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I talked with local printers. Going 'chapbook' first is going to be the best and Least Expenive way to go. 👍🏻



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8/3/15 12:35 P

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I submitted a book review this morning and am in the middle of the next book review but getting caught up with Sparkpeople first.

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Works for me! In the Romance Writing world, novellas are under 40K.



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Hope to finish my first draft today. Since my research has found that there is no set word count rule for a novella, even publishers disagree, I will stop when I reach The End, regardless of word count. So I have written either a long short story, or a short novella (both of those terms sound equally insipid if you say them out loud).




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Myrea, I remember those days. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) I have nothing on submission right now that would require refreshing. :)

I cut over 1k from my MS. Very sad since I was excited to be over 70k words and now I'm back down to 68.5. :(



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I've got four stories and my novel all out on submission, and every time I sit down to write something new, I find myself stalking the publishers and refreshing my email every 30 seconds instead.

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Did some editing.
Added another 600 words.



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I read an article on the web a few months ago that talked about writing about your weight loss goals. This article gave lots of suggestions as to what to write about. I like the idea

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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I, like a nation of others, have a file full of my weight loss/health goals. Maybe I should have them made into a 'quilt'?
Another 500 words today. But whose counting.

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working on writing out my goals for losing weight

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Need to work on my cast of characters, a'la Dame Christie. It looks like i'very been taking character lessons from the Charles Dickens - Wilke Collins school. I'll worry about killing a few off after I finish the rough draft.



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worked on an essay yesterday. need to try to work on a short story

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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At least hubby was honest!



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Posted a blog update last night. I'm going to aim for new entries every Monday and Thursday. Which means I'm two weeks into my blog and already a week behind schedule, but who's counting?

My first version of the post, I gave to my husband and he said it read like a book report.

UGH.

What hurts is that he was right. I'm going for informative but humorous, and I landed in soporific instead.

Even the revised version isn't as witty as I would have liked, but it's my first real post.

I'm working on one for tomorrow about reasons for going on a diet, and how there are "right" and "wrong" reasons. That should be easier to jazz up because it's based on personal experience rather than trying to be a somewhat informative review.

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Wrote another 525 words, but still not close to my 'goal' of 20K-30K. I need to go back and re-read "Write your Novel in a Month'.
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yes so true

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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True, sigh.



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Even if it did, it's hard to edit your own work.



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I received some excellent notes from proofreader . I made all of the corrections for the first three chapters. It's a Much 'smoother ' read.. Wish my mind worked like a proofreader's.



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no writing over the weekend for me.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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not yet, but thanks for reminding me. I got up early and got so busy I forgot to write anything. i'll rectify that now.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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Ready to start 'chapter' 12.
Actually, until I finish, I won't be these chapters are just reference markers. The actual creating of chapters will be during final revision.



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morning pages and some writing prompts and brainstorming

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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wrote in my journal

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Wrote a poem today, and edited one I found I had wrote years ago.

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I posted the first three 'chapters' of my humorous mystery novella on Writing.com



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wrote two short essays

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Finish Ch. 5, begin 6.



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did some journaling. did some reading

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morning pages
some writing prompts in my book in the line to the ferry this evening.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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Still working on my Character list. Last night a new one just walked into my Protag's art gallery, who does she think she is? Normally, the answer would be "That's up to me", but
so far that hasn't been the case.
I wonder how many of the character's will end their existence during the second draft?



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did journaling and reading today. helps me think

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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morning pages, then a 7 page addendum where I just poured a bunch of demons out til time to go to work. I think it improved the outlook of my day doing that. now tomorrow I can concentrate on working on my stories.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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Hey, dropping a live bomb down a characters pants moves any story along !



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You come up with a outrageous red herring and/or a body is discovered in an unexpected and unusual location. Amazing how it works if you have a mystery or suspense story or scene.
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I did that. Got stuck, so I planted a bomb that blew up a character's house. He survived, but with some major psychological trauma to him and the MC who blames herself for getting him involved.

Really moved the plot along, and raised the stakes.

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I am writing the next chapter. Don't know if I should keep it light and airy, thought provoking, or action-packed...

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I am more on track with journaling and reading. Always helps me keep my writing muscles stoked.

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hubby home, visited friends for 4th -- didn't have time to write

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morning pages, but I'm gonna be cleaning my office, shelving my books, and writing more short story first drafts.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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started working on my "write your weight loss story".

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Sent first three chapters to my beta-reader.
Each chapter seems to be coming in about 1500 - 2000 words. Perfect, since I'm not writing an epic.

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OK!



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first time went fine. did something so I changed name

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Wrote another 700 words for WIP. Also reading Pressfields Art Of Work. He completely destroys every excuse a writer/artist can dream up for resisting the urge sit down and create. Very motivating.

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Writemann, it probably won't work for my light and fun contemporary romance. *laugh*

Gwynlee, how did it go? First time?



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went to writers group yesterday

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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some more of a first draft

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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You come up with a outrageous red herring and/or a body is discovered in an unexpected and unusual location. Amazing how it works if you have a mystery or suspense story or scene.



