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What's your current WiP?

I'm having great fun working on the outline for Abraham Lincoln Stole My Homework. The initial plot idea served its purpose ie: Getting yours truly excited about writing the book. Since then, it's been reshaped, twisted, refurbished, thrown out, bits of it put back in sideways, and the whole thing generally fashioned into something hugely different from the original vision - in a good way, of course.

Since this is the first of (what I hope will become) a series, I've given my young hero a doozy of a long-term problem which he can't hope to solve straight away. If the rest of the outline phase goes well, I expect to begin writing the actual first draft on May 1st. Assuming the drafting process goes according to plan (stop laughing, it could happen) I should have the finished MS ready to submit before the weekend writing workshop I'm giving at the Georgian Court University in July. 

How about you?

What's your current WiP?

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Apr. 19th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Well, as I said on my blog, I've got two of them - the same two! I'm a rather slow writer in any case, and I also work full time, so it's taken me awhile. But I'm finally approaching the end of the first draft of A Drive of Dragons, my middle grade fantasy. And I've just recently begun what I hope will be my final edits on Honor my YA SF novel.* It's been great fun! I'm just going through, chapter by chapter, cutting and changing things, and it's just not stressful in the least - I seem to know, now, what I have to do to make the story stronger. It really does help, as Brenda Ueland said, to start on another project when your first one is stumping you. She says (and I'm paraphrasing) "Don't waste your time polishing and polishing your pearl. Go on and freely and joyfully write something else. Then, when you come back, you will know how to polish your pearl with no effort at all."

Anyway, with luck, I'll have both of them 'finished' by the end of this month. Then I can start planning a third story, working on some short-form stuff, and so on.

(* Of course, I know this will not be the end of editing! At the very least, when the book is published, I'll have line and copy edits to get through. There's always more to do, and something new to learn.:))

How are the adventures of Snowy coming? I'll be buying the paperback for the library (of Fur-Face, I mean), and am very much looking forward to the sequel. And that's a great title for your WIP!
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mary. I sent the sequel to Echelon Press about a week ago. I'm hoping to hear back soon :)

As for editing, you know what they say: 'The end is really just the beginning' :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a short story set in the same world as my YA fantasy novel, Fox & Phoenix, but with a completely different set of characters. Working title is The Ghost Dragon's Daughter. My goal is to get a final draft by the first week in May. We also just bought a house, so time has to go to contractor visits and such, but it should be doable.

Apr. 19th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
New house = :)

Expenses related to new house = Eek! + :(
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
And oy will there be expenses. Lovely house, but it was vacant for two years, so now needs some tender loving renovations.
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
It's so worth the hassle, though, right? :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
It is. My husband's office has a view of the lake. My new office will have its own fireplace, so when I get rejection letters....
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
You can burn your computer?
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I am often tempted to do so. :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome title. ;)
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Christine :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm just puttering about with some sort character sketch pieces at the moment. I really need to either work on editing my novel rough draft, or poking at some of the half-finished novels I have sitting about. But it's springtime and I feel lazy.
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Lol, I know exactly what you mean :)
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Apr. 19th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're keeping yourself busy, Dylan :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm back to working on my alt-hist dieselpunk fairy-tale retelling novel. I'm experiencing delays because there seems to be a shortage of hyphens these days.
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
Apr. 19th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
My non-Deathly Hallows-compliant version of Book Seven (entries in order in which they should be read).
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing :)
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Jon--I can't wait for Barnum's Revenge, and now I can't wait for THESE!!!
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC)
Apr. 20th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
my work in progress is kind of the same i think as the last time you asked this of your followers - i'm still working on my werewolf story, though i think i finally have all the kinks worked out - looks like i'm actually gonna be able to hit the 50k work mark with it too with all the stuff i'm adding in! =D

do you happen to know of any articles offhand that help you choose a TITLE for your stories? i can't recall ever seeing anything in all the writer blogs i follow
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
'Do you happen to know of any articles offhand that help you choose a TITLE for your stories? '

Not offhand, sorry. I think it's one of those 'Ask a 100 writers and you'll get at least 101 answers' topics.
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm stopping for coffee,
so I'll mention, if you haven't heard already,
that my current WiP is a moving story of relocation,
which I hope to complete by Wednesday...
Apr. 20th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Wednesday being moving day, after all :)
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