A Tale of Two Blogs

Firstly I’d like to draw your attention to Vanessa Gebbie’s blog – especially her last post (January 9th) as I think what she’s doing is both incredibly interesting and hard. Editing a passage from a novel into a short story is serious business.

And secondly I loved the short film Roger Morris has just uploaded. Authors and their coffee pots! (Be warned, folks – I may do one too!)


I’m currently feeling most jealous of Sarah. The place sounds just wonderful. (Cheered to hear that she’s over her home sickness too.)


And where’s Annie Wicking’s blog gone? It seems to have disappeared. Anyone?

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  1.  by  Vanessa G

    Thanks Nik…I am now stuck, having chipped away and chipped away, and the piece is less than half its original length, very ‘tight’ and I still have 125 wds to lose.aaagh!

  2.  by  Nik's Blog

    You’ll have to let us know when you’ve finsished, Vanessa. 125 words sounds like it could be one of those so close yet so far (and possibly really rather furstrating)situations for a while. And that kind of thing reminds me why I both do and don’t envy poets!Keep up the grand work.Nik.

  3.  by  Vanessa G

    Phew. Reporting in as requested, Sir!Finally, I end up at 2860 words.The breakthrough came ‘killing a darling’ or two… bits that were terribly terribly clever naturally (said tongue in cheek) but really…. were they important for THIS story?No they wont.And interestingly enough, in deslecting chunks, during this process, I have also identified places where I can look at the rest, and make it better by adding, not subtracting. Characters that could do with a little more flesh, a bit of dialogue… so its changed the novel ‘bit’ as well.strange, and very very fascinating.Trust you are well.V

  4.  by  Nik's Blog

    That’s good going! Well done. It is fascinating – thanks for keeping us posted. Do you think there’s a lesson there in looking harder at things, or from different distances, to identify (discover) ways to improve them?Nik.

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