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post #21 of 35
So is 1K per day too ambitious? I was hoping to average that.

I do hope to steal a little time on weekends, but for me, weekdays should actually be more productive. That's when dh is at work and both kids are at school. Strangely, though, evenings have been pretty good. Like I said, though, I think I am actually in a passive-aggressive struggle with myself over time and writing. I want to be able to tell myself, "ok, write," and then write. Effectively and productively. So far it's going well, moving faster and better and more naturally than it has in any other attempt, but I feel like most of that is because I finally opened the right window to the story.

Second day on the job and it seems OK. I had a few things happen at home that slowed me down in the morning, and Fridays are short school days for my kids. So I had less time and more to do. I'll be working over the weekend, too, so it will take discipline to achieve all my goals. Bright side is, when this work task is done, I should be able to hunker down at home again for a few days and focus on my own writing while they handle client-side stuff. This could turn out to be a great arrangement, if I learn to dig in my heels and get my own needs met.

Any good resources on dialogue? I am not stressing too much about it in the first draft, but unnatural dialogue disturbs me as a writer, and I tend to write like I talk. And I am clearly verbose...and most people are not. Especially non-native speakers...*sigh*

I'm going to go write now.
post #22 of 35
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So is 1K per day too ambitious? I was hoping to average that.
Well, I did aim for that last year very much. I did get my 35K + 8K done somehow. But I couldn't keep up. I guess I'm not a marathon runner, I'm a sprinter? So I need to develop my "long distance" skills. I'm hoping if I allow myself to take the time, I will at least finish it without feeling like I'm always falling behind, yk?

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Any good resources on dialogue? I am not stressing too much about it in the first draft, but unnatural dialogue disturbs me as a writer, and I tend to write like I talk.
No clue, but I hope someone will recommend something! I looked for resources for this last year, and didn't really find anything that spoke to me.
post #23 of 35
I worry about dialogue...I've never felt I've been good at it.

I was reading somewhere about how it's never going to be exactly like how people speak but it should imply natural dialogue.

I'll grab my copy of On Writing later and have a look...I'm sure Stephen King has something to say on that but I can't remember what.

I worked out my problem in the middle..threw out 2 chapters..rewrote two and it's soooooooooo much better.

Now she's meeting the man she marries..he's a doctor, he's boring but he's stable and perfect and nice and kind...she loves him and marries him...but...she's not really in love with him....so it's a boring part....no passion...so where does the passion go when you are a passionate person with a low-spark person..that is the challenge...one sided arguements....not good reading...ok a challenge to make into good reading....

I'm enjoying the class already and it's just the orientation part.
post #24 of 35
Ok..King says that generally..dialogue is best done by writers who like to listen and talk...

He says be real. And I can't tell you the example but he says no 8 year old ever ran to tell his mother his little sister "deficated in the tub" and that you should be true to the character...ie your old maid aunt might say "sugar" when she drops something but most characters don't.

"Pay attention to how the real people around you behave and write about what you see."

I think that's all the copyright regs. allow me to say and that's a lot of paraphrasing. He says if you're good you can become great.

I think I'm weak at it...I may go back and tweak all of my dialogue at some point...at least reread it.

That's all I've got so far.
post #25 of 35
Thanks, allgirls. It's a start. I'm just trying right now to make sure the dialogue has the content I want in it and moving along, knowing that I'll be back for a second draft revision, but I won't get there until I finish this first draft. So, right now, bad dialogue is better than no dialogue.

Think I am going to take my new Writer mag to the Y, in case I get some whirlpool time. It's not my favorite magazine, but it usually gives me a "yes, I can" feeling.
post #26 of 35
I've made so much progress! I'm exactly half way through the final draft and as I've said before the last half is pretty much already final draft so I'm getting there...problem I'm having..time-lines...it's already 2002...I've got to reunite this couple soon..lol

..then I've got to break them up...2004...

..then big finale...2006...

..I didn't think it would go so current but my mc is getting a blackberry in 2006
post #27 of 35
Since the forum is closing but we're going to have social clubs I thought maybe we could meet at the WAHM forum in a dedicated thread until the Social club function is in place.

All rules that apply here apply there

Here is a link.
post #28 of 35
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IF anyone at all remembers me from last year - I'm back. I wanna write...
welcome back!
post #29 of 35
I lost it!
I was making some progress, granted it was only a few pages but seriously! I opened the file and it was gone! All that was sitting there was 2 paragraphs! UGH!!
post #30 of 35
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OK...so I went to my critique group thinking the absolute worst was going to happen...and it didn't...they LOVED IT!!! I got so many "Wow!" comments that I thought they were playing a joke on me. Really.

I put myself out there, basically naked - aka: I told the truth - I didn't let my MC hide behind flowery language. I just put it out there, and bam! It worked!

That was my prologue and I polished and shined it today based on the few mistakes they caught. It is solid, horribly painful and powerful and I can't wait to show it to an agent!

That's where my deadline comes in...end of March. Have to edit two chapters a week to make my deadline. Then I send off my first query letters. Can't wait to get my first rejection!!!

My novel is about one woman's struggle with her own sexual past/health/life, as it goes from one side of the spectrum to the other, until she finds a healthy middle where she can thrive and live her life without all that crap that holds you back. Men... they're so easy. They just get to enjoy themselves. We women are so inside our heads, and there's so many factors that can mess with that, that many of us, IMO, have so much that can interfere with a healthy sex life...and honestly that's one of the many blessings of being a woman. So to find a way to resolve sexual issues and move past them so you can heal and have a good sex life? That's what the book is mainly about.

There's so much more to the story than that of course - her past, her family dynamics, finding herself again, falling in love, all that jazz - but her struggle to have a healthy sex life is the main thread. I didn't even realize this until I wrote the prologue a few weeks ago. Then it just clicked. Amazing how you can write a whole book and still not know what it's about (well, amazing that I did that anyway ) But now I know and so when someone (my Grandmother included, see my blog!) asks what my novel is about, I can tell them in less than an hour

The funniest comment from my critique group: "wow, that was the most sex I've ever read in one chapter!"

I don't know if that's true, but it was funny to hear
post #31 of 35
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I lost it!
I was making some progress, granted it was only a few pages but seriously! I opened the file and it was gone! All that was sitting there was 2 paragraphs! UGH!!
there isn't a way to recover? I'm so sorry for you! I hate that when it happens... back up, back up, back up...I've had to learn that the hard way. You can use an online secure back up Mozy.com for free.
post #32 of 35
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Since the forum is closing but we're going to have social clubs I thought maybe we could meet at the WAHM forum in a dedicated thread until the Social club function is in place.

All rules that apply here apply there

Here is a link.
wait...what forum is closing?
post #33 of 35
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there isn't a way to recover? I'm so sorry for you! I hate that when it happens... back up, back up, back up...I've had to learn that the hard way. You can use an online secure back up Mozy.com for free.
Thanks. I will check that out and get it backed up. No, I can't find it anywhere, I don't know what happened.
post #34 of 35
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what's your genre?

my genre is either woman's fiction (that's my opinion) or chick-lit (the opinion of someone else)... I think it's too dark/heavy in the beginning to be chick-lit (or however you spell it). It takes on woman's issues - health, sex, career, family - tons of stuff. There is some fluff, but it's just for comic relief. I do think the sequel, however, will be chick-lit. Much fluffier .

what's your genre?
post #35 of 35
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wait...what forum is closing?
This forum, today..it's an administrative problem...but we can play in WAHM until the social groups function is available..you will love the social group thing..it's perfect for a writing group!

But there will be a gap.

So come on over to WAHM to play!
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