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Offline naturewalker

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2007, 06:20:08 AM »
Well.... here I am... almost convinced that my book will never see the print!  :-\ It is not good enough...  :-[ So I identified with the feeling Jezz described. I am getting a little easier on myself and breaking out of my inhibitions. I have not much in print except a few professional papers in journals.

I thought that your post was very encouraging and actually quite beautifully worded. It made me feel a little better about myself too! ;)

I am appreciating you for how you put it... See my post in the Drabbles section- two short stories which really are plots for full books for me. Can you see me reaching anywhere?
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2007, 12:53:17 PM »
Naturewalker, my laptop is causing me grief. I'm on dial-up and it's only working at 21kB which is like watching paint dry. Can you tell me exactly where to find your short stories so that I don't have to spend time searching, I'll take a look at them if you'll do that.

And PLEASE PLEASE never, ever, give up, never get too low, always believe that success is waiting around the corner, it's just a matter of finding which corner it's behind.... Keep on looking - Anthony
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2007, 12:55:41 PM »
Anthony, the drabbles thread is in the writing games and challenges board.
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2007, 05:22:25 AM »
Thanks thatollie, good-on-you, I've found it. I'm back up to spead now on my laptop, my PS was giving problems and my battery was kn*****. I replaced both five minutes ago.

Naturewalker, I've read your pieces in Drabble, and left the comments there.
Good luck - Anthony
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2007, 11:46:42 AM »
Jezz has been a bit quiet recently, hope that means she's off writing up a storm.
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2007, 02:31:21 PM »
Jezz? Jezz?? Are you on? Or are you on a different planet? Found your words for the next book? I would love to hear from you... I have started editing/ revising my first manuscript after a lot of procrastinating! I owe it to you and Anthony! Thanks Guys! I hope to post a couple of chapters and hear from the pros how to move further.

I feel there are a few gaps in the narrative- things I need to flesh out a bit more and add a few subplot flesh!

Thanks again!
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2007, 07:51:45 AM »
Glad that my couple of words helped. Sorry I'm late acknowledging but I've been away for a few days. Good luck with everything. Anthony
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2007, 06:32:05 PM »
Talk to your characters. Ask them what they think? Write down what they reply. Ask how they feel about the role you have given them?
I have a story (385 pages), where this one character would not go away. I did everything I could to get him out of the story, but he wanted the lead part! I asked why? "Because," he replied, "You have used me in two other books. Now it's my turn."
He was right. I knew him better than the character I had in the lead. "Ok," I agreed, "But you have to help me with the story."

Get to know your characters. If they become real as you write, they will be real to your readers. I even have folders on each character. I know what they like to eat, little habits they have. What they like and dislike. How they get dressed and what they like to wear.
I know little things about them they would never tell anyone. I make drawings of what they look like, and what they think they look like.

                                          Make them real, and your story won't bog down.

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2007, 07:14:21 PM »
TA! Yes, this is normal (as everyone has said). From experience, I'd advise to not hatchet.

Need to get past this mood without sharp objects in your hand. Read the posts and find the method that works for you.

I have found that I am less hatchet clutching if I work with someone at this stage. They can be objective where I cannot. Find someone who will be honest. Usually not someone who loves every word you write...while very sweet, not very helpful. Also, there is this: http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=1601.60

~OR~

Print your ms (you know mss should be double spaced), read it aloud to yourself, stop when you stumble over readability issues or have ideas to insert, or catch errors. Make notes, that is what the double spaces are for, in addition to ease of reading. (Use a highlighter to mark places that really, really make you think, "Wow! I wrote that!" that way you don't cut them when you get in that hatchet mood again.)

Personally, I like to read from the front straight through in a short period of time, like a weekend or a week. If you haven't finished writing the first draft, it will take you to where you are and possibly the momentum will get you writing again.

Just ideas, but yes...this is normal to feel this way.

Nadine

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2007, 07:22:04 PM »
Naturewalker,

That's great news. Congrats.

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2007, 11:46:20 PM »
Thanks so much... all of you! Nadine- your idea of a print copy is quite appealing! I get tired of reading computer screens and read endlessly when reading printed matter. Also- that makes sure the hatchet is not irreversible! I still get to keep the soft copy as it is in case I really change my mind!

Nick... that is FAB. Gyppo did one such exercise with me and it felt... amazing! Wow! My characters could convey so much?! I shall do this with the characters in my story and see where it leads me.

You all are sooooo helpful...that it is a wonder such people exist in this real world!

Thanks again.
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2007, 01:40:17 AM »
Nadine, I don't know about you, but I find that after I do a print out, the work reads differently. I see errors of construction I don't see on screen. I often have to re-write several passages after a 'hard' read. For me the 'hard' read really is an essential part of the process.

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2007, 04:33:20 AM »
Ta! Anthony, I agree.

Plus I like to take my fav pen in hand and write on the page, to perfect and sometimes to doodle. It is part of the right of passage for the mss.

When finished, it is best to make the corrections from the back forward on the computer version. If you go forward to back, you will eventually change the page numbers and have more trouble finding the place once they no longer match. (If not set in the beginning, best to set page numbering before you print it. They have a way of ending up on the floor more often, if not numbered.) Right, I've never had that happen, but I've heard...  :o

Nadine  ;D

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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2007, 05:41:11 AM »
Heard of Murphy?  :D the wrench always rolls under the exact centre of gravity of the car! ::) It is always the un-numbered pages that fall to the floor in a heap :P

Murphy is such a Darling! And a lot of fun to read!!! Have any of you tried reading Murphy's laws?
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Re: Realizing that I will never finish my book?
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2007, 07:52:23 AM »
Read them? He only wrote them because of me.

Anthony
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