For anyone else who wants to start/progress/finis h writing a book in 2012

(212 Posts)
BsshBossh Fri 06-Jan-12 10:44:03

Sign in here, whether you are published or not smile Perhaps we can keep each other motivated.

I am a first time writer, never been published, have completed two drafts of my novel and am now working on the third - revising/editing.

How about you?

Absy Fri 28-Dec-12 10:21:53

I'm also doing a bunch of short stories on the side to practice writing and plot development (though very short plots.)

Absy Fri 28-Dec-12 10:18:09

Hi! I came around to this thread ages ago.

I'm at around 46,000 words and editing like mad, redoing and redoing and redoing and hopefully it will be finished early next year. Then the real work starts ...

allbie Sun 02-Dec-12 19:30:07

Nearly finished my novel! It's fantasy which I have loved writing. It's for children. I'm at 123,000 words and am in the last chapters. I shall be on the sequel straight after cos I'll miss the characters! Synopsis then laying myself bare, so to speak next...I guess! Sigh...and developing my thick skin! Ho!

BsshBossh Wed 21-Nov-12 19:55:01

Hello, back again after a long break from this thread but fortunately not from writing. Am now on Draft 5 of my novel and it's really going well. I'm not struggling to find time to write at all these days as I'm really enjoying the whole process so am actively making time to write.

I'm using Scrivener for the first time ever (despite having used Word for all four previous drafts). I copied and pasted every single scene into the software and gave each scene its own "document" or "file". This is making it really easy for me to analyse and work on all the novel's scenes by character rather than by chapter and it's been an eye opener.

I'm also writing a lot more in my (very fab) local library whenever I can as I find it less distracting than writing at home.

How is everyone doing?

Paperbird Wed 26-Sep-12 10:21:54

Hello! Another newbie here. I decided last summer to have a go at a writing a book and am 20k words into the first draft.
1) it's my first novel but I've written all kind of things for family and friends before and even got a tiny bit published in a Polish SF magazine a long time ago!
2) I used to love SF and comics but nowadays am reading a bit of everything, albeit not enough I must admit.
3) Fiction, in French as it's my mother tongue
4) It's all about lies, lies and lies, and how far can you lie before your world collapse.
5) I'm a SAHM of a 18 mo and a 3 yo so during nap time when chores get neglected.
6) Household can wait.

ninah Mon 24-Sep-12 20:08:16

haha we should do that! I could do with another day in the week, really
here's to the naps! (his not yours)

artifarti Sun 23-Sep-12 22:26:54

Oooh - mine starts in Jan too! Go on then PM me! My course is entirely dependent on DS2 being a good napper which is a bit of a worry. Yes, sounds like we need a 'Studying, writing and trying to balance all the other bits of life' thread come January...

ninah Sun 23-Sep-12 22:20:34

hi arti, exciting isn't it! I'd rather not post details on here but I'll pm you if it's any good - I start in Jan. Bit worried about combining it with work but apparently the first term is reading and not too strenuous. My full time contract finishes around April, and I've got my fingers crossed for part time work after that. The writing and research does have a habit of taking over, as it's so absorbing. Maybe we should start another thread!

artifarti Sun 23-Sep-12 10:31:10

Hey ninah. How's it going? I saw on another thread that you are going to do the masters you talked about - which one is it out of interest (if you don't mind posting it)? I have just been offered a place on a DL writing course which offers some creative writing options and some more business/features/non-fiction options. I'm really excited but also thinking 'What have I done? How the hell am I going to do this?!'

ninah Mon 30-Jul-12 19:55:43

yup it was a mad mad year! I don't have family around etc so I waited til dd was in y1 (especially handy as my gtp placement was with y1 in another school so I could pinch some ideas!). Things seem to be changing rapidly in education but despite current climate, teaching is still the best job in the world imo!
Last book - I submitted, one request for full ms, but not a goer in the end. This one is much better! (eternal optimist). Getting feedback is good it helped me a lot as I have problems detaching from what I've written. Wouldn't it be great to publish... I do wish you the very best with subbing it's nerve wracking but v exciting waiting for the responses.
I am teaching Early Years next year if you ever need additional really tiny beta readers ...

