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What are you all writing?

Hey, its finally Friday which means one thing. Pass me a bottle. 🍾🍷

I'm just curious/nosey what are you all writing?


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  • I'll take a beer. 🍺 Thank you.

    I'm in the early stages of the first draft of my first novel, working title 'The Perfection Engine'. 

    Warning: blurb may change at any moment, not always for the better.

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    Twelve years ago, an unexplained attack on her home killed Membra’s father and left her with devastating, life-changing injuries.

    Once one of the most expert thieves in the city-state of Draffe, now she scrapes a living as a researcher and information miner, thieving when she can. But to others' eyes she seems to have rebuilt her life. Inwardly, though, she is incomplete and broken, haunted by regret and guilt, and searching for a wholeness that can never be hers again.

    While on a clandestine and strangely well-paid job, Membra finds a mysterious artefact from her past, something she never thought to see again. The discovery reawakens old ghosts and a dangerous adversary, the very one responsible for tearing Membra’s life apart so long ago. Suddenly both the hunter and the hunted, Membra enters a reluctant partnership with Custos, a war-weary ex-mercenary with his own hidden connection to her predicament.

    Together, the unlikely couple set out on a journey of revelation and revenge that will lead Membra to a momentous choice, one that will affect not just her but everything that she has ever known. Should she sacrifice who she is now for the chance to regain who she once was?

    To win the consummation that she yearns for, Membra must learn to trust her own unique strengths, even when they come from what she sees as flaws and imperfections. And, even then, what she wants may not be what she needs.

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    And you? 🙂 

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    • Well I'm the same as you, so we are on this journey together 

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      • Here, here, Kate

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        • But that's the big thing, Sam - recognising that you have some craft to learn and still wanting to do it. You have to love writing, of course.

          Ten years ago when I started, I thought I was bloody marvelous, entered competitions and was hurt when I didn't get anywhere, not realising how very far I had to go to become publishable.

          Now I've regularly been published in magazines, but have yet to get an agent. I've read advice, sought feedback and I'm improving but I'm way of being as good as I hope to be. Perseverance is really important (and I hasten to add, I'm pretty slow, so many people will improve a lot faster than I have!)

          All the best with your writing

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        • I'm working on a science fiction novel about members of a hive mind who've developed an incurable disease - individuality.

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          • Oh that sounds interesting, would like to read some 😊

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          • I'm at least semi-actively working on three things at the moment.

            • The first book of a literary fantays tetralogy, where the underlying idea of the whole series is "What would it take for someone to become as evil and universally reviled as Sauron." Book 1 looks at how individuals define themselves.
            • A stand-alone story (I have no idea what the genre would be called) involving the daughter of a mob boss who's outside the family business (she's in finance), but has to contend with her half-brother who has just taken over from their father, and also her best friend who's a cop investigating organised crime…
            • My memoir: 40-Year holiday - Lessons from a life in which nothing and nowhere ever felt like home. (Hint, it's not a "fun" holiday.)

            And in writing out that list, I just realised that all three of them open with a murder.

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            • Very different pieces of work, all sound very interesting. A memoir is definitely something I would be keen to do for sure, as for more im not really sure as yet

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              • Love each concept! It's refreshing to see other writers who delve into a bit of everything. I like the idea of the explorations in the fantasy book, sounds heartbreaking and very interesting. And the memoir deals with a struggle that I can relate to a lot, so I would be very interested to read it!

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              • Look out for Rick - he is highly intelligent!!! 😀 😀  (That means listen to his advice!)

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                • Haha I gathered that, unlike myself then 😅 

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                  • You are intelligent enough to join this group and try to improve your skills!! That is more than most. Most people write blindly and then self publish thinking their story is the best thing sliced bread. Now that is rubbish!!

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                    • Thanks Sam.

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                    • Friday came. Wine, then gin! hic! But hopefully now a week at work is done I can look at writing again at the weekend. I am doing picture books and have nearly finished the first draft of a middle grade story. I am quite enjoying it but have just reread some and am concerned that I may be slightly obsessed with ice cream.

