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Do you like to write in order or randomly jump about? I find that if you know certain points of story, and are kind of stuck, it can be well worth jumping forward to help get things back on track. Plus it can be fun to try and connect back together later.
As someone who is writing a stupid long story, jumping ahead is sometimes what you need to do, and while doing that sometimes what you need to do to get there just falls in place as you realize something has to happen for the events you want that you didn't think of while you were stalling there.

either way I have to get back to writing. things have finally died down in my life, so I just have to properly get back in the writing swing of things and locate all the info I need for the next chunk of my story.
 

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Do you like to write in order or randomly jump about? I find that if you know certain points of story, and are kind of stuck, it can be well worth jumping forward to help get things back on track. Plus it can be fun to try and connect back together later.
I only ever write linearly. I don't like to jump ahead because I don't always know what all the pieces are going to be and I often try to use my excitement for writing the cool bits to help me pull through the boring bits of set up. That said, I do jump back a bit every now and then to add details that set up future scenes.
 

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I only ever write linearly. I don't like to jump ahead because I don't always know what all the pieces are going to be and I often try to use my excitement for writing the cool bits to help me pull through the boring bits of set up. That said, I do jump back a bit every now and then to add details that set up future scenes.
It's actually an amusing habit of mine that the scenes I don't want to do tend to be the longest and most detailed scenes. typically if there is a scene that I really want to get to I don't let myself get to it until I have gone fully through what I can do. Sometimes that leads to the point where I need to jump ahead as i mentioned before, but a lot of times it just results in interesting things.

sometimes some of my ideas are so odd it takes me forever to do them. I mean I could have just skipped the villains wedding after my main character passed out, but nope, I spent like 20 hours designing the wedding, including music choices, building the city + wedding area in rpg maker to make sure that the look/layout was correct, as well as writing a bunch of extra background info that I knew would never make it into the story.

The next major part I am moving onto when I start writing again I could likely do pretty quickly and move on, but alas I am slowly working out details, and I need to locate and make sure all the past details I have are correct as well as design backstories for a few characters that the reader will likely never see just to make sure that I have their motivations correct the whole time. I really need to get more orginized as it sure would be nice if I could just click something and have Liz's full backstory, but alas after my prep that will at least be the case there, just need to keep track of what she has said vs the actual backstory (which in general isn't that different, she just left out a few parts)

talking about my story is getting me excited to write again though, which is good. really need to start doing at least 300 a day again.
 

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I really wish I could write linear. Keeping things straightforward is a massive luxury. The enthusiasm of writing what I want, when I want, though, takes that wish away from me. But it keeps me invested in the long run, since then half of the fun is attaching everything together.
 
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Do you like to write in order or randomly jump about? I find that if you know certain points of story, and are kind of stuck, it can be well worth jumping forward to help get things back on track. Plus it can be fun to try and connect back together later.
I always write in order. That's how my brain works, that's how I was taught in school.
 

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I have never thought about using RPG maker to lay out scenes, but that is such a good idea! I've been practicing my general descriptions for years and only recently have i been putting some focus on setting details. Ive been really trying to get better at answering "Where" in stories, and that sounda super useful to me because i am shit at decorating!
 
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Do you like to write in order or randomly jump about? I find that if you know certain points of story, and are kind of stuck, it can be well worth jumping forward to help get things back on track. Plus it can be fun to try and connect back together later.
I write linearly. I can't trust my characters to actually act the way I'd need them to act to get them from point A to point F without seeing what they do at B, C, D and E.

For instance, I just finished the 8th entry in Knight's Journal and the characters completely decided to do something I had not been expecting them to do, and I went with it, and it made the ending epic. I also had an idea on where I would reveal the "truth behind the legend" of who Aidan and his Trusted are, who the monk is, back when I started this thing. The characters haven't ever gotten to that scene, but the reveal has happened.
 

zulux21

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I have never thought about using RPG maker to lay out scenes, but that is such a good idea! I've been practicing my general descriptions for years and only recently have i been putting some focus on setting details. Ive been really trying to get better at answering "Where" in stories, and that sounda super useful to me because i am shit at decorating!
Doing it in rpg maker was originally just a goof around idea as at the same time I was learning rpg maker, but in the end it was indeed decently helpful for the where stuff given my characters go into town from multiple directions through out the first book, and thus it helped me make sure that things stayed in the right spots. It also helped me realize things that when describing in the story were fine but as an actual layout of a town were kind of off. I mean why place the warehouse to the north by the church, makes far more sense to have it next to the fields and rivers that are harvesting things :p

the nice part is unless you are planning to make a game based off your story for some reason, it doesn't have to be pretty.

