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    Is there anything better than dramatically announcing that you have finished writing a novel?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by S S, Oct 4, 2014.

    One of the reasons I'm not telling people that I have started to write a novel is so that I can show off once I'm finished.

    People who have completed a novel, what are some of the reactions you received when you revealed what you'd been doing alone in your room the past month? ;)

    Were you proud announcing your work, or did you continue to keep it under wraps?

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    Charlie: I wrote a musical. It's pretty damn good, OK? I wanna put it on.
    Mac: Right, what's your angle?
    Charlie: I don't have one.
    Dee: Yeah, whose—whose face are we shoving this musical in?
    Charlie: You don't shove a musical in someone's face. What are you talking about?
    Mac: Right, but who versus? Who are we doing it versus?
     
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    Yes, announcing your novel is taking off, people are reading it and raving. :)
     
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    True, but what are the chances of that? LOL
     
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    The Magic Eight Ball says: "Chances are Good." Who am I to argue with that?
     
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    sexing a groupie at your book signing seems like it would be better. note to self: get published...oh and bring a six pack just in case it is slim pickings
     
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    When you work as an animator, and you spend two or three hours working on a pencil test, which only figures out to 15 seconds or so of animation. Putting those tests into a lunchbox and seeing them on the screen is an experience I've yet to match. Your heart and your mind stop, and you stare in disbelief, thinking, "I did that. My hands made it happen. No one could see what I was working on but me, and now no one can deny my vision."

    Maybe seeing my child for the first time will top it, but I finished my manuscript and it didn't even come close.
     
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    Dramatically announcing that you've won the Nobel Prize in Literature?
     
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    I'd hold off until it's officially published. Its just embarassing if it nevers gets into print :(

    I mean, I don't even mention the short stories I finish and send off because it isn't real just yet.
     
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    People who are posting unlikely scenarios that are clearly better, I was just using the expression, 'Is there anything better…' I am aware that there are better things.

    Also, I don't really expect to be published, so I think I'll just announce when I'm finished and post it online, LOL
     
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    Sleeping with a Supermodel. How do I know? Maybe I do, and maybe I don't, but I guarantee it's gotta be good.
     
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    and being published is NOT unlikely???
     
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    Not if you self-publish.
     
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    Is there a spot for editing in there?
     
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    I often use 'Also' to introduce new thoughts, not just to add to completed posts.
     
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    Okay, you're doing that thing, where you think you're explaining but you're actually not.
     
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    I could say the same about your last two posts. They make little sense even when I read them multiple times :p Or is this an ironic joke?
     
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    "Also, I don't really expect to be published, so I think I'll just announce when I'm finished and post it online, LOL," said S S.

    "Is there a spot for editing in there?" Jack asked, concerned that this step did not seem to be a priority.

    "I often use 'Also' to introduce new thoughts, not just to add to completed posts," S S replied with a non sequitur.

    "Okay, you're doing that thing, where you think you're explaining but you're actually not," Jack uncertain of what S S was attempting to convey, tried to keep the conversation on the rails.

    "I could say the same about your last two posts. They make little sense even when I read them multiple times :p Or is this an ironic joke?"

    Jack set out to find a way to illustrate the conversation, surely he couldn't be the only one who understood the flow of dialogue on a forum.

    Fin
     
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    Reads like an extract from Finnegans Wake.
     
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    Regarding the OP:

    I understand the question, and I think the reaction might well be disappointing. Specifically, I think that your friends/colleagues might not really be able to think of many good questions, so there's a good chance they'd just change the subject infuriatingly fast.

    Depends hugely on your friends/colleagues, of course.
     
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    True, I foresee some people being like 'so what?' as those closest to me know I like to write fiction. And the problem of the questions is a big one. I think many people will try desperately to show interest in the work when in reality, they don't care. The one or two people I've shown my work to, read the first chapter and then from their critiques I recognise that they simply skimmed through the rest, which is a little frustrating, as it's a sci-fi text and some parts are incomprehensible without reading the preceding content.
     
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    I finished my first novel and was so pleased with myself I could hardly contain my glee. I made a copy for my wife and her sister-in-law (the latter of whom is very 'artistic' and I thought would appreciate my talent) on CD-rom. I awaited their reviews of my work with excitement and anticipation.

    A year later neither has read more than a few chapters. :meh: Guess who my first ebook is not being dedicated to.

    On the other hand, several friends and my mother-in-law all are eager to read my book(s) and keep asking me when it will be available. Some of the content of the books are, well, potentially embarrassing (do I really want my M-I-L reading graphic sex and profanity?). I'm publishing under a pseudonym and now wish the great masses would read it instead of anyone I know. The whole thing leaves me rather conflicted.
     
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    Your post amused me! :) I'd recommend printing a few more copies (you can get 25, 230 page copies for under 200 dollars with some companies) and give them to some more of your artsy friends! Maybe, just label the chapter with sex / graphic content / profanity on the copies you give to family members!

    I've personally decided to make 25 copies for people I know. I know most won't read it, but the bigger the net, the more fish you catch!
     
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    Screw that...they all have e-readers. They can pay 1.99 or whatever I decide to charge if they want to read it, just like everyone else. :p
     
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    Have you posted extracts in any of the workshops? s long as you post (sex, violance, profanity) in the title it should be fine! If not, I'll swap you some of my stuff for yours; I'd personally love to read your writing / attempt to offer critique.
     
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    Have you posted extracts in any of the workshops? As long as you post (sex, violance, profanity) in the title it should be fine! If not, I'll swap you some of my stuff for yours; I'd personally love to read your writing / attempt to offer critique.
     
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    No, everything has remained in my own digital house. I participated in writing groups before the internet age and had many short stories critiqued, but never a novel (I only undertook such daunting things a year ago). For reasons I can't quite put my finger on, I want to publish the first book straight from my hands without outside help. Likely foolish, but that's just how my gut is telling me to do it. I'm sure it has some problems, but overall I think it capable of competing with much of the self-published e-books I've read.
     

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