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Post by stu1883 » Sat April 30th, 2011, 9:28 am

[quote=""Julianne Douglas""]Lack of self-discipline. The Internet. Fear that I won't be good enough.[/quote]

I hear ya Julianne!

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Post by EC2 » Sat April 30th, 2011, 2:21 pm

Thank you all on behalf of Alison for all your excellent replies. Along with answers from other lists, this will really help her to tailor her session so that writers can get the most out of it. She'll be giving it at the RNA Writers Conference at Caerleon - July 9th to 11th. It's residential and open to non members of the RNA.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by Julianne Douglas » Wed May 4th, 2011, 5:43 am

Barcelona FC games...
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Post by Ken » Wed May 4th, 2011, 2:58 pm

[quote=""Julianne Douglas""]Lack of self-discipline. The Internet. Fear that I won't be good enough.[/quote]

Ditto! Plus I find research so fascinating, it's hard to stop looking for more and more info. I am in France right now on my own for a couple of months to try to get beyond the 10 chapters I currently have in (my opinion) reasonably completed!

One thing I think that stops me from progressing is, as mentioned elsewhere, I too read a lot of HF (EC2, SKP, etc, as well as Cornwell, Iggledun, etc). How can I compete with them? I played tennis to county standard and play a reasonable game of golf - however, I will never play like Nadal or Tiger Woods! Why would writing a successful novel be any different?

That being said, I have read a few HF novels that have been published which do not hold a candle to those of the authors mentioned above. Yet they've been published and presumably have sold a few copies.

In any case, I'm retired and the object at the start of my 'project' was to provide me with a 'hobby' in retirement, with no thoughts of publishing beyond giving my family a few copies and insisting they read it or be written out of my will!!

Although I don't need my 'chef d'oeuvre' to be published, as time goes by, it would be rather nice ..........! :o

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