I’m writing an autobiographical one at the moment, hoping it will be the greatest existential novel since Camus. Without giving too much away, it will end with the anti hero (armed with an M40 sniper rifle) making his last stand in the clock tower of Trinity college, his only crime - loyalty. Hoping it will be published postumously.
[quote=“therock67”]Anyone ever tried to write one?
Wrote the start of one loads of times when I was a kid. God love me.
Have an idea for one at the moment. If I win the lotto or the 2009 celebrity deaths competition then I may give up work for a while and write my way to fame.[/quote]
Yup; Torva Venia sprung from the aborted Guide to GAA Men.
My advice to you is just write.
I wrote 350k words in less than 12 months. Its editing the yoke thats taking the time.
For one month stay off TFK and Turn off the telly. You’ll have at least 5 thousand words written.
Also; don’t write with the idea of a money return. I don’t, I never have. Torva Venia was always planned as a freebie/ download ebook.
Only get strangers to read. You don’t need proof readers, you just need what I call blind readers. And don’t be afaid to ask them all the questions you can think of. While the Writers Group web sites are good for some needs they tend to be manned and populated by the pajama people (picture a tribe of Limerick Nomads writing poetry and Advertising slogans) I can guarantee they are better writers and critics in your own parish.
You know your writing is good when you are so proud of it you’ll keep going back to it, just to read. If there comes a time when you look at your watch and see 9pm and you say “great another 3 hours” You’re doing something right.
Finally; and I can’t stress this enough; all the good writing in the world doesn’t make a good story. The story the characters and the twists and the turns have to be good. Fuck the substance and the grammar: Be a story teller; set the premise, detail each and every scene, and make your readers love, hate, root for, and cheer for your heros and villians. Me? I always like to keep them guessing…