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Old 08-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #916
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I'm in the BEGINNING stages of writing a first draft of what I would call a "Psychological Thriller". I've run it by a few people the early few chapters I've done (10 of them, including a prologue) and gotten positive feedback but I'm flummoxed by trying to stretch out the chapter lengths (10-15 pages if viewed in an e-reader) and how many overall chapters I should write (with the inclusion of the Prologue and Epilogue).

At my current writing pace per chapter, I see myself writing in line with James Patterson. (4-5 pages per chapter and ending up with in excess of 100 chapters.) Writing in fact for me isn't something I enjoy but I sort of challenged myself to sit down and try to write. I hate research but I have researched and maybe stretched some facts (its fiction right, so that's okay?) but not totally out of proportion since there has to be SOME basis of plausibility.

I will say though as far as publication goes for me this is something on a personal level but I do feel comfortable with people reading it, I just want to have them enjoy it.

Any advice, mentoring, counselling would be greatly appreciated, especially since I feel like I'm reaching a pivotal plot point that I am having trouble to figure out how and where I want it to work out.

I just want to completely rough out the entire book in terms of "pre-production" meaning write as I see fit, have it looked over, edited, and then not really start over but work on the suggestions and add on to the chapters individually. I would consider this the start point before a completed written works is published.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:33 AM   #917
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I have begun Round 1 Revisions on "A New Kind of Sunrise". In a spectacularly clever avoidance tactic, my brain has brought over to MobileRead instead. (It's hoping to get caught up in an interesting conversation, thus saving me from having to focus on the heartless task of fixing holes in the plot.)

So please, everyone: Be as BORING as possible...
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #918
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Here's the opening line that popped into my head this morning:

"It was in June that I realized the cat was trying to control my mind. ..."

is that boring enough?
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:57 PM   #919
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"It was in June that I realized the cat was trying to control my mind. ..."
Ohmygosh, that is awesome! You absolutely must write it.

But don't tell me anything else about it for at least three weeks. I am revising, REVISING, I tell you...
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #920
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That is an awesome first line, Kenny. I'd want to read that story.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:04 AM   #921
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Working on rewrites of my first zombie novel, a number of short stories, and a memoir.

The short story collection has a working title of "This Is Not Going To End Well ".
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:04 AM   #922
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Here's the opening line that popped into my head this morning:

"It was in June that I realized the cat was trying to control my mind. ..."

is that boring enough?
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That is an awesome first line, Kenny. I'd want to read that story.
Me too.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:11 AM   #923
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Dang, guess I better write it then.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #924
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Seconding. I love that line.

We need a WIP "first lines" thread.......
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:36 AM   #925
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:21 AM   #926
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Yep, better get writing Kenny, we all want to see it.

I want to know: If a book has a prologue, is the first line that of the prologue or the first line of chapter 1? (Is a prologue a way of hedging your bets? )
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:51 AM   #927
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Yep, better get writing Kenny, we all want to see it.

I want to know: If a book has a prologue, is the first line that of the prologue or the first line of chapter 1? (Is a prologue a way of hedging your bets? )
Surely the first line is in the prologue? It forms part of the story, without which we would be missing something.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #928
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Working on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, which means ultra-rough draft. It's a superhero novel, and supposed to be a sequel to something I wrote a few years ago. I have no idea how many words I've written lately, because I haven't plugged in my Alphasmart to get them onto the computer.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:02 PM   #929
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I am editing Don Quixote, Warlord of Mars, putting the ingenious man of La Mancha on the red planet. I wrote it for NanoWriMo last year, and I'm glad I haven't rushed to publish it. I'm going through and making sure my paragraphs are properly formatted, changing the text to use pronouns instead of the proper name when the pronoun is more appropriate. Now I have a few more ideas that need to be thrown in, so I'm adding a few more chapters.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #930
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I just finished writing a short script for a video interview segment, me being interviewed by... an empty chair. (At the last minute, the interviewer gets an opportunity to interview Amanda Hocking, and bails on me.)

It was really just to pass the time; I have no video equipment or facilities, so I'm sure it'll never get done.

Back to story development.
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