Friday, June 24, 2011

Shh ... inspiration in progress


For today's post, I was going to write an essay on an absolutely fantastic book, but ... that's going to have to wait. Inspiration intervened (in the form of a looooong conversation with my fabulous agent, Kathleen). As a result, right now, I am deep, deep in the throes of brand new WIP love, and will not be able to think about anything else for at least a few days.

I am researching. And daydreaming. Churning. Hunting and brainstorming and shaping. Outlining. Squinting at maps. Reading up on mythology. Reading up on geology. On cuisine and vernacular. I am considering characters. Their motivations and passions. The cadence of their speech. The lenses through which they see the world.

I am staring at the space between two people.

I am plotting mayhem. Betrayal. Sacrifical love.

I know myself, and, having completed three manuscripts in the past 18 months, I understand how this works. When I get in this mode, the momentum builds and builds, and then I'll start to type (my forecast for when this will happen: Saturday morning). In a few months, barring unforeseen interruptions, I will have completed a first draft.

So ... what are you up to? Do you have a WIP? Where are you with it? Drafting, revising, querying, submission? Between projects? Waiting for inspiration to strike? If you're up for it, please share your progress, and let's encourage each other.

35 comments:

  1. You're much better organised than me! I research as I go along so that when I'm just about to write something I think 'I'd better check that'. Really, I'm a one step forward, two steps back writer . . . no hope there, then;-)

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  2. I'm going to into serious pitch and query mode. (going to RWA Nationals next week) My brain didn't function in business mode too much for the past year. I'm going to make up for it this year.

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  3. Oh yes! I know the feeling. You just want to stowa away with your story until that first draft is done. That's something that's impossible in my life, but if I had it, my creativity would probably suffer in some way.
    Anyway, enjoy! And wishing you much inspiration and creativity! :)

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  4. It's not about us, it's about YOU! You go girl.

    But, since you asked, I'm almost done. My re-write is at 115k. It should end up at about 135k, then my CPs will help me get it down to 120k before I send to betas. So I'm very close, and need to get back to work!

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  5. 3 books in 18 months is impressive!

    At the moment I have two books I'm writing, trying to get as much done before I have to devote time to editing my first novel for my publisher.

    My main WIP is an Urban Fantasy set in New York, the sequel to my first novel, picking up 5 months later and dealing with the consequences of my MC's actions. I'm somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 words on that right now.

    My secondary one is a YA Urban Fantasy which I started writing as a way to take breaks from my main WIP and still get to spend time writing. I have the first chapter written and I'm very pleased with it.

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  6. Wishing you good luck with it. I hope to beta this one!:) Yay for new inspiration. There is nothing quite like that feeling!

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  7. Congrats on the idea! I just finished a fantasy and have started the editing process. I have do many ideas floating around, too, that I'm not sure what is next.

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  8. Ah, it's always so much easier to write when you're inspired! Good luck and God speed.

    As for me, I'm about 20K away from finishing the re-write of my WIP. Originally banged the story out in a month & a half, realized it looked like something that had been banged out in a month & a half...and ultimately wound up re-write every aspect of it save for the characters. So, I just consider that first draft to be extensive character research. ;o)

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  9. I am heading into the last 10k of a first draft and loving every minute of it!

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  10. Ooh, good luck with the new idea! That's always a great place to be!

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  11. I love the feeling of possibilities. Good luck with your new WIP.

    Right now, I just reworked my query. I plan to work on edits today.

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  12. 3 drafts in 18 months!! I'm wow'd!! Good for you, and have fun with your new WIP! I'm just finishing my WIP, and I am SO ready to be done so I can start another one! :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  13. I'm about 1/2 way through the first round of edits on a 66,000 word YA dark-tairy-tale-like story and when I really need a break from that, I've got about 6,500 words of something I've never done before... a 1st person, present tense MG... and since I'm a complete pantser, I have no idea what the genre is yet as the main character as acquired 2 invisible friends after a motorcycle accident where he got injured and his older sister died.

    But right now all that's on hold at the moment 'cause I'm in the middle of moving...

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  14. I love that point of being so wrapped up in a WIP! Enjoy!

    I have one that is being polished and I hope to start querying for the first time in the fall.

    AND one I'm 75% through that has my heart in a strangle-hold.

