Tuesday, 19 October 2010

And The Winner Is...

  1. Wow.
    Teresa Ashby at A Likely Story has kindly passed on this Sweet Friends award which I'm happy to accept. I don't think anyone has described me as 'sweet' before but there's a first time for everything. Anyway, in the true spirit of the award I'm supposed to tell you six things about my writing.

    1. I've always liked writing. Although I'm basically a technical person with a degree in engineering I've always put a lot of effort into the documentation side of the job. Whether it's reports, test routines or specifications I've tried to be accurate, clear and unambiguous. And when it comes to compiling a justification for spending lots of money on lab equipment it pays to be creative. So that's probably where my discipline comes from.

    2. At the moment I'm trying my hand at different kinds of writing and hoping I'll meet with some success somewhere. I've written four short novels, about 80,000 to 90,000 words, and these are currently doing the rounds with various agents.

    3. I've written loads of short stories for competitions and magazines with limited success so far. A few of them have had favourable reviews by other authors so... fingers crossed.

    4. I've written a few scripts intended for stage and TV. Again, I've had some encouraging feedback and constructive critscism by people who have worked in the business.

    5. I'm not very good with the descriptive stuff. My novels are basically adventures where things are happening all the time and so I tend to keep details about people and locations down to the bare minimum. I do try and convey things like atmosphere and emotions so that the reader feels part of the story.

    6. I have put together a little booklet with stories and articles drawn from my experience as a cyclist. It has the catchy title 'Mummy, Why Does Daddy Shave His Legs?' and my wife has managed to sell a few when she's out at her craft fairs.

    And now I'm supposed to hand out the award to six other people but, as I have a very short list of people that I follow, I shall pass it on to just three who have inspired me with their blogs. I apologise if any of them have already received one. They are:

    Jarmara Falconer at A Mission Impossible for the Dark Fantasy Nightwriter
    Olivia Ryan at olivia's oracle
    Kath at womagwriter's blog


  1. Great and interesting answers, Keith! I think your no 5 sounds great. Too much description can get in the way and seem to be there just to fatten a book up!
    Your booklet sounds brilliant.
    Congratulations to your winners - they're all good uns!

  2. Gosh, you've written a lot. I'm impressed!

  3. Thanks, Teresa. The first comment that Bead Roberts made when she reviewed one of my stories was that there was no padding - I moved straight into the story and got on with it. T-a-B still rejected it though. Talking of which, I see you have yet another one in there. You must have hit on the right formula!

    Don't be too impressed, Patsy. I churn a lot of stuff out but not much gets accepted.

  4. Keith - 80,000-90,000 words is NOT a short novel! It's a medium-sized novel. Anyway, very good luck with them.

  5. Thanks, Frances.
    Maybe I'm comparing my efforts to those authors who talk about having to come up with 120k - 150k for their next book. I've also read quite a few long novels. Although my favourite, The Thirty-Nine Steps, is only 100 pages and can't be more than 50k.

  6. Thank you for my award. It's very sweet of you. As you will find out I've been rather busy these last few months. I wish you lots of luck with your novels

  7. No problem, Jarmara.
    I've been following your blog. It's good to be busy.