I write linearly. I can't trust my characters to actually act the way I'd need them to act to get them from point A to point F without seeing what they do at B, C, D and E.

For instance, I just finished the 8th entry in Knight's Journal and the characters completely decided to do something I had not been expecting them to do, and I went with it, and it made the ending epic. I also had an idea on where I would reveal the "truth behind the legend" of who Aidan and his Trusted are, who the monk is, back when I started this thing. The characters haven't ever gotten to that scene, but the reveal has happened.
I get that not trusting your characters thing. mine love to go off and do random things as well. That being said I have major story points i have to hit from time to time due to it being a very long story I want to tell so I have to get them on the right track from time to time. Typically even if I jump to another part I will do a quick outline of how to get there. And usually with that I can get my characters to follow that well enough to get there. Every once in a while I have to throw out something because my characters don't want to behave, but so far through 3 books I have at least managed to hit my major plot points.

I'm honestly amazed every time I see someone say they write in a nonlinear way. Like my brain just doesn't work that way at all.
For me I love setting things up. In order to do that I have to have the ideas for later stuff at least somewhat done. I don't know the term for it, but I love sticking little lines in my story that I word just slightly off to stick out, but in context make total sense, but on a reread the reader could realize that I was hinting at something later.

I also like foreshadowing, and just setting up events far in advance. If I am going to enter an arc with a powerful enemy in say book 5. I really don't want book 5 to be the first time the reader hears of the character. I want some rumors about him earlier on to make it clear he wasn't just created at that point. Series like one piece tend to do a good job of this where they have had multiple bad guys set up 100s of chapters in advance lol.

If I am working towards a twist I want to set up hints for the reader so they can maybe guess it. The goal of course would be to make it so it's almost impossible to be sure that the twist is coming from the hints, but after the fact you can go back and see the hints to realize they were there. see Steven Universe season 1/ Detective conan episodes like 300-700 lol

I am not saying it's impossible to do this stuff in a linear fashion, but to do so you would have to go back through on the edit and add them. If you are writing a single book, that isn't an issue. But a series of books could be as you might have book one published before you even start work on book 3.
 
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Quite a bit of activity at the moment.

Let's see, I received a 4 star recommended review from Treehouse Books. They reviewed just the first novella, but after liking it she agreed to read the full first collection, so I'm waiting on whether she feels just as strongly the deeper into the series she gets. I also have it out for review with a couple of other people to whom I gave free copies in return for their thoughts.

Knight Cadent: The Eighth Entry just went live today. So, eight down, four to go, and I've started #9 already yesterday. Whew! Getting close to end game!

To celebrate surviving to this point and to top off the end of summer with Labor Day weekend, I'm making both of the collections (novellas 1-3 in I and 4-6 in II) just $1.99 each in the Kindle store for the next week.

So get 'em cheap while you can!
Knight's Journal I

Knight's Journal II

I also finished up the formatting on the trade paperback edition for Knight's Journal II, so that's out there as well.

Let's see, as for business... eh. The review hasn't apparently prompted any sales and the constant push to have a new title out every month isn't exactly bringing fresh eyes. So that's a bummer. I'm pretty much averaging just $4/month or so, with the occasional spike when someone picks it up on KU.

But really, at this point, I'm gonna finish this thing, because as ridiculous as it was to agree to write 12 30K word novellas in 12 months, I'm having quite a bit of fun in doing it. And continuing to weave the legend of ... this particular character ... into what I consider a "true history" of his early life is a constantly interesting challenge. I enjoy taking what so many see as his life and twisting it back into what an origin of the story could have been like, and I hope readers can see how bards/storytellers over the years could have taken that kernel of true history and fashioned it into the romanticized hero we read about to this very day.

As always, huge thanks to H.Pro, whose idea on this challenge worked me out of a rut I had been in for more than two years. I literally had produced but 30K words in two years on the sequel to my first book when this challenge came along, and I've produced 30K words PER MONTH since starting in early January. So 240K words so far... and counting.
 

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I'm honestly amazed every time I see someone say they write in a nonlinear way. Like my brain just doesn't work that way at all.
I mean, it depends on the kind of writing. If I am writing a play, I have a general idea of what my characters are doing at any given point of time. So writing multiple scenes at the same time is easy peasy. With longer narratives, I will write out a later chapter for funsies and if it fits, it fits. If not, at least I wrote something.
 

