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What's your current WiP?


I made what I believe will turn out to have been a big decision last week.
 
I currently have five WiPs (all novels), none of which are at the query-ready stage. I decided to stop jumping about between them and just pick one to work on.
 
As you can imagine, with the news about the upcoming paperback version of Fur-Face, I decided the smart choice would be its sequel, Barnum's Revenge. I plan to have a final draft ready by the end of July. When that's done, and only when that's done I'll sit down and decide what to work on next. Until then, I've locked my other WiPs away.

It's early days yet, but so far, I feel I did the right thing. I'm certainly much more focused than I was a few weeks ago.

How about you?

What's your current work-in-progress?



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jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
"...came to me in a flash"

Pun intended? :)
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snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh. I'm just horsing around. Literally, of course. And yes, that =is= with my WIP. Just equine nation, y' know? Because it's a state of mind.
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Of course, that one project involves several novels, all in various stages of completion.
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peadarog
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Focusing is definitely helpful to those of us who don't multi-task well. Me, for example!

My current WIP is a giant Epic fantasy type thingy.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, I love it already :)
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My pet name is "Cliff War" - jongibbs - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
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knittingknots
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
You don't know how it pleases me to hear you too have 5 wips. LOL.

The one that's currently getting all the love is a somewhat snarky fantasy story. Going well too; I refuse to name it yet lest I jinx the progress...LOL. All my other WIPS have names, and I've revealed bits of it on blogs. Not this one.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realized I was doing it before, but I think I was having such a good time doing all the fun bits of writing, I'd forgotten you spometimes have to knuckle down and work through the not-so-much-fun stuff too.
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msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Since you ask, Brothers, Keepers, Losers, Weepers,
which hardly moved at all during the two months I'd given it,
has begun working with me,
so I've been hammering at it.

For anyone who hasn't already been bored to tears hearing about it,
it's a novel featuring my most popular character,
if three or four people liking a character constitutes popularity.
Anyway, Stefanie Tricarico, the stealth transsexual homicide detective,
while in the midst of solving crime after crime after crime
is shanghaied to the sonora desert of Mexico
by the cagiest killer ever to have given her the slip.

When I've wrapped that up,
or if I need to give it a rest,
I'm figuring I'll start the Nikita Khrushchev portion of the prologue
of the War Correspondent novel,
or begin This Flag We Tore From Nothing
a novel of The Battle of Britain from the PoV of a German bomber pilot.

Meanwhile,
I hope the sequel goes well for you.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
She of Your Stef's a Detective fame, yes?
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krysteybelle
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
I have two right now. Both YA paranormal. One is finished and with a reader. While I wait for him to comb through that one, I started another one that I planned out last Dec.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
You're far better organized than I am :)
clarionj
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Glad you chose one to concentrate on. I do the same thing--jump all around, feeling bits of excitement about each, but then being torn back and forth. We do need to choose one and focus on it.

Last night my plan had been to work on my old Alejandro novel, which is at about 80,000, first draft, unfinished. It makes sense to complete that. Then I woke up and wanted to write a short story on something bothering me (catharsis and exploration). Then I remembered some publishers looking for poetry and I thought I should get a poem or two out.

That's not called focus!!!
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, if only those darned plot bunnies weren't so shiny :)
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wendigomountain
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a post-apocalyptic novel spanning three generations. It's going to be eerily like the Forsyte Saga. I'm four chapters in and three partial chapters in progress. I hope to finish around 100k, but edits will probably drop me down to 85k.

The hardest part for me will be a total lack of fantasy or sci-fi tropes. But I can still cheat with dream sequences and surreal moments.

Rule #1. No magic.
Rule #2. No zombies.
Rule #3. Hurt my characters.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
When I saw 'Rule #1' my mind went straight to Monthy Python and a rather politically incorrect sketch featuring Australians :)
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ideealisme
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
same as it ever was
same as it ever was
same as it ever was!

