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Made the cut last night and I'm officially a member of the Untitled Writers Group.

Which is good, because it's going to force me to write every day so I'll have something to submit every two weeks. It will keep me in a crit state of mind as well. I'm a firm believer in the critique process; once you set your mind in the right tracks, you're able to improve your writing.

So, first order of business this week is rewriting "Sacrifices." Second order, outline for either Doe or The Sun Also Sets. In fact, Here's a poll:

Poll #1100430 New Year, New Projects

What novel should the muse get?

Doe
3(42.9%)
The Sun Also Sets
4(57.1%)


The first option is the second novel I attempted, way back before the century changed. I'm going to try a fantasy setting this time. When it was a science fiction novel, it was about a clone used as a sex slave. "Romeo, Unbound" is a stand-alone novelette that would work as an opening chapter, but it's found the recycle bin everywhere I've sent it. the fantasy slant I'm considering is changing Romeo/Doe from a clone and writing him as a golem.

The second option is the sequel to Only The Dead, which is the historical vampire romance currently under submission with agents. The editor who was kind enough to read it really liked it and thought it was "uber-commercial" but I've yet to get anything but a rejection to the proposal. Partly my fault for writing a horrible synopsis in the 2-5 pages allowed by the various agent requirements, partly just the luck of the draw. The one response I got from an agent was polite and professional and the speed with which it was sent was greatly appreciated.

And, lastly, I'm going to be rewriting/tightening "Mother of Exiles" late next week once I get edits from Ideomancer.

Comments

stevenagy
Dec. 5th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the conga rats and the comments. :-)

It is a bit of coin toss as far as the muse is concerned. She likes the world I've created with Only The Dead but she still wants to write Doe at some point, once I'm good enough to do it right. Setting up the poll sets the forces of synchronicity in motion for the coin flip -- or at least lets me know how many times to flip the coin. ;-)

I agree that's it's not a waste in either case. Skills improve the more I write, as long as I keep learning from what I did before and how I did it. Only The Dead needs a sequel, if only to tie up the threads I left at the end. Technically, I didn't leave anything untied, but I did leave it open for people to ask what happens next with the characters. Does that make it a duology? A series/sequel? Pros and cons abound no matter what way I answer the question. Without a contract/agent/publisher it's just all fun conjecture on my part as to what's best because it's all good, since it keeps me writing. Which is what I want to do. Which is what I need to do. :-)

Both projects will require a lot of outline work because I don't want to take years to write one or the other. Ideally, I outline one, write the first draft as a Novel In 90 project, knocking out at least 4 pages a day, and then squeeze in some short work before tackling the other one. Imrpoving all the time. knocks wood

Once I get the short story rewritten this week, I'll literally flip a coin -- and then hem and haw over those results. ;-)

Doe promises all the nice made-up stuff. The Sun Also Sets promises all the fun secret history/Lost Generation research and made-up stuff.

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