Author Topic: What books are we writing at the moment?  (Read 7194 times)

Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #50 on: July 25, 2020, 07:46:16 pm »
Pretty sure "mine" was a Bonny but it's a long time ago.  Never saw a Norvin.  Looking it up on wiki, I realise that's a great shame!  The Vincents were quite common in my youth, mainly Shadows, I think.  And the police rode whispering velos!

quixoticgeek

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #51 on: July 25, 2020, 08:15:48 pm »
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Steph

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #52 on: July 26, 2020, 10:23:19 am »
It's up.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076KB1C8H/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508424244&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=susters+sussex+border

It's book 9, do we need to read books 1-8 for this to make sense? Does it spoil any of the others?

J

All the books are linked, but they work as stand-alones, mostly, except where there are paired sequels. ;Riding Home', for example, is the follow-on to 'Ride On', and 'Dancing to a New Beat' follows 'The Job'. There is a pool of characters who pass through several of the books, but knowing who they are isn't crucial.

What I do is write almost entirely in first person, but not FP omniscient. That means that the narrator only reports on what they see and hear, which allows me to "see" an event from multiple viewpoints. As an example, a unifying plot element is a murder. The viewpoints I have set up  different books/stories for that are:

The victim, as far as the start of the evening in question.
A friend of a friend, who helps trigger a proper investigation.
The police officer tasked with body bag duties.
The youth worker who helps organise the funeral.
Two separate colleagues who watch the damage done to the first police officer by PTSD and guilt.

I tend to write about characters rather than relying on Twisty Plots, partly because TPs are not my forte, but mainly because writing character-driven stuff is, IMHO, easier. Once you've established the character, they write themselves.

Your quote is about 'Sisters', from 2017, which is completely self-sufficient as a book. I wrote "Cold Feet" seven years ago, and the main character has a sister who is quite important in the plot. "Sisters" is her story, and can be read without knowing the 'Cold Feet' part as [Venn] it overlaps rather than eclipses.

My first book REALLY shows my lack of experience, but I still like it, clunkiness and all.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

quixoticgeek

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2020, 11:38:18 pm »

I saw this on twitter from one of my favourite authors and it made me think of you all...

https://twitter.com/megelison/status/1289642958849847297

J
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JennyB

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #54 on: August 03, 2020, 06:17:43 pm »
I mostly edit other people's work, but recently I had a piece published in this.
I'm currently writing a novel about what happened to the shepherds of Bethlehem, featuring a twelve-year-old Jesus, a trans Judas, and a very disillusioned Angel Gabriel.
Jennifer - Walker of hills

JennyB

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #55 on: August 03, 2020, 06:22:38 pm »

I saw this on twitter from one of my favourite authors and it made me think of you all...

https://twitter.com/megelison/status/1289642958849847297

J
I'm not surprised. Paul Klee called drawing 'taking a line for a walk'. Writing is taking a phrase for a ride. Poems and Short stories are wee spins: novelists are audaxers.  :P
Jennifer - Walker of hills

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #56 on: August 03, 2020, 11:29:02 pm »
Having just finished the latest offering from Mr S King of USAnia, if a talking rat offers you a deal in order to finish your novel, make sure you read the small print before accepting.
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Steph

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Re: What books are we writing at the moment?
« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2020, 03:05:44 pm »

I saw this on twitter from one of my favourite authors and it made me think of you all...

https://twitter.com/megelison/status/1289642958849847297

J
I'm not surprised. Paul Klee called drawing 'taking a line for a walk'. Writing is taking a phrase for a ride. Poems and Short stories are wee spins: novelists are audaxers.  :P

Given my way of writing (create a character, then let them tell their story), it's more like doing LEL as a tandem stoker with a pilot who has much more stamina than you.
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i