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I'm honestly amazed every time I see someone say they write in a nonlinear way. Like my brain just doesn't work that way at all.
I feel like for me it'd just lead to extra rewriting as writing one scene way later in the book, and going back to write another, and then making changes would just lead to further and further rewrites that wouldn't come about from a more linear approach.
 

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Way to go Angmar! It's been awesome reading your updates and I'm excited for you, being able to keep at it this long. Almost done, then what will you do?

I tried writing one book non linear, I finished it, but I'm not sure how well it flows together and I never felt as connected to the story. So I'm just going to stick with linear.

I've never used rpg creater for my world but I have created crude drawings on legal pads or graph paper. That's one of my short comings writing wise, I don't take as much time as I probably should describing things. However, since I write romance and get all the emotions and stuff out there I haven't had any complaints yet.

I published the last book in my current series, so glad to be done. Almost nobody has read it and I actually had someone ask me if I was going to write more on my other series. I really liked writing the first two books, but by the third I knew no one was reading them so it was harder, plus finishing up everything is always a little more difficult for me.

I had a random surge of free downloads for one of my books the other day, over 400, and I have no idea where it came from. It boosted the book back up through the ratings so that was nice, especially since I'm not planning any marketing any time soon.

I took this week off to rest but plan on starting a new three book arc in one of my other series, hopefully my readers will like that, we'll see.
 
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Way to go Angmar! It's been awesome reading your updates and I'm excited for you, being able to keep at it this long. Almost done, then what will you do?
I kinda like this format, in terms of setting a goal and getting something published. But this once per month thing is difficult to keep up, especially given work and life commitments as well.

A friend of mine from college is also a writer, though I don't think she's published anything. She and I have been batting around an idea to co-author something that is, probably not surprisingly, also set in the dark ages. Hey, there's something about the damn blank page of that time that just makes me want to write upon it. I would write from one character's perspective and she would write from another's. This idea actually popped up because she had posted the darkest, most delicious looking piece of devil's food cake on her Facebook a couple years ago. Which led me to suggest the weirdest possible idea based on a piece of fiercely dark chocolate cake.

We actually got a couple of chapters written before other things intervened.

I have floated the idea to her that we return to it, in more of a "30K words per quarter" kind of format, with the full four novellas being a single book. I think it will be blazingly difficult to pull that off with another person, so we'll see whether we can make it happen.

Other than that, regardless of how <insert legendary character's name here>'s story goes in terms of business in the Knight's Journal, I am considering returning to this in 2019 with The King's History, another 30K/month bonanza of fun and adventure with Aidan and the monk, but this time set 15-20 years later (say, 430ish AD), detailing essentially the final year of <insert legendary character's name here>'s story.

This can, of course, be unraveled in short order when the beautiful and talented H.Pro comes whisking along at the end of the year with a splendidly decadent idea for what we should all sign up to do for 2018's writing challenge.

By the way, hope the baby is doing well! And mom too!
 

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Thanks we're both doing good.

Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant of the self publishing podcast co-write a lot of what they do, a couple of their episodes talk about their process, but I'm not sure which ones they are, but it might be something you would be interested in. I don't remember if their book Write. Publish. Repeat. talks about it, but it's still an interesting book.
 
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Thanks we're both doing good.

Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant of the self publishing podcast co-write a lot of what they do, a couple of their episodes talk about their process, but I'm not sure which ones they are, but it might be something you would be interested in. I don't remember if their book Write. Publish. Repeat. talks about it, but it's still an interesting book.
Cool. Thanks for the pointer. Will check them out.
 

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haha, it's such a weird feeling to sit down and do something you have been putting off, only to discover that you already did it >.<:

remember when I said that I wish i had detailed notes about some things and would have to do that... turns out... I already did that for the stuff I need next at some point, including some little details I had forgotten lol.

tonight will be more productive than I expected as long as listening to linkin park music doesn't make me to depressed (I want to be somewhat depressed as the stuff I am dealing with here isn't very happy :p)

edit: in other thoughts, it's weird that Chester of linkin park killing himself is actually helping my writing a bit. I have an empath character in my story who had attempted suicide multiple times in his life due to his ability to sense emotions overwhelming him, and due to my researching depression and what drives people to kill themselves to help cope with Chester killing himself, my character has evolved a decent amount. I had been tempted to write a short story covering such topics to help focus my thoughts on it, but I think instead I might just need to go back and alter some of his story to continue his evolution trying to make him a character that is coping with some thoughts and clearly try to show how much he is suffering even when things are plenty of things in his life for him to be happy about.

either way I am making decent progress. I don't think I am going to hit my word goal of 9300 words tonight (aka 300 words per day in august) but at around 3k words it is at least the most writing I have done since may by a long shot. and since I am writing again it will ideally continue better since I don't have trips to plan anymore, and ideally don't have other things come up like being sick or news stories depressing me to the point where I am just researching things for hours while listening to music to cope.
 

