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Offline Jenny

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I'm new to all this
« on: February 13, 2006, 09:19:20 AM »
Dear All

I've only just started writing my book after years of folk telling me I must. Did anyone else feel a tad daunted when putting pen to  virgin paper.

Any tips on anything would be most welcome.... has anybody hand written a novel or is the computer the way forward?

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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 09:34:25 AM »
Hi Jenny

I'm no expert on all this, being a relative newbie myself. I took some time off work last year to have a bash at my novel and have to admit it was very daunting at first. I used the computer mainly because I can type faster than I write and my handwriting is largely illegible at best!

One thing I found useful was to set myself a target of the amount of words I wanted to get done in a day - typically 7,000 for an uninterrupted 7 hour day. It was a great way to get myself motivated and beat the dreaded procrastination and I had a great feeling of achievement every day when I reached my target - and also after a month when I suddenly realised I already had a novel-length (not quality though..   :'( )piece of work. The end result after the 2 months still needs a LOT of reworking/editing and so on, but hey it's all part of the learning process, innit?!
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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 10:18:29 AM »

Cheers Pete

I'm sticking with the computer, I've already got a blister on my finger from writing & I feel more confident with finger to keyboard. It's all trial & error at this stage.

I take it you're a woof lover? I've a dog called Elkie & she's just beautiful.

& well done it takes courage to take time off work & have a go. I respect that!!       

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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 10:28:31 AM »
Good luck Jenny. One other thing I've found is that "support networks" like these do help - if nothing else in making me feel guilty when I see how much good stuff everyone else is doing!

I do like the dogs - how did you guess  ???  Don't have one right now - the day job keeps me away from home a lot and that wouldn't be fair on any pet. The plan is though to somehow be able to give up the day job, take up writing full time and then have them coming out of my ears (kind of)! My pension's a long way off, so I guess it's the lottery - good job I'm an eternal optimist!
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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 10:40:13 AM »

Pete_dog was a bit of a giveaway!

Talking of pensions i've been given my pension forcast & I only have another 30 years to work, blast!!!!

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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2006, 10:47:37 AM »

Jenny,

I like to write my first draft in longhand. First there's no delete key. Second, with a pad and paper, it easier to write at odd moments (waiting in the doctors office, at a stop light etc) when ideas are coming from all over the place. If I can block out time for writing, I'd write until my hand cramps up.

But this is just me. Find what works for you. Like Pete said, just getting in the habit of writing every day is important.



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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2006, 10:55:11 AM »
Don't get me started on pensions - at this rate it looks like I'll be working until I'm at least, oh, 150...

Good point well made by gub2000 - after a comment made by one of the other guys on this (Dale, I think it was) I've taken to scribbling down passages as they come to me and not bothering with grammar/spelling, etc. - I was amazed by how much I managed to get down. Complete gibberish, of course, but at least it's something...

ps - just realised I've not put a smiley face in this posting  :o
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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2006, 11:15:03 AM »
I'm with gub on this one. I am sooooo new to computers that I find my writing flows a lot better when I hand write it, then I transfer what I've written onto the computer, editing as I go along.

pete_dog-- (and anyone else for that matter) If you like smileys have a look at the link I started in the coffee shop called 'moving smileys'....ain't they great.



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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2006, 11:53:55 AM »
Hello Jenny,

Daunting? Absolutely! Terrifying! Staring at that blank page and wondering how to fill even one of them, much less 450!!!! How scary is that!!

Yes - targets are fantastic, but I suppose it depends on the person. Some people work very well to targets (I'm one of them) - BUT be sure to set yourself realistic targets. You must be able to reach them. 1000 words a day can be next to impossible if you're not used to writing, you don't know where to start and you're holding down a full-time job! Start with 300 a day! If you find you're writing 3000 then fantastic. Up the stakes!

Most importantly, keep writing - ANYTHING! Like all art, it needs to be practised.

Good luck. I hope you'll keep us posted with how you're getting on over your first few days/weeks/months. It's exciting.

So now - HAVE FUN!!

Symphony

p.s. I work a lot on computer, but I have oodles of pens and notepads around to scribble ideas, stuff into handbags, sports bags, etc. It's amazing how fast those brilliant ideas disappear forever if not written down.

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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2006, 12:03:15 PM »
Symphony, cool name!!

I've posted my first para on the welcome board, check it out & tell me what you think.....

Beware though, I'm a bimbo!!

Jenny from the block xx


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Re: I'm new to all this
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2006, 06:41:09 PM »
Say Jenny, Petedog and all,

 I just sat witha cuppa and wrote a self indulgent whine in the coffee shop. I can do either ink or comp and still not get too far. Can't believe what hard work being creative can be. I like coming here. Sometimes you need handholding and sometimes you need a push. This is a good place for that. Today I need a ...                      mary