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Posted on 12 Apr 2011 10:31:18 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Do you ever have dreams and think 'wow that would make a great story', I have them all the time just a shame I am no author.
I wonder if some authors get thier ideas that way.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 10:31:19 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
GD that's a wonderful story. It's amazing how just a few words can mean so much. It sounds like your son is a very lucky boy.
And once you make millions from the self-stirring pot, he'll be even luckier!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 11:29:41 BDT
It's a great story, G D. And very true about the fact that our background or our ancestors need not determine who we are. I suspect that what makes a big difference in your case is the fact you recognise and admit that the way your father behaved was wrong. That allows you to choose a different path. Whereas if you had grown up accepting it as normal and OK, that would be more worrying.

Don't writer yourself off as a writer. The skills can be learned...most of us have been learning them for a very long time and are still trying :).

Oh, and re dreams. Yes I get ideas in dreams. But I also have dreams where I have this fantastic idea for a story - then I wake up and realise the bit about thinking it was a fantastic idea was a dream too!
I do have a recurring dream that I'm asleep in bed in my childhood home. I wake up and realise I'm the only person in the house. When I go downstairs the front door is swinging open. I think there must be an intruder but I don't know whether they're still in the house or whether they've gone so I don't know what I need to do to be safe.
It might make a good opening.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 15:13:59 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I have this dream about a guy believe it or not as dreams, but is dreams come true. In my dream he dreams one night (stay with me hear) that a woman who is pregnent gets killed by a suicide bomber in a cafe. He knows he must save her , he does but kills himself in the process as he is dying he realises the reason he must save her. her child grows up to be a very powerful leader a great leader and does alot of good for muslim and jewish relations in the middle east. I told you I have mad dreams.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 15:59:58 BDT
Now there's a book in that. Write it quickly before someone steals it!

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 16:32:09 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I can honestly say I've never had a story idea from a dream. I rarely remember my dreams, actually. The last one I do remember was basically me dreaming an entire shift at work, with nothing interesting happening at all. I then woke up and had to go and do an entire shift at work. Not much of a book in that, unfortunately.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 16:45:55 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I work around 60 to 70 hours a week look after my child on my own, do all the cooking, cleaning ironing ect.
You are more than welcome to the idea just give me aliitle praise or dedication, actually that would make me very proud for someone to write my story idea(no royalties would be expected by me).

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 16:52:24 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Another idea I had was solar powered fridges. look at all the diseas in africa,loads of sun would keep food fresh ect.I bet if thier was huge profits in it like oil this would already be a reality.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 17:58:09 BDT
Florence43 says:
Nice idea, but just getting the government to make it law that all new builds have solar panels and grey water recycling systems would be a start.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 18:02:15 BDT
They do have solar powered fridges. They have solar panels on some health centres. The problem is that although the solar panels that heat water are very effective, the ones that generate electricity are not (altho I'm assured they're improving). On the documentary footage I saw, they had a choice of a fridge or a couple of light bulbs.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 18:19:23 BDT
LEP says:
Now I know that this is politics and there are probably a lot of people who don't agree me with me. The programme project for Red Nose Day on TV this year seemed to be mosquitoe nets and Maleria testing kits for Kenya, where children are dying of the disease by their thousands. A very worth cause and these things only cost about 5 each to supply.

However, it crossed my mind, that Kenya and several of the other Africian countries are extremely rich in resources such as gold, diamonds etc. So what are they doing wrong? Why can't the governments afford such very basic health care for their people? Perhaps the mines etc., should be State owned and the companies given a share of profits whatever.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 20:14:27 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
If you get the chance to watch a movie called Blood diamond do. it explains alot of the politcs around the diamonds in africa, it may make you think twice before you buy that diamond ring you always wanted.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 20:34:38 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Talking about movies I watched a couple of films recently that have been adapted from books. They are so different from the books that they could have been called something else.
If you was an author and someone offered you alot of money to make it into a movie, but the movie would be have alot of changes, even changes to the plot and where the story is set ect, would you take the cash or not?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 20:37:18 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
The best advice I've heard from writers about this is basically - take the money and run.
It's always going to change from the writer's vision to the film maker's, and there's no point getting upset about it. Just cash the cheque. The book still exists.
Doesn't mean I haven't cast my own books in my head several times!

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 20:38:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2011 20:42:16 BDT
Florence43 says:
I can't remember which one it was, but I heard an author speaking a while back about the film version of her book. She said that when you take the cheque you step back and admit to yourself that book and film are different entities. You either take the money or get involved. Doin both will not produce a good result.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 20:42:51 BDT
Florence43 says:
I'd sell to tv as a series.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 20:43:41 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I'd sell to anyone with a cheque book

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 20:45:38 BDT
Florence43 says:
tv would mean a) they have time to tell the wholes storry and b) they are more likely to buy the next in the series.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 21:03:54 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Normally the book is far better than the film.Have you ever read a book then seen the film and the film is better than the book. The only one I can think of is The runaway jury, the book deals with smoking while the film deals with guns, it hits home with a punch, the book does not.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 21:36:20 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
Going back to solar power, a solar powered toaster would be great just imagine fresh toast when you get up in the morning, infact in the future you could have flexible solar panels that could flex against the tent. No more gas needed, you never know.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 22:11:46 BDT
Haha! Again, it's already been done. Not necessarily the toaster. However, you can get a solar panel that's literally a piece of black cloth about a metre square. It connects to the appropriate gadgetry and charges batteries for a satellite phone and laptop. My bro-in-law has one and showed me a couple of years ago (he's a physicist and keen outdoor enthusiast). You'd use it if you were eg trekking in the Himalayas.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 22:13:59 BDT
Flo, the trouble with tv series is that if they're successful they'd want more than you can possibly write. Then they start bringing in their own writers. That's why so many series are great for the first 10 or so episodes then they start getting predictable.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2011 22:18:35 BDT
Danny Gillan says:
I saw Mark Billingham talk recently at Aye Write! In Glasgow. he said he thought the changes the writers made to the recent adaptations of his first two Tom Thorne novels were better than anything he could have come up with. I disagree, as it happens, but he seemed delighted.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 22:42:59 BDT
lisa says:
For my first book, I'd sell my novel to the highest bidder. No problem, no second thoughts. After that, I might start getting particular about the production.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2011 08:21:52 BDT
lisa says:
Talking of dreams, last night I dreamed about writing, and I came up with a brilliant idea for a series. I'm convinced, upon waking, that this would have been a stupendous idea. Problem is, that's all I can remember. Haven't a clue what it was about. I think there was something supernatural going on, but that features in almost everything I write, so no help there. Arggh!
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