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Offline Matt5ki Reading
25 Jun 2016, 02:12 PM | Post: #71

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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One - New Review! :)

I had a lovely new review this morning. Always nice when it's somebody who doesn't know you. I wonder who recommended it, whoever they are I owe them a drink! Big Grin

A new review for The Bumpkinton Tales today and a lovely one at that. Always nice to find a review from somebody you don't know! Smile

5.0 out of 5 stars but i had the good fortune to read this book after a recommendation, 25 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One: Volume 1 (Paperback)

To be honest i had never heard of this author, but i had the good fortune to read this book after a recommendation. Im glad i did! Mr Drzymala writes with such warmth and wit that the Bumpkinton stories come alive with a charm and humour. There's an element of Deja vu in them as if you remember visiting the place, and that gives you an urge to want to re visit again. Very well written, excellent characters and its never alienates the reader, in fact it draws you in. Muchly recommended.

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08 Jul 2016, 12:37 PM | Post: #72

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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One - Getting drafty!

So, I'm starting the third draft of my novel, The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread tomorrow. Made lots of changes in the second draft so I now have to change some things earlier on and add a chapter or so. Looking forward to it in a sadistic sort of way. Need something to keep my mind occupied this weekend, so this will keep me focused and not thinking about some personal work issues.

How many drafts have people done on their novels? Has anybody ever been risky and hammered it out in one and just made tweaks on a proofread/edit?

I feel this will take at least 4 drafts, the third to get in all the new bits and a fourth to really trim down the fat and tuck in any flappy bits before it's then proofread.
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08 Jul 2016, 01:14 PM | Post: #73

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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales - Getting drafty!

I think this depends on how closely you plot to begin with, Matt. Some people plot in great detail and stick to it. I should think you'd just have to polish from there. Some people's work grows organically. I generally know where I'm aiming but things crop up on the way which I then incorporate. If you do this you have to go back and nip and tuck.
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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales - Getting drafty!

Yeah, I knew where I was going, the end has remained the same, the twists etc

Just some bits near the end have changed which means it's thrown a few things out of whack earlier on and just the general 'Erm.. this idea works so much better than what I've written' so there's a section that needs ripping apart and completely switching around, but it'll work much better.

I rarely plan a plot to be honest. I can't work like that, I always know my ending and some pivotal moments, but I've never plotted a story from start to finish and probably never will.
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
08 Jul 2016, 02:06 PM | Post: #75

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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales - Getting drafty!

I'm not a great planner either. I have yet to go below ten drafts; too many in other words. On top of that, beta readers and professional editors.

If you are serious about your writing, the most important is that your novel is as good as you can make it. Don't fuss over the number of drafts, but six might be a typical number before a work goes out for external editing.

Yes, there are people who occasionally get a work up to publishable standard more or less the first time, but they are very few and far between.
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RE: The Bumpkinton Tales - Getting drafty!

(08 Jul 2016 02:06 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  I'm not a great planner either. I have yet to go below ten drafts; too many in other words. On top of that, beta readers and professional editors.

If you are serious about your writing, the most important is that your novel is as good as you can make it. Don't fuss over the number of drafts, but six might be a typical number before a work goes out for external editing.

Yes, there are people who occasionally get a work up to publishable standard more or less the first time, but they are very few and far between.
10, wow, Mads! 

I have set myself 4 just to see where it's at by then. The drafts should start to get quicker and quicker now as I rifle through changes. Draft 3 I expect to be a bit sticky as it needs some huge changes but draft 4 I envisage to take half the time of 3.

My shorts I tend to do 3 drafts but they're done fairly quickly before going to proofreaders then David to edit.

With it being my first novel (though i did do NaNoWriMo and do one then), it's a massive learning curve in terms of how to write. I'm enjoying it and screaming in equal measure Big Grin hehe

At the moment the novel isn't singing so I won't release it until i feel it is. I feel some bits aren't shining when in my head they should be but I haven't quite found the words to give it that something extra. However, that's what the drafts are for Smile

Tomorrow morning is going to be interesting. I believe I'll be nursing a hangover as I'm out for drinks tonight to cheer myself up over the redundancy news so it'll be coffee and crumpets and lots of laptop thumping! Big Grin
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