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Cephus

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Sitting at 117k out of an estimated 125k novel, should be done by Wednesday. I'm about to launch into the end of a main character's side quest and then the final battle.
 

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DEADco SAC Aphrodite Deadman and SA Billy Estrella should finish up the serial killer briefing soon and discuss how they are going to trap the killer, not realizing that man proposes, but God disposes. My published historical was a Christian thriller. This crime novel isn’t, but given I am a born-again Christian, God will always be a part of my books. In this one, the carboard Allen Patriarch is a famous TV evangelist who is a hypocrite. Ditto his son. His daughter, Carolina, is the real deal but she is astray. Billy is an atheist. I’m waffling about whether this is going to change. I’m still waffling about Carolina’s fate. I’m still waffling about the fate of her and Billy’s platonic relationship. And, friends and neighbors, I’m about maybe I hope three or four chapters away from THE END of the second draft. The second draft should tie up the cause and effect events, leaving draft three free for polishing, and there’s going to be a whole lotta trimming going on in the briefing scenes.
 

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I finished back in November, sent it out to beta readers (had only one guy give me feedback), spent a couple months editing and then started querying in February. After my first batch (mostly) got back to me, I posted my first chapter on another message board to get some more feedback. Then I spent the last couple months doing a little more editing. Now I'm back to querying, but I still wouldn't mind a few more beta readers to read the WHOLE book.
 
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I'm right in the middle of the novel, my least favorite place. Too far along to stop, nowhere near close enough to the end. The idea for the next novel won't leave me alone, so I'm trying to keep it off my back by brainstorming and jotting down notes when I should be focused on the saggy, sloppy middle of the novel I'm currently writing.
 
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Currently in the middle of the novel too. It's still far away from perfect in terms of grammar wise but at least I've got ideas to jot down for the premise and outline for each chapter. I'm excited about how it would end, the storyline keeps running around in my head :)
 
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I'm at the point where I decide to not pull my hair out and trust my instinct.
I FEEL THIS.


I'm at the point where I scrapped basically everything I had written in order to go literally in another direction on the map. (well I saved it in another document, but I *did* do the ceremonial select+delete in the working document) With this comes the renewed sense of work, but also like, what had I been doing this past month or however long???
 
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Finished today. Came out at 129k and tomorrow, I go into editing mode for the book I wrote prior. I'll be starting the next book on August 2.
 

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One novel I'm editing to be self-published after many passes from agents. Women's Fiction.
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One novel I'm querying. Domestic Thriller.
 

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Working on the final chapter of my story's third act. I still have almost the entire second act to write and I'm already over 151,000 words into it.
 

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At the moment, Agatha is stepping through the mirror known as The Conduit in order to escape the storm of The Razor Winds that is currently laying waste to Malkuth.

She's on her way to Yesod as we speak.
 

benbenberi

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Back to the beginning. After struggling with a critical stuck scene for way too long, I realized that there was in fact no credible way to unstick it -- there was no reason for my MC to willingly get involved in the remaining events of the story she was supposed to be leading. And in fact there was no real reason for her to be involved in the story at all. It's not her story. She's not really the MC. So I've scrapped the whole draft, reworked the outline to excise her (surprisingly easy to do, which means I was very late getting a clue she didn't belong), re-allocated some of the structural roles, gender-swapped a couple of other characters, and discovered this also solves a few other issues in the story the back of my brain had been wrestling with. So now it's back to Chapter 1, Scene 1, and hopefully a much better start to a novel that's been way too long in the making.
 

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I'm gearing up to query one, starting another, and halfway though the draft of a third. Don't really feel like I'm making progress in any, though.