What are you Writing?

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So, I’m just about done with my WIP. Well, almost, but not really. My live-in nanny (a.k.a. “Quanie’s mama”) has been out of town for the last three weeks so I just managed to finish up the second draft a few days ago. And baby, that was by a wing and a prayer, let me tell you, because it seems that my daughter believes she’s a pterodactyl chicken, and does a spot on impression every chance she gets (like she’s doing right now). It’s adorable, but not conducive to the quiet time I need to finish my book.

But I digress.

Anyhoo, Mama flies back today, and I’m hoping that in the next week or two, I can finish up this draft, which will hopefully be beta reader ready. If not, it’s sleeves up, draft four, head banging against desk—you know how it goes.

Despite the fact that this book isn’t beta reader ready, in the back of my mind I keep thinking about my next three books. I know I need to write a comedy for the people who enjoyed my first book, and I know I need to write another paranormal novel for the people who enjoyed my second book.

But guess what? A story that’s been in my head since 2010 just became crystal clear to me—out of the blue—on Friday. Now, ya’ll, where the heck has Ivy, that novel’s antagonist, been all this time???? And how’s she just gonna pop up all willy nilly when I have all these other books to write, and demand to be written next? Now ain’t that some nerve? These characters, boy, I tell you!

I have my romantic comedy outlined (and the first few pages written) and this character is cracking me up already. Truthfully, I’ve been chomping at the bit to write another funny novel. In fact, my WIP was starting to “turn funny” and I had to step away from it for a while and write a few pages of the rom com to give my funny monster some bread, if you know what I mean.

Anyhoo, you guys, that’s where I am: finishing up my current WIP (about a child abduction), about to write my rom com, and about to outline Ivy’s story, that ol cow. I hope to have the other two books written before the end of the year.

What about you? What are you writing? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 


32 thoughts on “What are you Writing?

  1. I used to think my kids looked like chickens when they slept on their tummies. Sounds like you can barely keep up with your writing. I’m still wrestling with my historical novel. I’d love to break ground on a contemporary novel, but I know I’d better write a short story first that will be due this fall.
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    • I’ve been working on this book so long I feel like I need to stop setting deadlines. Like, seriously. But I know that when it’s time, I’ll get it done. It’s just going a tad bit slower than I expected, but that’s okay (I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself:)
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  2. Ok, I was looking to see if you were iwsg-ing this month and couldn’t resist your pterodactyl chicken comment!
    my 6 year old keeps making a similar noise. It’s really irritating, I tell him he sounds like a crow and he says it’s meant to be a cat.
    >sigh< I keep telling myself to ignore it, but damn, that's hard!
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  3. Is it wrong that I’m picturing you dealing with your daughter like Chris Pratt did with the raptors in “Jurassic World”? Because that’s the visual I got from your opening paragraph. ^_^

    As for what I’m writing, I just finished my WIP yesterday morning. I’m back in the plotting phase for two different stories I was deliberately *not* working on while writing that book, and I’ll start editing the first book I wrote this year at the start of July. Oi.

    I hear you about characters suddenly popping into your head when you least expect it, though. I’ve had that happen more times than I can count. There’s a joy in suddenly figuring something out that I set aside months or years ago, but damn… it always means more to do.
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    • Ha! You know, that’s why I didn’t read your last blog post! My husband wants to see Jurassic World and as soon as I realized your post had spoilers, I was like, “Nope! Not today!” LOL! But goodness, you are getting a LOT done. I’m going to be that productive one day soon!
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  4. Glad to hear of your productivity. Away from home on vacation I’m lucky if I’m able to write comments on blogs. I’ll be like this for nearly 2 months so I don’t know how much writing I’ll be doing.

    Keep up your good work.

    Lee
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  5. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time writing and planning out the nexts, Quanie. Keep going and enjoy the heck out of all of them! I’m slowing the writing side (but still sticking to the habit of writing a line every time I think about the story) because of the publishing side (re-releasing).

