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Novel Progress Notes - 0201 [Sep. 9th, 2008|05:06 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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Jewel of Eternity

New words: 1,243
Total wordcount: 1,243
Deadline: Too soon to say

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Sweet Jesus, I've finally started on the second draft! And although 1,243 words isn't a prolific start, it's not a bad one, either. At any rate, I think it will do for today if not tomorrow.

I decided to do it the hardway, the old-fashioned way. Manuscript print-out in view, but typing everything anew, no cut-and-paste. As I go along, I imagine I'll come across passages that don't need changing, and so will take work already done and incorporate it into the second draft, but I suspect most of it will require enough changes to make the extra typing worthwhile.

But we'll see ...

Meanwhile, I think I'll be looking for feedback along the way. Would any of you Gentle Readers be interested in being beta-readers? Spelling and grammar corrections will be appreciated, but mostly I'll be looking for reactions about the general quality of the prose and, especially, whether or not you think it's any good. Does the story intrigue? Do the characters live — or better still, do they sing?

If there are volunteers (I think I'll stop at 5, for some arbitrary reason, so first come, first served) I'll create a special filter for posting links and any and all reactions. My intention is to do a chapter per day, so it'll be a fair amount of reading. Not too that it's a genre novel, on the cusp between science fiction and fantasy. If you're interested, please speak up, but feel no obligations, okay? (Not that any of you are likely to!)
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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2008-09-10 12:34 am (UTC)

Beta-readers

I'm kinda interested. I'm not sure I'd be any good at it, but it's up to you :)

And by the way, good job starting on the second draft :D
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-10 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: Beta-readers

Thank you, ma'am, you'll be in the filter.

Remember though, this is a volunteer thing, not a commitment. If Life Gets In the Way, I'll not be beating down your door to complain. All I ask, if you're saying you like/don't like X, Y, or Z, is that you tell why — and that if you find it unreadable or boring, you say so before asking to be removed.
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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2008-09-10 01:56 am (UTC)

Re: Beta-readers

Eek, sorry. That last comment was me. Pretend you didn't notice.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-10 01:58 am (UTC)

Re: Beta-readers

I was wondering what that was all about. I'll endeavour not to pry.
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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2008-09-10 02:05 am (UTC)

Re: Beta-readers

*sheepish grin*

Man, that's twice now I've accidentally replied to a friend's comment while logged in on an alternate journal, and instantly gone, "Shit! Didn't mean to do that!"
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-10 02:08 am (UTC)

Changing the Subject(-Line) [Was: Re: Beta-readers]

Tell you what: I have an (almost) insatiable curiosity, coupled with a pathological unwillingness to delete emails.

To prevent me from spying on you the next time I have one too many beers, I've changed the subject-line. I think Gmail will see it as another thread and I can then safely file and forget your last message.
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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2008-09-10 02:10 am (UTC)

Re: Changing the Subject(-Line) [Was: Re: Beta-readers]

*grins*

Thanks, but I admit I had actually planned to let you spy on me at some point in the near future - there just isn't much to see yet :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-10 02:21 am (UTC)

Re: Changing the Subject(-Line) [Was: Re: Beta-readers]

I'll wait 'till you give me the say-so nevertheless. :)
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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2008-09-10 01:25 am (UTC)
I'd volunteer, but it really depends on when you have it ready and what sort of turn around you need.

I did this for a friend in my current writing group earlier this year and I was surprised by how much time it consumed going through it. Mind you I think he was at a much different place in his writing career and needed more effort than you might making it work, plus I learnt a lot about editing in the exercise too. I think I would approach it slightly differently if I was to beta-read someone's work again.

Count me in.

I am sure I will need to hit you up for the return favour.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-10 01:42 am (UTC)

Thank You, Sir - You're In

I'm probably being over-optimistic, but my goal is to write a chapter a day. Obviously, fairly short chapters.

Since I've never been serially-critiqued before I really don't know what will work best for me, but I don't think timeliness will be of the essence. I'll be posting a link each day so, I hope, responses to each chapter will show up in the appropriate post — if not, I'll cut and paste a comment on my own, so that I can get to them in order.

My intention is to write first, then edit the 3rd draft later and, I hope, more or less all at once. (I'm still afraid of getting caught up re-writing Chapter 1 instead moving ahead.)

And I know how much time a serious critique can take. I also know that you have a very busy life. If at any point you want to stop, feel free to do so, no hard feelings. (Though, if you want to stop because you think it sucks, you have to agree to tell me so — and why!

And I'll repay the debt whenever you're ready.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2008-09-11 12:35 am (UTC)

8) YES I got here before the allotted five,.. I'd be interested.

At least for the next month until I have to delve myself into my studies with so much force* that I may be able to knock down a small building.

IF it's really good than even after that point I may be able to read it during my procrastinate time.

*kilograms of reading material and practice problem notebooks per semester squared
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2008-09-11 06:45 pm (UTC)

Re: 8) YES I got here before the allotted five,.. I'd be interested.

*then
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-09-12 04:30 am (UTC)

Re: 8) YES I got here before the allotted five,.. I'd be interested.

Thank you, ma'am. As I think I've said above, this is strictly voluntary and all I ask is that you be scrupulously honest. If you don't like it, I want you to tell me so — and hopefully, why.
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