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I'm honestly amazed every time I see someone say they write in a nonlinear way. Like my brain just doesn't work that way at all.
I think writing in a linear fashion is far more of a better technique, and a better way to write. But unfortunately, I can't do it, haha. As hard as I try, I always end up writing chunks of scenes, chunks of chapters, and then circle back to fill in the gaps. It ends up working out well, in a bizarre way, since connecting things up can either work out because of outlines, or because it can lead to some fascinating ways to end up connecting the dots.

I guess it's just that non-linear writing can lead to the writer writing the parts that means the most at the time, and sometimes the raw emotion of the moment hits more during the moment than reaching it after weeks of writing, and then the connective tissue at the end of the project glues it all together.

Both have their merit, in the end. I really wish I could write linear, but ever since starting to write around five or six, I've always written in chunks. :(
 

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I'm curious, how do you all handle character arcs? Do you outline them in advance or let them develop naturally? If the former, do you have any resources you use, sort of like a "beat sheet" type thing?

I'm trying to really focus on my main character's arc in the story I'm starting to work on, which isn't normally how I approach things, and it's really throwing me off, haha. But the last book I wrote it often felt like the main character's arc was tacked on top of the plot and I'm trying to avoid that.
The plot of your story should come from their character arc. You can put them in a situation that's not of their own design, in the middle of a war or something, but their own actions should shape the narrative around them.

If you know where the overall plot is going already, ask yourself why your main character would push themselves in that direction. Why would they react to the events happening around them in the way you have them reacting? How do the actions they take put them closer to, or take them further from, the things they want?
 

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I'm curious, how do you all handle character arcs? Do you outline them in advance or let them develop naturally? If the former, do you have any resources you use, sort of like a "beat sheet" type thing?

I'm trying to really focus on my main character's arc in the story I'm starting to work on, which isn't normally how I approach things, and it's really throwing me off, haha. But the last book I wrote it often felt like the main character's arc was tacked on top of the plot and I'm trying to avoid that.
I tend to get a loose idea of what my character motivations and events I want them to eventually deal with are and go from there.

you know, give a character a sad back story and have them have to deal with the fallout of that eventually ect. AKA I do a quick run down of what shaped them as a person, and try to figure out what type of event would give them a chance to shine. I mean if they don't fill some sort of role eventually then there isn't much reason to have them around at all.

Though in general I let my characters just take me for a ride beyond that. typically I will introduce a new character and let the reader (and myself) get to know them pretty well and then trigger the major character arc with them. (if you have seen one piece think how they introduced robin and then finally did a major arc around her)

for better or worse my main character is designed to be a chosen hero trope, but then wants nothing to do with his "destiny" and in general is just motivated by helping his friends out instead of ever doing anything with his "destiny" Though there are bits covering his "destiny" stuff here and there and he is slowly moving towards doing something with it, he still pretty much has zero motivations to do it to save random people, but instead to protect the ones that he is close to that he cares about. And there is a reason I keep putting "destiny" in quotes as that bit is debunked pretty early on and repeatedly though despite that he can't quite seem to escape it either. I mean I could go into a lot more detail about it, but alas book 1 and 2 spoilers are about the most I should do on the off chance I ever do get around to publishing it, as a number of things in books 2 and 3 set up for book 5 (pretty sure on this one) and like book 14 (this one is estimated where the final arc would be triggered... yeah... that long) and I don't need to accidentally leave a major late story spoiler in a public space as the internet never forgets lol.

but in general I just let my characters play out in my head which can sometimes result in very weird things I didn't expect to happen happening. If they don't make it to the end point I wanted, I will just create a new end point and go from there. Rather things be more naturally flowing event wise than forcing something. luckily my planned events typically are broad enough that I don't have to much trouble getting there. "the character found out their home town is in trouble." Time to go have a character arc in their home town.
 