    • Impressed! Ah! I feel like I’ve been working on this novel FOREVER. It was supposed to be my “quick novel between projects.” What a joke! I guess none of us are getting as much as we’d like. It seems like I’m just hurrying up to go slow, lol.
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  6. Oh I hear you…my current WIP is giving me so many issues. No matter how many drafts it’s just not beta/CP ready and I can’t wait for it to be. I love my characters and setting but the story isn’t gripping enough yet (def a problem) and I have about three outlines waiting for me I want to get to!

    • I’m an outliner, too! Can’t do without it. My to be finished date for this project keeps getting pushed back. I’m probably better off not even setting a deadline and just letting the novel do what it wants to do…
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  7. I cannot wait to have that experience, Quanie…where a character talks so much and just begs to ooze out onto the page! I’d say my characters are playing a bit of a game of cat-and-mouse with me. I search for them and search for them and every now and then I get a little peek into their minds.

    Right now, I’m revising my first WIP and sending book proposals to agents, editors, etc. I’m also querying a lot for more freelance projects.
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  8. Don’t you hate when the wrong character is talking to you? It’s always at the most inconvenient times. My current MC is apparently all in her feelings and when she went MIA in the book, she decided to go MIA from ME too. I’m like, really? Now, my MC from my last book keeps popping up, all freaked out because her marriage is on the rocks and happily ever after is not all that it was cracked up to be. I’m like, I didn’t tell you to marry that man! Work it out.

    I’m looking forward to reading your current WIP. Kidnapping is a heavy and intriguing subject.
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  9. Ah, the pop-ups. Those irresistible characters who, not unlike mom-in-laws breeze across your threshold and proceed to settle in. I’ll take a pop-up any day for they are (usually) much easier to reason with 🙂 Sounds like you’ve got a fabulous book buffet in store for your readers and I, for one, can’t wait.! You make it seem so organized while sometimes I feel like I’m spinning my wheels with so many things I want to accomplish. I love Leslye’s statement “hoping to live long enough to run out of stories…” Isn’t that the truth?
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    • I seemed organized, Deidre? My goodness, well, maybe I am??? Maybe all of this is organized chaos afterall… And I love the comparison to pop-up characters to mother-in-laws (although, I am very fortunate in regard to mine. Thank God!). They don’t care what you have planned. Just do whatever they darn well please…
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  10. Your story reminded me of the time I had to write something like 20 chapters in 5 days (it’s a long story, and I don’t recommend that kind of craziness to anybody! I showered on day three because I was offending myself and forgot to pick up my daughter at school. Twice.) Right around chapter 18, the hero’s best friend started screaming for his own book. Not quite like a pterodactyl, but loud enough to get my attention, that’s for sure. Had to stop and write 2 chapters of his story before I could finish the main one. Like I had time for THAT?!

    Right now, I’m diving back into a release that comes out in February of next year. “Gods of Summer” is growing a third eye and a second head. Wish me luck!

    And good luck on your draft. May your beta readers find no typos and faint straight away at your amazing plotlines! 🙂

  11. Don’t you just love it when characters have a mind of their own? Though at times it can be inconvenient. Still, congrats on your manuscript. I myself am working on a poetry chapbook and getting ready the next quarter set of draft poems to submit for critiques. I’m also working on young adult manuscript. The draft is actually done, just parts of the middle needs to be rewritten. The rest is all revisions and edits, so it’s nowhere near beta reader ready.
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    • I know a few YA authors and they’re fab. From what I can tell, it’s a great genre to write (too bad I can’t write it!). Sounds like you have a good plan, though. And you’re right; when characters pop up with their own plans, it can be very inconvenient.
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  12. I feel you on the surprise stories that just have to be written. Unfortunately (at times, though I really love it) I’ve committed myself to a four-part series. I’m currently trying to get the draft of book 2 ready for beta readers. I jot down all the extra ideas that pop up and just hope that one day I’ll have the time to write them down. I already have 2 years worth of Nanowrimo novels that haven’t ever been touched since I wrote “the end,” plus a spin-off series and prequel that I really want to do. That’s just the life of a writer, hoping you will live long enough to run out of stories…
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    • LOL@ live long enough to run out of stories! Ain’t that the truth? I was looking at my list today and I realized that I have 6 stories lined up. That might not sound like a lot to some writers but for me? I’m overwhelmed just looking at the list. You sound like you have a lot on your plate. I certainly wish you luck with all of your projects.
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