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    Quote Originally Posted by bazz cargo View Post
    I'm in the tarting up stage, moving a few bits around and cutting redundancies. I was dumb enough to let it go to an agency before I had finished.

    Tips
    1. Use the magnification setting in your word possessor to about 150%, it will give you less words on a page to work on at a time.
    2. Regularly save, say every few edits. And at the end of a session use the 'save as' option and update the version. This will stop the pain of needing to go back and undo a blind alley.

    Good luck
    BC
    Thanks for the advice, Baz.

    Can I ask what happened when you sent it to the agency, did they tell you to revise it?

    Arachne

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqui Jay View Post
    Hello, Arachne *waves*
    Nice to meet you.

    I am writing my first novel ever, at the age of 76.
    I have reached 10,000 words.
    I have no chapters, just two sections and am writing in First person, present tense.
    Such fun!

    I have had a lot of good advice on here about how to handle all the 'I's', so today I am going to re-assess my style before writing on.
    Can't wait to see what my MC might do next.
    Hi Jacqui

    That's great! I found my first 10000 words a bit painful, then found a great improvement thereon.

    I'm writing in 1st person, too, so I know those 'I's can be pesky little blighters.

    Good luck to you!

    Arachne

    Quote Originally Posted by Bard_Daniel View Post
    Working on a piece that I'm not entirely sure how it's going to turn out. Sci-fi rendition of the Abel and Cain story from the Bible entitled Abel and Kane (deliberate misspelling.) Its style reminds me of a bunch of my influences, namely Frankenstein, Philip K. Dick novels, and Jules Vernes' work. I'm really excited with the story, as this is something I've never tried before, and I'll take it as far as possible. The words are literally just flowing out. I'm not even a religious person, but this is just working for me.

    Current word count: 7854.

    Also, working on a science fiction story, yet again, for an in-person critique group. It's using the 2nd person P.O.V. I'm liking where it's going as well. I'm trying to keep it around 2000 words.

    The thing is, I don't usually write a ton of sci-fi. I've been on a streak of reading a lot of it recently, specifically Philip K. Dick.

    I like changing, interweaving, and splicing genre conventions. I always like to think of myself as a apprentice writer (always learning, improving, and growing) in a world without masters. The goal is in the discovery, the journey, no matter how it turns out it in the end.
    Hi Bard

    This sounds very interesting; smells like lit fic to me. I commend you for it.

    I don't think I'm confident enough to mess too much with genre conventions; maybe one day...

    It's great to have you here.

    Arachne

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Second book in a trilogy, crossed over 40k yesterday, still going strong.
    Well done you!

    How long is the first part, and have you done anything with it or are you writing all three first?

    Arachne

    Quote Originally Posted by -xXx- View Post
    cover's almost ready
    Amazing! Let us see! Let us see!

    Arachne

    Quote Originally Posted by Dluuni View Post
    Sweet LGBTQIA romance novella, a friends to lovers fake relationship small town piece with a lot of rural poverty in it. Alternates between epistolary and second person present, as one of the characters is dysphoric and has the sort of highly contracted narrative distances that it fits.
    Spent a week outlining. Wrote the first two chapters over the last two days. 12 chapters to go. Trying to decide on how to do my writing conventions for the techie girl.
    Wow, Dluuni, I had to look up three different things to understand that!

    I've read epistolary stuff that I've really enjoyed but it can be a bit much on it's own, so mixing it is very wise, I think.

    I love the sound of the setting, the rural poverty I mean. If it's the MCs who live in poverty, it could really make the love story more meaningful if they don't have much else going for them.

    Arachne
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    Trying to tame my behemoth. cut so much already, but worried if I cut too much the heart will will be lost. Sigh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50shadesofdoubt View Post
    Trying to tame my behemoth. cut so much already, but worried if I cut too much the heart will will be lost. Sigh...
    Hi 50shades

    Are you sure it's too long? Is it the length or do you think there is too much filler or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachne View Post
    Wow, Dluuni, I had to look up three different things to understand that!
    Dare I ask which three?
    I can go into more detail, but if I go too deep, it would likely drop you down another research rabbit hole. It's a wlw (F/F) piece between a partly-closeted cisgender lesbian in need of a "beard" to hide behind and a partly-closeted trans girl who hasn't been able to transition yet, hence the fake relationship.

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    No WIP at the moment, as life has me very frazzled right now. It's been a week since I wrote anything (short story that I finished), and need to get un-frazzled before I start a new writing project.

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    I'm taking a break from writing for a while, or it's taking a break from me and it's getting drunk in sunny Spain. One or the other.

    I've not written anything for five months, but to be honest, I'm run ragged getting my back catalog back out there after I gained my rights reversal from my publisher. Three novels down, another 6 to go, plus an audio, then it's focusing back on new works, one a shared-world novel with the very talented author Adrienne Wilder. Just not enough time in the day at the moment....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquilo View Post
    I'm run ragged getting my back catalog back out there after I gained my rights reversal from my publisher. Three novels down, another 6 to go, plus an audio, then it's focusing back on new works, one a shared-world novel with the very talented author Adrienne Wilder.
    Sounds like you are being very productive! Productivity isn't always measured in a word count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dluuni View Post
    Sounds like you are being very productive! Productivity isn't always measured in a word count.
    Oh lord yes! Just a little drained on the writing front, so I'm kind of... skiving a little too, lol.
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    84,000 some-odd words hammered into a first draft. Working on the concluding chapter. ( I think)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dluuni View Post
    Dare I ask which three?
    I can go into more detail, but if I go too deep, it would likely drop you down another research rabbit hole. It's a wlw (F/F) piece between a partly-closeted cisgender lesbian in need of a "beard" to hide behind and a partly-closeted trans girl who hasn't been able to transition yet, hence the fake relationship.
    Haha, it doesn't take much for me to fall down a research rabbit hole. I really need to keep up with the new terminology, language moves so fast now.

    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuchholz View Post
    No WIP at the moment, as life has me very frazzled right now. It's been a week since I wrote anything (short story that I finished), and need to get un-frazzled before I start a new writing project.

    -JJB
    Good idea to have break. That way when you get back to it you should be raring to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquilo View Post
    I'm taking a break from writing for a while, or it's taking a break from me and it's getting drunk in sunny Spain. One or the other.

    I've not written anything for five months, but to be honest, I'm run ragged getting my back catalog back out there after I gained my rights reversal from my publisher. Three novels down, another 6 to go, plus an audio, then it's focusing back on new works, one a shared-world novel with the very talented author Adrienne Wilder. Just not enough time in the day at the moment....
    Seems like you have enough on your hands. It all sounds really exciting actually, you must be so pleased to get your work back!

    Quote Originally Posted by MichelD View Post
    84,000 some-odd words hammered into a first draft. Working on the concluding chapter. ( I think)
    Ooh, exciting! Let us all know when it's done!

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