Books and Such, Writing and Editing

Writing Day 1ish

​Well as promised here’s a picture of my new notebook to be used for my writing journal.  It’s nothing special but it has enough sparkle to hopefully entice me to actually use it.

My fancy new writing journal.
I also,as per recommendation, ordered a Bon Iver CD from the library. (It was available so I shouldn’t have to wait too long before I can listen to it.) Thanks again A Road TO Writing for the tip.

Today was a reading day though,  which are also crucial to a writer’s life, so I don’t feel too guilty about it. (Before I read though I did edit my short story, so I did do something productive). Anyway my husband had to mow the lawn and I decided to work on my tan. 5 hours later I finished Me Before You and I got about 70 pages into its sequel, After You. And our lawn looks amazing. 

My husband mowing the lawn and my tanning set up.
Tomorrow will probably be the first day that I actually write in my new notebook. (Unless I find something inspiring tonight yet, which is possible). I just need to figure out what to start with. Maybe I’ll do a character sketch or I’ll create a world. It depends on my mood and if I find something better to do.

Where do you go for inspiration? Do you people watch or do you look up pictures online? Which do you prefer doing? 

Writing and Editing

I’ve Taken Enough Time Off

I haven’t written one word in over a week (it might have been 2 weeks now that I think about it, that’s how long it’s been. I don’t remember.) What I have written is garbage and needs work. The concept is there but the execution isn’t because I haven’t been practicing lately. 

So yesterday I made an important decision. If I want to call myself a writer (and I do) then I better start acting like one. I’m going to start writing everyday no matter what. I’m currently between projects at the moment so I’ll just work on character sketches or short stories until I come up with an idea that I can work with long term. If you see me or think of me ask me how I’m doing. I need the accountability. (Feel free and ask me via Twitter @nicholequade or comment below if you’d rather.)

I’m hoping to get a notebook tonight that will help inspire/motivate this project. (I’ll post a picture when/if I find something that sparks my fancy).

In the meantime I’m in the process of editing my short story. (And by editing I mean staring at it until I hate it). It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even know what to do. 

I’m pretending to edit my story. Spider Man is not going to be my inspiration notebook just so you know. He’s my short story notebook (and yes there is a difference).

Any suggestions for what I should write about. What do you do when you’re between projects? 

Books and Such

I’ve Been Reading

​I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days, I just haven’t really done anything worth mentioning I guess. I’ve been busy back at my “real job” and I haven’t written anything lately. 

I have been reading though. I finally finished Heidi. (It took me way longer than I would have liked it to, but it happens). I have made  some progress in Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant. (It’s a slow read though.) I haven’t made much progress on Publish this Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote,  Sold, and Published this Very Book. I liked it so much I had to order it from Amazon and I was waiting for it to arrive and it finally did a couple of days ago. I’m going to start over so I can take notes on the vocabulary that the author uses that I don’t know. (As a writer, my vocabulary is awful and I’m trying to learn new words so I can use them later) I also started a new book. Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes. I am absolutely in love with this book and I can’t put it down. Kudos to my friend who recommended it to me. If you’ve read it already don’t blow the ending. I’ve got about 150 pages to go yet.

Anyway. That’s all I’ve got going on right now. What have you all been up to? I’d love to hear that your lives are more exciting than mine is.

Writing and Editing

Done!

​I finished writing the first draft of my short story, despite a terrible touch of writer’s block. You know,  the one about the teddy bear and the monster under the girl’s bed. Now I just have to type it up (I’m the type of person who likes to hand write the first draft call me crazy if you want) and revise it a couple times before I look for a magazine that might be interested in it.

Might any of you lovely people be interested in reading it before I submit it and give me feedback? I can’t pay you but I would owe you a favor. (Like i can give you feedback on some of your work) It’s not very long, I promise (hence the short story classification). Anyway,  if you’re interested let me know and we can work something out. 

One last thing. Which magazines do you read that are looking for fiction submissions? I plan on looking online also, I was just hoping to save some time by listening to your favorites. 

Thanks in advance for your help. 

Writing and Editing

I Should be Writing

​I want to be writing. There is just something going on in my mind that’s blocking my writing skills. Pretty much since I’ve finished my third novel length story I’ve really had no desire to write. I’m not sure if it is because that story was so depressing,  I’m not feeling inspired,  or what the deal is, I just can’t commit. I feel like what I do start is terrible and I give up on it before I give it a chance.

