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Through this month, Sharpie, K and I are going to share thoughts on WIPs, along with motivation to dust off those stories and get them DONE!

Today's challenge: Commit to putting down 200+ words on a WIP by the end of this coming weekend.

Today's Thought: Why do writers publish WIPs?

Are you a writer who likes to publish a story in installments? Do you write them bit by bit over a good period of time - but never publish until a work is completed, or at least in a 'version one' state?

Fanlore.org has a list of reasons why writers might publish chapter by chapter:

* Need the pressure of an audience to keep writing
* Preference for a serial format, such as that found in pulp fiction or radio serials
* Interest in audience input for the direction of the story (e.g. with polls or questions for what should happen next after a cliffhanger)
* Potential for more feedback
* Possibly the chance for an increase in name recognition (especially for newer writers) who'll have a continous regular presence when posting something long in parts over time, rather than posting an epic with a single announcement that may get noticed less
* Readers can follow very long works in convenient chunks without committing the time for reading a novel
* Sadism

Ha. Yes, for me there is an element of 'oooh, this'll leave 'em hanging' that can be devilishly fun - but I do generally publish in installments mostly for the feedback, the pressure of an audience, and for the added interaction. If I didn't publish over time, I think very little of what I've posted would ever have been written.

I try not to abandon works, though there are two out there on AO3 that have languished for a year or even longer and I can't ever seem to get back to them. I feel bad about one in particular- I know it can be a heck of a story, if I can get back on it. That ...would be the trick, though.

More thoughts on WIPs and a link to a long list of unfinished WIPS can be found on Fanlore.org/wiki/work_In_Progress


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Sep. 7th, 2017 08:08 pm (UTC)
My main WIP are: editing...which I'm doing...
editing another pre-NaNo so I can prep the sequel for NaNo...
and something with a co-author...which is annoyingly waiting for her next installment...
But I will try...
Sep. 7th, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan! I like the editing part, myself. I'm an edit as I go writer - write a little/rework/repeat.

Hmmm....maybe I should try just writing straight through on at least one WIP this month, see if that speeds things up.

Good luck with yours!
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:32 am (UTC)
I do tend to edit a lot as I go...I don't put down words fast usually because I'm trying to make things sound right. Usually means I don't have to go back and cut out whole chunks of things later But going back to look for better words, reduce wordiness, check tenses etc will happen again after...and then I'll run the text reader to listen to the flow (and usually find repeated words/phrases in a sentence/paragraph, dropped word...and just things that don't quite sound right).
Not to mention continuity!
I don't mind the multi-step process Heck, sometimes retyping the whole helps with the polishing ;)
Sep. 8th, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Sep. 8th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ok - I'm a day late but considering that I've clocked zero words for months I'm going to do this tonight. baby steps. :)

wish me luck for 200 words LOL
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:26 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, good luck! A tale of many pages begins with a few hundred words... or something like that. :)

Sep. 8th, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
You can do this! :D
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh lord....

I'm gonna have to come up with something inspirational to say next week....lol

I got a wip from August Rush I have to finish this weekend between work and errands.
Sep. 8th, 2017 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'd help but I'm feeling rather uninspired at the moment. :D

You can beat that WIP into submission, I know it!
Sep. 9th, 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
That's okay. I'll figure out how to inspire without breaking out the medieval torture tools. ;)

I'll whip its butt at some point. I'm about to start work on a big bang with my writing cohort in crime.
Sep. 9th, 2017 01:09 am (UTC)
Hah! Do what you gotta do, right?

As long as you're creating and being productive, that's what counts. I've never tried to write with someone else. Not sure how well I'd do. But good luck!
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:07 am (UTC)

Me and Heidi work well together. We round robin stuff via email. We have five big bangs under our belts plus a wip that could be another big bang should we ever get back to it.
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)

That's really awesome, I'm happy you guys have had so much success. It's hard to find someone you can work with that easily.
Sep. 8th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
Until recently (like in the last year or so), I never started publishing something until it was complete. But that's all gone to heck in a hand basket, for better or for worse.

I'm not even sure what unfinished WIPs I still have. Although I think I left someone in a dress somewhere getting laughed at... I might have to look into that.

200 words I can do!
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:56 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2017 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
Sep. 8th, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)
I can do 200 by the end of Sunday.

I adore all of these reasons, and I enjoy reading a serial that I know will finish when I know the writer is enjoying the torture.

I prefer not to begin publishing something chapter by chapter until I have a plan worked out. I like the pressure of deadlines. Not that I always meet them but...

This is awesome!
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked it. I hear you about having a plan- I do feel better starting to post something if I have at least a decent idea where it's going.

Off to aim for some wip words tonight. :)
Sep. 9th, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
I have sooooo many WIPs it's not even funny anymore. And I never edit as I go because that would slow me down even more! I try not to post until they're finished which is probably why I haven't posted anything in ages. I've got fanfics and original fics that are WIPs and some of the originals I'm rewriting/reworking to use in my town series I came up with last year during NaNoWriMo.
Right now I am actually writing and trying to figure out which of the WIPs I'm going to rewrite for NaNoWriMo. I'm completely changing everything except the characters for two of them so I figure they'll work for NaNoWriMo so I won't completely be a rebel. :D
Sep. 11th, 2017 06:07 pm (UTC)
I wish I had the restraint to wait to publish 'til I was done! I know a fair amount of readers prefer that. Good luck with the reviewing and the choosing. Nano will be here soon enough!
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