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Discussion in 'The Writers Guild' started by liesje, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. liesje

    liesje Singing in the rain

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    I was wondering how many of you write everyday, or at least quite often, and how much would you usually write at one time?
     
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  2. Christianfantasy

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    Hi, liesje; I’ve enjoyed your posts. :) I try to write six days a week, and my ideal quota is 3,000 words. For a while I was making it reliably, but lately I’ve had a lot of disruptions (not all of them unwanted, by a long shot). I hope--being the eternal optimist--to get back to my regular schedule soon, despite the holiday rush.

    How about you? Do you write every day?

    PS: I love your tag! C. S. Lewis is my all-time favorite writer. I found some online recordings of him, and listened to them last night. They were phenomenal!!
     
  3. liesje

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    Hi Christian fantasy, thanks for your lovely reply. Awww, you are so nice:hug:I don't write every day. I've always loved writing, but it's only in the last few months that I've really got into it. I have a story that I've been working on for three months or so and it's nearly 4000 words, so that'll give you an idea about how often I write! I also have another two stories going at the moment though as well. I'm a bit busy with exams and such at the moment, so I'm hoping to get more into my writing after that. I have times when I don't write for a few weeks and times when I'm inspired and write until the small hours of the morning. I've still got to learn to write whether or not I'm inspired.

    I love CS Lewis, his Narnia series is simply brilliant, and I'm enjoying Mere Christianity as well. He has a way of being able to explain things in a very simple way without making you feel stupid! I like a lot of the 'classics' (I don't know if you'd count Lewis and Tolkien as classics?) Shakespeare, Jane Austen...
     
  4. Christianfantasy

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    Hi again, liesje. Four thousand words is not insignificant, especially considering you have two other stories going at the same time. Are they all in the same genre, I wonder? Are they fantasy?

    An excerpt of Mere Christianity was one of the readings, by Lewis Himself, I listened to last night. It's one thing to read it, but another experience altogether to hear him read it himself. I'll never forget it!

    I can only speak for myself, but I certainly consider Lewis and Tolkien classics. I love Shakespeare too, especially Hamlet. I have really slacked when it comes to Austin, though. Around three months ago I bought my very first Austin novel, Pride and Prejudice, but I have yet to read the first line. [I love all the movies, btw.] Which of her novels is your favorite?

    Well I'm getting ready to go out of state for Thanksgiving, so I probably won't be posting any more until Friday. Happy writing in the meantime!

    PS: Guess what I have all ready for the five hour drive? The Horse and His Boy, on CD, as read by two-time Olivier Award winning Royal Shakespearian actor Alex Jennings. I am VERY excited!!
     
  5. liesje

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    Hi Christian fantasy, wow that CS Lewis Mere Christianity recording sounds great. I should try and find it.

    My first story (the longest one) is historical fiction, set in the 1550s, the second one, also history, is probably regency period and the third one, which I've just started is fantasy (thought I'd give it a go:))

    Oh Shakespeare is just brilliant. I love King Lear and Macbeth, but Hamlet's very good too. I've read most of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice is my favourite. You should read it, its very good. If you've watched the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, you'll find the book is very similar. The new P & P movie isn't as good. It doesn't have so much time to get the characters right.

    The Horse and His Boy - good idea:) Sounds like it has a good reader too - 2x Olivier Award!!! At the start of this year my family and I went on holiday. It was an eight hour drive. We hired a few things to listen to, one of which was Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. That was really my first introduction to fantasy other than movies, and I really liked it. It has very strong parallels to some of Tolkien's work though.

    Hope your Thanksgiving is/was amazing:thumbsup: :wave:
     
  6. flying_kiwifruit

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    I don't write everyday. I haven't written in a while because I have been to busy. But when I write I will write about 1000 to abou 3000 words at a time.
     
  7. Radagast

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    If only! :sigh:
     
  8. Christianfantasy

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    Hi again, liesje. Thanks for the happy Thanksgiving wishes—I had a GREAT time!

    Wow—your stories sound intriguing! Please keep me in mind if you ever need a beta! :pray:

    Thanks for the Austin tip. I’ll try to get P & P started sooner than later. The old black and white Lawrence Olivier version of Pride and Prejudice is still, imho, the best ever made. Olivier is also probably the main reason I’m besotted with Hamlet. I read an excellent commentary on it, and then watched Olivier’s screen version. I Fell In Love!!! (Not with Olivier, but with his depiction of Hamlet.) Lear and Macbeth are fabulous also. I wonder if they aren’t two of the most frequently cited pieces of literature on earth?

    The Alex Jennings' reading of The Horse and His Boy was AWESOME!! Whatever they paid him couldn’t have been enough—he was sensational!!! Now I am completely and massively hooked; I want to hear ALL the Chronicles of Narnia read by famous British actors. The only other one I own is Voyage of the Dawn Treader. My next major goal is to make the rest appear, in CD form, under my Christmas tree. :)

    PS: I haven’t seen the BBC version of P & P. I’ll try to find a copy, though I doubt it will be easy/cheap.

    PPS: Eragon has suffered the same fate as P & P, though for far longer. I bought a hard cover copy several years ago, and haven’t even read the first line yet. :(

    PPPS: Hey, Flying Kiwi—do you really play the violin?? I’ve just started a SF/Fantasy story about a violinist, which is why I’m curious. :)
     
  9. flying_kiwifruit

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    Yeah I really do play the violin, so if you have any questions just PM me and I will try and answer them. I've been playing for 5 years so I know quite abit about them.

    I worked it out, that on average so far I write 34 words a day on my novel.
     
  10. Christianfantasy

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    Hi again, Kiwi. Thanks for offering to make your expertise available on a consultation basis. I will keep that generous offer in mind! The violin is my favorite instrument, and I really admire anyone who can play it. It's not an easy instrument to master. Btw, have you ever watched the Youtube video of Joshua Bell giving a free mini concert in the Washington D. C. Metro (subway/tube/underground) during rush hour? It's pretty sad. People just race past him without a glance. Finally a lone woman stops and listens until he finishes. Then she remarks that she saw him perform at the Library of Congress, and he was fabulous. It's a poignant moment.
     
  11. mochagirl

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    Sometimes I write every day, and sometimes I go several weeks without writing anything. Usually, though, I'm somewhere in between. :) Ideally, I like to write something at least five days a week, preferably around one thousand words a day; but I'll settle for a hundred words some days. Depends on how inspired/busy/distracted/determined I am.
     
  12. sunstruckdream

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    Yeah, I work sort of similarly. Some days I have time and churn out a ton, but more often than not I do a couple paragraphs a week if I've been busy.
     
  13. avatarblade2000

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    I write about thirty minutes of the hour I have for lunch every day, then I write for about two to four hours every night before I go to bed. I write till I'm tired of looking at words on white, then I eventually stop. Sleep is good. :)
     
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