:-)
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
tracy_d74
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
i'm working on a story that is Speak meets Never Ending Story.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun :)
dferguson
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm 40,000 words into "Dillon And The Pirates of Xonira" the fourth in my DILLON series.

jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
That's about halfway, right?
bogwitch64
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
A very good decision, though I AM dying to read Dead Doris and Waking Up Jack Thunder.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
So am I, but I let myself get distracted by Barnaby Jones & the Demon Pirate and Abraham Lincoln Stole My Homework :(
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shoebrera
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Well, Jon, it sounds like I'm on the right track.
I have four or more stories that got put on the page 'while it was fresh and I'll make it readable later.' I set them aside to get the first one written, critiqued, revised, critiqued, etc. I think I'm on the last round.
As soon as I learn how to write an effective query letter and get some out there, I'll pull one of those to work on. Maybe the one about the homicidal, mentally unbalanced stalker. Or the one about the seven-year-old's first trip to the circus. Or maybe the 'true romance' of teens on the wrong end of sanity. One of 'em, anyway. ;)
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Keep up the great work, Deanna :)
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blood_of_winter
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
oh dear...i hate to admit it but instead of editing the novel, i'm working on editing 2 short stories. My hands literally start shaking whenever I pick up the printed draft of the novel. :(
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow morning, back to editing that novel, and no excuses, missy :)
mongrelheart
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
A sequel to Fur-Face? Yay!!! ~:*~:*~:*~:*~

I'm still working endlessly on my SF/crime thriller mutant hybrid thingamajig.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Lol, I'm glad you feel that way. If you're interested, I posted a teeny-tiny sneak peek on Terri's blog the other day:
http://bogwitch64.livejournal.com/299952.html?thread=5234096#t5234096
dmoonfire
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I only have two WIP in progress. One is a steampunky coming of age novel. That is pretty much plot complete and I'm just going through with edits, cleaning up one of the subplots, and adding more details for world-building. The other is a splatterpunk (yah for *punk) story with lots of gore and romance.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
I detect a 'punk' theme running through your work :)
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mary_j_59
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm still revising Honor, and getting ready to query again within a week or two - and I'm very happy with the way the revision is going so far. So I'd say it's still a WIP. And, honestly, it's the one I'm most focused on. But I'm also working on the first revised draft of my middle grade fantasy, A Drive of Dragons. That's probably the WIP, since Honor is now close to being finished. I hope to have made progress on getting the novel published, and to have finished a draft of the novella, by the end of the year. Right now they are both making me happy, though I was awfully unhappy with the novel last month, before I embarked on this revision. :)

Good luck on Barnum, Jon! I'm very happy about the upcoming paperback.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Me too, Mary, me too :)
lyonesse
Jun. 13th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
i'm waiting for some feedback on the werewolf novel, at which point i expect it to return to wip-hood.

i'm preparing to start selling my self-published short-story collection, "you were warned", in my etsy shop -- it's already got my sculptures, why not my fiction?

and my main w-i-p is a solicited short novel, erotic first-contact hard science fiction :) i just figured out a scene THAT MUST HAPPEN EARLY IN THE NOVEL a few days ago, have most of the words worked out, and now must figure out exactly where to slot it in....!

this is a great question, will carry the meme over into my journal :)
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I started a meme? Woohoo :)
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jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
I can't think of any offhand, but I wonder if there are other novels set in a similar time you could study.
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mylefteye
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
Just dropping by to offer my congrats on the forthcoming paperback of Fur-Face. Awesome stuff! Tell me where I go to pre-order. :)
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Michael :)
wyld_dandelyon
Jun. 14th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
I have several novels in progress too, Fireborn, Shifter, and Clockwork Dragon.

The next WIP I'm planning to finish, however, is the end of Wild Snowy Chase. There's also the string of short stories telling about Lalya's adventure becoming (legally) a woman over at http://www.tornworld.net.

Of course, right now my big excitement is I got copies of the pretty trade paperback of Family Ties & Torn Skies, which I'll have with me at Duckon. Maybe I'll see you or some of your friends there?


jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
I like that Clockwork Dragon title :)

I'm afraid I won't be at Duckon. Schaumberg's a little too far for me at present.
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roninangel
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
i have shelved my high fantasy for now - i am working on my wolves - if you remember the project that's been dubbed "twilight for the werewolf chicks"? that's the one i'm immersed in - i've recently come up with some great ideas for it - hopefully i'll be able to turn the 10k words i already have (from a single, day-long marathon-write session) into something closer to 50k, but even that feels a little small for a novel - thoughts?
roninangel
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
if you are interested in reading more about the story, i'm pretty sure i have you included on the filter for what i have written about the wolves: http://roninangel.livejournal.com/tag/writing%20-%20wolf
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jakobdrud
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
WiP - Works in Plural...

'Zuukas', 'Reconstruction', and 'Mansion' -- all SF short stories. And the revisions of the novel, which I'll get back to one of these days. Promise.
jongibbs
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
What does 'Zuukas' mean? Or is is a name?
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