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...did you kill someone?
(I don't know what an Agatha Christie is - enlighten!)



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Wrote myself into a corner . I couldn't figure out how to get out of it, so I did an Agatha Christie . Ended up rewriting two scenes and an additional 265 words. Dame Agatha works.



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started a writing project -- have to finish it today

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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morning pages again, but just a snippet of a silly idea I'm working on (at least I got it on paper, though, it'll be a help later!)

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

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Mornings do not work for me. Ever. I'd like to think I can get up that half hour earlier than normal and go through writing exercises, but in reality, I'd hit my snooze button 20 times and end up late for work.



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sort of. started reading "the artist's way" and did the morning pages today. didn't work on MY work, per se, but it was freeing and I can see it being a routine for a while. gonna try it out and see if it helps.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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will work on some writing today

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Sent the first 3 chapters to one of my readers. Working on ch. 4.



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just to say hi

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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That's great, Toni! Keep it up!

I am now above 61K and can breath easy that I won't drop below 60K even if I cut stuff. *whew*



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I have an idea I want to pursue in an essay. It's been awhile since I've felt some direction, even though I've been journaling, and I'm excited.

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thanks -- I will use all those ways to come up with ideas

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Still above 60K, but barely. I'm hoping today I can firmly get past 61 so I can breathe.

I'm trying to think of where I got the idea for the romance I'm now working on (Gone With the Wendy) but I don't remember at all. I think it might have started with the title. Actually, it did start with the title - wow, that was a long time ago, when FSOG first came out, the power was out at work, and we were talking about housekeepers. But I don't remember exactly how it happened.



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My story ideas come from all over the place.

Songs
movies
TV shows
car commercials
a construction site
video games
news stories
random bits of overheard dialogue
a fuzzy pencil
wasps building a nest
fortune cookies
photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures

Open your mind to the possibilities and ask "what if..." a lot.

You see a gardener trimming a tree on the side of the road. "What if the tree could talk?" "What if a body was buried under that tree the day it was planted?" "What if that man is the long lost king of an obscure island nation in the south Pacific?"

If you ask yourself enough "what if..." questions through the day, when you sit down to write a story, there should be a bounty of ideas at your finger tips.

--Myrea

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I live in a small town,15k or so. So we end up having a lot of local filler in our twice weekly newspaper. I usually read the police report page and the local events page. I find a story that gets my attention and I ask "what could go wrong with this ...." Now I have a plot and tension to start writing. I quit asking 'what if ..." = Thin plot, no tension.



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so where do people get their ideas for writing projects?

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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emoticon , Abby.

Goal today: 600+ words

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yes great job Abby!!

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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WOOT WOOT! Great job Abby! Someday I'll face the same problem. emoticon

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My goal last night was to not drop below 59K while editing. I'm so close to 60K that it hurts to delete those unnecessary words. And I succeeded, yay!



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goal is smae

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Goal = 500+ words today.



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going to research information I want to write about. also going to research for ideas on short story I want to write

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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MyLiberty - Yay!!! Keep those creative juices flowing!

Aangel, Christmas stories are big! Keep working at it!



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Nope. It's more a sweet romance (but with a few hot parts) with some tension thrown in.

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Does your Santa Baby have as much sexual double entendre as the song does?



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This way just seems to work for me. If I get stuck on one story I just jump to another one until I can get a handle on what I'm stuck on. Right now Santa Baby seems to be flowing the best for me out of the three.

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I got past a writer's block. At least, I did for now. I hope it doesn't show its face again anytime soon.

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Aangel, I would not be able to keep that all straight. I had a hard enough time doing copy edits for one story while writing another!





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got my essay written and the start of my short story

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Just an update on where I am on all three of WIPs. I wasn't able to work on any of them yesterday. Big Boss was at work for a meeting (as of now my job is safe!).

Santa Baby - Starting chapter 10 (11,096 words)
Incubus MC: Demon - Almost done with chapter 5 (4,233 words)
Paranormal Operations, Inc: Taylor - Just started chapter 18 (57,504 words)

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yep I will

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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So get them on paper!



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oy those ideas in my head need to be on paper

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Did some rough drafting to work out the best way to introduce the crime and protagonist. Must get it done in the first 300 words.

My daughter asked me if I was going to put a cat or dog in it? I told her I wanted to totally avoid the cozy syndrome, so I would include either a stuffed dog or cat that had a mind of it's own.

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not yet, but I'm about to.

had a heckuva writing session yesterday brainstorming out the wazoo and making synopses for a few short stories. can't wait to continue working on 'em (and on other stuff).

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

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just to say hi

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Sounds like Mudpuddle was beneficial. If you don't want to join a critique group, that might be the way to go.

Let me tell you - readers need a lot less information than you think they do. So if both the critiques said the same thing, maybe think a little harder if you really need what they said to change. Not saying change it, but think about it a little more.

Congratulations on putting your work out there! It can be very, very scary, but better you do it now then get rejected by agents and editors because of easy things you could have fixed.

(And are you going to Nationals? I'm not. No flow. :)



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