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Borderland – Week (I’ve Lost Count)

We’re getting close to the end of November here and this is an update on what’s currently on my desk.  My current work-in-progress (WIP) is ‘Borderland’ (working title).  ‘Borderland’ is set in a pastoral country forced to change as the industrial revolution in human genetics and technology is changing the way people think about humanity, society, and environment.

In many ways, Borderland addresses concerns we have today:

  • How does genetics and related research (e.g. stem-cell, cloning, etc) impact the anthropology of a species?
  • Should the environment be protected at all costs? Should technology and its impact on environment take priority? Should a middle-ground be found?
  • Is there a solution to urban poverty, homelessness and the ‘undesirables’ of society?
  • Are there paranormal or supernatural explanations for the odd phenomenon we find in nature or could they be the side-effects of humanity’s tampering?
I’ve spent years developing the setting of the world of Borderland and the atmosphere is at times Vernesque in its futuristic technology, reminiscent of Dickens and Gaskell in the addressing of urban poverty and industrialization, noir in classic pulp fiction, with an emphasis especially on the individual and the choices we make and their impact.

So, how is the writing going?  Well, I am still aiming for a 100,000 first draft but my initial estimates of 10k a week were a pipe dream.  I’ve been analyzing my writing habits and at my best, I comfortably average about 750 words a writing session before I start feeling a strain.  On the rare days that I’m really doing great, I double that, but I’m learning not to count on the great days too often and just learn to accept how I write.  When I write. This is my WIP writing meter for the period of Saturday, August 20th – Saturday, September 17th, 2011.

For me, 11% of a novel over the course of a month isn’t bad.  My trouble is a tendency to get stuck in a rut where I’m just coasting along and then I skip writing at all… and suddenly it’s almost December and there’s no new writing to speak of.  To address this, next month I will be checking out some writer’s critique groups in the area to see if I can find one to assist in the accountability department.  Hopefully with the external pressure of deadlines and outsider expectation, I’ll step up in my writing and have better news to report to you in the new year.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Keep reaching higher,

Lauren Miller

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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