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Excellent

“Dreams can become reality.”

published 15/06/2007

ProIt's a dream come true.

ConsNervous times are ahead.

Writing a novel It’s a big subject; it’s a lot of hard work. It’s a minefield but at the same time it is rewarding and sometimes great fun to do. I don’t know that I am in a position to hand out advice really but maybe if I recount our experience then maybe that will be advice of a sort, perhaps...

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Good

ProHopefully there are some

ConsTell me

This is the first chapter of my book. I am currently on chapter 6 and am looking for some invaluable tips/pointers. I know its hard to tell where its going from such a short caption but i though it would be a good template to use on this topic as well. Chapter I ? Lights in the Dark Everything...

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Excellent

“On Writing”

published 17/02/2001

ProThere are worlds inside you you that you can lose ...

ConsThere's a lot more work and effort involved than a...

There's a popular saying that everyone has a novel in them. What's less popular is the notion that many of these masterpieces should stay there. Of course, that's overly harsh to those many people who are writing purely for their own pleasure. These folk should relax, get on with it, get the most...

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Excellent

“How to get published”

published 17/04/2002

Provery rewarding

Consexpect a lot of knock backs

Since there are so many budding writers on Ciao, I thought I would write a piece from a publishers point of view, to try to point budding authors in the right direction. I hope the following will be useful for anyone who is trying to get their work published without the help of a literary agent...

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Excellent

“Write a bestseller”

published 11/01/2002

ProFulfilling, fun

ConsPossibly no return

I’m not a published novelist (yet!), so it has taken me a while to pluck up the courage to write in this category. First my qualifications for doing so – I have written for a living (in PR), I have done creative writing courses, I was an only child with few friends and an over-active...

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Excellent

“Just get that novel written”

published 06/09/2001

ProSelf-fulfilling and fun

ConsHard work

Shall I start off this op with the old story of the famous author who once addressed a class of wannabes, asked everyone to put their hand up who wanted to write, saw a sea of hands go up, told them to go away and ****** well write, and then collapsed in a drunken heap? No, because you've...

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Excellent

“Let the animal loose...”

published 15/08/2001

ProSimilar to 'playing God', and so much fun.

ConsLonely, anti-social activity.

I remember my grandfather once giving me an ancient portable typewriter. I must have been around twelve, and along with a gift of a barely working cassette recorder from a family friend, it was one of the most important, loved and appreciated gifts I have ever received. Perhaps Grandpa could see...

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Excellent

“Ten Characters not to use”

published 07/09/2002

ProBy a published novelist and editor

ConsHe writes horror fiction and is a wee bit strange

Through television and film some people have become stock characters. That means that everybody knows them and will recognise them. Unfortunately that also makes them almost unusable in written fiction unless you're being post-modern and ironic. Here, with tongue occassionally in cheek, are some...

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Super

ProIt can be enjoyable, and ultimately rewarding.

ConsIt tkaes perserverence and a lot of caffeine.

They say everyone has a novel in them. Not true. Rather, everyone has a bad novel in them and every so often they need to be extracted, somewhat like wisdom teeth. (So far I have had three novel attempts pulled without anasthetic.) What I am endeavouring to do with this opinion is help people get...

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Excellent

“MAKE YOURSELF HEARD”

published 14/07/2002

ProIt's fun, enjoyable and you might get published

Conscan sometimes be frustrating and lonely

How do you write a book? Well, there are several rules if you want to call them that and you have to learn your craft (so write lots!) but the most important rule is in fact, to enjoy writing and write what you yourself would love to read. If you’re not enjoying what you’ve written, then who else...

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Excellent

ProFinish a book and you will have achieved something...

ConsWriting is very difficult, getting published is al...

All writers on CIAO.com are aspiring writers and therefore most must have dreams of writing and selling their first best seller. It’s easy, throw together a few hundred pages of writing, type it up and send it to the publisher. Voila! Millionaire here I come! Unfortunately, life isn’t...

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Excellent

ProPersonal success

ConsCan be a long haul

This opinion assumes that you have already completed (or at least started) your novel (or any other kind of book, for that matter), and that you are seriously thinking about trying to get it published. As an editor with a publishing company I see and deal with a lot of manuscripts, and would...

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Excellent

ProYou could be the next J.K Rowling

ConsBeing told that you're not1

Once upon a time…no, that’s not it. I was gazing out the window and mist was invading the garden…no, bugger, that’s not it either. So what bloody is then? Forget astrophysics and brain surgery the hardest job in the world, in my humble opinion, is writing a novel, or at...

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Excellent

Profun, well worth doing, can be therapeutic, wonderf...

Conscan be stressful and frustrating, Writers' Block

it is said that everyone has at least one novel inside them, which I believe is true, as we all lead unique lives, which gives us a whole host of experiences to draw from. For many people, it is not so much the ideas that prove difficult, but the actual writing down of them. I have written half a...

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Super

ProPersonal fulfillment; A way to explore your own id...

ConsCan be frustrating; Need to practice it often

To write or not to write? That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler to keep in the mind, or to suffer The humiliation of no fortune, Or to write for our own and ours. And by not, won’t we always have that dream? – To wonder, to fantasise; Or to no more wonder and fantasise, we...

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Ciao

Listed on Ciao since: 08/02/2001