Sunday, 16 March 2014

Progress update.

I haven't made massive progress on my novel, but there has been some.

How are all those who wanted to be nagged getting on? Have you written more than me? Or less, but have a fabulous excuse? I want to hear those fabulous excuses!

Mine is that I entered this competition. Thanks to Sheila  for reminding me in time.

The competition is monthly and has a word count that shouldn't take up all our writing time.

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  1. That's still great progress. Mine has not been so good this week.

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  2. All the best with your crime novel Patsy! :) Since the much awaited spring season is here, may the refreshingly bright sunshine add up to your enthusiasm in finishing the novel soon :)

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    1. Bright sunshine lures me away from the keyboard, Charan. I'm not complaining about that though.

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  3. Have added up all that I've written and it comes to 5,999 words. Not a lot but will now be able to keep an eye on the running total. Are all your chapters in the same doc., Patsy, so that you can see the word count at a glance?
    Thanks to Sheila and you for the reminder about the 50 word crime story - I have 26 hours left in which to get one done! :-)

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    1. Yes, I keep the whole thing in one document, Jan. I tend to move things around a lot, so I find that's easiest.

      I bookmark the chapter headings so I can go to whichever one I want without scrolling through the whole thing.

      5,999 is a good start - now go write another sentence and take it over 6,000!

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  4. Sounds impressive to me. I'm procrastinating over my work being unsure whether to write in first or third person, so taking the easy way out and not looking at it. Terrible excuse when I think about it.

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    1. I had that problem and what I did was write a bit in both. Then I went for the most natural one. In my case, it was first person.

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    2. That is a terrible excuse, Linda!

      A good plan, Jenny. Sometimes I find I start writing in one and change part way through because the other works better. As long as we change our mind during the first draft, switching over isn't too much of a hassle.

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  5. Thanks for the reminder as well, on the crime story, having a job to link to them though, will keep trying, although my 50 words are ****. No, not much progress with the novel, busy editing the words, again, but doing other things, like short stories.

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    1. I think it's a good thing to have breaks from the novel, Suzy - especially during editing.

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  6. Hey, the progress may not be massive, but you still accomplished something--that's the most important thing!

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    1. That's what I keep telling myself, Heather!

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  7. Looking good, Patsy. Remember every word is a prize. I'm at the halfway mark in my novel and find myself having to take time out.

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    1. 'Every word is a prize' - I love that, Jenny.

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  8. Not a good week for me Patsy, I've been procrastinating. Its time to kill my darlings, and that awful fear of ending up with no words has set in! Help!

    At least you have been writing. :-)

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    1. I find it helps to cut sections and place in a seperate folder, Maria. You can be braver if you know you can change your mind - also sometimes you can use the cut pieces as the basis of something else.

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    2. Its a good idea Patsy, I'll do that...going to tackle it tomorrow, I'm too tired to start writing tonight. Its been a hectic work day.

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  9. Well . . . I started reading my novel again with a view to editing it - does that count?

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    1. I think it does, Lizy. Increasing our word count is an obvious sign of progress, but there's a lot more to writing than just bashing out the first draft.

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  10. I'm not getting on as fast as I should but that's partly because of judging those novels! Will get more organised after this weekend.

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    1. I can see that would take up a lot of time, Rosemary.

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  11. I think you're making really good progress. I'm feeling the fear with my novel length piece just now so keep reverting back to writing shorter stories in the meantime!

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    1. There's nothing wrong with mixing it up, Vikki.

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  12. You're doing better than I am this week! Any progress is good progress. :)

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    1. You're right that any progress is good, Linda.

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  13. Good luck with the competition. I'm with Linda: Any progress is good progress.

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    1. That makes three of us in agreement then, Lynda.

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  14. The only way I can sit down and write is by having a deadline. And now I've taken up an old interest, art, which I'm loving. Sadly, any serious writing is on hold.

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    1. Deadlines do make me work faster too, Maggie. Enjoy the art.

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    2. Having said that, I've just written a short story suitable for Prima. They take stories up to 700 words - no entry fee, and a possibility of winning £100.

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