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

Pun intended? :)
(no subject) - msstacy13 - Jun. 13th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Of course, that one project involves several novels, all in various stages of completion.
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jun. 13th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jun. 13th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, I love it already :)
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jun. 13th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - peadarog - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
My pet name is "Cliff War" - jongibbs - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: My pet name is &quot;Cliff War&quot; - peadarog - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: My pet name is &quot;Cliff War&quot; - msstacy13 - Jun. 13th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
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.
(no subject) - knittingknots - Jun. 13th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.

I hope the sequel goes well for you.
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
She of Your Stef's a Detective fame, yes?
(no subject) - msstacy13 - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - msstacy13 - Jun. 13th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
You're far better organized than I am :)
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!!!
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, if only those darned plot bunnies weren't so shiny :)
(no subject) - clarionj - Jun. 14th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
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 :)
(no subject) - wendigomountain - Jun. 13th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jun. 13th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
same as it ever was
same as it ever was
same as it ever was!

Jun. 13th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
Jun. 13th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
i'm working on a story that is Speak meets Never Ending Story.
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun :)
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.

Jun. 13th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
That's about halfway, right?
Jun. 13th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
A very good decision, though I AM dying to read Dead Doris and Waking Up Jack Thunder.
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 :(
(no subject) - bogwitch64 - Jun. 13th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jun. 13th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
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. ;)
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Keep up the great work, Deanna :)
(no subject) - shoebrera - Jun. 14th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
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. :(
Jun. 13th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow morning, back to editing that novel, and no excuses, missy :)
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.
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:
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