It probably doesn’t help that I’m waiting to hear back from a few agents in regards to my first novel. What I have heard back is not in my favor and that’s not helping my current feelings of self doubt which in turn are hindering my writing. I wasn’t expecting to find someone right away, but at the same time, being patient isn’t one of my strong suits. 

Has anyone else been in a slump like this? What did you do to get out of it? 

Writing and Editing

New Story Idea

​Friday night I started a new story. I had the idea in my head for a couple days but I couldn’t figure out where to go from there until I forced myself to just do it. It wasn’t really going well stylistically (I was writing in first person present tense and I’m not used to writing that way so I had to work harder at it), but the premise was there so I kept it up.

The first page of my story.

Then yesterday on our way back home I worked on it for a little bit moving the plot forward but changing it to 3rd person past tense, which is what I’m used to.  I fell asleep though and didn’t get very far with it. After we got home last night I found an empty notebook (I’m weird like that) and I started the story over.  I got about a page written before my husband and I decided to watch Game of Thrones   (We just started so don’t say anything).

This afternoon I went to the park by our house to catch some Pokemon (yeah, I’m one of those people) but I brought my notebook and pen with me and I worked on my story at the same time. Yay for multitasking.  I wrote about half a page while there, Due to there being no pokestops (Those of you who play know what I’m talking about and those who don’t play probably don’t care) by my bench, I wasn’t able to sit there, but I found a new place to sit. There was a giant spider there too and I’m lucky I got anything done after I saw it. 

One of the pokemon I saw at the park. Yeah, I know I’m a nerd.
It was really windy at the park so I had to hold the piece of paper down with my foot.

So here’s the basic idea of what my story is going to be about. There’s a little girl who has a teddy bear. He defends her against the monster under her bed but she doesn’t know he’s “alive” until he has to tell her so he can prevent the Other One from collecting her. 

I’d post the actual story, but I have hopes of submitting it to literally magazines and they won’t accept something if it has already been published. However if you’d like to read it let me know and I can get you a copy when I finish it.

What are you working on right now? How’s the process treating you? Do you write in a notebook first or do you type it up right away? What’s your rational for writing the way you do?

Writing and Editing

I Need to Write, but I Don’t Know What

I’ve been on vacation from my steady paycheck job this past week and guess what, I haven’t written one word. (Well, except this blog of course.) I’m kind of between projects at the moment and I’m not sure what I want to do. I feel like I should write a short story so I can earn some publishing credentials, but I’m not exactly sure what to write about. I started a story about three weeks ago about an extroverted man who slowly slips into introversion, but it wasn’t going anywhere fast so I abandoned it. (It still has potential and I might revisit it when I become truly desperate for something to write.) So now I’m stuck between not knowing what to write, but feeling lost because I haven’t written anything.

I guess I basically have a case of writer’s block going on and I’m not disciplined enough (yet) to work through it. Either that, or there are way too many distractions and I don’t really want to focus on anything.I tried enlisting my husband and brother in this new endeavor, but my brother didn’t really want to participate, so I gave up. So now, I’m sitting at my mom’s computer typing this blog hoping it will give my creative juices the spark they need to start flowing again. I don’t think it’s working though. Maybe that’s my other problem, I’m trying to hard.

What do you do when you’re dealing with writer’s block? What do you do to get in the writer’s zone? How do you come up with new ideas?

PS. I apologize for the lack of picture again. I just don’t think a blank sheet of lined paper is all that interesting. I promise I will include something more exciting to look at in the future.

Books and Such

Books I’m Currently Reading

Yes, books. Plural. According to my Goodreads profile, I’ve got three going right now. (I had more, but I wasn’t actually reading them). I’m currently reading Heidi by Johanna Spyri (Mainly because I recently had wrist surgery and I felt like I needed to read a classic” and this was the first one on my Kindle that grabbed my attention), Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant by  Larry Brooks, (Because I was at the editing stage of one of my novels and I thought it would help), and Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book, by Stephen Markley. I found this one at the library and initially I wasn’t going to get it, but I picked it up anyway and read the back and it grabbed my attention. I’m not very far into it but I’m finding it very relate-able and hilarious.

I’ve also picked up a few (ok, more than a few) new books recently that I’m looking forward to reading once I finish the ones I’m working on.

What are you reading? How do you like it so far? Would you recommend it and should I add it to my list?