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*laugh* I've learned to curtail my afflictions of Shiny New Idea Syndrome and focus!



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What, me edit?

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Having fun with the short story. I even got so involved that I didn't snack as much and lost 2 lbs.

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Elf, all days should be for editing until your story is FINISHED. :P JMHO. YMMV. HAND.



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12/13/14 4:45 P

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Thanks everyone. I learned a lot writing Last Christmas. Mostly about trying to edit something. I'm not sure I did it right, but at least I have a better idea about editing now. I've also started another short story.

I haven't forgot mt novel, just taking a break.

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I started a new short story. I am excited about it. I have never done a historical short story, but I am giving it a try.

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Worked on novel today. I'm trying to do a schedule were certain days are for new writing and certain days are for editing.

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emoticon Aangel3

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Congratulations! I find it very hard to write short. I think that's a talent all on its own.



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12/9/14 4:53 P

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WOOT WOOT! My first short story is done and I posted on my brand spanking new WordPress blog. If anyone would like to read it, it's here:

Titled Last Christmas.

Hmmm...link won't work. Maybe cut and paste?

https://freeingmymuse.wordpress.com/

Enjoy!

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I heard back from my beta reader. She had a few things that I fixed, then I used a red pen to go though the whole thing again on paper and fixed some odd sounding stuff. I still have to make the changes in my writing program, then I'll send it back to her for a last look. I'd like to post it this week.

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Today I started editing a short story that I might show some coworkers cause one keeps mentioning how I haven't shown them anything I've written so far. It's a bit tame compared to some of my other things, doesn't show much on the romance side, so we'll see.

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I finished Chapter 13 last week. And instead of starting chapter 14, I decide to try writing a short Christmas story. I have that done now (with some light editing). It's 5,904 words long and bit on the Christmas fringe side. emoticon I sent it to my beta reader and haven't heard back from her yet. I'm going to try and post it on my blog after she gets back to me. I really need some feed back on it.

And just in case the Spark censors don't let me post it here, I'll be post it on my Pro Board.

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12/8/14 11:29 A

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I get to what (at least to me) natural break in my writing and then start a new chapter.

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12/3/14 11:44 A

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I don't write in chapters. I add asterisks for a scene break, and then when I'm done, I'll count off 5K word blocks and see where to best end a chapter.

I do this mostly so I don't have to go back and find what chapter I'm on. *laugh*



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12/2/14 1:20 P

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I seem to have a mini streak going on right now in that I'm getting about an hour a day in on my WIP. Chapter 13 is 2/3 of the way done!

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11/26/14 1:52 P

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Oh, that's nice! Heh - my hubby works at a school, so he gets off all school vacations. It's nice because we have kids, so we don't have to find day care for them, but it also means if I take time off, I'm in a house full of people!



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emoticon Yeah...mine depends a lot on what hubby has planned. I took vacation around Christmas. Days that he won't have off. I'm hoping to spend a lot of that time writing.

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Any time I have family visiting, my writing time diminishes by 100 percent.



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WooHoo! Chapter 12 is done and off to my beta reader. It came in at 3,670 words. Now on to Chapter 13. I'm off work the rest of this week (last day is today). My mom will be here for Thanksgiving but I hope to find time to work on the new chapter.

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Stressed, maybe, but it seems as if you have A Plan, and that's a good thing!



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My writing time is pretty much catch it as I can right now. Still fighting the insurance company, getting ready to maybe race this weekend (Wed-Sun).

I have several things going on right now in the writing dept. Working on the last bit of chapter 12 of my main WIP. I felt I needed to get at least one love scene down (that looks like about 1K words in itself). Plus started a shorter WIP based on a character in the main WIP. And got a few paragraphs down about the bad boy (not the BIG baddie, just a lesser one, maybe turns good) in the main WIP.

I've been a bit stressed lately! emoticon

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Man, it would take me five hours to get 5K words. I have only two hours of writing time a night. :)



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I'm at 5K words today so hovering at the 15K mark now! Back on track and feeling a lot better with some kinks worked out in the story~

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


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I'm round 10K words but I decided to break today just to think about where I am at in the writing process. I also wanted to read a few things, back at it again tomorrow. I seem to be going at about a 3000 word a day pace so far. Some days better than others of course. I built in a few rest days if I need them this month but its not cannon. I think as long as a good pace is maintained then all shall be 50K by the 28th/29th!

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


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2/3 of chapter 12 is done. I did a little over 900 words on it Monday.

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NaNo Day 3 = 1683 words it's not getting any easier.

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Well, we're on NaNo day 3 and my word count to date = 0.

I had to work Saturday and Sunday, about 12 hours each day, and by the end, there was no way I was sitting in front of the computer for another 90 minutes to get my 1667 words done.

So, my NaNo starts today, with a 2000 word per day goal. That way, I have a cushion if life gets in my way again during the month.

My first story is a Wild West zombie apocalypse.

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NaNo Day 2 = 1670 words

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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NaNoWriMo,day 1 = 1640 words....why couldn't I write the last 26? Weird, but they were just not there, not in the keep the story moving sense.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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I really don't know Abby. I'd like to see it published if it's good enough. But I have to get to that point first. emoticon I'm really enjoying the writing. It's like I know these people I'm writing about. As I get closer to getting it done, I'll have to figure out what the next step will be.

