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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:36 PM
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How can I motivate myself to edit the book I wrote?
It will never get published(although, stranger things have happened...), but I would still like it be all nice and edited, you know?

But I can't force myself to do it. Gah! x(
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:38 PM
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1. YOU WROTE A BOOK!
:wow:

I wrote a book and now I'm trying to motivate myself to finish my second one.

It took me 12 years to finish my first book. You're way ahead of me girl. :toast:
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:41 PM
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3. LOL! Yes, I did.
:P

It took me...... um........ like 2 months to get the whole thing out. :crazy:

Now I must edit it, basically rewrite a few things(add things and take some out) and proofread to make sure it all makes sense. hehe
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:45 PM
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5. Fiction or non-fiction?
If fiction, than what genre?
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:49 PM
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8. Fiction,
fantasy. Because that's the kind of thing I like(Lord of the Rings nerd). :silly:
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:54 PM
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16. Mines kind of unclassifiable
Sort of a fantasy romance set in modern times. The main character is a 16 year old girl who's sort of half human, half beast. It's sort of a Frankenstein type story about how how she doesn't quite fit in.

It's actually a satire, but kind of poignant at moments.

I think you'd like it Rev. :)
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:56 PM
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19. Sounds very interesting!
Mine is about a girl who is magical and is an outcast because of it. It's set on another planet. And then she meets people and stuff happens...... HAHAHA I so rock at summarizing! :crazy:
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:00 PM
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23. Yarh! Thanks...
Your book sound verrrrry interesting!

Here's a picture of mine...the unpublished ms, not the main character...



Seriously, we have to get together an talk about writing sometime. It's one of my favorite thing to do. :)
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:02 PM
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24. one of my fave things to do too
I got some of my essays saved on this computer too.
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:06 PM
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28. Have you ever tried putting them up on DU?
Perhaps even summiting them as articles?

I put a few excerpts from my stories and a few of my poems around here, mostly in the Writers Forum. I'm sure you'll be able to find a few people to give you a good critique.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:09 PM
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32. hmm I havent really
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 06:09 PM by JohnKleeb
because they're not really often about current issues. I am gonna be writing a poem to nana later on tonight. I have a love poem that I wrote before I had my current crush, just a general love poem on how I ohpe to fall in love. I just made a small folder of my writings, Ive made as of late, I wish I had the poem I wrote for my distant relative, sigh.
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:04 PM
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27. That ms looks awfully thick!
Jiminy Cricket, people!

My ms is much, much smaller. I'm in awe of you guys who actually FINISH your novels.
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:08 PM
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31. Actually I think it's kind of short...
About 72,000 words long. Printed out in book form I'm guessing that's only 200 pages...not very long of a book these days but then again, It's quality that counts! :thumbsup:
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:06 PM
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29. Cool! How long is it?
Mine is about 190 pages on Microsoft works. :hi:
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:09 PM
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33. Mines only slightly longer
210 pages on msWord. :hi:
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:39 PM
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2. One cannot edit
one's own work. You will read the same errors over and over and never see them.

Go ask this question in DU's writer's forum. Good luck.

180
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:44 PM
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4. Nah not edit like that.
I mean I need to change some things around, and take some stuff out.

But yeah there's a writers forum! Ha I forgot about that, thanks! :)

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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:46 PM
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6. Think of the royalties that will enable you to buy gourmet coffee
every day for the rest of your life!
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:50 PM
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9. Ooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!
Gourmet Coffee! :drool:
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:52 PM
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14. One of my professors, who had published several academic books
told us thats about what his royalties amounted to!
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:46 PM
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7. I dont know, whats the book about?
I write too you know, I write poems, essays, and sometimes sappy love crap.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:51 PM
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11. Why must people ask me that.....
I suck at summarizing. x(
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:54 PM
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17. I have that problem too.
But, I'm not done with my book (by the way, I hate you!! :) ) so it bothers me a bit more because I'm not even sure what it's about yet.

Actually, for the book I'm working on now, Jamie Bell provided a great deal of motivation--not to be too ridiculous. He gave me a model to work around.

:loveya:
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:57 PM
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22. *giggle*
Jamie.... :loveya:
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:02 PM
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25. Okay, but I really want to know what the book's about.
So does Kleeb.

So tell tell!

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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:07 PM
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30. Look at my reply to Kleeb.
And one of my replies to Longgrain. :)
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:57 PM
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21. just tell me, you dont need to summarize
It's not: Rev's short history of pornography now is it.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:04 PM
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26. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Oh.My.Gawd. So funny! Yes John! That's it! How did you know? :P

OK I named it Graceful Truths (for now anyway)

And it's set on this planet called Tyrophic and it's like olden times and there's this girl who is magical and she's an outcast because of it. And she travels the world looking some people who will accept her....................... and I think it's complete crap, but I want to finish it. lol
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:12 PM
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34. because I my dear friend am a psychic part gypsy
Sounds interesting, I am more of a realism writer myself.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:16 PM
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35. Yeah, I write fantasy because what I'm into. Although
I do have about one chapter to a book I wanna write about what's wrong with America, it's mostly just my thoughts that I'm trying to pass off as a book. lol :7
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 07:59 PM
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37. I write short stuff becuase I dont have the skills to writel long good on
you, hope it gets published.
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Kire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:51 PM
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10. Go ahead and edit the book...
...then you will find that you have been motivated all along.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:52 PM
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13. Hahahahaha! Kire, I love you're logic.
It's priceless. :)
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Kire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 07:58 PM
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36. I'm not logic...
...I'm logical.

:evilfrown:
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:52 PM
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12. self-publishing
is an option. Self-editing is not. It sounds like you know this, and are actually finalizing sections.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:54 PM
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18. Well there's editing like what a professional editor does, then there's
editing out crap filler, and plot holes. Which is what I need to do. :D
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:53 PM
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15. DOn't edit it - get someone else too
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:56 PM
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20. Just start it. That's how. Motivation sucks.
Motivation is the hardest thing to find. Sooner or later you're going to have to just sit and do it. So start it now!

Would it help if you thought of how you'd present it to a publisher? That might help you get a clearer idea of what you need to take out (stuff that doesn't relate to the main issues/plots)... so maybe Kleeb asking what it's about helps in that way.

Once you can sit and say "My book is about X", it might be easier to chop stuff out, put other stuff in, etc.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 08:08 PM
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38. I suck at revision
I was always turning in first drafts in college. I got mostly Bs on my papers. I did get some As, but probably would have gotten more As if I would have went back through the paper. For the most part though, it wasn't just being lazy. I tried my best to write a good paper and often it seemed like a work of art that would be ruined if I changed it. Other times I realized that it was crap, but didn't have enough time before it was due to make enough changes.
I would let it it for a while longer. Reread it and then ask yourself if it really does need any changes. Let other people read it too and comment.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 10:10 PM
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39. If you figure it out Please tell me. I'm working on three.
:)
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