Books and Such

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

​I finally finished Wuthering Heights!  I’m not really sure how I felt about it. I didn’t really like any of the characters that much, but at the same time I had to know how it ended. And now I do.

I’m glad I read it, but I probably wouldn’t read it again. I can now add that to the short list of “classics” that I’ve actually read. I can post that list at a later date if you’re curious. 

I have two more books to finish, and I’m almost done with one I should just sit down and read until I do finish, but I don’t really like it that much so I might just give it up.

What are you reading? 

NANOWRIMO

Decisions Were Made

​Here’s the game plan. 

I’m going to type up my daily 1667 words. Then, as time permits, I’m going to write my additional words in one of my cool Star Wars notebooks. (Yes, I’m one of those people). Then on my days off, I’m going to type up my handwritten words after I reach my 1667.

This is a short post but I figured I should probably tell you all what I decided to do. What’s your game plan?  

NANOWRIMO

Decisions Need to be Made

​And soon too. The major one I have is this. Do I want to type my first draft or hand write it? There are pros and cons to both.

Typing Pros:

  1. I’m a faster typer than writer
  2. I can type in the dark
  3. Auto word counter

Typing Cons:

  1. Microsoft Word and I don’t get along too well
  2. My computer is old and I don’t trust it entirely. 
  3. I have to bring my laptop back and forth from the basement, which is where I’ll be doing the bulk of my writing

Writing Pros:

  1. More portable
  2. Fewer distractions
  3. I get to write in a cool notebook

Writing Cons:

  1. I have to count the words myself
  2. Can’t write in the dark                         
  3. 50,000 words is a lot of words to write by hand

I’m sure there are more pros and cons. What are you planning on doing, and what would you recommend? 

Writer Problems

Good News, Bad News

​I started writing again yesterday. I wrote 553 words in my notebook and then we decided to go to bed. Then I typed up 448 words on my word counter app, which would have brought me up to 1001 words. 

The plan was to copy and paste the text into another app so i could save it. So I selected it all. Then I accidentally pushed the y button instead of the copy button, deleting everything and replacing it with the letter y. And I couldn’t undo it.

I’m counting it as hitting my word count, but now I have to rewrite it today before I can move on with the story. I may have learned my lesson about using my phone to hit my word count. 

Has this, or something equivalent, happened to you? It’s frustrating isn’t it? I guess it was ok because I didn’t like where the story was going anyway. 

Writing and Editing

I’m Bullet Journaling…Again

​After 2ish weeks of not keeping up with my journal, I finally decided to get back into it and get it ready to go for next week. Hopefully this will help restart my writing as well. I figure that if I have something to color in I’m more likely to accomplish the task.

This is my daily to do list.

To be fair, I guess I have two journals going right now and my daily tasks one is the one that I’ve been neglecting. 

My motivation page.

This is going to be a short post as I haven’t really done anything worth mentioning. There might be some more exciting news but I’m still waiting to hear back. I will definitely tell you though if/when I find out. Hopefully I’ll hear back by the end of this coming week.
Is there anything newsy with you? I’d love to hear. Hopefully your writing life hasn’t fallen apart like mine has.

Writer Problems

Note to Self

​Don’t take a week off of writing. Ever. I did that last week and I didn’t get back to writing. This and my other blog are the only things I’ve written (send even that has been minimal). 

I basically posted the same thing on the other blog, but since j don’t think anyone is reading it (except my mom and mother-in-law who are both amazing by the way). I Figured I’d talk to you guys instead. You seem like a more willing audience. At least I feel like I’m not talking to myself here.  But we won’t talk about that.  

I need to get back into writing so I’m ready for November. I’ve got about what, 2 weeks (or is it 3? I’m not looking at a calendar) to get my life back together. I have no excuse. Can someone do me a favor and ask me about my writing tomorrow evening? If I don’t have people bugging me about it I probably won’t do it. I’m supposed to be writing 1000 words everyday this week and I’ve written maybe 300. Total. 

Tomorrow I will write 1000 words. Even of it kills me.

NANOWRIMO, Writing and Editing

What to Write

​I took the past week off so I could prepare for NANOWRIMO.  Starting Monday I have to get back into. I would say tomorrow buy in have company over and we’re going to the Packers-Giants game so time won’t be on my side.

Anyway. I need a story idea. My husband gave me one that I can use if nothing else presents itself, but I wrote one with a similar premise so I’d like to give some space between them if possible. 

Do you have any suggestions for what I should write or where I can find an idea that isn’t Pinterest.  Thanks in advance.

Agent/Publisher Search, Writing and Editing

Any Volunteers? 

I am currently looking for beta readers to read my novel titled Framed. It’s roughly 45,000 words and generally I’m happy with it but I feel like it needs something only I’m not quite sure what. 

I can’t pay you however, I will mention you by name in the acknowledgments page and I will give you a free copy of the book once it gets published. 

If you or anyone you know might be interested please comment here or shoot me an email. nqwwriting@gmail.com

Thank you all for the help in advance. 

NANOWRIMO, Writing and Editing

Happy October

Well its the 2nd of the month. Hopefully it goes well for everyone. 

This week I’m taking a break from writing (sort of) and I’m preparing my novel for November. Now I’ve been saying this for awhile but this time I actually mean it. I have a lot of work to do and only a week to do it.(And am I doing any of it? No of course not, I’m wasting time on the Internet).

This is a list of what I have to do. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, I’m I just don’t know what at the moment. 

  • Come up with a basic plot based of the short story I have written
  • Type out said short story and assess its strengths and weaknesses
  • Figure out the “rules”
  • Write an outline so I have something to not follow (That’s what usually happens anyway)
  • Work out my settings
  • Come up with a reward system
  • Organize my work space
  • Familiarize myself with the NaNoWriMo website

And this is what I have done. It’s not nearly enough,  but I had daily writing to do so that didn’t give me much spare time to work on it.

  • Make up note cards regarding most of my characters. 
  • Made up my NaNo jars

Have you started preparing yet? What are some things that you are trying to get done before November?