Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:46 am Post
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:46 am Post
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:03 pm Post
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:37 pm Post
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:59 pm Post
lunk wrote:Read it through. Do you still like the story?
Twolane wrote:...writing new work. Re-writing isn't.
xiamenese wrote:How about a left-field idea. Think up the plot etc. for NiaD 2019, but rather than giving that to the troops, set about writing it yourself, and reduce your old project to a NiaD plot and let others write different versions for you? You can always use some of your chapters to fill in if you don't have the requisite number of contributors to provide all the chapters for each of the books.
What about it?
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:47 pm Post
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:03 am Post
pigfender wrote:I started work on my WIP eight years ago, and while I’m still enjoying it, the constant disruptions (the
day job, eight NiaDs, two emigrations, etc) have dragged the whole thing out for an age!
pigfender wrote:Is an idea I came up with eight years ago still likely to be my “highest value” idea to be working on? What are the chances that my writing style has stayed consistent over that period? And should I really be hoping for my style to have not improved over the best part of a decade?
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:56 am Post
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:46 am Post
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:28 am Post
Yes! I heartily second this book, whose full title is The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction.auxbuss wrote:My go-to book for writing dilemmas is Stephen Koch's, Writer's Workshop. (It's the only pragmatic book on finishing I've read.) It might be worth reading the chapter, Working and Reworking; especially the section, Fast Drafts and Slow Drafts.
(Aside: I don't regard this as a "beginner's" book. It's for someone who's written ~60,000 words or more, sits back scratching their head and asks themselves: what am I doing?)
Yes! You may keep going.pigfender wrote:Basically, I think I’m asking for “permission” to keep going.
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:20 am Post
pigfender wrote:How long is too long to spend on a piece of writing? What are the tell-tale signs that a WIP has outstayed it’s welcome?
I started work on my WIP eight years ago...
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:20 pm Post
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:51 pm Post
Kingstonmike wrote:I'm actually wrestling with this now....I have a WiP that's been about 80% done for several years now...I know what I have to do to finish it ( At least I think I do.) but it keeps getting put off and off.
I have to wonder now if it just needs to be thought of as great practice for the next bunch of writing and left to rot in that great writer's field of past projects.
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:24 am Post
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:26 pm Post
devinganger wrote:Advice I got from an author friend: always try to finish a draft. Even if it's not a good draft, the habit and mindset of "first finish the draft, THEN decide whether it's worth continuing" is better practice for the future.
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