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                      • I found in my last novel characters were forever going to the pub or getting drunk at home. In this book, there's a lot of tea, proper coffee, Glenfiddich and homemade cake!

                        Though there's a whole crime sub genre that revolves round food, isn't there, so maybe I'm writing the equivalent in supernatural mysteries 😂

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                        • Peanut butter cup - oh, man I could eat that till it comes or if my ears

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                          • Phish food all the way for me

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                          • After a very busy few months I’m ready for a new project. Eek. I hate staring into the abyss. 

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                            • How exciting, just start typing and see where it takes you 😊

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                              • Knowing your writing, I would love to see your take on a paranormal thriller.

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                                • It’s called The Probability Factor and I’m working on the idea of ‘imagine what you might do if you could affect someone’s decision. Worse, what might someone make you do’. There are probability spinners who the bad guys hire/force to carry out all sorts of dastardly deeds. But it’s about a father trying to rescue his spinner son. It’s probably not commercial but I like the idea.

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                                • I've been working on a story about magic being a disease that kills people and the second civil war a kingdom goes through thanks to it. (I've probably done more world building than plot building in all honesty haha I've figured out a way to make dragons without making dragons (basically they are lizards that wished for warmth so much that their innards turned to lava, the lizards that could not handle it had a very brutal death awaiting them) but I haven't the slightest clue how to even sneak it into the story)

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                                  • Ah, right… I thought from the earlier summary that the infected individuals were the ones who used the magic, who wished. But what you're saying here is that it's the virus itself that performs these magical adaptations. That's much cooler.

                                    Horse to pegasus is a pretty obvious switch. As, in some instances, is horse to unicorn. It really depends what danger they need to escape from - there are countless variances that would make sense.

                                    Another one I thought of, which I think puts a nice subtle twist in (in that the disease is present in the real world): there is a reason cats have nine lives. (Were they the original carriers?)

                                    As to my list… it's hard to put an exact number on it, given how they are arranged in my notes - some are as little as a title giving me a thematic concept or setting, some are a brief summary. Some are a snipet of character. Some are viable, others aren't. Some may combine. But the starting point is at least 112 novel/short story ideas, and 32 film ideas.

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                                    • The disease can be directed through intent, knowledge and belief but if left on it's own it'll make it's own changes as what seems to fit. So a human child can make a flower just because they believe in it, now that flower might end up being made out of ash or it'll whither away and die after two minutes but they'll be able to make some semblance of a flower simply because they believe they can and they want to. Now, in kind a dog could lose an eye (or eyesight) and the disease will act up and it will create another eye even without the intent/knowledge/belief. This eye is most likely going to be useless (so the disease might make another eye afterwards) and it might create an entirely different eye socket for it, or it'll put the eye in the same eye socket as the original blind eye or it might use the original eye and give the dog colored vision on the one eye (assuming dogs have black and white vision, I honestly don't remember). 

                                      The disease actually came from a flower that was cursed by the goddess of witchcraft to go after all of Mother Nature's (her name is different but that is what she is) 'children' in an act of revenge. Some silly human stumbled in, and brought the flower back to the kingdom and wala the disease struck and spread like wild fire.

                                       For the cats- I actually really like that idea and I know exactly how I could bring that into the story eventually (since a group of characters go 'underground' there will naturally be alley cats, right?).

                                       Yeah, horse to pegasus would take a while to evolve (and they don't breed fast enough for it to be possible, Magic is a 16 year thing in the story so only things that can breed rapidly could possibly have the disease effects from evolution), but- hmm I'll probably need to look into how cheetahs are built and compare the two for possibilities on the horses increasing speed or something. 

