Who is here and what are you writing (or not)?
Pat here, from Ontario Canada. I am not editing my novel like I should be. I've written some poems and started a few articles but got stumped and stopped. Not making much progress I'm afraid.
Do you think we get bogged down sometimes because of the rules of wrting? I used to write so much poetry
We woke up to a foot of snow this morning. It's raining an hour south of us in Toronto so it's not too cold, just snowy.
I had considered my novel finished when an agent I met at a workshop told me it was too short - more like a novella. This discouraged me and has pulled me back from my novel, sadly. I keep saying I'll get back to it but seem to find other distractions to keep me from doing it. :(
Rose here, from northern Idaho.
Poetry contains almost all you need to know about life--Josephine Hart
Manyquills here, from outside NYC.
As usual, I'm juggling multiple projects. A bit behind, because of a death in the family, and then I've been down with the flu for the past few days. I've got revisions on the novel coming out in spring due soon, so that's the priority, along with finishing the novel started during Nano, toying with another idea that excites me, have another long piece on deadline, a few shorter projects, and pitching for short-term, quick-paying assignments. I also have to work on a new freelance brochure to go out the first week of the new year.
I can't let up or I can't pay the bills. Got to keep writing no matter what else is going on in life.
Books have a way of writing themselves I've found, after enough times goes by
How many pages do you have and how many does the agent say it should have? Perhaps you can
It is 53,000 words. The agent I saw suggested closer to 100,000 words. And I kind of agree since this is more a novella size. She told me to develop the characters, which is what I will do. I have written from a few prompts that I think I can fit into the story, expanding on their courting relationship though I wanted the story focused on after the marriage.
I am sorry but I don't feel comfortable posting any of my work online (except for Triond where I get paid for views) but I know some members here know the basics of the story. But since I'm so close to being finished, I don't want to go into too much detail. The woman meets a man after a fortune teller warned her of a dark man. She thought psychics were hogwash. She met this man, had a whirlwind romance and he
I understand about the pay views etc.
Without having read what comes to mind is:
I think even though you want to focus on the marriage etc., it wouldn't hurt to develop the courtship so the reader really connects with how these 2 are drawn together and the dynamics of the relationship which land the woman in her predicament.
Perhaps develop the psyche of the husband and what motivates him to keep his family on the island.
Develop the woman and children what motivates them to want to leave the island etc.
Me I'd probably be thrilled with an island although Hawaii gave me island fever, but that's because it is so far from the mainland etc. Assuming you could hop into a boat ( and