artifarti Mon 30-Jul-12 19:39:53

Hi ninah. Teacher training and a new thriller - you've been busy too! Did you submit your previous book? I am also thinking of retraining in education, possibly FE. Was it mad? Not sure I could do it and keep my sanity with two DCs under 5. I am currently editing and polishing the picture books and getting some feedback. I've never submitted before so it's quite exciting even though I'll probably just end up with enough rejection letters to prop up my wonky table! grin

ninah Mon 30-Jul-12 16:54:45

hey, arti! congratulations, you have been busy! ds2 wow - and picture books!
I've had a bit of a hiatus too, did my teacher training last year and am now about 12,000 into a new crime thriller. I applied for a masters but haven't heard yet, in a way I hope it's a no as I now have a job for September - a real teaching job! it's maternity cover and I have everything crossed for an eventual job share as that way I could find time to do everything.
are you submitting?
waves at bshh, sybil and everyone else!

artifarti Mon 30-Jul-12 16:07:01

Hello smile Gosh, I haven't been on these threads for ages. I actually started the equivalent of this thread back in 2011, having wrote lots in 2010 (nothing actually publishable!) then a bad start to the year totally stopped me from writing and then I got pregnant and for some reason pregnancy seems to use every ounce of my creativity! So I didn't write a word in 2011 sad. Now I have DS2 I have started writing again and finally finished writing two picture books that I started way back when. I recognise a few people on this thread - ninah, grendelsmum and ladysybil (who I think has namechanged?!). ladysybil - you were writing picture/children's books, weren't you? How did it go? How's everyone else doing?

BsshBossh Sun 29-Jul-12 19:51:00

Hi ardenbird and welcome. I'm beavering away at the last bits of the 4th draft of my novel, hence not having time to pop in here. Now the school holidays have started so I'm strugging to find sustained time to write. But my DD (4) is enrolled in a few clubs over the next few weeks so I should be able to fill the free time with writing. I was hoping to have finished this draft by last month, but hey ho. I need to make sure I don't fill my limited child-free hours with errands and chores!

ardenbird Sat 14-Jul-12 12:32:10

Wow, look at the new bits of Mumsnet I keep finding! I see this thread has been stagnant for a while, but is okay if I join? I hope you all will be back at some point... I'm particularly interested in how those of you with your first LOs (Kayano, FaneFeyre, anyone else?) are doing. My first is 3mo now, and I've been back to writing for about a month. I had a break in the last weeks of pregnancy when my SPD was so bad I coudn't sit up or even bear to have a laptop on my lap, then DD was born by EMCS and had a tongue-tie that wasn't diagnosed until 8 weeks -- but I'm finally turning human again and really keen to be writing. Although I'm back to work in two weeks (eek, eek).

I'm currently doing a final polishing edit of Book 1 of a fantasy duology, which I hope to get out to beta readers soon. I'm more than halfway through - going scene by scene I've done 127 scenes with 67 left to go. The plan is to have this (or, even more optimistically, this and Book 2 -- currently in first draft only) ready to be pitched to agents at World Fantasy in 2013.

And here are my questions
1) is this your first novel?
No, second, although the first one I've made a real effort to polish. My first novel was a nanowrimo scifi and will probably never see the light of day again...

2) what is your preferred genre?
speculative fiction, shading more to fantasy than scifi, but I do both

3) what genre is your current project
high fantasy

4) can you give us a brief plot synopsis (25 words or less?)
eep, not yet! I'm still struggling with my "elevator pitch". Each time I try it comes out sounding silly or clichéd -- although I don't think the novel is!

5)when and where do you write
I used to write in the evenings in my room on my "writing loft". That is now DD's room... now I write whenever I can, with DD nursing or napping.