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While taking a shower today, I think I stumbled upon a plot for my steampunk pirate book set on a planet similar to Jupiter.

Which is great because I've had this cast of characters for a few years just sitting there going, "GIVE US SOMETHING TO DO!"

Now I need to start doing some world building so I don't make all of it up on the fly. I've had that bite me in the ass before :p
 
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While taking a shower today, I think I stumbled upon a plot for my steampunk pirate book set on a planet similar to Jupiter.

Which is great because I've had this cast of characters for a few years just sitting there going, "GIVE US SOMETHING TO DO!"

Now I need to start doing some world building so I don't make all of it up on the fly. I've had that bite me in the ass before :p
There's too much to unpack on this post. You were in the shower and thought about pirates, which brings to mind masts and sails. And then you talk about your ass being bitten.
 

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Man, chapter nine of my novel is a major road block but not because it's hard but because I haven't had the time to sit down to work on it. Will have to find a way to juggle preparing for a job interview and writing.


While taking a shower today, I think I stumbled upon a plot for my steampunk pirate book set on a planet similar to Jupiter.

Which is great because I've had this cast of characters for a few years just sitting there going, "GIVE US SOMETHING TO DO!"

Now I need to start doing some world building so I don't make all of it up on the fly. I've had that bite me in the ass before :p
I know that feeling, I had ideas where I abandoned because I while I liked them I just couldn't make it work till like years later when I approach them at another angle.
 

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i was thinking i wouldn't do nano because i'm tired of always failing it

but i just now decided i'm going to write a db fanfic

it's going to be amazing

or terrible
 

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So for the first time in months I finally hit all my writing goals for the month of August which were: 12,000 words, edit one of my short stories into a readable state, practice editing, and practice my environmental descriptions. I gave myself an easy month, but still, its a nice feel I kinda need to begin the month. Gonna reward myself with a beer.

Second, I tried a new thing for editing my short stories that has been helping me A LOT. So I printed off three hard copies and have just been keeping all my editing to those hard copies, and instead of typing up new drafts, I've just been letting them sit on my desk for like a month. As a result, they've been on my mind for a decent period of time, and there have been tons of moments where I think of an interesting metaphor or simile and then just jot it down. I am becoming really happy with the quality of these three short stories. Thinking about getting ready to type up new drafts and get some beta reading going!

You should be fine though!
I'm just tired and depressed and have like no new idea recently :/ outside of the writing challenges, I feel like I can't come up with anything! Bah depression! My mortal nemesis!
 

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So for the first time in months I finally hit all my writing goals for the month of August which were: 12,000 words, edit one of my short stories into a readable state, practice editing, and practice my environmental descriptions. I gave myself an easy month, but still, its a nice feel I kinda need to begin the month. Gonna reward myself with a beer.

Second, I tried a new thing for editing my short stories that has been helping me A LOT. So I printed off three hard copies and have just been keeping all my editing to those hard copies, and instead of typing up new drafts, I've just been letting them sit on my desk for like a month. As a result, they've been on my mind for a decent period of time, and there have been tons of moments where I think of an interesting metaphor or simile and then just jot it down. I am becoming really happy with the quality of these three short stories. Thinking about getting ready to type up new drafts and get some beta reading going!



I'm just tired and depressed and have like no new idea recently :/ outside of the writing challenges, I feel like I can't come up with anything! Bah depression! My mortal nemesis!
What type of genre do you like... As of you ever want i am willing to be a springboard of ideas... I have plenty of ideas that i don't think i can pull off very well in a timely manner it used in my main story.
 
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Messin' with my query letter for Toyland again. It's still not there, but maybe closer. Not sure how much i should swear in this thing.

BP6 is the sixth pawn in the black army. He's a chess piece. The problem is, he fucking hates chess. He'd rather spend his time at Darbie's strip club, snorting sugar and trying to kill himself, because if there's one thing BP6 hates more than chess, it's being a pawn.

But in Toyland, you are what you are. You follow the rules on your box.

That is, until BP6 stumbles upon a secret G.I. John weapon&#8212;one that doesn't shoot plastic bullets but spits real fire. Now he's free. Now the rules don't matter. He's got all of Toyland to explore and damn the consequences!

However, first he needs to find another candy dealer. There's no fun in exploring while sober.

Of course it doesn't take long for BP6 to find himself on the run, with every soldier, robot, monster, and stuffed animal in Toyland after the thing he calls a head. He who owns the weapon owns the world. It's just a shame that one of those soldiers is his best friend and the others are monsters hell bent on making sure everyone follows the rules on their boxes or else.

