quote: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
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): Possibly try to schedule another promotion. It depends on a couple of things falling into place. Scheduled!
Wide Distribution Project: While Amazon continues to fumble for a solution to why their upload turned the text red, I need to start considering other options. Upload that new file and see what happens. Yeah. Amazon said it looked all right to them so go ahead and publish. Now one of my books is out there with red text and I haven't heard from Amazon again.
BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING: Keep on writing. Slightly stalled by other events. Plan to get back on it this weekend--I have four days off.
DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC): Look into stacking some other ads along with the Book Barbarian already scheduled.
Wide Distribution Project: While Amazon continues to fumble for a solution to why their upload turned the text red, I need to start considering other options. E-mail Amazon again. Not that it will do any good.
BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING: Keep on writing.
DUAL MAGICS SERIES: Amazon seems to have activated something called x-ray on my books. This is supposed to allow a description of a character or term to appear, similar to the dictionary function. Unfortunately the descriptions Amazon picked are ham-handed to put it mildly. So now I have to go in and edit those--too. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea, but the timing, not so much.
Not much to say though. Almost have the cover for The Courier. It is Great! Not quite perfect but still very well done. Better than I was thinking it would be. Now if the artist will be willing to add some smudges on her face and outfit. I came up with this kinda of late in the process so I am not sure how that will go over with him.
Worked a tiny on that steampunk-dragon punk thing with no title.
And I forget did I say that I finished the revising of Journey of Mystery? Either way I am. Now to find a beta reader.
Having a strong writing plan, the draft work itself progresses apace. Raw draft writing for me flows at about two thousand words per session. However, from that, maybe two hundred words survive into the next draft. This used to disrupt the progress. Woodcraft likewise is additive then subtractive, additive, subtractive, and so on. Each phase of the craft, from raw wood to finish, additive, subtractive. From that art, this art too shall flow.
Another observation direct from writing culture: statistics from accomplished writers surveyed show that an average hundred thousand word novel consumes one thousand hours raw to finished, ready for submission draft, roughly six months labor. If accepted for publication, another thousand hours labor for the editorial process and writer's share product marketing correspondence. The math for words per minute then is about 1.5 (100,000/1000/60). What, 1.5 words per minute? Oh the tedious horrors! Who typewrites that slow? Twitter scatter, text message, Fakebook. . . what, at least average minimum typewriting speed is twenty-five words per minute; practiced typists, sixty words?
Average English reading rate is one hundred fifty words per minute, about seventh grade reading and comprehension skill level. Oh, about one hundred times faster than novel writing speed!? If anything, this means the general tendency is to rush the writing process.
From "Being a Glossary of Terms Useful in Critiquing Science Fiction," by David Smith of Clarion workshops. "Get-it-in-the-mail syndrome. Prose over which the author, in his eagerness to finish a work, has taken too little time or care. It implies that the author can easily fix the problems if he concentrates on them. (CSFW: Sari Boren)"
From the above, okay, this is a marathon. The current woodwork in progress has consumed one thousand hours time and approaches the light at the end of the tunnel -- and a $$$$ commission. Today's woodwork planned task, fit bottoms into drawers and glue up. Writing task, leisure expansion of dramatic movement for the novel's first part.
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