Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Work in Progress Wednesday #11

It's another Work in Progress Wednesday, but this Wednesday the WIP is out of my hands and into the hands (or rather the computer screens) of my beta readers.

What I am asking of my beta readers is nothing more than answering the one big burning question: Does this story work?

Now after spending over a half of a year writing the first draft, another month of two smoothing that first draft over and plugging all the major holes, you'd think that I'd know this for myself. But I don't. And I don't think anyone really does.

Oh sure in reading through their were points where I thought, "Oooh, I like that", or "Okay, yeah. That works." But those are just bits. And pieces.

However, to know if the whole darn things works, well that requires a bit of distance. I mean a book is a big thing. Mine actually grew to 99K words during revisions, and there is no way I can look at all of those 99K words and be able to know how well they tell my story as a whole.

Maybe if I took two years off, and let it sit on a shelf, while the memory of it slowly disintegrates. Then I could go back with fresh eyes.

I don't have the patience for two years, though. I barely have the patience for the weeks or maybe even a month that it will take my betas to get through it.

So, now I wait. And while I wait there are other things I can occupy myself with. Query letter, short stories, and beginning to put together my list of agents to send those query letters to. For now though, I'm just waiting.

What about you? Where is your WIP at?

And if you want to participate in WIP Wednesday, simply post your own WIP Wednesday entry on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below. Or if you don't have a blog, feel free to report your progress directly into the comments box.

For more detailed information concerning what all this nonsense is about please consult the original Work in Progress Wednesday posting.

Feel free to also make use of the lovely little WIP Wednesday logo as well!

27 comments:

  1. Oh. You need a beta reader? Did I miss that post or do you have a different group for your betaing? :-) Awesome!

    Congrats on moving forward. Have a GREAT hump day!
    ~Bethanne

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  2. I know how you feel completely. I'm always wondering if my story is working, if it's cliche, overwritten, underwritten... LOL If there's a concern, at some point I'll be swamped by it. LOL

    Let us know how the beta reading goes!

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  3. It is so hard to know if our story is working from our perspective. We're too enmeshed into it. We definitely need others to help give us an objective opinion. I find it really refreshing to hear what other people think, even when I get tough comments. Happy waiting!

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  4. Well, I've only read the first half or your book or so and it works for me! I can't wait to see what you've done with it. You have an amazing voice!

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  5. Yay!! Almost done!! You go girl;) I need to catch up so I can what happens next.

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  6. *MOTIONS TO KATE*

    Come on, there's room in this waiting boat. I'm waiting, too. And I'm waiting for a month... or longer, if it takes.

    Patience is key in this business. The more you teach yourself that, the better. :)

    *SCOOTS OVER*

    Come on, get on chat and we can row this boat together. :)

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  7. You know what I did? I downloaded your manuscript onto my e-reader and now I'm reading it just like a book. :)

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  8. CONGRATS!

    That's so exciting! I just posted my WIP today, and I hit the 20k mark, but that isn't NEARLY as exciting as beta readers! hoo-ray!

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  9. CONGRATS!

    That's so exciting! I just posted my WIP today, and I hit the 20k mark, but that isn't NEARLY as exciting as beta readers! hoo-ray!

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  10. CONGRATS!

    That's so exciting! I just posted my WIP today, and I hit the 20k mark, but that isn't NEARLY as exciting as beta readers! hoo-ray!

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  11. CONGRATS!

    That's so exciting! I just posted my WIP today, and I hit the 20k mark, but that isn't NEARLY as exciting as beta readers! hoo-ray!

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  12. CONGRATS!

    That's so exciting! I just posted my WIP today, and I hit the 20k mark, but that isn't NEARLY as exciting as beta readers! hoo-ray!

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  13. Bethanne - Yes, I did post - I PM'd you with a link!

    Jessica - Yes, exactly. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it is overwritten or underwritten. I really have no idea.

    Jody - Yeah, I sometimes like tough comments - they let you know that the reader is really thinking about the story in a thoughtful way.

    Stephanie - Aw, thanks! I can't wait for you to read the rest!

    Chelle - I know the finish line is so close, and yet so far away!

    Lady Glamis - I'm in. Row. Row. Row. ;)

    Jennifer - Oooh, I feel so cool - my MS is e-reader worthy;)

    Jamie - Congrats on hitting the 20K mark, that is big milestone!

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  14. You are right, sometimes it is hard to put some distance between you - the writer - and you- the reader. And I'd never have the patience to let it sit for two years! But you are moving forward and that's a great thing :)

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  15. Sending the ms to the betas is SUCH a big deal to me...the witing, breath held, to see what they say...I think the WC I accomplished this week was A LOT easier than that!!!

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  16. I can't wait to answer your question! I'm sure it will be totally tubular!

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  17. I love the idea of WIP Wednesday! I wrote my first one here: http://lizsink.blogspot.com/2009/04/wip-wednesday-1.html

    Kate, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my latest HIMYM post! =)

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  18. Waiting is hard, but it will all be worth it in the long run. I still have that to look forward to when I get to that point. In the meantime, do you have any ideas for a new story?

    My WIP wednesday post is up now hereHappy Wednesday!

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  19. Debora - Yeah, I can't imagine letting something sit for two years, unless I was just really fed up with it, and luckily I am not yet that disenchanted with my WIP.

    Christine - Thanks! You make my week of nail biting seem more like an accomplishment, and less like a complete waste of time;)

    Elana - *crosses fingers* That's what I'm hoping you'll say too!

    Liz - Thanks for taking part in WIP Wednesday!

    Robin - Ideas for a new story? *gulp* Can I get back to you on that?

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  20. I believe Tom Petty said it best when he said "The way-yay-ting is the hardest part".

    Very cool that you're far enough along that you're ready for readers. There's more work ahead of course, but you've got the good stuff down. The rest is just tweaking and polishing.

    This is such a cool edition of WIP Wednesday for you! Congrats!

    My update is up over at my blog - http://zombiewrangler.blogspot.com/2009/04/work-in-progress-wednesday.html

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  21. Congrats on being at the beta stage, Kate!

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  22. Matt - That Tom Petty is a wise, wise man.

    Carolyn - Thanks for the congrats! I didn't recognize your name at first - I am so used to you being "Archy".

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  23. I never remember to leave a comment here. Here's a link to my post: http://ulbrichalmazan.blogspot.com/2009/04/work-in-progress-wednesday_29.html

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  24. I love this idea. I just found out about it and am going to jump on the Work in Progress Wednesday bandwagon starting next week. I always do better when I feel like I'm "reporting" my progress.

    http://jaimetheler.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the idea!

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  25. Jaime - Glad to have you join in on the WIP Weds. fun! I agree reporting on your progress in a blog has a funny way of making you feel like you're being held accountable to someone.

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  26. Oops, I forgot to comment too, even though I read this last week.

    Congrats on getting your ms to your beta readers!

    I hope the time off is relaxing yet productive. And I heard that May is short story month, so the timing sounds right!

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