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#1284

That’s not too bad. Hope it’s easy enough.


#1285

That sounds interesting! Why are you making quills?


#1286

Still working on the Open Novella Contest- I have it all planned out now, and halfway written, which is good!! I’m also considering entering that Prose to Poetry contest thing, but I don’t usually write love stories. It’d be good for me to at least give it a try, though, can’t get better at something unless you start.


#1287

Lots and lots of writing. It was a bit fast there for a while then it kinda petered out but I’m building my habits slowly.


#1288

One of the inks I use with my calligraphy is iron gall ink. It’s a traditional ink that has been used for many centuries. It has the property that it is light-fast and darkens as it dries. However, this is because it is highly acidic. It eats through steel nibs like nobody’s business! However, it cures feather quills, making them better with age and use.

It’s also fun to do calligraphy using traditional monastic techniques - slope, quill, rule and steel pencil. For colours I use gouache. I also do more modern calligraphy, so I have plenty of steel nob dip pens for that.


#1289

Hi there! Yeah, I absolutely agree. At the moment, it’s just a great experience for me, and I’m having fun. Which prompt did you use?

I’m think 20k winners get a personalized review. Not sure about others.


#1290

Still working on ONC. I’m having fun, and it feels good writing everyday. I think I’m slowly getting back on track. Maybe a change of pace and scenery is what I needed.


#1291

General Fiction/Prompt 3 - Strange Beasts [Children’s]
I’m finding it challenging to work out the pacing just now, in the second stage of another 6,000+ words.
And then I think of another 12,000+ and I really get wobbly.
Which prompt are you working on?
Similar probs?
‘Break a pencil’!


#1292

I hope so too.
You have any tips on how to do it?


#1293

Plotting for my novel length WIP.

Having sketched out 90% of the plot I’m now pretty sure my end word count is going to be in the ‘Dune’ range, somewhere north of 150k. At my current writing speed it’ll take 3 years to finish. :open_mouth:

I’m considering serialising it somewhere like Patreon, but I don’t know anyone who uses that platform and the reviews I’ve seen have not been favourable so far.


#1294

Patreon works best if you already have a following. Don’t expect to get one there. I know people who have been moderately successful on Patreon - and by that I mean earned enough money to get professional services for their books.


#1295

Thanks for the info.


#1296

Not really, I’m afraid. Looking for unnecessary description, see what you can rephrase. It just takes time and practice. Best of luck!


#1297

Discussion Topic

On the subject of writing challenges, what is the most unusual challenge, writing, or otherwise, you’ve undertaken?

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#1298

That’s a very interesting thing to know, thanks!


#1299

Me too! Glad we’re both getting back into it.


#1300

What’s that? Sounds interesting.


#1301

Probably challenging myself to write up the backstories of all my characters in narrative format. I have done about 5 of them out of 80 lol


#1302

Hmmm, well I think it’s the research. I have gone down rabbit holes trying to find the exact thing I need, very time consuming XD. I think the longest was two hours for figuring out the salary of a British government worker and then another hour house hunting


#1303

This is interesting. (^^) (^^)