nails and its by somebody called something O'Cristie... or something like that.. Great read.
    2 years ago
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    Colin
    "Colin" commented on AlanP's Blog "He Must Have Liked his Soup".
    lovely piece. I was born and brought up in the Black Country, Coseley. Having strayed across the border into Tipton through Princes end I know first hand how those Tipton boys can be. Result a night in the Dudley Guest hospital after having a ...
    2 years ago
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    Colin
    Colin just downloaded Scrivener on trial anyone using it? What are your thoughts?
    2 years ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Need to use it as suits you, But check out Emma Darwin's excellet blog: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/2013/06/why-im-a-convert-to-writing-with-scrivener.html
      2 years ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra For myself, I write in Word, but use differently-coloured characters in Scrivener to move scenes around. Not, IMHO the Holy Grail but others would disagree..
      2 years ago
    • Colin
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      Colin Thanks I'll have a look.
      2 years ago
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    Colin
    Colin Does anyone have any experience with writing software such as write now 4? I am just starting a novel and would like to know if something like this is a help or a hinderence. I am not all that techie!!! Colin.
    3 years ago
    • Stephen Mark
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      Stephen Mark Hi Colin. The writing software most often recommended here is Scrivener - it isn't the easiest, but it consistently gets the best reviews. Good luck!
      3 years ago
    • Colin
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      Colin Thanks
      3 years ago
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    Colin
    Colin Need more time to write !!!
    4 years ago
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    • Colin
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      Colin Thanks for the suggestions, I have tried most of them and as we speak I am introducing the index finger of my left hand to the keyboard !!! but this goddam earning a living is getting in the way of my artistic flow!!!
      4 years ago
    • stephen mark
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      stephen mark Don't sleep. Such a waste of a valuable resource.
      4 years ago
    • Platax
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      Platax use both hands
      4 years ago
    • stephen mark
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      stephen mark Is that two pens, Platty - or, and I hesitate to ask, two handed, ten fingered typing... *gulp*
      4 years ago
    • Platax
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      Platax Lol. No. OK. @Colin. Use smaller handwriting.
      4 years ago
    • stephen mark
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      stephen mark And that is your solution, Platty? use smaller handwriting? I think my suggestion of not sleeping is far superior. Then Colin can use his normal-sized handwriting. Simple, eek!
      4 years ago
    • Platax
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      Platax goddamit I see it now. Colin - throw a sicky.
      4 years ago
    • Colin
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      Colin Thanks for the suggestions, I have tried most of them and as we speak I am introducing the index finger of my left hand to the keyboard !!! but this goddam earning a living is getting in the way of my artistic flow!!!
      4 years ago

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