6) any useful tips or advice?
Something I read by Elizabeth Moon (one of my favorite writers) has been helping me keep going lately: she said that if you have to have a break from writing for some personal/health reason, don't beat yourself up over it. Give yourself permission to recognise you're not up to it at the moment, but may be sometime, and come back to writing when you're ready without guilt.

amillionyears Sun 27-May-12 16:04:09

funny thread this.People pop in and out.
Welcome to Gincognito, I feel like the most lowly member of this group,but welcome anyway!
Good luck with your prospective book,no advice to offer I am afraid.
At least you are having fun with it.

My book needs to go from the stage of notebooks and many pieces of paper,to the computer.My DH has set up word for me, but I have no knowledge of it,and can only use a computer for basics.
I have to take the plunge,but dont know where to begin,and cant seem to use all buttons well enough to make the words go where I want them to.
Also it would be helpful to me to sort of have a side list running down the right hand side of sort of scribbled rough notes iyswim,and he and I dont know how to do this, or if it is possible?

Gincognito Mon 21-May-12 20:01:32

Hello all, I'd like to join if I may.

I'm having a lot of fun writing a horrendous first draft of a YA fantasy novel. In my head it's a work of genius. On paper, not so much grin

amillionyears Thu 17-May-12 19:23:31

You have a lot on your plate,Fane.Good luck with your publisher.
Good luck everyone.
Im plodding, just plodding,but it is moving forward and in the right direction.
Weirdly,I write better when I am in a bad mood, not a good one.In a good one, I want to go outside,socialise etc.My book is sort of a self help book, so I need to be in a less than positive mood iyswim.

FaneFeyre Mon 14-May-12 13:00:47

Hi all,

I posted early on in the thread but here's where I'm at now:

A small indie publisher has shown interest in my work and is backing my current WIP (short story collection) for a 2013 publication. I'm only at 22,000ish words with LOTS of work to be done so am feeling overwhelmed.
Oh, and I have a 16 week old baby.
Oh, and I am going back to work part-time in a fortnight.

HELP!

LadySybilDeChocolate Sun 13-May-12 21:10:02

I'm not sure how much it 'sparkles' now but I think that my writing is better. I've put in an additional character and half of it is new so I'm hoping it sparkles enough for her now.

I have my fingers crossed for you, ninah. smile Don't worry about the housework, it can wait. As can the grass. grin

ninah Sun 13-May-12 20:07:55

I am just beginning to get to grips with it which is timely as I have scary assessments coming up - this year has gone so fast.
Meantime I am job hunting for September. The house is a tip, and the grass needs cutting - am looking forward to the summer hols to catch up with it all (and write!)
'sparkle' - that's nice and specific grin good luck and keep us posted!

LadySybilDeChocolate Sat 12-May-12 00:29:13

I have the persistence of a rottweiler! grin I know this agent, she wants perfection. She turned one of the earlier versions down before because it didn't 'sparkle' enough for her and it had errors. I only have to send three chapters off, she won't be reading them unless they get through her readers. {sobs} My lovely friend has gone through the three chapters, there's no a lot of errors so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Not sure about how much more 'sparkle' it has though. confused

Thank you for the offer, I may have a new project soon. grin How's the course going?

ninah Sat 12-May-12 00:08:58

don't judge my grammar by posts btw, I'm a bit ee cummings on here (lazy) but I am a genuine pedant irl I promise

ninah Sat 12-May-12 00:07:41

Good luck grendel!
ladys it's good news and bad then! I do admire your persistence and I truly hope it will pay off for you. You just need that one chance. Hope this is it!
commas - do your own check? you're grammatically competent and I'd save the final copy edit for your publishers as it's an expensive enough process. At this stage I'm sure you are going to be able to get it clean enough to submit. If you are still in the same boat come July I'll do it for you smile I do prefer hard copy though

LadySybilDeChocolate Fri 11-May-12 17:48:36

A very large agency has said they will look at my novel again if I submit via the usual channels, I was expecting them to tell me to sod off. I sent it to them last year and it was crap. blush I've been working on it.

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