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    Novel Progress and Updates

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Bluemouth, Jan 13, 2007.

    Hi.

    I thought I'd post this thread for everyone currently writing a novel. The aim of it is for everyone to post their progress and update it over time. We can encourage each other and attain certain goals. Also, by knowing there are other people in the same situation we can always feel compelled to continue on with our writing.

    I'm into the second chapter of my new book so I've still got a way to go. I hope to continue writing at my current pace for a little bit longer before I settle down and finish the rest of it over a few months.

    Where's everyone else at? :)
     
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    Excellent idea

    What a v.good idea!
    I started on this before Christmas, and I hope to have my first complete draft by the end of January - but it's unlikely...I've just passed the 60k mark - it'll need some spit and polish, too. For now, I'm ploughing on...

    Feels good just to say - 60k down, 60k to go!
     
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    60k! You're well ahead of me. I just had a very productive session a moment ago. I'm now up to just under 10k. You've done a lot of writing since December to get up to 60k.

    Congratulations and good luck on the next 60.
     
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    I agree, good idea for a thread.

    I'm currently five chapters in (written out of sequence) but I'm not worried by any word count or getting anything down perfect. It's only a first exploratory draft based on about a years worth of ideas and notes, but I have a very firm definition of what the story is about.
    It's just this fecking current chapter that's kicking my arse big and major! :mad: :D
    Quite complex stuff.

    Will update when major breakthroughs occur...
     
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    Yeah - call in for high fives every few chapters, and when you get published invite us to the launch! If you want anything checking, you know what to do.
     
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    I have yet to write the thirtieth and final chapter. The climax is done, so all I have to do is tie up loose ends and write a resolution. I'm currently at 137,235 words. Here's what I have so far for the last chapter:

    It's actually a little depressing. It feels like the end of an era. It's only been a part time effort, but I've been writing this book for three years. A little here, a little there, a lot here, then nothing for several months before picking it up again. So I'm experiencing some melancholy, not unlike when my child graduated high school. :(
     
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    Wow - If you get published first, you have to buy the round. Site rules. I just clocked another 5k today, but I'm still a long way off that!
     
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    I just clocked 2k in a frenzied hour. I honestly only know the very basics of where this story is headed yet I'm somehow continuing it in a way that makes perfect sense.
     
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    And you made 150 posts Onoria! Congrats. :)
     
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    Don't worry. Drinks on me when I get a deal.
     
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    If each of us get a deal then this could be the greatest year that ever was (excluding the truly great years).
     
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    Congratulations on the very impressive word count, Mr Baatard. :)

    Generally I'm lucky if I get 1k words done in a day - I tend to get into my writing quite late, and that's when my parents make me come off.

    Good luck to all.
     
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    Thanks! I wasn't really following the word count until I started researching how to get published. I set goals in terms of paragraphs, scenes, or whole chapters. Some days the words just gush out of me, and other days it's like squeezing blood from a turnip.

    I've actually written more than is in the current draft. I omitted several scenes that I liked but didn't contribute to the story. My actual word count including all of those is probably between 160k and 175k
     
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    I'm 44,000 words in, probably 80,000 to go.
     
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    Keep at it and come in a for our hearty congratulations with every chapter you carve out. Looks like Baatard is near the end of his road, but I'm catching!
     
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    How much progress have you made today, Onoria? I'm about to head into what I hope will be a productive session.

    I like Mr Baatard's description of "squeezing blood from a turnip". I'm constantly finding that. But when a day full of flow comes my way I'm extremely grateful.
     
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    Okay, well for all intents and purposes, I've finished my novel. 143,500 words.

    A few months ago I had it professionally appraised, and the response was extremely positive. They said that it was almost publishable, but they noted some flaws in plot and logic that would dissuade a publisher.

    I have spent a lot of time fixing these flaws, and am now two fifths through my final edit.

    I have actually just started approaching agents. And I must say, the whole process has my stomach in knots.
     
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    Wow - one step ahead of the game..Way to go!
    I just slapped down chapter 8 and passed the 70k mark with what I think is the best piece of writing I've ever produced. (Modest, I know).
    I'll be pestering Wader and Baatard for hints on getting an agent in a couple of months!
     
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    See, now I want to read it!

    I get that. I've walked away from the computer convinced I was a literary phenom, just becasue I was so impressed with whatever I'd just written.
     
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    I find myself constantly feeling that way. Then after a couple of days it suddenly dawns on me that it wasn't as great as I thought. Then I just get disappointed. :(
     
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    Yeah, I sort of left out the tsunamis of self doubt that strike about a day later...
     
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    That was a good way of putting it. :p
     
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    SHUT UP THE PAIR OF YOU!!!!!!! It's perfect! PERFECT I TELL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's two a.m. I'm going to pass out. I've written over 70k in 3 weeks...I can't expect miracles from it...
     
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    :p HAHAHA! I know it's brilliant don't you worry. If it's better than Chapter One then :eek: WOW:eek:

    I'm probably going to offer for anyone to read through Chapter One of my novel in the coming days. I've just read over most of it myself, and it really didn't take me long and I didn't feel bored (obviously bias), but I would appreciate at least one person to critique it. My main concern is whether it retains interest levels.

    Oh, and it's now 4a.m. here, which shows how much work I'm putting into this. I'm pretty tired.
     
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    I'd be happy to review it for you!
     

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