Thursday, April 26, 2007

Coffee Break 15

I had a great deal of say...but the producer didn't have a great deal of listen.
Douglas Adams (on the TV adaptation of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
In a big hurry today as I'm on a TV writing course so...

Who would play your hero/heroine in the movie/TV series of your book?

Maggie Gyllenhall would be my current heroine.

And how are we all doing this week?



Blogger Cally said...

Oooh! Good question. Strange but when I try and think of a brunette actress (my MC is brunette) I can only think of blondes!

Maybe Janeane Garofalo ("Truth About Cats and Dogs") about 10 years ago (she's probably too old to play my heroine now!).

1:53 am  
Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

Ack. That's a toughie. I can't honestly think of any actress I'd want to play my heroines. No one comes to mind who resembles them even a little - especially Myke (Mykaela) from my second book. She's of Scotch and Hawaiian ancestry. Which means red hair and dark eyes. Can't think of anyone who meets that description.

I've been pretty busy this week. I finished the third round of edits on book 3 and whipped out over 5500 words on book 4.

The only current young brunette I can think of, cally, is Kiera Knightley.

2:24 am  
Anonymous Jen said...

Ooh... Andrew Lincoln. I might have room for Donald Sinden too though. Women? Harder to choose for some reason, I wonder why that is?

As for writing progress... sigh. That sums it up really.

I've ground to a halt - for some reason the story's still good but the mechanics of it are failing. I'm toying with the idea of re-writing in 3rd person... and toying with the idea of writing in any person at all then deciding at edit/re-write time.

Any words of advice anyone? I'm so stumped I could cry :(


7:10 am  
Blogger liz fenwick said...

It's a busy day today. Off to the Savoy for RNA Romantic Novel of Year lunch - sorry you won't be there is year Kate. Still don't know what I am going to wear.

Oh, for A Cornish House I imagined that Madde looked like a wild Julia Roberts and Mark looked like Hugh Jackman.....

Well, I have had the feed bacl on the rough draft.......I'm not slitting my wrists but having a rethink of what market I'm writing for. As I suspected, Serena the bolshy 15 yr old took over the story. The reader felt it would be a great YA novel. Pare it down to 50/60k and tell it only from Serena's pov.........I still don't know what I feel. I am slightly reluctant to give Serena her way????

BTW I want to put up profiles of all the racers on my blog. We are such a diverse bunch I thought it would be fun. So please send me a paragraph or two about you, or what you write, or why you write, or why you love chocolate....doesn't matter, keep it light and fun. email me emfenwickatgmaildotcom. thanks :-)

7:48 am  
Blogger Helen said...

Kate Winslet. Easy. I've thought about this alot and have even cut out a picture of her to go on the top of her biography. She's English (my character is very english) and has a 'normal' shape. But she would have to rough it up a bit.

In terms of the male I quite like the idea of that chap from Robin Hood who played Sir Guy of Gisborne and was the Vicar of Dibley's new husband. Richard Armitage! - just googled him. He wouldn't be mean and moody though like Sir Guy more of the accountancy character in V of D.

Got to half way this week - on the 51,000 mark which I am very pleased about. I'm also really into it at the moment which is great after my wobbles of last week.

Liz - I'll put something together for you and send it over or after the weekend.

8:47 am  
Blogger JJ said...

Hi everyone. I'd like Jacquetta May to play my female role (she was Rachel Kominski in Eastenders, donkeys years ago) although she might have to put on a few pounds. I'd like Colin Firth to play the lead male, but only because I fancy him, and not remotely because he's right for the part! Is that okay?

I've done a bit this week, but been busy with other stuff too. I've updated by word count though to include everything done to date.

I'm still not sure I've found my system of working...

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

9:37 am  
Blogger NoviceNovelist said...

I've moved ahead a bit but time has been against me this week (and every other week I'm beginning to think!!!!!) But I have a firm goal of finishing a first draft by the end of June and think I'm on track even at my current slow rate. I really can't think of an actress to play my main character - I shall have to ponder that one.

Jen, I started out writing in the first person and it really wasn't happening for me - I switched to 3rd person and out the story flowed. I say give something else a shot if what you're currently doing isn't working for you. You've got nothng to lose - good luck with it!!! Hang in there!

10:15 am  
Blogger Caroline said...

Hi hi hi.
Sorry I haven't been around much. It's a bit hectic at the moment, but I'm still on track to finish the second draft of Black Boxes by mid June .... hopefully.

For In Search of Adam, I would like the girl from Amelie to play Jude, but that wouldn't work because Jude isn' French! And Rita in it has to be Cilla from Coronation Street. That was a good question!

Thanks to all the racers who have joined the search for Adam on my map. You're all lovely.


11:20 am  
Blogger sheepish said...

Hi I can't think of an actress for my heroine because I'm not very good with names, but I shall think about it as it could give more structure to the character. For the hero I would like a young but updated Steve McQueen, like he was in the Great Escape. I'm probably showing my age a bit hmmmm!!

Like Jen I have got a bit stuck with my WIP,other things on my mind, but I'm going to try a bit of free writing to try and unblock. I will also look at change of POV as suggested by novice novelist to see if that might help.

Have a great weekend everyone.

1:43 pm  
Blogger Jane Henry said...

