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    Quote Originally Posted by soapdish View Post

    I got ahead by 1k today and worked out some plot holes. I'm feeling pretty good about it today.

    Can't say how I'll feel tomorrow, though.
    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Good work!

    So, you might fiddle with it tomorrow. No biggy. You've got something to fiddle with.

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    Thanks for the poke guys, I think they must have worked I wrote about 900 words today, it's not a lot, but it's the most I have wrote all month.

    I'm also hoping to start sending Query's for my other novel soon. Hoping for end of Feb or start of March. I think I'll be doing a lot of this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah G View Post
    Thanks for the poke guys, I think they must have worked I wrote about 900 words today, it's not a lot, but it's the most I have wrote all month.

    I'm also hoping to start sending Query's for my other novel soon. Hoping for end of Feb or start of March. I think I'll be doing a lot of this
    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Congrats on the word count.

    I'm not getting why you'll feel a need to hide when you query. [Scratches head or turban, whichever comes first. Turban in my case.]

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    I am behind.


    I *hate* being behind.

    Especially when I see that I am not likely to catch up for a few more days.
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    Crap on toast!! I came to a sudden realization that my protag has no meaningful inner conflict.

    Sure, there's lots of external conflict, but my hero has no defined goal. Survival aside, he isn't really aiming towards anything.

    No wonder this book feels disjointed and a total mess. Survival is a nice goal, but it doesn't give anyone internal conflict. It's a hang along for the ride type of thing.

    So, now I need to come up with an internal conflict and lace it through the book. Once I have that, I might actually have a real novel. Maybe.

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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Well, Sky Warrior, that's no fun. But good thing you noticed it before the book bombed.

    And Soapdish, if you haven't given up, you're still ahead...

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    I haven't done anymore writting, but I have been editing my first book, yet again. I need I hate editing. I am going to write a list of agents tonight as I got good feedback on my Query And start sending them out tommorrow, so I'll be back to checking my email everyday

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    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Hugs on editing. I often enjoy it because I can see something extraordinary emerge from a ho-hum text. But it does get in the way of new writing...

    Congrats on good feedback to your query. Best of luck with agents!

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    Slowly dragging myself back to where I should be. 295 words this morning. It's a start.
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    Hey everyone.

    Sigh.

    Finally. Finally I am editing again. I finished chapter 11 - which I have been working on in tiny little bitty pathetic baby bits for the last 3 weeks. Finally finally.


    Currently NaNoing: The Heroine from Hampshire - gothic romance maybe... kinda

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    I am only 200 words away from being caught up. But that's all my writing time for the day so...
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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    I haven't written much for about a week. We just got new email addresses, and I've been busy notifying folks. Hopefully, I'll get some really work (funny how writers love work and the rest of the world hates it) done this weekend.

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    I am at about 22k. I am supersuperfreaking psyched about this project. It's actually going WELL. And I think I might even be able to finish it (*gasp*)! And even write some scenes in the sequel before getting so sick of the world and characters I trunk it all!

    Then...

    ...y'know what? Not thinking of the future (in terms of writing) at the moment. This project, here and now, that's what matters, because holy crap if I can ever finish a novel my self-esteem would go through the bloody ATMOSPHERE. Which would be a reaaaally nice change of pace...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siri Kirpal View Post
    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    I haven't written much for about a week.
    and/or Depending on which you respond to best.

    Quote Originally Posted by LilliCray View Post
    I am at about 22k. I am supersuperfreaking psyched about this project. It's actually going WELL. And I think I might even be able to finish it (*gasp*)! And even write some scenes in the sequel before getting so sick of the world and characters I trunk it all!

    Man, I LOVE that feeling.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunHorton View Post
    "You should see the things I DON'T write down."

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    Quote Originally Posted by soapdish View Post
    and/or Depending on which you respond to best.
    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Thanks, I always accept hugs. But I wasn't repining or being lazy. Just doing what life gave me to do until I could get back to work. Which was today! Hurray!

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    ...oh, and I'm back on track. I can't believe it, but I am.

    Found a most awesome way to explain why there are no children in the community my characters live in. I'm very pleased with myself. Today. That changes from day to day.
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    congrats, soapdish

    I got chapter 12 edited today.


    Currently NaNoing: The Heroine from Hampshire - gothic romance maybe... kinda

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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Good work, folks!

    Blessings,

    Siri Kirpal
    "The only freedom any of us ever has is the freedom to choose how we will not be free."

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    I feel so unproductive.

    First, I got Norovirus from the con. That was no fun.

    My husband got it too. I got a slight backlash from it.

    I got a tooth extracted. I butchered a chicken and while dressing it, cut my finger. (Those hunting knives are sharp!) And then I've been trying to do royalties, edit and format a book, oh, and trying to figure out my character's motivation and internal conflict.

    Did I mention that he's not helping one bit? I'm writing a throwaway scene where he decides to leave home. Nothing seems to be working even though I've talked about motivations with my DH and things that seem apparent aren't. He is also not as cocky as he should be, being so young. Damn him. I need to whack him upside the head. So, I'm sitting here getting pissy. Not good.

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    Poor sky warrior. That's no fun... Hope your character starts behaving soon. Totally stinks when characters just sit back and sip lemonade while watching you struggle to figure out things about their inner workings... or something like that. Was totally going for an epic metaphor. Epic metaphor fail...

