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Posted by Meredith (Member # 8368) on :
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
World Building
Relevant research


As for me.

Last Week's Goals:

MAGE STORM: Think about submitting this to a small publisher or else do another rewrite.
No decision yet. [Frown]

MAGIC AND POWER: Send out three more queries.
Yes. [Smile]

THE SHAMAN'S CURSE: Watch and see how sales go on Kindle Select.
Pretty well, actually. [Smile] Although borrows are starting to outpace sales.

THE IGNORED PROPHECY: Wait for beta readers.
One critique back. Starting to plan the attack on the revisions. [Smile]

BEYOND THE PROPHECY (Briefly PATHS OF CHAOS): Keep the first draft moving along. (Hopefully, pick up some momentum.)
Well, the heat wave kept me from making much progress. I know exactly what happens in the next few chapters, but this might get sidelined for revisions to TIP. [Frown]

DREAMER'S ROSE: Pause, for now.
Easy one. [Smile]

WEIRD OZ: Let the new ideas ferment a bit.
Another easy one. [Smile]

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

Next Week's Goals:

Think about submitting this to a small publisher. But I may want to rewrite it with a slightly older protagonist first. I won't have an opening to do that for a couple of months.

Send out three more queries.

Continue to watch how sales go on Kindle Select.

Start working on the revisions from the first critique to come back.

Try to keep the first draft moving at least until I get through the next chapters I have in my head.

Pause, for now.

Let the new ideas ferment a bit.

Update my blog twice a week.
Posted by Owasm (Member # 8501) on :
I've been editing my print proofs of the re-launch of the Shattuk Downs novels. I still can't believe I published an earlier draft of the first book to e-books. *shakes head* A lot of work ahead. I've gone through the first volume and half of the second. It's a hard slog and I'm anxious to return to fresh writing.
Posted by Natej11 (Member # 8547) on :
Been a slow week for me. I didn't quite reach my goal of at least 10 pages for a few days in a row, but I managed to at least get some writing done the first day and around 7 pages and some random scenes the others. Yesterday things picked up again and I jumped slightly ahead of myself in the story to almost completely finish my hero's run through the treasure trove. Thanks to my work yesterday I had the groundwork to also make solid work today, and I've already made a lot of progress.

It's kind of exciting to see that even though I'm only about a third of the way through the book when it comes to organized and completed chapters, I've got a good 70 manuscript pages beyond what I've done, waiting for me to fill in the blanks and link them to the story. A chunk of that will be writing I probably won't use, but even so it feels more like I've got 2/3s of the book done and some of the writing days ahead will be easier. I might be able to get far more than 10 pages on some days, even.

So after a lull earlier I'm back in stride and looking forward to where the story takes me next. This is a story I was excited about from the start, an adventure story similar to Fablehaven but with a few twists from the usual.

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