Well, there's also there's also a terrorist named Frank, but let's be real, no one gives a shit about Frank.

Toyland is a dark comedy/action adventure mashup, a Toy Story meets Grand Theft Auto. It measures 66,000 words.
 
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Messin' with my query letter for Toyland again. It's still not there, but maybe closer. Not sure how much i should swear in this thing.
I like it. There's a repeat down near the bottom. I'm not sure what advice to give on the swearing. Google it. I'm still of the opinion that you let it fly a bit here. In fact, I'd argue if you have one or two houses you consider out of your range, take a wild approach to see if that gets your foot in the door.
 
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I like it. There's a repeat down near the bottom. I'm not sure what advice to give on the swearing. Google it. I'm still of the opinion that you let it fly a bit here. In fact, I'd argue if you have one or two houses you consider out of your range, take a wild approach to see if that gets your foot in the door.
I think one of my problems with it is it's misleading as hell. Everyone is after BP6, but he's mostly too stupid/stoned to notice. I don't know how to include the other characters though, since the book really is about BP6 as the catalyst for everyone else's actions.
 
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I think one of my problems with it is it's misleading as hell. Everyone is after BP6, but he's mostly too stupid/stoned to notice. I don't know how to include the other characters though, since the book really is about BP6 as the catalyst for everyone else's actions.
"Once BP6 figured out how to break the rules on the box, they all wanted to do it. Once your toys aren't following their instructions, it's absolute mayhem. Just ask Chad, if you can find him..."

(I don't know who Chad is but you get the gist.)

I seriously like the idea of throwing some epic "look at me" scenario with this query. A pic of Toy Story + a pic of GTA = $$$.

But as far as queries go, I can tell you this, I like what I see. I want to read it. (I'm not an agent.)
 

FlowersisBritish

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What type of genre do you like... As of you ever want i am willing to be a springboard of ideas... I have plenty of ideas that i don't think i can pull off very well in a timely manner it used in my main story.
Usually literary, and as if blessed by some kind muse, I just got an idea! So woot.
 
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"Once BP6 figured out how to break the rules on the box, they all wanted to do it. Once your toys aren't following their instructions, it's absolute mayhem. Just ask Chad, if you can find him..."

(I don't know who Chad is but you get the gist.)

I seriously like the idea of throwing some epic "look at me" scenario with this query. A pic of Toy Story + a pic of GTA = $$$.

But as far as queries go, I can tell you this, I like what I see. I want to read it. (I'm not an agent.)
The problem with images is most agents are so against attachments that I wouldn't be able to send the pictures most of the time. It's funny though, and I'd like to do it, but I just don't see it being a good idea.

I'll keep messing with it. Like I said, it's close. It's really that third to last paragraph that I need to make right.
 

zulux21

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it's not much but....
<left is date right is words written on that date)
I finally have a groove going.

arguably the august 31st stuff started before midnight and went well past it so my dates should really include sept 1st, but targint 300 words per day and have kept it up for almost a week now. go me :p
 

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2 months left until Nano...I really need to haul ass on the outline of that novel!
Yep...I can feel the pull. I already have a novel I'm working on and will just continue that for NaNo like I did last year. Greatest month of production for me.
 

zulux21

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Congrats! You've got a nice streak going on
goal is at least 300 a day in sept
400 a day in oct
and then from there out 500 per day.

given my numbers so far 500 per day shouldn't be that hard.

the harder part will be continuing to do that while editing the earlier books and making timelines of stuff lol.
 

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Dragoncon paid off big for me this year. I have had pages requested by an editor from Tor and an agent who I met at a panel. Also got a line on a possible market for the short story I got an honorable mention for from writers of the future last year.
 

zulux21

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Ha ha ha.
I haven't a clue what the hell I am writing tonight.
but hey I at least wrote 1.1k words of something.

the plus side, my main character is injured right now and not thinking completely straight so me not thinking straight will likely be alright for him. Plus while the interactions right now are important for some later stuff, it's not important for the rest of book 3.

minus side, no one he is talking to is hurt so them being a bit off won't be alright.

oh well, only two more character interactions needed before I trigger the start of the next arc proper, something that I already have a chunk written as I needed to have part of it done to set it up.

either way. got my streak still going and will make sure it continues tomorrow as tomorrow is actually a normally scheduled writing night for me unlike all the other days. aka my word goal for tomorrow is more like 3k instead of 300.