                                      Damn, that's a lot. I actually did a lot of combining for mine. I had a world built on one story and a plot on another so I squished them and another odd ball story to get the WIP I have now. Film ideas- are you thinking of trying to be a directory of sorts? I don't really know much about the film industry, but I have a few cousins working on getting involved in films (one tried to be a director, but his 'movies' ended up being 5 hours long because he didn't like cutting things)

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                                      • Horses are mature enough to breed in less then two years - some withing their first year. So they won't have a problem catching an evolutionary boost from the virus.

                                        As to my list… It's been built over 30+ years. And the film ideas (some stories would simply work better in that medium): I'm not interested in directing them, only writing.

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                                      • Mine's a supernatural mystery with an abduction backstory set in a Dorset seaside town during the power cuts and industrial action of the early 1970s. I'm just starting the second draft and weaving in some Mexican folklore/Day of the Dead threads (one of the MC s spent his childhood in Mexico) so I don't know if that's going to make the story more interesting - that combination of rundown British seaside, social strife and Mexican imagery - or just make it an incoherent mess! Answers in a postcard please 😀

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                                        • A lot did change for women but this seems often to be romanticised in novels and films as though there was continuous progress. In truth of course they knew they'd be put firmly back in the home once war was over. The women I feel most sorry for are those who were schoolgirls during the war, witnessing what women could do but not given the chance themselves after they left school. Yet still having to cope with rationing and austerity. I find the 1950s a depressing period!

                                          But plenty of interesting social history during the war, and often relevant for now.

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                                          • My mum was born in 1945 and my nan owned a grocers shop, so mum has quite clear memories of rationing. And you're right, of course. Though it was essential that the fighting men had jobs to return to, it was infuriating for the women who'd worked so hard while they were away, gained some newfound independence, to then be told to return to the kitchen. Even this though must have had a long term effect, creating a generation who wanted more for themselves. 

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                                            • Yes, I'm sure it did. And second-wave feminism came along too. But if you were to do some kind of audit comparing the late 40s to the 70s I wonder how much had changed? Similar proportions as before of businesswomen, female academics and artists, for instance? I could be being too pessimistic, but the sexism hadn't reduced and was still politically legislated. In some ways it became stronger and in popular culture was underlined by America which seems to have been even fonder of it than we were. 

                                              It's interesting to me that by the 1970s and 80s, what women had done during the war was often forgotten and some of that seemed intentional. But I suppose the suppression of history is one thing which drives historical novelists. When I started researching the period I was surprised how many roles women had filled. One small example of this forgetfulness which may or may not be relevant. My novel includes female pilots. In the 1980s Stoke-on-Trent created a museum or some kind of memorial for Reginald Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire and a local man. Someone queried why the women who flew the aircraft from the factories to RAF stations weren't mentioned, and one response was to say that the idea of women flying those planes was an insult to the airmen who'd fought in them. Now we think it's an insult to the women to forget their role, but our knowledge of these female pilots is a fairly recent rediscovery. They were one of the several groups, not all female, who were refused official acknowledgement after the war.

                                              Anyhow, I've banged on a lot but the selectiveness of history is fascinating. 

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                                            • I'm working on a manuscript for an epic fantasy YA/NA novel (I'm actually not sure which I should pitch it as, as there are no scenes that would be inappropriate for a YA audience, but the themes that I want to explore are much more adult than teenager... I'm mostly leaning towards YA as a marketing choice more than because it is the intended audience)

                                              Set in a solar system with only two inhabited worlds, the story follows the lives of two women –one, an exiled princess and heir to the throne of a remote kingdom, determined to return to her home and free it of its oppressors; the other, a refugee in a foreign world, but daughter of a miner from the same kingdom. Together with a band of misfits they must find their way back home, so they may free it of the dark powers that smoked their people out in the first place.

                                              It is ultimately a very personal story about belonging, about the inner search for that place that you can call home, and the paths that faith (not specifically in the religious sense, but like having faith in someone or in a cause), friendship and hope can lead you to.

                                              The fantasy, the magic, the spaceships, are all aesthetic (though they are hopefully crafted to serve the theme), essentially, used as a tool to exagerate certain feelings and notions without pointing at places and events that are specific to our world and history, and hopefully as a way to connect more people to the same story and the same history of this invented place.

