Modern Technology


I’m posting today’s update from my iPad, thought I’d download the App and give it a go. Hmmmm, not bad so far lol, we’ll see what it looks like when it’s published ;)

This kinda got me thinking about my recent Nano Novella (I’m calling it a novella rather than a novel at the moment lol) and the fact that with 3 under 25’s in it, there is no reference to modern technology other than the MC checking her mobile for e mails. Something that needs sorting in the re-write I think ;) Perhaps I’m just so use to all the kit we have around us now that I didn’t feel the need to refer to it specifically? Or is it because I am a certain age it doesn’t really orbit my world?

And talking of modern technology, what an abundance of options are available to the write now, who wants to publish…..it’s a minefield……give me a traditional book any day! Lol.

Today will consist of taking a piece of my writing (that is narration and dialogue and applying some questions…..these questions>>>>>

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Not sure exactly if that worked, I guess I’ll see when I publish this……anyway, yesterday I had to use the question on a piece by Nina Milton, an author I’m unfamiliar with (my Amazon wish list has grown significantly since starting this course lol) which was a simple enough task…..but applying it to my own writing *gulp* will highlight just how crap it really is LMAO

Oh well, wish me luck ;)

Screenwriting


I finished Nano last night…..28 days and I produced 50100 words, but more importantly, to me, is the fact that I actually have a finished story….a beginning, a middle and an end. I am so pleased with myself, but now, it’s back to work on the course.

My current task? Writing for TV/Films…..to turn an already written extract into something that resembles part of a screenplay. I’m beginning to think this script writing is much easier than novel writing. I’m a visual person, always have been, I can see something in my mind, but then try to describe it in words, get it down on paper *shudders*, that’s where I tend to fall flat :(

I chose to do a scene from my current Nano story, where the MC, middle aged and overweight Christine meets the love interest Harry (who just happens to be considerably younger and very attractive) for a coffee, which culminates in fish and chips and wine from plastic cups consumed on a park bench (he couldn’t afford Champers darling, he’s unemployed and a bit of a nutter as it turns out but I digress). A sweet little scene which I can picture in my mind very easily. I’m not too sure that it comes across as well in the actual story (something to try to sort out in the re-write).

So this morning I finally typed it up, which means I can now move on to the next section of the course which is about Balanced Narrative…..1 exercise to go and then it’s assignment time. I’m hoping to have left myself 19 days to do it, which sounds like a lot, but with Christmas looming I can see a few late nights on the horizon ;)

Failing Miserably *snigger*


I was supposed to be using this blog to keep a record of my studies on my course, my general musings on what I’ve learnt so far, but, yet again, I’ve neglected it :o(

Sooooo, after I’ve got Nano out of the way I will try to post more regularly (famous last words) and see how we go…..

It seems that my whole life revolves around writing these days, not a day goes by that I don’t put pen to paper, which is absolutely crazy! If someone had said to me 2 years ago what my life would be like now I would have laughed!

Ive spent the last couple of days trying to turn a scene from a book into a radio play (or rather part of a radio play). It was an interesting task but a nightmare trying to choose the book. I’d recently read Iain McEwans Saturday and prior to that Anne Tyler’s Ladder Of Years, but being the BookCrosser that I am at heart, once I’ve read a book it’s straight out the door, so neitheroff these were in my possession. I finally decided on Angela Carters Love, a pretty morbid book to be honest lol. Found a section of dialogue between the main character and a psychiatrist and turned it into a radio play. Quite pleased with the result although my husbands comment……there’s not enough background noise, its too quiet……ummmmm, it’s a psychiatrists consulting room? *head desk*