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the 14 week novel
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:41 AM »
I'm challenging myself to write a novel in 14 weeks (which will be hard, since I'll have to pick ONE novel to work on). I'm doing it like a class, where I give myself assignments each week and post them on my blog if anyone else wants to join in. I'm also going to be posting writing quotes and links to articles that might help with writing a novel.

The first week is up now. You can see it on either of my blogs:
Blogger - http://sruble.blogspot.com/2009/03/novel-in-14-weeks-part-one-ideas.html

Live Journal - http://sruble.livejournal.com/85170.html

It's not fast drafting, or slow drafting, it's 14 weeks to a finished novel. Anyone want to join me?

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2009, 07:48 AM »
Hey, Steph--

I LOVE this idea! For me lately it's been all about revision, revision, revision. Blah! I'm sick of revision! Everything I have needs to be rewritten. Enough of that, I say! I'm ready to start something NEW. So count me in.

Er, at least, I'll give it a try. Should life not intervene and all that good stuff.

Great and inspired idea, though. Structure and deadlines are the only way I get anything done. Also, rewards. Do I get to promise to buy myself something cool if I succeed?

Thanks for the inspiration,
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2009, 09:27 AM »
Yay! Thanks for joining me Joan :)

Rewards are a good idea. Maybe I can work that in somehow. Any ideas?
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009, 11:15 AM »
I left you a comment on your blog, Steph. One down. 13 to go.
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2009, 12:14 PM »
This is a fantastic idea. I'll be following along on your progress. I might have to use this technique when I tackle my next project! Right now I'm still deciding what project to work on next.

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2009, 06:39 PM »
Hey! I like this idea, too Steph and would love to join...
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009, 07:08 PM »
Count me in!  I need structure and deadlines, but I'm not very good at setting them for myself.  So thanks!

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2009, 10:07 PM »
Thanks Jean - I commented back :)

Thanks Maureen. This week's assignment is figuring out what project to work on, so you can still join in if you want. Or jump in when you're ready. I figure anyone that wants to join can do so and just follow the assignments week by week on their own time. Let me know if you join in. It would be great to have you whenever you are ready to write.

Welcome to the club Deb and Sary! I'm not usually good at setting deadlines for myself either, but I figure everyone working together will (hopefully) motivate all of us.
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2009, 11:08 PM »
Oh, I am so totally in.  I'm also on the fastdraft thread, the slowdraft thread, and the HELP ME! thread (oh, wait, I still need to start that one).  Maybe this one will work?

I'm already 10K into my book, though, but I need some outside help to keep going (see my other thread about my struggles with this ms and you'll see what I mean http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=34994.msg432334#msg432334).

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2009, 03:53 PM »
Week Two is up! This week is about plot, planning, and organization. The writing starts next week. Here are the links -

Blogger: http://sruble.blogspot.com/2009/03/14-week-novel-week-two-plot-planning.html

Live Journal: http://sruble.livejournal.com/85604.html

Elissa, I know what you mean - I think I've joined all those threads too! Welcome to the next round of insanity ;)


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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2009, 05:28 PM »
Oh.  *hangs head in shame*

I did nothing last week.  Absolutely nothing.

Maybe it is time to start that Help Me! Thread. 
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2009, 05:39 PM »
That is a really fabulous idea.  Best of luck! Going into a two week spring break... joining in at this point would be futile for me.  But let us know what happens and hopefully it will be good enough to try it again!

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2009, 06:47 PM »
Elissa, did you think about your novel ideas last week? At all? Like even a few minutes? 'Cause that totally counts, at least for the assignment last week, which was basically to think of a story idea. So, you don't have to start the Help Me! thread yet. Sometimes I think that we need to be ready to write. Other times I think that if I could just sit down and write ...

Thanks Kami. You can join any time and go at your own pace, if you want. Have fun on break!
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2009, 06:55 PM »
Ha.  I DID think about my WIP.  Like every day.  I woke up thinking I'd get to it, I ate lunch and thought about getting to it, I went to bed thinking I should have gotten to it....  (ha ha ha)

But I really do want to sit down sometime (maybe tonight?) and really do some serious brainstorming.  On paper.  (Well, in writing, anyway.)
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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2009, 01:51 AM »
I have a character, but she doesn't seem to want to do anything.  So the links you posted are especially helpful for me. Hopefully outlining, which I've never really done before, will help me cure character apathy. :crossedfingers
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2009, 06:15 PM »
That's really nice of you!  But I'm so in over my head right now that I'd be setting myself up for failure. (I know, excuses, excuses...)  Still, I have to be realisitic!

Happy writing everyone!

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2009, 06:23 PM »
This is so good. I may try it with a novel I've started and am having trouble with. Maybe I need to outline. Thanks, Stephanie.

