Let's Get Kraken

Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

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On 4.3.2017 at 7:17 PM, The Grey Wolf said:

Not really a big deal compared to what some of you are doing but I thought I'd share that as of last night I have finally finished rewriting my sixth short story. No idea about the quality though because I am a terrible judge of my own writing so I'm going to see what a few trusted friends of mine have to say. Anyway, I wish all of you the best of luck with your own writing and hope that you are all getting by well too.

I wish I would get some short story plotbunnies. That way I could finish something in a reasonable amount of time. But all I get are epic monster bunnies who bring their family and multiply into series, so it will be years until I can put 'The End' under any of those huge projects.

The one thing I get better at is not allowing any new plotbunnies into my life. ;) 

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2 hours ago, Gabriele said:

I wish I would get some short story plotbunnies. That way I could finish something in a reasonable amount of time. But all I get are epic monster bunnies who bring their family and multiply into series, so it will be years until I can put 'The End' under any of those huge projects.

The one thing I get better at is not allowing any new plotbunnies into my life. ;) 

Best of luck to you.

My current goal is to write a few more short stories that I've had in my head for a while in order to build up my craft and improve my writing habits but ultimately what I want to do in the future is write a few stand-alone novels I've already begun planning out and then put to paper the ridiculously-ambitious magnum opus of my dreams.

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I've been working on and off on my magnum opus Kings and Rebels since 2004 or so. It was not intended as several-books-series back then and has morphed almost beyond recognition - it changed from historical fiction to Fantasy because the history kept getting in the way of the story I wanted to tell, and at some point I got the idea to write about the Lost Realms (Kêr Ys, Lyonesse, Vineta, Cantre'r Gwaelod and their ilk) which I then combined with the no-longer-historical fiction. But some of the characters and basic conflicts still exist, plus a few scenes, albeit heavily edited. Fortunately, I don't have fans breathing down my neck like Martin, because my writing speed isn't any better. :)

The other projects are historical fiction. The Sichelstein Saga - probably a trilogy - is set in the 10th century, the other ones in the Roman Empire. And damn Jovis if they don't remain standalones. :P

I'll use the April Nano Camp to get a prequel story to one of the Roman novels down, and I hope it will stick to the planned 10K. 

 

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Despite making it to the third round, my novel Resurrection Men was rejected by Gollancz's open submission from last year.:(

They said petty much same thing Inspired Quill did; problem wasnt the writing, rather the genre (paranornal/historical fantasy) wasnt right for them.  So I've sent samples to a couple agents.

Meanwhile I've nearly finished the first draft of my supernatural police mystery, Play Dead.

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I've cracked 4000 words on my Sword and Sorcery short story, which is nice. This is my real first foray into pulpy action, and it's great fun.

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Story now complete at second draft stage. 8700 words, so pretty meaty.

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Definitely been a productive month in the short story department. In addition to what turned out to be an 8800 word novelette, I've also fixed up a couple of stories from last year - it definitely helped looking at them through fresh eyes.

I'm now tackling a re-write of my Turkish Horror story. This one got a revise and resubmit, but I had yet to actually get around to doing it. Looking at it now, I see a strong first half let down by a weaker second half.

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Decided to essentially step away from the story I have been working on for four years now. Really needed to start fresh with something new. On the bright side, I found a way to include some of the same characters and a lot of the POV chapters into the new story, so its not like I wasted all that effort on something I've abandoned, and it's kind of liked a jump start on a whole new book.

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A quick question about formatting: I have noticed that many agents require you post a sample (or a complete story) in an email and they refuse attachments. Copy and paste into something like Gmail really strips and mangles any attempt to format. So does strict double-spacing, margins, etc. matter when submitting by email?

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17 hours ago, Jerol said:

 

A quick question about formatting: I have noticed that many agents require you post a sample (or a complete story) in an email and they refuse attachments. Copy and paste into something like Gmail really strips and mangles any attempt to format. So does strict double-spacing, margins, etc. matter when submitting by email?

Never really had trouble copying and pasting from Word to Gmail, it shows up perfectly formatted for me most of the time. Even when it's wonky it's still acceptably formatted.  

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Random question: I realize it's not super popular around here, but have any of you guys ever written any fanfiction?

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I kind of dabbled with Highlander fan fiction in the 90's. I pitched an idea to the editor for the book series. She liked it, but the novels folded pretty quickly. Never did more than write a sample and plot the story in outline form.

 

ETA: The real impact of this exercise can still be seen today in my user name. :) Still "Myrddin" after all of these years.

Edited by Myrddin

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I have this idea for a novel that I'm extremely excited about, but sitting down and writing it feels like banging my head against a brick wall. I wanted to take a break and work on something else that I felt wouldn't demand as much mental energy, so for the first time I tried writing some fanfiction as a sort of late birthday present for my SO.

Fanfiction isn't something I've ever read, or written, or really shown any interest in at all, but this actually might be the most fun I've ever had writing fiction.

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I used to write fan-fiction as a teenager. Had some pretty fun Harry Potter stuff in between books, and I used to do a lot of written role-playing in Pern, so I wrote some stories about my characters for that. Nowadays I enjoy original writing more, but more power to people who write fan-fic.

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12 hours ago, Let's Get Kraken said:

Random question: I realize it's not super popular around here, but have any of you guys ever written any fanfiction?

Yep. Not of ASOIAF though - I respect an author's wishes on the subject.

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I've had a Harry Potter story in my head for a number of years but I'm just not going to spend the time and energy to put down on paper what is essentially me just screwing around with three characters that someone else created. 

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I haven't written it, but I always wanted to write a Babylon 5 book called I, Valen set back in time 1000 years to when Valen was alive (trying to avoid spoilers for those of you so benighted as to never have watched this amazing show, if you should choose to correct your error).  The mystery of why fewer Minbari were being born since Valen has an obvious hard-science cause, in my mind at least.  Would have been fun to tell that tragic tale.

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I've written a lot of fanfiction.  If I hadn't, I would never have made any progress on learning to handle short story format - I've never much enjoyed reading any original stuff shorter than novella length, but a top notch short story length fanfic makes good reading practice and good writing practice.

Edits and copy-edits finally done on my book 2... and I now have two totally different totally new novel plots shoving around in my head competing for space.  Joy.

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