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June 22, 2009


I'm not participating in the Clarion West Write-a-thon because I do other fundraising among my friends and family throughout the year and need to choose where I spend that energy.

But I think it's a great idea, both as a fundraiser, and as a writing initiative. So I made a private commitment to write every day during Clarion West-time. Today was my first day. Officially it started yesterday, but Clarion West officially starts the night before classtime starts when the first instructor is introduced, and NOT when your writing needs to start. So I took advantage.

Anyhoo, I'm going through a printed out MS of da nobble right now, editing. And by "editing," I mean both line-editing and hefty, more structural stuff. When I'm done with this phase, I'm taking the heavily marked up MS back to Scrivener and doing the rewrites there. After this rewrite, I think I'll actually be ready to show it to some first readers.

I'm hoping this phase will be done by the end of the Write-A-Thong. But I'm not holding my breath. Will make an effort to post daily about my progress but, again, no breath-holding.


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There a contest for first novelists in the UK, open to writers worldwide. Winners will be published by Tor UK. It's free to submit.


thanks for the tip, sean! you gonna submit?

I am! I was 50,000 words into a novel and then quit writing it to start another novel. I am now 30,000 words into the new novel, and ready to quit. This is what I do. I have four unfinished books of about 50,000 words. It is maddening.

So, I am going back to that 50,000 word novel and will finish it and submit. I have plenty of time to write the remaining third of the book, and I just needed a deadline like this to make me get on with it.

Hooray, Claire! I'll try to keep checking in to see how you're doing.

Thanks, Neile! I'm keepin' on!

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