Current hero seems suspiciously like David Tennant... Though I quite fancy Julian Rhind Tutt for him as well - though he ain't ginger enough.

Heroines. Hmm. I think Billy Piper might be good for my heroine in Pastures New. Thought she's probably a bit young. Helen Baxendale might work.

It's actually quite tricky that one.

Have got through about 5000 words this week, so now at 13825. On current rate of progress I might have got to the end of Section one by half term, which is what I am aiming at.

Am finding the research tricky though. Every time I send my heroine to work I suddenly realise I don't know what she does. And I had to completely fudge a ballroom dancing sequence. I was going to use salsa, but my ed wants ballroom dancing, which I've never done. I should try and get to lessons, but I am so pushed for time always, I don't know when to fit them in. Luckily my agent is into ballroom dancing, which is a big relief I can tell you...

1:56 pm  
Blogger Kate.Kingsley said...

I've never really thought about who would play my characters, but I'm going to think long and hard as this might help me visualise them more clearly ~ I can sort of picture them, but they're in soft focus. My two main protagonists are both male, and I'm not good with actors names (I have to refer to most of them "that guy out of that thing with the other bloke, you know who I mean?")

Well done on the draft, Liz ~ thats a real acheivement, even if the initial feedback isn't quite what you wanted. Congrats to Zinnia too ~ and thank you both (and everyone else) for your comments over on my blog too ~ I have a lot of catching up to do!

Err, yes, thats the gist of my current life/writing status ~ much catching up to do. Got knocked for six a bit this week by some unexpected and unpleasant personal/family stuff, cos have spent to week in a metaphorical cave, licking my wounds and alternating between despondant worry about what happened and euphoric relief that things aren't as bad as they could have been.

My, I'm bring a ray of sunshine to the coffee break, aren't I?? On the more positive side of things I picked up my wedding dress yesterday, and i have to tell you that trying on a wedding dress gives you lift like nowt else! Fiance away on stag weekend this weekend, so I plan some uninterrupted writing time to myself.

Have a great weekend, y'all.

2:01 pm  
Blogger Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Catherine Zeta Jones. And her partner would be played by Viggo Mortensen.

Have written a short story but that's all, I'm so not in writing mode that I almost forgot about the coffee break. Jen, one of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to write what I needed to write and not worry about the form it was taking because the form is very much easier to identify and fix after the writing is done than before. Another thing that can be useful is to do it six different ways - not the whole thing, obviously, but e.g. the opening of a scene, or a passage of dialogue. If I do this, I quickly work out which way is the one I want to use.

Liz, I'm jealous of you having feedback already even if it wasn't quite what you wanted, I have to wait until mid-May for mine (sigh). If you've got a character that strong, maybe it would be worth building the novel around her. Will try to remember to email you a para over the weekend.

Jane, have you looked for blogs about ballroom dancing? I haven't, but I bet there are some.

Kate K: thanks :-) - hope life improves soon.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Jane Henry said...

ball room dancing blogs.

Zinnia, you're a genius. Thanks!!

love Janex

2:54 pm  
Anonymous Jen said...

Zinnia & NN: Thanks... I'm going to try re-writing either an existing bit or a new bit in 3rd person and see what happens.

It's not easy, this writing markey, is it??!??!

Seriously... thanks... it just helps to know I'm not alone.

7:30 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

Sorry dears, had to work late at the office again. Yes, I know it's bad for our relationship. Yes, of course I still love you. No, I'm not having an affair....

Ahem...anyway....if you want to know how I've been getting on this week visit my blog for a progress report and few sample paragraphs. Have lovely weekends, all.

7:45 pm  
Blogger Helen said...

Morning Kate - just got my copy of Red magazine and I see your new book is reviewed as one of the best of the month.

8:59 am  
Blogger Novelgirl said...

Oh dear think I'm a bit late for this coffeee break - 3 days in fact but its a good question and thought I shyould comment!

Heroine of my story - someone blonde like Scarlett Johanseen would work well - but maybe someone a bit more troubled like Britney Spears would fit well with my main character Mads!

Novel going ok but def need to get working on it if I aim to have it finished by end of the year!THink I need some inspiration...

10:17 am  
Blogger hesitant scribe said...

Hi All,

I'm late again as usual! Been a hectic week and had hit the wall with my novel, but had a wonderful workshop with Toby Litt today and feeling very inspired to keep going. Jen - maybe a change of pov would help, but Toby Litt said the one thing he has learned is to let things sit for a while and then go back to them. I think Chekov said something similar (putting it in a drawer for 3 months?!). Not that a race affords us that luxury of course, but I've not looked at mine for a while and it'll be interesting to see how it reads now that I've forgotten it largely!

Great to hear from those of you who are doing well - that works to keep me hanging on in there!

Kate - hope things sort themselves out and I bet the wedding dress looks fab! Enjoy!

Last day of the semester tomorrow so once the marking is out of the way there'll be time to throw myself back into the novel... I can't wait!


11:38 pm  
Blogger Peg said...

My protag, who is an amateur sleuth in my chick-lit mystery, would be a younger Sandra Bullock. Sandra Bullock 8 or 10 years ago... The male protag...hmmm, maybe Matt Damon? Meanwhile I've started over for the umpteenth time and am 30 pages in. But it's picking up steam now that I'm more satisfied with the plot.

4:16 am  

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