Kate Allan

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

The wip is dead, long live the wip!

If you don't write novels you may not know what a wip is. It stands for work-in-progress. And when you've done with it, and it's ready to leave the safety of your hard drive and go out into the wide world, it suddenly transforms into a manuscript.

What with all that's been going on recently, I haven't done a great deal of writing but I have finished the edits on my Regency caper, and since I've posted it off to Hale last week I can reveal the title I settled on in the end: PERFIDY AND PERFECTION

Fingers crossed please.

Now I have to forget all about it and concentrate on creating a story where the characters notice what's in the gutter rather than the clear, night sky. An agent has suggested I write 'a fat, serious, period novel' and I'm inclined to think it's worth a stab.
This morning I managed to tap out 300 words. Working title is MRS RANDALL and I really only have some very vague ideas what it's going to be about yet. I promised myself the summer off writing so I'm not setting myself any deadlines. My aim is to write three chapters and see how that goes first before deciding whether I think I can pull off the whole thing.

How exciting is it when someone you know starts a blog? Pretty exciting! So I was happy to see that the energetic Stephan Bowden has been catalysted into blogging in response to a suggestion in the Daily Telegraph that he was a 'ringer' in the RNA's University Challenge team who beat a team from Wisdens in the first round which was on TV this week.

Another potentially interesting new blog has just been started by a US editor-turned-agent Agent 007.


  • At 11:35 am, Blogger Stephen said…

    Thanks for the plug. I am going to have to sort out the right balance between writing my wip, which is still a long way from the finished MS stage, updating Wenlock, and putting in the hours doing what I am actually paid to do. Not to mention finding enough time for my family. Roll on August when I will be able to forget one of those demands for a few weeks.

  • At 10:34 pm, Anonymous Olga said…

    Best of luck to your book! As for Agent 007's blog, I heard about it, so I should check it out!

  • At 9:24 am, Blogger Kate Allan said…

    Stephan - yes, I posted back in Feb about balancing writing and life. When you've multiple things you want to achieve, the answer is simply to be as organised as possible I guess. Good luck!

    Thanks, Olga!

  • At 10:07 am, Anonymous NickC said…

    WIP is not solely used by writers, it is an extremely common term for unfinished work across most manufacturing industries.

  • At 8:37 pm, Blogger Kate Allan said…

    Hi Nick! I didn't know that. :)


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