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What now?

What do you do when you’ve just spent a month doing Nano?  Writing on average 1667 words a day?  Where do you go from there? I can’t decide. 

I know that contradicts what I said yesterday, that I’m going to get on with my writing course in December.  That is my plan.  But, I want to write fiction.  Not real life stuff.  Or maybe I just don’t want to do this damn assignment.  Also though, I’d really like to get on with ‘Holiday’.  During NovelPI I managed to write about 26k I think.  Add that to the words I’d already written and I’ve probably done about 1/3.  But it’s a bit of a mess.  I’ve got different scenes as different documents and bits missing which would connect them all.  I’ve got a feeling I haven’t even finished a scene!  I think I’m going to find it hard to get back into.  Saying that, I really didn’t want to put it down at the beginning of November to start on Italian Infatuation so maybe it won’t be that hard.

I should do the course.  I just feel so stuck with this assignment.  I need to write an article for a magazine.  I think if I could just get a subject I’d be able to write it, it’s just finding the subject I’m finding hard.  I’ve brainstormed it, got loads of ideas, but nothing that really screams ‘Write me’.  I also need to do a review of the magazine I’m targeting the article to.  I’ve already done that, but it was March or April’s edition so slightly out of date – I think I’ll do that again, it might give me some inspiration.  Hopefully!!

For the last 2 months I’ve been concentrating on writing, not doing my usual daily blog read to see what other people are writing about.  I’m so excited I don’t HAVE to do things that will take up my time, so I can go back to doing that.  In fact, I can probably take up a few weeks of this month checking out what happened in November. 

I tried to add my ‘Winner!’ banner for Nano to my page yesterday.  ha ha, I had no hope.  I used to think I was pretty good with computers, I’m really not!  Luckily I have a boyfriend who’s a bit of a geek, and he’s kindly volunteered to help (although after calling him a geek, maybe he’ll withdraw the offer!).

I picked up Dan Brown’s ‘Digital Fortress’ to read this morning.  I’ve read the other 3 ‘old’ books of his, and really enjoyed them, so am looking forward to reading it.  I’ve read a lot of people saying recently that his actual writing is terrible, just his stories are good.  During reading the last books, I didn’t notice it being bad, but then I didn’t used to notice much about style etc., I used to just read. I’m looking forward to reading this so I hope I won’t find what some people do in it!

I think that’s as much time as I can spend wobbling on for now!

Books into films

What is it at the moment with books being made into films?  As a rule I hate it, even though I feel compelled to watch them.  Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, much better book than film;Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I love you, amazing book, average film; Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, good film, better book.  The only exception I have is Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.  I loved the book, but it took me MONTHS to get into it.  I loved the film.  I’ve not seen the Shopaholic film, but I doubt it will be as good as the film.

The reason for my little rant here is that last night I saw an advert for the film version of The Time Traveller’s wife.  I think I can say in all sincerity, it is the best book I’ve ever read.  Everything about it was amazing – Audrey Niffenegger’s writing made the characters totally come to life, her descriptions made you feel you were there, and symthatise with the characters totally.  I cried.  A lot.  Although it’s a totally unrealistic story, she tells it so well you get so into it and feel it is real (I did anyway).  I am gutted they’ve turned it into a film (I think I had heard it was going to be made into one, but didn’t think about the consequences).  I am so worried what they have done to it, but I know I’m going to have to go and see it (with waterproof mascara on).

Having said all this, it must be amazing to have someone say your novel has the potential to be made into a film.  When I get my book published, if someone wants to make it into a film, I’ll let them 🙂

I said WHEN there.  I was reading a writer’s blog and comments the other day (Laura, I hope you don’t mind me adding a link back to your blog here), where the author was telling her commenters that they should think positively; think WHEN not IF.  Positive Mental Attitude.  I’m trying it.  It feels a bit funny writing it down, like I’m being too up my own ****, but thinking like this is likely to push me on to succeed.  I’ll never publish anything if I don’t finish it – so I need to finish things.

I finished a short story last week and it felt so good when I did.  I can’t wait to finish more.  That means I need to knuckle down and do some writing.  And with that I’m off to do some.