    Aaaand, today is not as good in the self-esteem as yesterday. If I start thinking about what happens after the first draft, I start freaking. I know I cut craploads of stuff in editing--I managed to get a 22k partial draft down to 15k--and I'm worried about length as is; my WIP is at 22k right now, and roughly halfway through the plot? Maybe?

    So I'm really trying not to think about what happens after the first draft. I mean, with my record, I may very well never even get to that point. Just gotta keep reminding myself, get the first draft done, and then I can worry about the length... sigh.

    In other news, was definitely avoiding the part of the scene I ended up writing yesterday. It turned out semi-awesome. Definitely will need much editing, but I love love LOVE how [this book's] main antagonist came across. Definitely a far cry from how I'd originally thought of him, but then, now I know him a lot better. And, incidentally, I know how the dragons in my world work, a little better... not that there are any actual dragons until the sequel, but that is totally beside the point. I really love this world I'm working in. ...except possibly the magic system, but I just need to figure out how exactly that works for people without the innate magic and stuff...

    Geez, I really *do* blather a lot, don't I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bettielee View Post

    I got chapter 12 edited today.


    Quote Originally Posted by sky warrior books View Post
    First, I got Norovirus from the con. That was no fun.

    My husband got it too. I got a slight backlash from it.

    I got a tooth extracted. I butchered a chicken and while dressing it, cut my finger. (Those hunting knives are sharp!)
    That's a lot to happen all at once. I'm so sorry. Damn.


    Quote Originally Posted by LilliCray View Post

    So I'm really trying not to think about what happens after the first draft. I mean, with my record, I may very well never even get to that point. Just gotta keep reminding myself, get the first draft done, and then I can worry about the length... sigh.
    This. Is. Me. Exactly.
    I'll try and stop worrying about it if you do.

    I'm right on track. Still. I'm amazed. Today I added a mysterious garden/farm, and I'm leading up to a dream sequence. Which, come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever written before.
    So, that should be fun. I'm not going to write it until tomorrow though, letting it sort of map out in my head today first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sky warrior books View Post
    I feel so unproductive.

    First, I got Norovirus from the con. That was no fun.

    My husband got it too. I got a slight backlash from it.

    I got a tooth extracted. I butchered a chicken and while dressing it, cut my finger. (Those hunting knives are sharp!) And then I've been trying to do royalties, edit and format a book, oh, and trying to figure out my character's motivation and internal conflict.

    Did I mention that he's not helping one bit? I'm writing a throwaway scene where he decides to leave home. Nothing seems to be working even though I've talked about motivations with my DH and things that seem apparent aren't. He is also not as cocky as he should be, being so young. Damn him. I need to whack him upside the head. So, I'm sitting here getting pissy. Not good.
    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Bah humbug! (I'm good at understatements!)

    Sounds to me like you should avoid sharp instruments whilst wrestling with your characters.

    If the guy doesn't want to be cocky, try telling him he can't be, and see what happens.

    Blessings,

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilliCray View Post
    Poor sky warrior. That's no fun... Hope your character starts behaving soon. Totally stinks when characters just sit back and sip lemonade while watching you struggle to figure out things about their inner workings... or something like that. Was totally going for an epic metaphor. Epic metaphor fail...

    Aaaand, today is not as good in the self-esteem as yesterday. If I start thinking about what happens after the first draft, I start freaking. I know I cut craploads of stuff in editing--I managed to get a 22k partial draft down to 15k--and I'm worried about length as is; my WIP is at 22k right now, and roughly halfway through the plot? Maybe?

    So I'm really trying not to think about what happens after the first draft. I mean, with my record, I may very well never even get to that point. Just gotta keep reminding myself, get the first draft done, and then I can worry about the length... sigh.

    In other news, was definitely avoiding the part of the scene I ended up writing yesterday. It turned out semi-awesome. Definitely will need much editing, but I love love LOVE how [this book's] main antagonist came across. Definitely a far cry from how I'd originally thought of him, but then, now I know him a lot better. And, incidentally, I know how the dragons in my world work, a little better... not that there are any actual dragons until the sequel, but that is totally beside the point. I really love this world I'm working in. ...except possibly the magic system, but I just need to figure out how exactly that works for people without the innate magic and stuff...

    Geez, I really *do* blather a lot, don't I?
    Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Blathering is fine.

    Glad your character is misbehaving the way that improves the text.

    Don't worry too much about word count. You may end up adding a nifty subplot or two.

    Blessings,

    Siri Kirpal
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    Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

    Good work, Soapdish! (I keep typing Soupdish, then re-typing.)

    Dream sequences are fun.

    Blessings,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siri Kirpal View Post
    (I keep typing Soupdish, then re-typing.)
    You aren't the first person to do that. It's okay.


    So... yeah...

    I'm at the point in the novel where it all fell apart the last time I wrote it. The exact place. And it's happening again. I thought for sure I'd outlined my way out of this mess, but apparently I haven't.

    Just 500 words. I keep telling myself that I just have to get 500 words at a time. And to breathe.

    But what happened last time was that I wrote 500, then 500 more etc. etc., and then pretty soon the last half of the book was composed of 500 word chunks of shit that didn't make sense or flow together.


    *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
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