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. 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
Wow. Another week went by. 12 hour days have knocked writing the as far from my mind as can be. I was much busier on this programming project this week.
My goals for next week:
Outline Focused Conflicts
Even though this project launches early next week I'm sure it will take me a way from writing. However, my goal would be to review the status of my outline so I can re-familiarize myself with it.
DREAMER'S ROSE: Finish up the new section at the beginning and start work on the revisions. Yes! I'm sure in some places it's what my grandmother would have called "a lick and a promise", but the first draft of the new beginning is done!
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE: Let it rest before trying to cut some more. Easy goal.
THE IGNORED PROPHECY: Make new revisions as the critiques come back. Yes.
BLOOD WILL TELL: Nothing this week. Another easy goal.
SEVEN STARS: Let it rest. Keep making notes as things occur to me. Easy.
OTHER: Update my blog and try to keep it updated at least once a week. Submit my new short story "Becoming Lioness" (formerly "The Wrong Lion"). Yes to all. In fact, "Becoming Lioness" has already been rejected and resubmitted eslewhere. It was the nicest rejection I've ever gotten.
Next Week's Goals:
DREAMER'S ROSE: Work on the revisions. I really want to get this one ready for a reader. The extensive revisions won't start for about ten more chapters, and I usually am pretty quick about the revisions anyway.
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE: Let it rest before trying to cut some more.
THE IGNORED PROPHECY: I've got a chapter exchange going on this one. Make new revisions as the critiques come back. Get ready to make extensive revisions on the beginning.
BLOOD WILL TELL: Nothing this week. I've still got eight queries out that I haven't heard back on. I'm reluctant to put too many out at one time.
SEVEN STARS: Let it rest. Keep making notes as things occur to me.
OTHER: Update my blog and try to keep it updated at least once a week. Maybe start a new short story.
======= DREAMER'S ROSE is ready for a chapter exchange if anyone is interested. Fantasy, 91,000 words, about a man who succeeds at everything until he finally succeeds in becoming a god--and finds nothing has prepared him for that or for his failures.
Today's the last day of my 200 words a day - phew! I am not good with this scheduled production thing. Sit down at write 2K once a week? Sure. Sit down and squeak out 200 a day and I feel like I'm pulling teeth.
That said, my word count has soared and I am now well over 30K, so there's that at least. Plus I made my map.
Goals for this week: 1) Go back and start making a POA of revisions and outlining, to try to get a handle on the behemoth this WIP has become. 2) Get some WotF revisions in.
I usually write 2000 words a day, and 1k at the bare minimum. Two hundred word snippets would cause my writing to look like a long, derailed thought train. How do you do it?
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I worked a bit on the outline of a political thriller novel. I've been introduced to Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series and wanted to try and see if I can outline a novel in that genre.
I also put some time into rewriting my Panix novel. UPDATE: Actually I finished the current rewrite, which was inserting a new character and fixing the language as I went. Now I have to examine the major critiques I had from a reader and see what else I have to do. At that point it's on to query letters.
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VH - This was a month-long challenge, and not something I think I want to do again. I'm more of a write-in-large-spurts person, too. Like 2K or 5K or 10K in a day. But what the 200 words a day made me do is sit down and pull out at least 2-3 paragraphs of plot development every day instead of procrastinating it for weeks and weeks, then binge-writing before putting it away again for another few weeks.... Steady progress must be made - no writer's block allowed! (But skipping ahead to a part where you know what happens is okay :-) )
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quote:Meredith, I just tried sending you your chapter back, and it came back twice as undeliverable.
I just sent you an e-mail. Try to reply to that one. The only thing I can think of is that we may have gotten too many replies strung together and it choked on that. I've gotten other large files recently for crits, so that shouldn't be the problem.
I didn't do so good last week. This week, my goal is to finish WOTF editing round 2 (well, it has gone through more passes than that, but this will be version 2 that is sent out to group). I would like to start my next round of edits, but I am not sure how much I can reasonably accomplish in a week. This is hopefully my final pass before finding people to crit, so it might be a bit slower.
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I'm looking for a couple of people to peruse my Panix query letter. I'm about ready with my final draft and am eager to see if I can get any agent interest. A bit of a taste... the first paragraph:
Panix versus the Murgontians is a 94,000 word fantasy adventure-thriller set in a land where a moribund magic-based economy is challenged by Murgontia's steam-based technology. Panix is at the center of this change as he struggles with his own issues while he creates new ways to deal with an aggressive Murgontian threat to the stability of his world.
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