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  15. I'm between projects and daydreaming about-slash-actively brainstorming ideas. I want to find a story that makes me swoon with love. Generally I'm having fun with figuring out how to get more ideas. I'm also boning up (laughing at immature joke would be immature) on the craft and contemplating some short story fairytale retellings to get a handle on plot.

    Your story love is what I aspire to. I hope you continue loving your WIP until you write The End (and beyond)!

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  16. So awesome you're in WIP love! :)

    I'm working on a second draft, which is really a new first draft. When I realized how much had to be cut, I lost that WIP love. But after brainstorming for a week, I'm back in the game. Let's hope I stay in it.

    Best of luck with your new project!

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  17. Your process sounds positively volcanic. Compared to you, I'm a burro trudging across the slopes of scree, hoping to outrun the lava when it flows.

    Querying (slowly). Moving inexorably through WIP, one page at a time.

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  18. The Muse, she be a fickle one. Good luck and great writing.

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  19. Ooo! Bright shiny new ideas are wonderful! Congrats! I had one the other day, but I put it on the back burner for now. Just finished a major overhaul (thanks for your great advice) on the last ms and it's out for feedback. Hope to query soon.

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  20. Nine people posted comments between when I opened this blog and when I found time to sit here without anyone saying, "Mama? Can you--"

    So--I hope yours goes as well as it sounds! I'm re-writing my beginning. Today is for overview of what I've done this week.

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  21. Yay!! I'm sooo excited for you. That's the best feeling in the world. I'm brainstorming right now too. I have an idea on the verge of bursting through, but I'm still missing a piece somewhere... So I guess I'm searching for the missing link right now. :D

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  22. Oh, I love this phase! When you can't stop your brain from humming with excitement. Le sigh!

    Right now, I'm in the middle of switching the POV in my book, from 1st person present to 3rd person past. Yipes! It has been overwhelming but I think it is making my book stronger. I hope!

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  23. I am plotting and it's hard to get through this chapter! I love it, but I don't think it is loving me back, LOL

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  24. go go go!!!! I am plotting away!! Enjoy getting those first words onto the page!

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  25. I love that "daydreaming" part!

    I just finished the 4th and final round of revisions for Book 1, so I've been taking a break to catch up on some reading! (Also my arm needs the rest--I have revision-induced tendonitis.) This summer I need to revise the 2nd book, a YA, and will hopefully be ready to submit that in the fall. Also I have an idea for a new MG novel, but I don't have one of those pesky "plot" things yet.

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  26. Good luck! We're in the same boat, so I'm wishing you all the best with your new WIP!

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  27. Ooooh, sacrificial love. Now that's something people love to read about in novels. Good luck!

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  28. I love the phrase "staring at the space between two people!!" Am also impressed by the three manuscripts in 18 months. I have writing A.D.D. or something. Can't seem to work on one project at once.

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  29. It seems like I've been working on my current two WIPs for a long time, but it is time to start something new. On July 1, I'll be starting NaNoWriMo with a group of friends (yeah I know it's officially November but we don't care). It seems like I haven't been getting much inspiration for any new stories since the first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo story (for which I had WIP fever like you seem to have right now). I'm hoping this'll generate some ideas which could be turned into something good.

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  30. How exciting!! Ahh, the beginning stages of love.

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  31. Mythology, geology, cuisine, vernacular, mayhem, betrayal, sacrificial love!!! Where is this novel and why do we have to wait MONTHS for it?? I want to read it now! It sounds wonderful, Sarah, and it also sounds like you do have a wonderful agent who loves brainstorming. Fantastic.

    I'm scrambling to finish revisions on my women's suspense, and posted its first page in Shelley Watters' blog contest yesterday.

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  32. I just finished a draft on Saturday after several days of frantic writing (which is why it took me until Sunday night to get around to blogs). I felt exhilarated on Saturday -- and depressed on Sunday. That's normal for me.

    I have a few chapters already written of a different WIP I can jump into now, and one of my daughters is anxious for me to pick that story back up.

    But the characters of the recently completed first draft still have my heart. So I loaded up the manuscript on my Kindle to read, and I will start making note of things I need to revise.

    Congrats on your new WIP and good luck jumping into it! Wish me luck on severing the umbilical cord on this WIP and moving on to a different one while the revisions percolate in the backbrain ...

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  33. I am also plotting mayhem and betrayal, but not for a book, just because.

    Good luck with your WIP!

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  34. What a fantastic time for a writer. I love when the passion for a story stirs and everything else has to wait. I'm doing the final polishes on my current novel.

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