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« Reply #135 on: November 01, 2006, 06:50:09 PM »
Yup. And if that nice barman would just look my way....Ah, there he is. ;D

Wot you having Paul?
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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #136 on: November 01, 2006, 06:59:03 PM »
Scotch with a rubber duck floating on it ;D

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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #137 on: November 01, 2006, 07:01:52 PM »
Hmmm, not sure if they serve that here (it's not like Ireland you know ;D) hold on...

Guess it is. ::)

 One Scotch with a rubber duck topping coming up. ;D

So, how did you get over Halloween? Is it as big where you are as it is here?

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« Reply #138 on: November 01, 2006, 07:05:39 PM »
Having a bad attack of the should-have's with my novel at the moment, wondering if I've made it too big and complex. Would it have been more believable if I'd toned it down, have I tried to put three books into one, should I have used a different POV. I'm just entering the final quarter of the book and it's all coming together - but still I've got this attack of the should-haves. <sigh>

I'm out in the middle of nowhere so don't get any real Halloween activity, lots of friends with younger kids get into it big time though. 


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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #139 on: November 01, 2006, 07:13:27 PM »
Hey Paul - don't worry about the book.  You have written what is in you - that's the important thing.

Now, who is going to pour me a very large red wine?  I'm in need!

Carrie

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« Reply #140 on: November 01, 2006, 07:17:03 PM »
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Having a bad attack of the should-have's with my novel at the moment, wondering if I've made it too big and complex. Would it have been more believable if I'd toned it down, have I tried to put three books into one, should I have used a different POV. I'm just entering the final quarter of the book and it's all coming together - but still I've got this attack of the should-haves. <sigh

So with you there Paul. :(

In an ideal world we would have someone sitting at our shoulder telling us which is the right way to go. In lieu of that I guess you're going to have to go with your instincts.

Do you believe that your plot works? Do you really feel that every chapter you've written is important to the story?

As to the POV. On my part I can really only write in one - the 3rd person. It's the one I feel most comfortable with and as such, think it makes the story more believable. Mind you, I'm using a 1st person POV for one of my characters and while it's hard, it's enjoyable because I'm finally stretching myself. :-\

You're entering the final quarter of your book (well done. ;D) so I woudn't stress it too much. Finish the book then take a fresh look at it - decide then.

In the meantime...

Isn't it your round? ::)

Mines a beer and you'd better give Carrie her wine - she sounds really stressed out. :P

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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #141 on: November 01, 2006, 07:24:24 PM »
<nods to the barkeep>

Yep, I have cases of the should-haves on a regular basis. I try and keep a note of the thoughts for the rewrite but won't let anything stop me finishing the first draft. The characters are talking to me, telling me the story - so it's working well on that score. the plot is fine, the backstory - hmm, I'm going to change it a little but no biggie. It's just that sometimes the story you're on sparks off ideas for other stories and you have to recognise it for that, not allow the story you are telling now get too bloated.

I've done the whole novel from 1st person as the core of it is how one person develops, so it brings you right in tight with their thoughts and feelings. This is against the backdrop of a quite convoluted plot though so the 1st person gets truly tricky there from time to time. It's the usual self-doubt stuff is all though. I recognise it as such and combat it with mucho drink ;D

 

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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #142 on: November 01, 2006, 07:30:03 PM »
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Yep, I have cases of the should-haves on a regular basis. I try and keep a note of the thoughts for the rewrite but won't let anything stop me finishing the first draft. The characters are talking to me, telling me the story - so it's working well on that score. the plot is fine, the backstory - hmm, I'm going to change it a little but no biggie. It's just that sometimes the story you're on sparks off ideas for other stories and you have to recognise it for that, not allow the story you are telling now get too bloated.

it sounds like you have everything well in hand Paul. You have a firm grasp of where the story is going and what it's going to do when it gets there. ;D

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It's the usual self-doubt stuff is all though. I recognise it as such and combat it with mucho drink


And I thought I was the only one. ::)

By the way - thanks for the drink. ;)

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« Reply #143 on: November 01, 2006, 07:35:50 PM »
I sort of know where it's going but it does keep surprising me. I ended up killing off one of the characters I thought was going to be in it for the long haul and it turns out that one of the baddies is the LAST one I'd have suspected. I'm sure authors are mental, how can you possibly surprise yourself with a story you are making up? But I do, regularly. ;D

Another drink then bed for me I think ;D


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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #144 on: November 01, 2006, 07:41:09 PM »
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sort of know where it's going but it does keep surprising me. I ended up killing off one of the characters I thought was going to be in it for the long haul and it turns out that one of the baddies is the LAST one I'd have suspected. I'm sure authors are mental, how can you possibly surprise yourself with a story you are making up? But I do, regularly

Paul, if you can surprise yourself then just imagine how surprised the reader is going to be. :o

Same thing happens to me regularly :-\ At one point I wrote in a minor character (she was really only there to get a little information across) but the flipping old bint refused to be killed off, she just took on a life of her own and badgered me into re-writing the whole story. (I'm still not speaking to her and gave her a big bum and saggy boobs just to show my displeasure. ;D)

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Another drink then bed for me I think


Is that a not so sublte hint that it's my round?

Barman! A duck float for the gentleman.
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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #145 on: November 01, 2006, 07:45:32 PM »
Same thing happens to me regularly :-\ At one point I wrote in a minor character (she was really only there to get a little information across) but the flipping old bint refused to be killed off, she just took on a life of her own and badgered me into re-writing the whole story. (I'm still not speaking to her and gave her a big bum and saggy boobs just to show my displeasure. ;D)

LOL - that's just mean ;D


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« Reply #146 on: November 01, 2006, 07:49:04 PM »
Yup! But very satisfying. ;)
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« Reply #147 on: November 01, 2006, 08:00:22 PM »
Guess you're not buying another round then Paul? :'(

Well then, *Sniff* if that's the way you feel.... ;D

Time for bed for me - kids back at school tomorrow. Whooeee!!! (sorry, did I say that outloud? ::))

Catch you later (next round is on you Paul ;))

Good night, God (or whatever you perceive her to be) Bless. :-*
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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #148 on: November 01, 2006, 08:12:03 PM »
Well . . . that just blows!

I work a long hard day, get home and change into something comfy, get in here in the hopes of having a drink With Somebody. 

But noooo, everyone has gone to bed.   :P   :'(

It times like this that drive people to becoming solitary drinkers.



 
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Re: The MWC bar
« Reply #149 on: November 02, 2006, 03:19:39 PM »
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Good night, God (or whatever you perceive her to be) Bless.

He is surely a follower of the Great Sky Duck -

Carrie

(PS - mine's still a brandy, when you getting some in???)