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Aangel, so when you're done writing the whole thing, what are you going to do?

I don't edit as I go.



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I got to about the 1/3 mark in Chapter 12 last night. emoticon

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Did more research on Richard 1.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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I finish a chapter (my chapters tend to run over 3000 words) in Scrivener. I then paste it into Word (fixing any spelling that Scrivener might have missed). Re-read what I wrote (I try to catch grammar stuff here, just a quick look over). Then I send it off to my BFF/beta reader. I then move on to the next chapter until I hear back from her. I look at what notes she sends me to decide if I need to fix something, add or explain something, etc (to her or in the story). I make those changes I feel I need to. Sometime (if it's a lot) I send the rewrite back to her. Then I print that chapter out and add it to the binder that has each chapter so far in it.

My BFF has been really helpful (sometimes I think maybe to helpful! LOL). She likes the bits of humor that are in the story and the flow of what she's read so far.

So that's how I'm doing it. emoticon

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!!!

Okay, I have a question about your writing process. When you say you finished a chapter, what does that mean? I have images of you typing out pages, getting to the end, and sending it off. Or does finishing mean getting to the end, reading it over, fixing stuff up, reading it again, and then sending it off?



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Well..the new laptop was stolen last week. So now I have another new one. And I just today completed chapter 11 and sent it off to my beta reader (they other two seem to be to busy to read the chapters they already have!). Now on to chapter 12!

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I worked a bit on it yesterday. Not today...yet. Hubby got me a new laptop to write on.

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That's a good way to do it, I think. And how interesting that the old critique members had the same feelings. Here's hoping you can get something going again with them.



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Leaving my group was interesting. I played it pretty close to the chest. I emailed them and said I was going to take a hiatus until January due to "other things going on in my life."

I know, kind of the coward's way out, but I didn't want to burn any bridges while I explore other options.

On Wednesday, I met with several other former members of the group who have been getting together weekly just to gab and write together, and I found that many of my issues with the group are also why they left. We have begun talking about what we need as writers, and are discussing some ideas on a different kind of writing group. More informal, and more focused on encouraging our writing than on requiring critiques.

We'll see how it goes.

In the mean time, I'm 1/3 through my re-writes. I got my query letter to what I think is about the best I can get it, and I've dipped my toe in with two agents. No response yet. I'll keep submitting until I hit the end of my list.

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Good job, Angel!

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Hooray! You have a hidden dark side. ;)





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WOOT! WOOT! I'm at about the half way mark on my WIP Chapter 11! I got sidetracked when this guy, Kaden, popped into my head. He's the brother (twin, but he doesn't know that) of my main protagonist (she know about she's a twin). And he was very demanding...to the tune of a 900 intro. Once I got that done sent it off to my beta reader (I was a bit afraid too...it's kind of dark scene with some sexual overtones, not something really up her ally). She got back to saying it was my best effort yet! Now I know that's just one person's outlook...but praise is praise and I was happy to take it!

So now to get rolling on my chapters again!

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How did it go, Myrea? Did you just, like, not show up, or did you tell them you were moving on? Based on what you've said here, I think you made the right decision.



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I understand about wanting to leave a critique group. I'm rewriting my novel's first chapter now, and am questioning the other sixteen. Hard work!
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I dropped out of my critique group. It finally came down to the fact that working with them was making it harder to write, rather than encouraging me.

So, now, I'm on my own. Working on my final edits and I've got a list of agents to query. It's a very intimidating amount of work, so I'm breaking it down into small bites. 5 agent queries per week, one chapter per day.

So far, October isn't going to be much more productive than September. BAH!

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Very little done on WIP over the weekend. I reformatted my old laptop and spent most of weekend looking missing drivers.

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WOOT WOOT Abby!!

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My story is linear again! I had added some stuff to the beginning and had to smooth out the transitions. Yay!



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I just converted it to .mobi and side loaded it on my Tablet. It's a Samsung and I use the Kindle app on it. That might be why I can. It's not on a true Kindle device. I can highlight the stuff I thought needs something (fixed, didn't sound right, spelling, missing/double words, etc). Then sent those to her in an email.

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I can't beta read on a Kindle. At least, not my Kindle (if's a few years old). I'm an editor at my day job, so I make line edits if needed. I can't let them go.



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I asked them and they both wanted chapters. But it's all good. I still have my BFF reading it. And I'm reading a completed version of her's. I converted it to a Kindle format so I could read it while working out. It's making the workout time go faster! emoticon

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It's hard sometimes to find the time. Maybe they would be better served if you gave it to them when you're done?



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Chapter 10 is done and sent to my beta reader. The only one I have right now. The other two are still saying they'll get too reading what I had given them. I'm so not holding breath! emoticon

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Go Aangel go!!!



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I didn't get to work on my WIP over the weekend. Still doing Chapter 10. I hope to get it done this week!

