1. Intangible Girl

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    Intangible Girl's Middle Grade Science Fiction

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Intangible Girl, Jan 22, 2019.

    1217 words today, plus the 450 I scribbled at work a few weeks ago (don't tell my boss!).

    I've been outlining this one for a few months. I got a bit nervous before starting, like you do with any new project. But then I remembered the monster I just hit a milestone on (Mindscape) and got over myself. "The first million words are [just] practice," and I'm so behind that everything I write will be practice for the next several years. No reason to sweat it. Practice is nothing to get nervous about.

    Just gonna keep telling myself that...
     
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    That's the way I think about it. At the moment I am only practicing. I try to take part in the contest. I write other small stuff.

    When friends/family ask: "What are you writing?"

    If I don't want to talk about it.

    "Nothing really, I am just practising."

    But if I want to talk about it.

    "Just now I am writing a small story about..." I have great fun."

    I only write short things. You have to practice finishing stories, not only starting them.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Intangible Girl

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    I think you're right about that. I spent a lot of time writing short stories because I didn't have time for novels, and I learned a lot about story structure that way. My challenge, now that I have time, has been figuring out how to stretch that structure into a longer form.

    Thank you for the encouragement!
     
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    1246 words. Man I love outlines!
     
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    My goal is a hard SF novella.
    I planned for two years, 18 months to practice, 6 months to write.
    I will fail. I have 3 months left and have about 600 words on that novella.

    Meanwhile i have written something like 20 flash and 15 short stories, just to practice.
    Maybe I should have skipped the practice and dived right into the longer story?
    It has been good practice for the writing, however writing a novel (or a say 35k word novella) is another thing.
    So at the moment I continue practicing the writing and I have given myself another year.

    Do you have an outline for the complete novel?
    Keep writing!
     
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    I did have an outline going in to Mindscape, but it got tweaked hugely as I went along. It's not really complete, either, it's just in a form where the bones of it are (I think; I hope) mostly in the right place and I can start doing scene-level work. The outline for this project is pretty light, just touching the major plot points. I got to a point where I realized planning was starting to be an excuse for not writing, and that's how I knew I needed to start.

    I love hard SF! Just keep working on the novella. There's nothing wrong with recommitting and giving yourself more time. I listen to a podcast about writing and the way he signs out every episode is, "Go write!"

    You know, I might just make that my signature.
     
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    1185 words.

    My main character has a plan, and I know the first and last part of that plan, but do I know what's in the middle? Nope.
     
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    Character plan:

    1: Initiate awesome plan of awesomeness.
    2: ?????????
    3: Profit.
     
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    Lol!

    She's twelve, so that's not inaccurate...
     
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    1717 words. Almost twice my daily goal.

    The words flow so easily it's making me suspicious. The story is going along at breakneck speed, but maybe that's okay? Like, if it really is too fast, that's fixable, right? What's not fixable is no words at all.

    My greatest fear, not just with writing but in general, is turning around to find out I've been doing something wrong the whole time and didn't know.

    Not going to let my fears stop me, though.
     
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    An outliner, huh?

    Go as fast as you want, you can always slow things down later on, if it's not fixable, scrap it. No problem with that.

    As someone that never outlines, I'll be keeping an eye on this.
     
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    1,530 words. In about an hour.

    At least I seem to have figured out why this feels so suspiciously easy. My practice novel was a mystery thriller with an ensemble cast, three of which were main characters and five or six of which had arcs, accompanied by fight scenes (which I'm not good at) and complicated logistics. This one, on the other hand, is a middle grade book with one protagonist and a mere handful of supporting characters. It's also a more internal story with a lot of sitting around and talking scenes, which are more my forte. So I've basically taken the weights off my baseball bat and then freaked out about how fast my swing is.
     
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    1,260 words today.

    8,835 words total.
     
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    1,459 words. I'm over 10,000. A fifth of the way there.
     
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    1,551 words.

    I did go back and rewrite a lot of what I wrote yesterday, but I'm much more satisfied with it now.
     
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    1,644 words.

    Did some re-reading of what I've written so far, and a bit of google research. Both distractionary things, I know, but sometimes I need to take a step back and reorient myself on where I am in the story, or get ideas for where to go next. Apparently taking anti-psychotics when you're sane makes you sleepy. Potentially useful information, that...
     
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    It looks like you have a solid string of adding words to your middle school SF tale. :) Keep pressing on!
     
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    Thank you! I intend to, but having people rooting for me boosts my enthusiasm greatly. :D
     
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    For tomorrow's work I get to research cognitive behavioral therapy. Yesterday I was googling anti-psychotics and delusions. Yes, this is a children's book. Why do you ask?
     
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    I wish I could be as productive!

    (My MC has been walking back and forth on the spaceship deck, softening his new Italian leather shoes, for 16 months now, and the spaceship isn't an inch closer to Jupiter than it was 16 months ago.)

    Keep writing!
     
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    524 words. Only half my daily goal, but the parents are in town until tomorrow and I feel lucky to have gotten that much in. I'm also at a weird juncture in my story, but I think I see the way forward now.
     
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    Today an entirely new character popped in without warning. He seems to fit here, and he might be useful, but I don't trust him quite yet. I need to make sure he won't disrupt my outline. But my instincts tell me he could be a valuable tool, and there are precious few characters in this draft as it is. I definitely need more.
     
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    The new boy seems to be sticking around, and I'm liking him. Narratively speaking. He's kind of a dickweed, but that's his purpose in the story.
     
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    All right, he's not actually a dickweed. My main character, who's a twelve-year-old girl, just sees him that way. He is pretty irresponsible, though.
     

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