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Splattercat
Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:33:27 PM

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So, when you're writing, do you start a story and see it through to the end or do you have multiple pieces under construction at any one time? For the most part, I try to finish the thing I'm on before i start something, but sometimes I break that rule ... What about you? Which, and why?
seeker4
Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:10:39 PM

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Usually several bits and pieces that I keep hopping around. I'm great at getting ideas but terrible at organizing the time to get them actually turned into stories. That said, I am finding that starting to do the contests is a great way of forcing myself to focus. I got one into the quickie contest and I am working on one for the current Seduction contest.


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Mazza
Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:29:14 PM

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I'm afraid I have a ton of unfinished stuff... I start writing something and then I get dis...

Oh look, another idea!!

In fairness, I have a lot of things going on in the real world right now, but I really need to be a little more disciplined...
naughtynurse
Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:48:11 PM

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Mazza wrote:
I'm afraid I have a ton of unfinished stuff... I start writing something and then I get dis...

Oh look, another idea!!

In fairness, I have a lot of things going on in the real world right now, but I really need to be a little more disciplined...


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A special thank you to all who read and voted on my competition Quickie, a Recomended Read: Something Borrowed
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 7:45:21 PM

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I seldom work on more than two at a time, usually with one still nearly finished and the other in the early stages of procrastination. If an idea strikes, I save it in a quick notes file carefully tucked away in a 'story ideas' folder...which I then misplace or accidentally delete. Works for me.

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords. - ROBERT HEINLEIN

REUNITINGhis need, her want, in a cab -- my contest entry

FROM:
Becky -- FOR: Matt -- With Love:
a Festive contest winner – honest

HOW HUMANS DO IT: a fish-eye view of sex an Editor's Pick - no kidding
Wilful
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:41:34 AM

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Not counting the half dozen mainstream novels I currently have in various states of completion, I tend to work on one thing at a time. I like to throw myself into it until it's done, have a bit of a rest, then crack on with the next one.

Although I did drop a werewolf romance I'm struggling with at the moment to get my entry in for the Quickie Competition. The problem is, I'm having a lot of trouble picking it up again. I guess that's why I like to do one at a time.

Please check out my latest story, Girls Night.
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:38:21 AM

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Wilful, hate to be the one breaking the news, but the 'Quickie' has come and, dare I say it, quickly gone. However, you might ramp up the pre-sex part of your wip a bit and give it a whirl in the current 'Seduction' contest. ;)

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords. - ROBERT HEINLEIN

REUNITINGhis need, her want, in a cab -- my contest entry

FROM:
Becky -- FOR: Matt -- With Love:
a Festive contest winner – honest

HOW HUMANS DO IT: a fish-eye view of sex an Editor's Pick - no kidding
Haineko
Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:28:27 AM

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RumpleForeskin wrote:
. However, you might ramp up the pre-sex part of your wip a bit and give it a whirl in the current 'Seduction' contest. ;)

glasses8

when did this start?


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MasterJonathan
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 5:54:04 AM

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I usually have 2 or 3 stories in various stages of completion. Currently I am bouncing between two stories with notes and ideas jotted down for a couple more. It depends on what My mind wants to do at the time!

Haineko
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:56:14 AM

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It used to be 1 at a time but it's gotten to the point I can work on 2 at a time.

I'm currently writing a collaboration story with a friend as well as my own story.

Tough juggling at times but I love it

comp story: The Sweetest Number Thank you to everyone who read, voted and/or commened on my comp story. Wish me luck!

Collaboration
no title yet: Lesbian story written with BabyDollSlave

Under construction
Writing: Aphrodite's Gift ch1 (Fantasy/Sci-fi)
Editing: None
Awaiting verification: None

my latest
My Dark Lover ch1 (supernatural)
seeker4
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 10:25:22 AM

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I currently have 3 that I am rotating around to see which I finish to my satisfaction first. I think I know which one will win at this point but it's a longer one so may take a while. May slip in a flash story or two in the meantime.

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ChrissieLecker
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:56:39 PM

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I always have a number of stories going in parallel, usually its two to three, but somehow all kinds of plot bunnies have been jumping me the last few months, and while I'm sitting here and trying to get the critters under control, I've got four story series that need completion as well as three half-way done standalone pieces. I may be slightly overdoing it...


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bethalia
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 6:13:28 PM

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I seem to be the dissenting voice here.

I don't think I've ever had more than one story in progress at a time. Sometimes while I'm in the process of writing one story an idea will occur for another. But in those cases I try to avoid doing much more than think about the details of character and plot and jot some notes until I'm done with the current project. It may be a failing, but I find trying to actively work on more than one piece at a time to be too distracting and confusing. The good part is that my writing process tends to be pretty rapid. When I envision a story I pretty much know the beginning and end right away. It's just how to navigate between the two that can be tricky. But usually I know fairly well where I want to go, and so the writing doesn't take overly long. I couldn't imaging trying to write a story piecemeal - a bit at a time without knowing the ending.

The long novel I've written (about 145k words) took just a few months of active writing, although the rewrite/revision process took a while. But once I'm past the initial active writing and am into revising I find I'm able to begin something new without too much difficulty.
ChrissieLecker
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:59:40 PM

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bethalia wrote:
The long novel I've written (about 145k words) took just a few months of active writing, although the rewrite/revision process took a while. But once I'm past the initial active writing and am into revising I find I'm able to begin something new without too much difficulty.


I find it even makes revising easier to have something new going, because it takes my mind out of the existing story and makes it easier to look at it from a distance to spot errors and typos.


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Cordelia takes her teacher out for an evening, and there is still no resisting her beauty in Cordelia's Feet 3 - The Queen Bee's Commands

What would you do if you encountered a stranger in your hotel room who discovered your naughty secrets?
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bethalia
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:48:16 PM

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ChrissieLecker wrote:


I find it even makes revising easier to have something new going, because it takes my mind out of the existing story and makes it easier to look at it from a distance to spot errors and typos.


You're right that a bit of distance makes it easier to really see your story (as opposed to just seeing what you expect to see). Although I find in the revision process it's more a matter of tying things together, taking care of continuity issues, and making sure things make sense. That novel was the last (or most recent, anyway) story of a seven story series. I'd written the first story for something to do. A second story naturally suggested itself, and then a third, etc. The seven stories have a continuing premise and characters and plot. So after I finished the novel I went back and did a great deal of re-writing on the previous six stories (especially the earlier ones) to draw the seven stories into a more organic whole.
marktreble
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:15:27 PM

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seeker4 wrote:
I currently have 3 that I am rotating around to see which I finish to my satisfaction first. I think I know which one will win at this point but it's a longer one so may take a while. May slip in a flash story or two in the meantime.


Even my finished ones aren't to my satisfaction yet.

I do have four in progress.
seeker4
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:29:16 AM

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marktreble wrote:


Even my finished ones aren't to my satisfaction yet.



Tell me about it. I can see changes that could be made in all of my published stories (save the two written as comp entries, which are basically perfect little horny gems hello1 ) but doing the work and then having to re-verify doesn't seem worth it. Better to pour my energy into new material.


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