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Meredith
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Okay, I'll post for this week. I hope your back is better, William.

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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
Characterization
World Building
Relevant research
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Lsst Week's Goals:

On the Shelf
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE
THE IGNORED PROPHECY

DREAMER'S ROSE: Continue to let this one rest while I contemplate what almost amounts to a rewrite.
Easy Goal

BLOOD WILL TELL: Wait for the critiques of the first three chapters to come back so I can make a decision on whether it really should be YA.
Another easy goal

MAGE STORM: Continue the revisions for the third draft.
Up to chapter four.

SEVEN STARS: Rework chapter one.
Started, not finished.

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.
A whole bunch of critiques.
Yes and yes.

Next Week's Goals:

On the Shelf
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE
THE IGNORED PROPHECY

DREAMER'S ROSE:
Continue to let this one rest while I contemplate what almost amounts to a rewrite. I'm unlikely to get back to this one before next year, since I am now focusing on MAGE STORM.

BLOOD WILL TELL:
Wait for the critiques of the first three chapters to come back so I can make a decision on whether it really should be YA. So far, the one critique that's come back agrees that it should be YA.

MAGE STORM:
Continue the revisions for the third draft. Get to chapter 11.

SEVEN STARS:
Rework chapter one. Do a little on chapter two

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.
A whole bunch of critiques.

[This message has been edited by Meredith (edited November 12, 2010).]


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Owasm
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My goal was to finish my 50,000 goal by the end of the second week. I did it in ten days. Now I have to finish the novel. I'm supposed to be about two-thirds done. We will see if I can stretch this out. Right now I feel I'm more like 3/4 done.
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PREVIOUS WEEK
"Metzgerhund Empire" (YA): Essentially the same as the last two weeks: Iím getting closer to the results I want, both with the ever-troublesome Verse Seven and the agent cover letter, but I find myself sneaking away from the novel and spending time working on a series of short stories that are based on the same characters. If this enjoyment carries over into my performance on the novel and the letter (and I already know it does!), then I donít mind the diversion one bit.

Mainstream novel: Iíve been alternating between writing new scenes and editing current passages. Essentially, Iím working on whatever I feel like working on at the time.

"Agents of the Fourth Wind" (SF): Itís been nearly a month since Iíve touched the actual words of this story, but Iíve been slowly piecing together certain aspects of what I feel will be the pivotal scene.

UPCOMING WEEK
"Metzgerhund Empire" (YA): Continue work on the last few scenes of the last chapter, and rewrite the agent query letter.

Mainstream novel: Business as usual.

"Agents of the Fourth Wind" (SF): Continue my technical research. One of these days, I might actually write an actual sentence or two.

BLOGGATHAH
Only one new post: Studieth

NOTES
Two of my science fiction short stories, and one mainstream short story, currently reside on the desks and/or slush piles of various editors.

I'm working on a brand new SF short story, and my projections tell me I will be finished with it a few months after the Mayan calendar says we're all going to die.

I've taken two of my SF short stories out of circulation, and am preparing them for a radical makeover of sorts.

If youíre interested, check out the details of all my writing exploits on my site.

S!
S!


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genevive42
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I've fallen behind on Sandfishing. I only got one scene in Chapter 4 done so far. I'm going to try to correct that this weekend.
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Another week gone already?
Darn. The day job and family things--oh, and living--are soooo detrimental to my writing.

I envy those of you who have the discipline to get something written everyday.

Alright. Enough kvetching.
This week's modest goals: I have a few hours this weekend and two days off next week to further the second act of The Golem of Chester Court. I also wish to conduct research on modern Yemen and expand the story outline I wrote this week for a Ludlum/LeCarre-like novel extrapolated from recent events. The latter is a collaboration with my 81 year-old father, who has written seven mysteries -- and who is retired and has the time to research and write!

I want to be just like him when I grow up.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob


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The weeks do go by so fast. I like this weekly posting though because it keeps me on my toes.

I did good this week. My goal was to finish chapter three and write Monday through Friday. While I didn't write Monday through Friday I did finish chapter three, but it is mostly because of a conference call with Kevin J. Anderson and his 11 tips. By the end of the call I was so motivated to write that I sat down and wrote the whole rest of chapter three in one hour. Yay!


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Not sure how many words I got in "Bright Lights and Chaos" but it's the only work I've done this week so far. Tonight and tomorrow there will be a couple of crits and there's these notes and notes on another forum.

I see that a couple of members of this here group, have not worked on WIPs.

I have a couple I would like to finihsh.

One is a UF novel, actually my first UF novel idea, I think four chapters. Things are set up for the main bad guy, and the troubles my MC and his wife are having but for some reason I haven't work on it for months.

Then there's a space opera I am working on chapter six. Part of that problem may be I have gone too far off what I envisioned the story to be. That has created a writer's blog before. But I would have to go back and check on where I left the "road".

And lastly there's a fantasy novel I'm almost done with. Maybe three/fourths to ninety percent done. Part of the problem might be is that I've learned a lot about writing(supposedly) and I would have to go back and redo over half of the novel. That's true for the space opera also. In that one there could be three types of writing in it. Supposedly each type would be an improvement on the pervious type. Someday I do want to finish all three.

But not this month. And not while working on my other WIPs, two of which I will finish in the next couple of months, after I start them up again in Dec.

[This message has been edited by LDWriter2 (edited November 13, 2010).]


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BenM
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Did the first run through of my outline, made a list. Also started work on a more comprehensive backstory as it's clear that certain setting elements need more consistency. This week, typing up all my handwritten notes from last week and start editing together the outline.

I want to start writing chapter 1 December 1st, so will be working with that in mind.


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Thank you for posting, Meredith. It's been a bad couple weeks.

I've been so distracted by other things in life that I have barely thought of writing. I have little else to say. With the holidays approaching I can *hope* I will have more time, but often that just makes things busier.

-- William


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