bred flink

I'm a writer. If you're serious about writing and would like honest feedback, leave a note. I expect the same in return.
Hearts will be broken and egos will be trampled in pursuit of publishable material.

I've got two novels here. Ignore the orange blob, its a novel I am re-working. The blue blob with the legs is Lucky8, a novel I wrote five years ago, took down and re-worked into what you see here.

If writing is re-writing, here's my re-written novel as proof. The major changes I've made were to my Writer's VOICE, and other suggestions for improvement I've gleaned from this site. I generally stay away from the inanity that is the Community Boards and yet, have entered into mutually constructive exchanges with some wonderful folks.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Unreliable Histories
Unreliable Histories

by Rob Gregson

Young cartographer Myrah discovers someone has been interfering with history. More worryingly, it looks like it might well have been her.

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    Rob-Gregson wrote 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Bred, Thanks very much for the thoughts about the cartographer's role and voice. I'm really interested in your thoughts about that and I'm encouraged by the fact that you feel it works as a mechanism for progressing the story. I am always fascinated by that question of 'what the author can get away with' - i.e. what the author can say to the reader - and it's fair to say that it's a idea that becomes ever more closely ...
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    Rob-Gregson wrote 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Bred, Wow. Thanks very much for the very kind feedback to Unreliable Histories, for the thought you clearly put into it and, of course for the backing. It's really very much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed yours. It's an interesting point about the 'brilliant' reference. I was trying, there, to give an impression of his own self-image rather than an objective appraisal but if it's not coming across that way, I need to ...
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    julesh wrote 3 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback matie, I totally 'get' what you are saying - lightbulb moment!!💡With this is mind I'm going to go back through it and change a lot - your comments have been invaluable. Hope I can give you something half as consise in return x😃

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    julesh wrote 3 months ago

    Hi Bred,
    Thank you so much for your comments - i'm in Oz and at work all day but I will take a look at yours tonight. Totally agree on the first Chapter, not happy with it ourselves. Can I ask where you read up to, just so I know where it got better from? Thanks again - have taken your feedback on board & hopefully will improve it because of them 😃

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    zap wrote 3 months, 1 week ago

    I'll start reading yours soon.
    There is no goal for WM. An American publisher has asked for the full MS, but I'm expecting it to land in some binary graveyard. I'm just starting to find my feet as a writer. Maybe the next book about my travels will be created with a target audience in mind. In the meantime I've uploaded a few short stories, just to keep my hand in.

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    zap wrote 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Bred, howzit going? I hope the New Year has seen you in alright (or is it supposed to be the other way round?:-) and you're being creative and happy with your work. I'll take another look at your Lucky8 when you've done the editing you wanted to do.
    Btw, I've sent a friend request.
    Ame

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    A.Paine wrote 4 months ago

    Hi Bred, Read all of what you have up. You really need to post another chapter! I liked it, and thought it was well written. only spotted 2 small potential nits, so thought i'd msg ya. Feel free to ignore. * 'Eaman watched as Dickie Chu, in a faded, multi-coloured leather jacket with a large number 8 on the back, slouch past his window seat, stopping just on the other side of the glass'. - I think it should be ...
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    zap wrote 4 months ago

    Bred, may I ask a question?

    There have been multiple problems with my autho page as well as my books, and I don't know for sure what's visible to other readers. 'Wolfmother' is tagged as complete, but the upload may not have worked. How many chapters have you been able to read?
    Speak to you soon.

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    A.Paine wrote 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks for the comments bred, much appreciated.
    I will get to yours really soon, I just have one to do first.
    And, i always appreciate any advice I might get, so if you have some more thoughts please do msg me or whatever. I'm here to make my writing better.
    Andy.

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    A.Paine wrote 4 months, 1 week ago

    All good for the swap. I'll dig in soon.
    I have prepped my ego for the trampling to come.
    Love the description 'intermittently likable' by the way. ha
    Andy.

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    A.S. wrote 8 months ago

    Thanks Bred! This is a self published title: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JV60S88 if you want to read the rest of it!

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