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    Tenderiser's latest procrastination device

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Tenderiser, Sep 4, 2015.

    I have 96,361 words. I'm so close to the end.

    So, of course, now is the time to self-sabotage by procrastinating and obsessing over my first chapter again. Never mind that the first chapter means nothing if you don't have a completed manuscript to follow it.

    I've even been procrastinating by Googling publishers and agents. I have to appreciate the irony. I tell myself it's because I need to know the submission guidelines but, honestly, it's not. I'll get it in the right format in the editing stage.

    There's no point procrastinating unless you have deadlines to fail miserably at, so here are mine:
    • Finish the damn novel - this weekend. Preferably tomorrow. Done.
    • Update my outline to reflect the finished product, since I went off on a few tangents. Re-do the "conflict", "tension" and "what do we find out?" columns for each chapter. Also this weekend.
    • Go through each chapter and ramp up the tension. I don't have enough tension but I know how to fix it. One week. 13/09
    • Read the whole thing through on my Kindle, pretending it's someone else's book, and identify any plausibility issues / plot holes / pacing problems. One day. 14/09 Done (a bit early)
    • Fix problems identified. There shouldn't be many because I've been doing this along the way. Rest of that week. 20/09
    • Start the line-editing. Cut out at least 20k words along the way. FOREVER UNTIL I'M DEAD. A month. This is the part I'm actually good at. 18/10
    • Find at least three beta readers and get their feedback. I have no idea how long this takes. Two months? January 2016
    • Make necessary changes. A month. February 2016
    • Write and perfect query. Two weeks. Mid-March 2016
    • Submit to agents and/or publishers. March 2016
    • Turn to drink. April 2016
    • Have a nervous breakdown. July 2016
    • Out;ine memoir of how I went crazy. December 2016
    • Finish the damn memoir...
     
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    The memoir is coming out??? Over a year from now???? Stupid memoir rules - they should let us write memoirs in advance :). Good plan, though. Stick to it!!!
     
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    96,361 words!

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    Busy little bee! Though it goes to show you the process of being a good writer, ya?
    Assassinate that little bugger named 'procrastination', my friend and keep at it! (That turn to drink, tho...)
    We're rootin' for you!
     
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    I got to 99,145 and decided to have a nap. Now it's 5:39pm.

    On the other hand my husband is on an overnight trip with work so I can stay up alllll night. I write so much more at night when none of my friends are online and everything is quiet.
     
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    105,118.

    One chapter and the epilogue to go, but my eyes are sore.
     
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    Woo hoo! You can do it! I believe in you!

    I also wish to offer the moral support. :D
     
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    Bravo, Tenderiser! I long for the day when I can report a similar word-count, but I daren't even think about scheduling such a thing.
     
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    Thank you @GuardianWynn and @OurJud!

    I am pleased to report... I'm finally finished!

    111,434 words, at least 11,434 of which will have to be cut - I'm pretty sure 100k is the absolute top end for a romance, and 80k more like it for a new author - but it's DONE!
     
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    I'm a little bit teary at my own ending. Enjoy your happily ever after, guys :love:
     
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    First four chapters edited and I'm down to 108,561. Unfortunately it's the middle that needs the most work so progress will probably be slower going from now, but at least it's progress!
     
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    Nice going, this gives me hope and also makes me sad that I have another 70k words to catch up with you! Good luck with the ending :)
     
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    One step forward and two steps back time.

    I'm back up to 109,218 after re-writing Chapter 5. The word count problem was resolved for a while when I removed Chapter 1 after some feedback in the workshop, but then my close friend, who's beta-reading as I go, said it was her favourite and I had to put it back in. I'm aware how that sounds but she is not afraid to be honest. I feel inclined to go with her, only because she read the whole chapter (and the three following it) whereas I only put 800-ish words in the workshop. On the other hand, I do think Chapter 3 is the better introduction to Rachel - it shows her being bullied by her boss, therefore instant sympathy, but also showing some defiance and perhaps showing her self-confidence problems better than Chapter 1, where she apparently comes off as a bit of a wimp.

    I'm finding it very hard to reconcile contradictory feedback. My instinct is to do what everyone says right away, rather than considering it and then discarding it or acting on it as appropriate. Again, difficult to balance self-confidence with receiving feedback in the right frame of mind.

    I'm not happy with Chapter 5. I felt my first draft of it was too dull: it's a game of cricket where my two MCs meet. I had too much detail about cricket (a sign of showing my research, something authors are prone to when they learn about a subject specifically for the book...) and wandered all over the place a bit. My new draft has far less cricket information but is still unfocused.

    I'm trying to juggle:
    • MC1 being physically attracted to MC2
    • Antagonist2 humiliating MC1
    • MC2 being annoyed on MC1's behalf at Antagonist 2's behaviour
    • Thusly (I know that's not a word) them forming a bond, even if they won't fall in love until much later
    • A game of bloody cricket
    • A whole host of minor characters
    I need to simplify the whole thing. Maybe I need to come back to it later.
     
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    This . . .

    " - but it's DONE!"

    Yay, you!! :):):):):):) Way to go!

    (I haven't got the hang of this site's "+quote" thing yet, so did the quoting the old-school way. How do I "+quote" just part of a post - or a specific line or two?)
     
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    Thank you! I should hang on to that victory before I start getting doubt-y again.

    Just press "Reply" and delete the unwanted bits of text from the person's post. :)
     
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    The fun has just started... :D I write with my hubby (@T.Trian here) and we've been editing our 200k duology for like 1,5 years now... Maybe even longer. :eek: Granted, it's sci-fi so all that world-building stuff has taken much more time than I expected, but damn, revision and editing can be time-consuming!

    Either way, congrats for having gotten this far. :) It's no small feat!
     
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    When did you begin to write?
     
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    I started in January and finished my first draft in April. I then put it aside for several months then looked at it again in August and realised some major details needed to change. So I started the second draft from scratch last month.
     
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    Holy smoke! :supershock: Whoooosh :brb:

    Is there a magic potion behind your progress? If so, where can I get it?
     
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    T--Good for you, love your plan. You will do it. You are a talented writer and editor (course editing our own work is like surgery on our children). Didn't realize it was a memoir, though, thought it was a novel. Will steal your idea of going through chapter by chapter to look for and raise tension/conflict level. Keep your eye on the prize.
     
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    The key is an obsessive personality and not having a life. ;) You can do it!

    The memoir thing was a joke. If writing a novel makes me insane, I'll write a memoir about my insanity and see if I can get that published instead. :p Thank you for your kind words.
     
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    Think I've sorted this out. :) I've cut out about 800 words from it (it's still quite long at 3,700) but it reads much better.

    Now at 108,274 words. Harlequin's MIRA line asks for 90-100k so I'm sure I'll be able to get in that range... I will... maybe... :|
     
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    6 of 68 chapters edited. 106,809 words.

    Chapter 6 turned out to need more work than Chapter 5. I think it's much better now. Their meeting and initial interactions are so crucial.
     
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    I'm back up to over 108k :supermad:
     
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    Oh to be in a position where you're having to reduce your word-count :D

    Having never been there, I struggle to imagine this being a difficult process. It clearly is, though.
     
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    It certainly is for me even though I write to strict page/word limits every day at work. I think the start of the book is too long but I want to set the characters up before they meet (because otherwise, who cares that they're meeting?) and then I want to them to fall in love realistically, which takes time.

    Then I've probably spent too long on the second part of the book which takes place five years after the first. I hope I can cut the 8k words when I get there because I think I need to add a few more scenes near the beginning of their relationship.

    If I can get to 99,999 words I will be happy.
     

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