Blog for budding Sheikhspeares entering National Novel Writing Month 2006

July 21, 2008

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A Prayer for Barbara Cartland

aka, The Agony of Writing Romance Scenes:

secretdubai: "He studied it for some moments, and then he suddenly turned to her, and lifted his hand to the side of her face. His eyes burned into hers. "People either yield to danger or they don't," he said. Then before she had time to react, his lips were on hers.
"Phoebe felt a lurch of desire. But as suddenly as he had embraced her he went, leaving her feeling more shellshocked than the burglary."
snow_white: I like the first bit of your rewrite, with the eyes burning bit
second bit - what about
"Phoebe felt a lurch of desire. But, just as suddenly as he had kissed her, he left, leaving her feeling feeling empty, and a little more bruised than before."
secretdubai: embraced rather than kissed?
snow_white: embraced sounds a little mills and boon. Go with kiss
secretdubai: oh it's so ELEGANT!
ok, but not sure about bruised
it suggests he might actually have bruised her
snow_white: but you get what i mean?
secretdubai: and if Hamid is bruising Susie
I can't have all the men as wifebeaters
snow_white: I'm searching for the mot juste between shellshocked and normal
shellshocked not really
secretdubai: how about "stunned"?
leaving her "stunned and slightly disorientated"
that sounds as though she has Meuniere's Disease of the inner ear
like my grandmother had
snow_white: emotionally battered?
secretdubai: NO!!!
that sounds like FISH!!!!!
fish is battered!
snow_white: LOL
secretdubai: "breathless" would be like a crappy popsong
snow_white: sucker punch
secretdubai: "stunned and confused"?
snow_white: leave a row of XXXXs, it'll come to me
secretdubai: ok!
snow_white: there's a word stirring deep in my subconscious
secretdubai: just not too XXXX
these are early stages yet

NaNoWriMo Revivication

Time to dust the cobwebs off this long forgotten blog, as I finally - yes, years have passed - get round to finishing my 2006 novel, and we start preparing for NaNoWriMo 2008.

Anyone who would like to do the contest this year do drop a comment below and we can add you to the team here (assuming you put an email below or have one on your profile).

Did anyone get their 2006 effort published yet? I've kept my eyes peeled for the Booker and Pulitzer lists, but I have to say nothing springs to recognition so far. And last year's Nobel winner, Doris Lessing, wasn't a member here so far as I know.

So let's all try and do even better this year, as we come into the tenth anniversary of NaNoWriMo.