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    Moose's progress journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by big soft moose, Aug 16, 2016.

    I have the really bad habit of having eleventy different projects on the go and jumping between them as a method of enhanced procrastination.

    To date the ideas file looks like this (dubious progress in brackets)

    Thief-taker series (cop thrillers set in near future - much more car chase and gunfire than police procedural)

    Thief taker (part written), Blue murder, White Knight, Dark motives, Wild Justice (originally written as a short story), Cold Fury, Loose cargo (one very explicit sex scene , don't ask me why) , Hood Rat, Fire bug, dirty money, Ghost riders (one car chase)

    The Bad guy trilogy - set in the same setting as thief taker and sharing some of the same minor characters but with a bank robber as the main protag

    The Bad guy (first draft written - gestating) , The long ride , as yet untitled third

    The Frost range trilogy - Sci fi Fantasy , set on (and off) a fictional planet

    Drop team (outlined) , Frost range (outlined) , Rubicon

    The after the wave series - set in the UK 50 years after an epidemic has decimated the world population - the survivors are (naturally) fighting each other over what remains

    After the wave (outlined and part written though the writing doesn't much resemble the outline) , Code of Honour (outlined)

    Cleanskins - a short story (partly written)

    Teaching sheep to count - my autobiography (1 chapter and a couple of blogs written before I lost interest , - I need to resolve the how do I write about xyz person being a jerk without getting sued before I pick it up again)

    Clearly I'm suffering from the butterfly mind , and if I'm ever going to get published that needs to stop and i'm hoping this journal will help me stay on track. I probably ought to focus on polishing up "the bad guy" but I've pretty much lost enthusiasm for it, so my current WIP is "after the wave" and i'm looking to get that to first draft before I do anything else.

    I'm not setting a weekly target per se, but the intent is to write on it every day or at least every day i can manage with my day job... and aim to have it at first draft by Xmas. I'm aiming to update the journal with progress each week ... although knowing me this will drift every now and then.
     
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    more of a lack of progress journal this week , I've rewritten chapter 1 (actually a prologue) of 'after the wave' twice more taking the whole blow job/rpg thing off the first page and pushing it back to page 3... the chapter now opens on a recon team realising that they have to take out the heavy weapons of the attacking force even at the risk of their own lives (this is the paragraph which used to read like a bad pastiche of band of brothers before the rewrite.) " Blade pressed his face into the freezing slush and tried to even still his breathing as the file of boots marched past close enough to touch"

    I'm still not entirely happy with it but that's the last redraft its getting until the whole book is ready for revision, otherwise i'll never get beyond chapter 1

    Now to chapter 2 - which is the one that opens " they say it started when someone fucked a monkey , if that's true I hope he had fun because he certainly shafted the rest of us"..
     
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    Chapter 2 99% written - and ive secured an alpha reader via this foruim who is helping me tighten things up.

    I need to stop pulling all nighters though - creative flow is great but it isnt helping the day job
     
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    chapter 1 and 2 redrafted yet again , chapter 3 part written ... moving slowly onward, 2 steps forward one step back
     
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    Don't I know this ;) Weekends are your friends here..
     
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    Chapter 3 now completely written in 1st draft ... really motoring this week , chpt 4 will take some time as its basically a sodding great battle across the top of a hill with both my viewpoint characters involved.
     
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    and what do you know Chpt 4 now also complete at first draft - man I'm on fire this week.
     
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    Holy moly, that's a ton of ideas. I'm proud I've stuck with what I'm working on now, but I'm like you, in that I have sooo many ideas I want to add meat to.
     
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    I've also since added that i really want to write a story with my character from the celtic gods rp as the Mc now ... but one thing at a time
     
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    Now at my mothers for the weekend , meaning writing is curtailed , - this makes me very itchy, so I predict that i'll be writing late tonight when everyone else has gone to bed.

    ETA good progress on chapter 5 , total word count now 17,967
     
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    and chapter 5 complete , total word count 18,883
     
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    Not bad if I do say so! My word count is about half of yours for the same time :rolleyes:

    You have a few days until I can swing the scyte again (or stalk you through window, woods and internet), so make the most of your time! *disappears into the brush to climb to the top of that small hill for the night*
     
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    If I keep my current rate of progress up you'll have about half a book to read .. not to mention the rewrite of the early chapters ;)

    ETA now on 19,775 , I'm on fire this week - though how much of it survives the 'scythe of Caden' remains to be seen ;)
     
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    and at the end of tonight's writing the final score stands at 20971.

    The team have completed their badging piss up and are now on a convoy to hornytown* to have a really wild time (* I hope the residents of Honiton will forgive me for turning their town into a den of iniquity and vice , principally because its got an easily distorted name )
     
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    Now on 21858 , and hopefully more to come tonight - things will slow down when i'm back at work tommorow.
     
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    and steamy sex scene concluding chapter 6 written , total words 24108.
     
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    Yeah! :D
     
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    Another scene down (Blade wakes up with a hell of a hangover and bullshits with Chris about their adventures the night before) , word count 25,123 , next up Keri's morning after...

    ETA That scene also complete , word count 25831

    ETA 2 The next scene also complete word count now 26,753.

    That will do me for tonight.
     
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    chpt 7 nearly complete 27,970
     
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    and chpt 7 completely complete 29070 ... I think I need to rethink my chapter structure as some are much longer than others (but that can wait til first draft is complete)
     
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    chpt 8 completed , 30328
     
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    a short one tonight , 1st scene of chpt 9 written 30807
     
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    a 3am finish last night/ this morning , chpts 9 and 10 finished , and some minor rewriting of earlier chapters for consistency, one scene of chpt 11 written - word count 36,705

    I need some time sitting dreaming with a notebook next , because as a plantser i'm now essentially up to the end of the detail ive run through in my head and only have a very rough idea of how they move from here to finale
     
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    I advise a bike or a hike. That's where my best ideas come :)
     
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    Chpt 11 half written word count 37098

    Inspiration struck while in a particularly boring meeting , so i scribbled the rough notes for the next few chpts in my day book while trying to look proffesional and switched on
     

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