What are you working on right now?

psychotick

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Hi,

Sorry to hear about your sister, It's brutal. My own sister has been going through a medical rough patch lately, and it's been nerve racking. Best of wishes to you and your family.

Cheers, Greg.
 

The Big Peat

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Really sorry to hear about your loss Triceratops. Can't imagine what you're going for

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As for me, halfway through editing Chapter 7 on my main WIP, which is just headache city so I'm going to write some shizzle in a different project for something that's less work.
 

hawksflyhigh

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Hi guys- so I am currently working on a dystopian fiction (maybe sci fy/fantasy) about a small family in the middle of the woods. And where everyone in "society" is deemed super equal, ruled over by a high council of sorts etc

I am culminating a mixture of Brave New World, Harrison Bergeuron and 1984 as well as many other stuff.
 

msstice

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I love the "what are you working on" thread, but it's so long and so old. I feel we should do one every quarter to keep things manageable.
 

Droflet

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Okay, I'm 82 k into book five of my Hope Island Chronicles, currently called Shakedown Cruise. Sooo much to do. I wish I could type 5,000 words a day like Kerry. :cry:
 

Biskit

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Actual, current one is the third book in a four(or five, not quite clear yet) part time-travelling space-opera. I wrote the first book in 2010(!) and I've been working on number three since 2015, but kept getting interrupted/distracted. I've been pulling things back together this year.

I'm currently 310k "in", but there's a lot of junk that probably needs to come out or belongs in the next book, or just needs editing. Because I'm a pantser, and the book has four interweaving POVs, of which three are written and the fourth is part done, how far "in" is a tricky concept. I have written the last chapter, which is the obituary for the POV character I haven't written yet...

There's also 40k of a spinoff/sequel/prequel that I accidentally wrote last summer in between medical appointments, and I keep picking away at that. I'm not quite sure what to call a book that uses a clone of one of the main characters from the main series in a time that's probably after the main series, depending on what my pantser brain does in book four. As my character tells people, time-travel really messes with your head.

I expect life would be easier if I was a plotter. :unsure:
 

msstice

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My current WIP is SF set in the asteroid belt. I pay attention to physics though I take liberties with materials science and biology.

I wrote about 40K. Then I started to pay attention to a few things and started rewriting heavily and now I'm down to 30K. o_O

The things that I started paying attention to are
  1. Don't start too early. Start in the middle of the action and fill in backstory gently. I had too much backstory up front.
  2. Have consistent POVs. I found I had written a bunch of vignettes from different POVs. I went through a brutal culling where I reduced it to 2 major POVs. However, as I wrote I added a third POV character who appears rarely, but is interesting enough that I think I can make it entertaining.
  3. I had an outline. It was great. I also felt free to alter it, which was even greater.
  4. I took a bunch of telling I was doing and converted it into showing. I could reduce the length of the descriptions this way by scattering them all over the text at more natural moments. I focused more on sensory stuff too during my POV clean up.
My current typical progress is about 400 words a day.
 
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sknox

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The Falconer. The story of a teenage boy who sets out to claim the imperial throne with no army, little money, and a few friends. As tropey as that sounds, it's based on the true story of Emperor Frederick II.

In theory I'm about 60k along, but that includes scenes that will almost certainly get dropped (if only I knew which ones now!). Word counts are just meaningless for me. Counting notes, outlining, and research, I've got about 150k invested in the story. Actually usable prose, I'm likely down around 40k. So, which number is significant or useful?

*shrug*
 

Biskit

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My current WIP is SF set in the asteroid belt. I pay attention to physics though I take liberties with materials science and biology.
I take liberties with everything, including good taste, and by abandoning the favourite time-travel trope of "history is fixed" I can take liberties with the plot logic. (I do have people who can remember the things that no longer happened, which is a handy plot-device, but realistically would get them medicated or detained for the good of society.)
 

Juliana

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I feel we should do one every quarter to keep things manageable.
Good idea! Also helps with a sense of accountability for those who need/want it... (I certainly do!)

I'm at revision stage for an urban fantasy about witches set in Boston, with an alternate history past. It's the first of a planned series, so right now, as I'm waiting for feedback from the lovely critters who are reading it for me, I'm organizing my notes for sequels and overall arc and working on stuff like query letter and synopsis.
 

Toby Frost

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I'm writing the Space Captain Smith Christmas story, in which Smith delivers a present to the far side of the galaxy.

I'm also continuing with a far-future SF novel (working title: The Sea of Beasts) about people on a planet discovering that they're part of a galactic empire. It's coming together, but it's getting weirder, too. I'm enjoying it a lot, despite bouts of "What the hell happens next?" I put the opening up in Critiques a while ago. Since then I've learned that introducing giant robots was a good idea.
 

.matthew.

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I'm toying with tweaks on a few novellas. Haven't been able to get into writing fiction in like 6 months but every so often I'll pull out my China-based fantasy novella that coincidently ended up with a bit of Avatar flavour in it - without the worldbuilding and a slightly different magic system... Or I'll have a go at my York-based urban fantasy and tap out a few words if I'm feeling like writing more action.

Neither one is good :)
 
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