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Meredith
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Welcome to this week's Novel Support Group. 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
Characterization
World Building
Relevant research

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As for me:

Last Week's Goals:

DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC): Set up a mailing list and start preparing first newsletter.
Ack! Not yet. [Frown]

DUAL MAGICS SERIES: As time permits, go through the x-ray listings for the Dual Magics boxed set and THE BARD'S GIFT.
Time did not permit. [Razz]

BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING: Keep on writing.
Yes. [Smile]

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.
Yes. [Smile]

Next Week's Goals:

DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC):
Set up a mailing list and start preparing first newsletter. Really.

DUAL MAGICS SERIES:
As time permits, go through the x-ray listings for the Dual Magics boxed set and THE BARD'S GIFT.

BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING:
Keep on writing.

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.

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MrsBrown
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Where is everyone? Hatrack seems dead, compared to some years ago when I visited often.

My goal is to get my feet wet again, and be gentle with myself.

IDA (novel) - write something, anything
OR
various short works - write something, anything
OR
generate a sample 1st 13 sentences to post,
OR
respond to someone else's 1st 13.

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extrinsic
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Everyone fled to the suburbs or got busy with life's insistent demands or -- or what? Diverted to anything but Hatrack in any case. Things also got more unpleasant than constructive there for a while. Blame it on entities who preferred negative attention to no attention and harshed the mellow here and across the Digital land. The Great Hope of self-publication distracted the conversation and also showed its warts. Alternative social and entertainment channel immediate, effortless gratification outlets stole the heftier market share from the satisfactions of hard work creative expression demands and rewards. And the pendulum swings to and from.

Oddly, maybe, the pendulum swing parallels a roughly twenty-five year-ish boom and bust cycle, like solar sunspot activity, like climate patterns, like economies, like a generational age's phase spans: youth, middle age, late adulthood, the sunset years. Solar maximum occurred in 2014 and was one of the weaker sunspot maximums recorded. 2014 was also a minimum global climate activity period year, with inertial and momentum lags. The global economy minimum bottomed out in 2008, a solar minimum year, and suggests that 2017-'18 is an economic maximum span. The Millennial's, or Y-generation, span ended about 2015-ish, from a 1990-ish onset. The X-generation, though, is at present the main consumer target of entertainment and material commodity markets. The Boomer generation of late adulthood entertainments and commodities remains a powerful block, though. And the Y-generation's toehold has yet to show long legs, is due anytime.

Does culture's creativity also follow a maximum-minimum cycle pattern? The publication market does. Might the Great Recession's miseries have impacted creative time expenditure budgets? And the blockbuster Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and Hunger Games sagas dominated entertainment channels and neglected new content. Demonstrated by a dearth of remakes and evermore sequels and derivatives and reinterpretations of outdated classic content dominate entertainment channels, the culture overall anymore is desperate for new creative content. What's newly fresh and to come? Y- and Boomer generation satires and satires of X-generation vice and folly?

Edited to add:
Pick a nearby and dear social poison and virtue, incorporate its contest into a narrative's tangible dramatic movement. One feature I've noted that adds appeal, endurance, timelessness, and -- well, writing challenges to successful and award winning narratives is a congruent subtext moral texture contest.

[ November 05, 2017, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: extrinsic ]

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Disgruntled Peony
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My new job has all but killed any interest in writing for the last month or so. I'm trying to rekindle the urge, with very limited success.
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