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tracihilton

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Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 2:37 PM
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Just wondering if it is only me...(and potentially my collaborative partner.) We are that close to being finished with this thing. I've been "a week away from done" for like a month. Oy.

But I do plan on finishing draft 1 this week, re-reading the whole thing, and sending it off to the beta.

Phew.

Traci
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 3:53 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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You are not alone. It is truly amazing how we put off finishing something we have put so much effort into. We are more comfortable in what we know than the unknown. It's hard to look over the horizon.
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 4:21 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Traci, have you considered that maybe the story's not ready to end yet? Maybe there's more to be said?

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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 5:07 PM   in response to: misternixter in response to: misternixter
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Thanks 42--glad to hear I'm not alone!

Misternixter: very insightful! I think that is the case. If I read it, work through the sticky spots, I'm bound to come to the "almost end" that I"ve got so far with better insight on what needs to be said...I just keep not doing it. : )

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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 5:40 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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How many words, Traci?

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 5:48 PM   in response to: lionessinthemir... in response to: lionessinthemir...
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I'm working with my brother and we each are going for 40,000 of the story. I'm at about 37,500 I think my half of the story could be done within the next 1000 words, but like Nick said, I'm probably going to realize there is more to it that needs to be said.

My brother is in the mid 20,000's so the whole book is still a ways from being done but when my part is done (and off at beta readers, etc) I can move on the next project which I'm also really excited about...

Traci
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 6:57 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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The whole idea of a collaborative work fascinates me. Is this a novel? If so, and you each do half, how will you makes the writer's voice cohesive throughout?
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:07 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Maybe it's not so much sabotaging as coddling. Which is a good thing. That first trip out the door, the manuscript hasn't had anyone's attention but yours, so it's easy to give it "one more review". Then of course, SOMETHING has to be tweaked. I planned on having my murder mystery published last month, but I'm still changing things.

The good news is, I'm 2/3 through the editing process and then have 3 scenes to add.
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:11 PM   in response to: 42rthomas in response to: 42rthomas
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So true. That's why I like to have a couple of stories going at once. It gives me a 'siren call' to finish the older story and move forward. It also helps smooth the transition when it's time to let go. My theory of writing is to have one in idea/outline state, two in draft writing stage, one in the drawer, one in editing stage.

Unfortunately, I'm editing my drawer copy and don't have anything else sitting there just yet.
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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:18 PM   in response to: fuzzybluetoesock in response to: fuzzybluetoesock
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We're writing from alternate POV's, alternating chapters. We have also been meeting once a week to read each others stuff and comment, suggest etc. and to update how the plot is going and where it should be going. We've also been bringing it to our Crit group so they can give input on how our two sides sound together. It's actually been a really fun and really satisfying way to write!

Jeanette...I agree that sometimes it is coddling, but this has really been more of neglect. I open the file, look at it, and then do something else, lol. ; )

Traci
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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:56 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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That is awesome, Traci! If you can master swapping chapter for chapter, then there's just paragragh for paragraph, and finally word for word (basically that's the style I strive for with the voices in my head) ...
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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 8:53 PM   in response to: kennydill in response to: kennydill
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I've been three days away from finishing for two weeks, I know what you are talking about. I projected 50k for this novel I am at 70, so Mistermixer may be right with you.

HOpefully I really am done in 3 days!
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 26, 2012 1:24 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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I know exactly what you mean. On that home straight sometimes because you know exactly how it's all going to tie up at the end it seems almost like it's written already, and suddenly it's much more interesting to go back and edit, or mess around with cover designs, or think about the next project...I'm a monster for it!
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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:22 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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[i]suddenly it's much more interesting to go back and edit, or mess around with cover designs, or think about the next project...I'm a monster for it! [/i]

Oh man...sometimes I think we are the yin and yang of the same brain, lol.

Also I'm getting my business licenses and LLC stuff together...I plan to make some real money at this thing so I want to do it properly. And nothing makes government forms look as interesting as "I'm almost finished with the WIP" does!

Traci
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Re: Sagbataging yourself when you are close to the end?
Posted: Mar 26, 2012 12:39 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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nope I'm still not finding that call to the IRS that interesting...we've got some UK bank holidays coming up when I assume the IRS will be open for business, I may call then...I want my royalties back - I need them to pay for my new cover!!
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