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                                              • I like it, definitely for YA I would say although would love to read it myself 

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                                                • Thank you! And thanks for the advice regarding NA. I think I will definitely be asking for more advice on categorising my novel from BetaReaders on the next round.

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                                                  • This sounds lovely and I'd definitely be interested in reading something like that

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                                                  • Sounds like an amazing adventure with real scope for an emotional pull too - great stuff.

                                                    So far as audience is concerned, I've gathered from reading threads here that your MC is the main deciding factor for whether a story is ya or not. If your protagonists are older than a ya audience, it's adult. The theme of belonging is a good one for ya, certainly - who didn't feel alienated and misunderstood as a teenager?

                                                    Best of luck with it

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                                                    • Thanks a lot for the advice. My MCs are child/teenager in Act1 but the rest of the story they are adults, and I think their emotional battles are adult, but I think because one of them is only 18, it could easily fit the YA (just) for the sake of getting it on the bookshelf. I think in general I had been adviced to go YA because it's a more successful genre.

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                                                    • Well, it's Saturday morning here so nothing stronger than a mimosa!  As for work, I completed book 1 of a five-book series and am currently 50 pages into book 2 while I'm efforting to find an agent (a task as monumental as the book writing itself!  Writing is too much fine to stop just to wait for an agent.  Besides, if it takes long enough, I'll have the first two books!

                                                      The books themselves are set in a post-apocalypse world where a mysterious cloud drifts over the world.  Anything living creature it touches is mutated and blended with other creatures on a genetic level.  The few humans that survived have been split into two classes, mundane and touched.  My main character fights against the prejudice of being touched in a mundane village and then goes out in the world to find more prejudice but also hope that both sides can find peace.  All while living in fear that the Cloud could return at any moment (and does!)

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                                                      • It sounds great

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                                                      • Interesting what you say about not imposing strict restrictions. I wonder if that was because so many people still had negative memories of strong restrictions and would have complained a lot. Though switching the electricity supply off certainly felt like a top-down approach!

                                                        Oh yes, the brown 😊 But that was a fashion thing, a return rather than a continuation. Lots of 1940s-influenced clothes too. It's true, though, that on the whole many attitudes were still fairly post-war until the 1980s.

                                                        Definitely a good period for a ghost story. 

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                                                        • You could be right about the reluctance to return to rationing. People must still have had very clear memories of the privations they'd recently lived through. Heath couldn't be sure he wouldn't have an uprising in his hands if he pushed people too far

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                                                          • I'm writing a murder story, somewhere between speculative and magical, with an MC who's unreliable and untruthful. He gives himself away, a lot.

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                                                            • Is this your first?

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                                                              • I've written three novels and started one other that rumbled along for over nine years. I'm hoping that this one will stop me trying to write that one.

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                                                                • Thats great, i look forward to the day I complete one lol

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                                                                • So far this weekend I've killed two people, almost stoned someone to death and burned a hotel to the ground. So a productive writing weekend.

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                                                                  • Wow you have been busy 😁

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                                                                    • Dual time line, hence double climax, double the fun! 

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                                                                      I'm reading this thread from a lovely spot, accompanied by the sound of the waves and not much else  :-)

                                                                      Trying to spend a bit of time each day also adding to my current WIP, It's a story set around 60 years in the future and is about the dark side to halting the ageing process, which the MC unintentionally did some 70 years ago when middle-aged. Like so many people, she feared and reviled 'growing old' so much that she took every potion, lotion and treatment available to avoid it. Once she hits her 70's, looking so fantastic for her age starts to become unnerving; and too late, doctors discover what's happened to her.

                                                                      Its working title is Be Careful What You Wish For. 

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                                                                      • Hi what a great view! Your story sounds brilliant, I have to read it 😀 

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                                                                        • Why thank you :-) I've attached the opening chapter if you're interested.

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                                                                          • thanks, will be reading it later 😀 

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