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2009, 08:34 PM »
Elissa - ha! I totally know what you mean!

Sary, I hope it helps! I'm struggling with outlining and a character that doesn't want to do much, too.

Kami, makes sense to me. I wish I could say no to things when I need to ;)

You're welcome Beverly! I hope the outlining helps your novel!
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2009, 10:57 PM »
You will be proud to know I not only sat down and brainstormed, but I wrote a good chuck of the next part of my WIP.  I think I actually got about 1000 more words.  YAY!

But then I set the whole thing aside because I had to do a small rewrite on my finished ms.  Got that done tonight so hopefully I'll be back on track tomorrow.

I think your 14 Week Novel idea has  :star2 hidden in it somewhere.
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2009, 10:00 PM »
Hooray for you Elissa! Thanks for the sparkles. I hope you're right about them ;)

Week three is up! Time to start writing, and thinking about voice.

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2009, 03:40 PM »
Week four is up: changes, voice part 2, and keep writing!

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2009, 03:41 PM »
Week 5 is up - is anyone still with me? This week I talked about my original plan, what I've learned so far, and a bunch of great inspirational quotes from authors. I also posted a sketch of my main character.

Blogger: http://sruble.blogspot.com/2009/04/14-week-novel-week-five-process.html

Live Journal: http://sruble.livejournal.com/89744.html

It's not too late if you want to join in. I had to start writing a new novel when my other one needed to be turned into a graphic novel. It's all about setting goals, writing each week, cheering each other on, and hopefully having fun too.
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2009, 04:01 PM »
*hangs head in shame--again*

I'm here, in theory.  Have I written anything the last week or two?  Nope.

In my defense, the kiddos and hubby and I have been sick.

But I'm rededicating myself, just as soon as I get over this head cold (give me a day or two).

Besides, I'm at nearly 14k, so not all is lost, right?  And I'm beginning to get a feel for how I really want the book to be.  And that means more than any word count in my opinion.
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2009, 07:03 PM »
I'm a little behind schedule...  :embarrassed2

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2009, 01:43 AM »
Ha!  I just realized that I'm writing a MG book, so I don't need 50K to get to the end.  I only need about 20-25K, which means I have about 6-10K to go.  I've hit the turning point for my MC, and now I'm on my way to the climax.

HOORAY!

That makes me feel much better about this whole thing.  I've been sweating the 5000 words a week toward the 50K goal.

I'm tellin' you, Steph, your 14-Week idea has :star2 :star2 :star2 in it. 
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2009, 06:52 AM »
I'm not writing anything at the moment but I've been reading the weeks you've listed and am taking notes -- I don't outline so my process is sort of a mess. This is really helpful. Week One and Two especially, sruble, are really good and offer a more concise, clearer starting off point for a novel than most of the writing books I've read.

Thanks for this!  :thankyou
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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2009, 08:54 PM »
Besides, I'm at nearly 14k, so not all is lost, right?  And I'm beginning to get a feel for how I really want the book to be.  And that means more than any word count in my opinion.

I hope you're feeling better! It sounds like you are doing great, no head hanging necessary.
Ha!  I just realized that I'm writing a MG book, so I don't need 50K to get to the end.  I only need about 20-25K, which means I have about 6-10K to go.  I've hit the turning point for my MC, and now I'm on my way to the climax.

HOORAY!

That makes me feel much better about this whole thing.  I've been sweating the 5000 words a week toward the 50K goal.

I'm tellin' you, Steph, your 14-Week idea has :star2 :star2 :star2 in it. 

I'm happy that you're feeling better about it. I haven't made the 5000 words/week yet. Maybe this week! The important thing is to keep going, right? Thanks for the sparklies!

I'm a little behind schedule...  :embarrassed2

Don't worry Nora! I had to start over last week, so I'm behind too. Set goals that work for you and we'll all keep cheering each other on :)

This is really helpful. Week One and Two especially, sruble, are really good and offer a more concise, clearer starting off point for a novel than most of the writing books I've read.

Thanks for this!  :thankyou

Wow. Thanks CC! I've read a ton of 'writing how to' stuff over the years. Some of it must have sunk in!

I hope the notes help when you're ready for your next project. I've never been an outliner - it didn't work this time either. The planning really helped though. Maybe I'll be able to outline in the future.

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2009, 09:56 PM »
I posted week 6 yesterday: getting feedback on your novel and a story about cows.

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2009, 07:55 AM »
Week 7 went up yesterday. It's about getting unstuck, keeping your BIC, and making progress

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Re: the 14 week novel
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2009, 08:50 PM »
We're half way there! How's everyone doing? Here's the post for this week -

Blogger: http://sruble.blogspot.com/2009/04/14-wk-novel-week-8-half-way-check-in.html

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