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Yep...mulled and whined about it (to myself. Good thing is self didn't talk back!) and I started writing. I even sent my beta reader the part of chapter 10 I'm doing now. I didn't want it to be too dark. She said it wasn't and was thrilled with it. emoticon

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Have you mulled? Are you back to it?



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I've not touched my WIP for a week now. I'll get back to it tonight or tomorrow night. I think I needed to step back and mull over where I am going with it.

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Nope. Not fantasy. Straight up modern romance. 140K words. But, not my problem...

Anyway, I'm WAY behind on my edits/rewrites. I was going gangbusters at one chapter per day and then life got crazy. I'm 14 chapters behind my goal. I am most definately not going to finish editing by Oct 1.

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Abby I've been thinking about joining RWA. Just don't have the funds for it right now. We still are in the midst of hubby fighting to get he's real job back. Until that happens, our budget is pretty tight. I have a bonus from work coming in Nov. I'm thinking to see if I can maybe squeeze the yearly fee out of that.

My BFF that is beta reading let me know she is going off line for a while. I'm not really sure why. I'll call her and see what's up. I worry about her a lot.



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Aangel, you should really look into joining Romance Writers of America. At the very least, they just started a critique partner matching program.

Myrea, I sometimes have thoughts about that for my own critique group. Not because I think I've outgrown them, but because I know what most of them are going to say, and I don't always agree. :) There are a couple that are very intuitive, though, and that makes it worth it. We used to have one member who would only come when she had stuff to critique. Heh - I remember one time I critiqued something and she was like, "well, this has already been accepted for publication, so I'm not changing anything." Ego much?

Yeah, I think your person was totally out of line. Even if she didn't agree, there are better responses than blaming your attitude. Plus - 140K for a romance novel??? My contract said 90K. Out of curiosity, is it fantasy? I think those can run longer.



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After I calmed down I did go back and re-read her comments. She was right in most places. So I'm working on those. I still don't think moving the one scene is the way to go. It would break up a kind of pivotal point in the story. Kind of like watching a TV show and just as something is going to happen along comes a feminine hygiene commercial. Takes you right of the mood! emoticon

I value her input, but both of us are still new to this. She has one book done (she's doing an edit on it now) and other WIP started. I'm just thinking that maybe someone with more writing experience would be helpful too. She has some writers in another country that she send her's too also.

For now I'm going to keep plugging along.



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I was on the other end of some hard feedback yesterday, and it almost has me ready to quit my critique group.

The writer delivered three chapters in a row, nearly 12.000 words, in which nothing happens to advance the main plot, or any of the significant sub plots. In fact, in two of the chapters, there is no conflict whatsoever. Everything goes perfectly. I told her as gently as I could, but clearly so there would be no mistake, that 12K words is an awful lot of her limited currency to spend on nothing happening. Those aren't the parts of the story that need to be told.

She said my critique had "kind of an attitude" this week, so she was just going to toss it.

You know what, you don't like what I have to say? Fine. In the end, it's your book and you have to do what works for you, but I took time to read your work, you can say "Thank you" and move on.

Then, she had the gall to ask me to read the entirety of her 140K word romance novel and give her my comments on whether it holds together from beginning to end.

That's a great big NOPE!

Adding that to a serious personality conflict I have with another member of the group makes me think I'm putting way more into this group than I'm getting out of it, and maybe I should walk away.

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Aangel, I hate when I get feedback I'm not expecting.
Next time, if it upsets you, wait a couple of days and look at it again. I've entered contests where the reviews were harsh and at first I'm going, NO NO NO You have it all wrong! But after a couple of days, I'm able to read it objectively. I still might feel they're wrong, but at least I know there's no emotion involved.

Keep writing!!!



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I've been working on chapter 10 of my WIP every night. It's been a hard fought battle but I'm at a little over 2000 words. I had a minor melt down on Tuesday night. Not just the writing but other stresses over the last two weeks. One of my beta readers sent me some feed back on the scene I was having trouble on. She had so many things she wanted me to change and that just made me even more depressed then I was. I cried for a while, but feel better today.

I have gained like 10 pounds over the last 2 weeks. No energy to work out and trying to eat away the stress. That stops now. emoticon

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Wanna put it up for critique? ... But if I recall correctly, you have a critique group already, right?



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1/3 done with edits and wrote a new query letter today. I'm going to try the agent/publisher query route again for a couple of months before I decide on whether to self-publish.

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I'm being such a slacker and watching Bones on NetFlix instead of writing... and now that Gilmore Girls is coming... oy.



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Well I got half way through a pivotal scene today. Feeling good here about that!

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I had that issue some times with my netbook. Maybe cause it's small and my hand strays across the mousepad when typing on it. But I rarely write on it as I mostly use it to play music while I type on my Mac.


Today I worked on a short story. I need to get editing though.

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I don't have that problem on my laptop. Mine is just overall slow. It's an old Windows XP. We have a nice slick Windows 7 one, but that's our racing laptop so I can't use that one. emoticon

I have chapter 9 done and sent to one of my beta readers. She suggested a few places where I might need some additional info in the chapter. I looked it over and ended up adding two sentences to it.

I'm 500 words or so into Chapter 10.

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