Response #7: The PartialPosted: March 27, 2012
Due before class April 2 (Monday class) or April 3 (T/R class)
Read this previous blog post about what a partial is.
By this Friday at 5 PM, you must have a fairly polished 25-50 page partial to give to your small group. This must be the opening to your book (unless we have made a different arrangement).
The partial should be formatted and presented as you would present a book manuscript to an editor. Go here to see a sample. This means it must be proofread, double spaced, have page numbers, a title, table of contents (if necessary), and any relevant front matter (such as a map or family tree).
This draft of your partial will be read by your small group and by me. You’ll think about all the things we say and then go back in and revise the partial one more time for the final.
So, it’s okay if the draft you distribute on April 6th isn’t “done,” but it should be “done enough” that someone can read it. It will be okay for you to include provisional scenes, thumbnail sketches of scenes (“Here there’s going to be scene between the protagonist and her mother in an ice cream shop where they talk about birthcontrol while eating banana splits), and questions, (“I’m not sure if these statistics are accurate but will check on this later”).
The typical workshop would get grumpy and complain about an incomplete story. But remember: YOUR SMALL GROUP IS NOT A WORKSHOP. IT’S A WRITING GROUP. It’s intended to be supportive.
Read this to understand why a small group discussion of a novel in progress is different from a large group, all class workshop of a stand alone short story.
You will email it to the members of your group AND TO ME at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Sarah Grubb at email@example.com.
What group are you in?
Warning: If you do not email me your partial by 5 PM on Friday April 6, I am under no obligation to read your partial, and you lose the opportunity to have a personal, one-on-one conference with me. You will also lose 50 points each day it’s late to your group.
Remember, you also need to produce 2,250 NEW WORDS by April 6 for your weekly words.
Welcome to the wacky world of writing a novel.
Your topic for this week’s response: generate 5-10 questions you want the people in your small group to answer about your partial. What kind of feedback are you looking for? How close are you to having your partial ready for your group, and for me? What are your biggest worries? What do you feel confident about? How do you feel about sharing your partial when you are still in the process of writing the novel? (500-750 words)