how's your novel coming along?

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Postby Viola Swamp » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:38 pm

I just finished my novel
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Postby Hambelt » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:22 pm

Viola Swamp wrote:I just finished my novel


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Postby chargie » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:37 am

i recently finished writing a short rhymy children's book and i'm now impatiently waiting for the illustrator to do the business
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Postby lawn dart blues1 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:41 am

what words did you rhyme
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Postby chargie » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:43 am

lawn dart blues wrote:what words did you rhyme


fart, part, cart, heart. i was really on a roll
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Postby grammatron » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:30 pm

Do any of you guys use software other than a regular word processor for longform writing? I need something to help me organize and outline. The whole "flesh it out as you go" style is obviously not working for me. I've done outlines just in Word before, but I'd prefer something that's easier to organize, move around, link back to, etc.
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Postby Seamus » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:47 pm

grammatron wrote:Do any of you guys use software other than a regular word processor for longform writing? I need something to help me organize and outline. The whole "flesh it out as you go" style is obviously not working for me. I've done outlines just in Word before, but I'd prefer something that's easier to organize, move around, link back to, etc.


Scrivener?
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Postby grammatron » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:02 pm

I'll check it out. Thanks.
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Postby ocean pimp » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:25 pm

on the flipside i use WriteRoom for freewriting because it has a slick fullscreen mode that's good for concentration (you can change the text color and font)

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Postby ocean pimp » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:28 pm

Scrivener seems like it could really be useful, but i think it has a learning curve to it which stopped me from using it more
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Postby gargamel » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:46 pm

google docs offline mode is my choice, i like using the folder and tab system, plus when i spill a glass of water on my shit i know it's safe in the cloud
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Postby walt » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:50 pm

jeffrey wrote:on the flipside i use WriteRoom for freewriting because it has a slick fullscreen mode that's good for concentration (you can change the text color and font)

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http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom


I used this for a bit but my distraction of choice is tinkering with fonts and colors so I just gave up. Really cool look, though.
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Postby warmhouse » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:17 pm

Scrivener has that fullscreen thing as well.
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Postby Big Gay Baby » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:07 am

Anybody doing NaNoWrMo? I'm at 36,751 words. Might actually pull this off.
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Postby Seamus » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:00 pm

anybody wanna read my horror story about all of the alarm clocks in the world gaining sentience?
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Postby Milk » Thu May 17, 2018 1:07 am

I've been writing. I think i started sunday or maybe it was saturday. I haven't done that in like 5 years. I don't know how i feel about it. It just happened. it seems good. I have 25 pages. I've never written anything that fast for sure. It's just coming out. I don't know.

I'm both thrilled and a bit fearful. Fearful probably can't maintain this for long before it all falls apart and i just don't finish it. Again. But yet at the same time i don't really care. I'm putting very little, in fact almost no pressure on myself this time which is good and different. No endless agonizing on structure, style or vocabulary. Maybe in a day, a week or a month ill think it's garbage (of course i will) and what was i even doing. Or just lose interest. If so that's fine. All i know is i haven't felt so calm in a long while and i know this is because i'm creating. I don't know why i always forget the end goal doesn't matter. Just doing it does. I definitely don't feel i've ever written anything that good. And i don't really care if it's just good by my limited standards. I feel like because i stopped caring so much i can finally just write without the bullshit creative anguish. Maybe you have to get to that don't give a shit stage of life to finally write painlessly. Or maybe i'm full of shit. Anyway. I had to say this somewhere. Shrug and all.
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Postby Milk » Thu May 17, 2018 1:10 am

Big Gay Baby wrote:Anybody doing NaNoWrMo? I'm at 36,751 words. Might actually pull this off.



when i started writing, like this weekend, i kinda decided to approach it a bit like this. Like don't always go back endlessly, write as if you had to reach a deadline or something. Even if i am not setting any. Just keep it moving. Sure i've went back and touched up things already a fair amount, but by and large i'm just moving forward instead of immediately trying to perfect everything. This is working for me. I also should have tried this approach earlier. I need not to be so afraid when i can't quite find the right way of writing a particular sentence, eventually at some point i'll figure it out. It doesn't have to be now. Leave it ugly and stupid and fix later.
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Postby warmhouse » Thu May 17, 2018 3:04 am

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Postby Autarch » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:16 pm

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Postby Milk » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:55 pm

I've done 107 pages i found today by transferring my doc file from tablet to word. It's been a month today. I do spend at least 3 hours a day on this or more . Obviously there will need to be endless rewrites but i think if i stick to this rate i can maybe look at October.

I've only once before attempted this kind of thing and while i probably had 400+ pages (i dont remember) and never finished (which seems really stupid once you made it this far but not finishing anything is my specialty) it had taken more than half a year to get there. It's why i need manageable deadlines. I think i'll have down what i want to have by around 300 pages. I don't really know because i only write with very vague outlines (well this time around, the last time was the opposite and i think that killed it...too much shit planned, too much bloat,it wasnt the same type of book at all though)

I can't see myself giving up on this now though. I'm just so worried i'll eventually kinda "lose it" that i just want to plow through it right now at the risk of wearing myself out. it's the only way i'll ever finish anything. It's the most important thing in my life right now.
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Postby compatibility mode » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:27 am

Writing is cool
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Postby Grey Poupon » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:19 am

milk i look forward to reading your book
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Postby Milk » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:31 pm

Same. well...assuming it'll be 300 pages. Im thinking a bit more now realistically (that or i edit a bunch later) but i am cautious because i don't want this shit to needlessly bloat (i know, hard to believe i of all people could bloat) and i thought 300 should do it. I hit 150 this morning anyway. 152 now. Creating is great when you don't have a job or responsibilities (well it's not entirely true i do shit online 4 hours a day for minimal money but at least i can fit it where i want).
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Postby Milk » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:52 pm

it makes me feel bad because i feel like maybe that's too fast to be any good. But then i remember i will rewrite this shit to death probably anyway
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Postby southpaw » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:13 pm

Go milk!
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Postby big zorb » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:16 pm

Good job, y'all! I published something for the first time in a while this week and it was tight.
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Postby mascotte » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:35 pm

Just discovered this thread. I've been writing a novel, it's an ambitious task. I've got about 90-100 pages so far and looks like this is gonna be at least 800 pages work. The sheer size of it scares me and I know that I procrastinate too much but there were so many things happening in my life, as some of you may know, that I try to relax and take it easy: i may finish it or not, there's no deadline, I am doing it for myself. So sometimes the regime I impose over myself works, but lately it does not, I've been watching stupid TV shows or listening to the music all day. And I've fot perfect conditions: a quiet house in a forest, not much friends around, and a patient partner...

At least I have the complete story and all the characters in mind and I think about it all the time.
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Postby warmhouse » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:59 pm

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Postby gargamel » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:04 pm

gargamel wrote:what's the best way to get an agent? send them your manuscript? i've been working on a novel for like 2 years that i am nearly ready to try and get represented. i've had some stuff published in places but it isn't going to grab anyone's attention. the novel is 'literary fiction' and i am grinding my teeth as i write that. i would be really pleased to get it on like dalkey/graywolf/coffee house press or whatever, it's kind of complicated but hopefully not obnoxious.

also, what sort of response times did you get from your agents when you queried them? like, did you get a surprise e-mail six months later, or are people pretty good about saying, 'no, i'm not interested' in a timely fashion. thanks hipinion authors



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Postby alaska » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:55 pm

That's rad
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