Welcome to this week's Novel Support Group (NSG). Anyone can join. If you're new, tell us a bit about who you are and what project you are working on. Feel free to update the NSG Work in Progress thread with your current projects. Although we can report on any number of things, here is a list of suggestions (suggestions welcomed).
What were your goals last week and did you accomplish them?
Describe what you worked on.
Set goals for next week.
Did you learn something during this week?
Here is a list of things that you can do each week as we work on our novels (suggestions welcomed).
Writing on a novel
Last Week's Goals
Where did the time go? Certainly doesn't feel like Friday. Nothing done this week.
My goals for next week:
More Article Writing
Just do something.
What did I learn this week?
Things are busy at work again, still, whatever. Was hoping to learn something this week but it's been too hectic.
Ah, well, William. Maybe what you learned is "the Red Queen's lesson" that sometimes you have to run as hard as you can just to stay in one place.
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LAST WEEK'S GOALS Metzgerhund Retreat What I said: Finish one story, and write 4K new words. What actually happened: The 4K word goal was easy. Iím at the point with some of the stories where Iíve got the order of events fairly well mapped out, and the characters set, so all thatís left to do is the actual writing. I stopped keeping track once I pole vaulted over the 4K mark, but it would not surprise me to learn that I doubled it. Now, about that part of the goal where I was supposed to finish one of the storiesÖI, uhÖthe dog ate it.
(mainstream novel) What I said: Read the manuscript. What actually happened: I read some of it. OhÖduring my daily walk through the woods, Iíve been having conversations with some of the characters. The squirrels and the deer probably think Iíve lost my mind.
THIS WEEK'S GOALS Metzgerhund Retreat: Letís up the new word count to 6K.
(mainstream novel): Same as last weekÖread the manuscript. But, by this point, I should be ready to start the revision process. So, put that on my list of goals, too.
WHAT DID I LEARN? My knowledge and understanding of being a more efficient and productive writer has multiplied during the past few months; it gives me quite a rush just thinking about it. Iím fully accepting of the fact that I have so much more to discover and to comprehend before Iím anywhere near the level I want to attain, so I keep in mind the words of a phrase Iíve heard quite a few times in quite a few ways: ďUndertake to do it joyfully.Ē
I successfully workshopped my new opening to Null Prophet yesterday. Also worked a little on my North outline.
For next week, I've got 6 sets of comments to wade through, and decide what changes I want to make before querying again.
I'm also thinking about getting back to Unborn for a first revision. The second half is a mess, so I'll start by looking at the current outline and figuring out what major story changes I need to make.
North's been going pretty slow. I think what it needs at this point is to simmer in the back of my mind while I work on other things, and I'll add to the outline as ideas come to me.
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Meredith You have two sets of goals for next week?
I wrote in Angel Kin, she is about to have a fight about fifty feet above the ground on planks of wood stretched between three double posts. It looks like some type of scaffolding and is real. I've had problems trying to figure out how to get her to that part of town and how to get her up there but I think I figured it out. It goes along with a test the bad guy shave her in the first chapter. She still doesn't know those who hired her and act like her friends are trying to seduce her to their side.
Worked on Stone, she beat a large animal form another dimension with help from Jason but instead of running from the police that show up she was suppose to meet with one of the special unit officers. I will have to change that.
One of the reasons I delayed posting this was so I could do some work on "Two Struggles". Finished revising chapter four started chapter five and spellchecked, proofreader chapter one. And sent it to someone to read.
Goals are to keep working on all three.
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A return to the NSG. I've not visited for some time. I have a trilogy in the making. The status of my Shattuk Downs novels. Meredith has seen one.
1. Her Mother's Daughter - Draft done. In to first readers. 2. Daughter Disinherited - Scenes all mapped out. In drafting mode. 13.5K words so far. 3. A Legacy Fulfilled - the last book has all of the scenes mapped out.
My scene maps keep me on a path, for the most part. I've run off the rails a little on the Disinherited path, but I'm writing towards a certain event, so then I'll be back on track. That's okay.
All of my other novel efforts are on hold until the Shattuk Downs series is written.
Next week, I intend to be at the halfway point for the second novel draft (50K words. All three books have a tentative 100K length.)
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