Writing and Editing

Broken Promise

Have you guys ever made a silly promise to yourself and then later you wind up breaking that promise? Well that is exactly what I’m on the verge of doing. 

Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad. It’s actually something that I’m ok breaking.  Here it is. After NaNoWriMo last year I promised myself that I wouldn’t start a new novel/short story idea until I did something with what I have (ie edit and publish). I’m close on one of my novels as you know. 

But. This morning I was having a conversation with The Almighty like I’ve been trying to do every morning. And I was asking for help dealing with my feelings of restlessness and similar issues when I had an idea. Now I don’t know if this is divine intervention or me just being rude and not focusing my entire energies to the conversation, but either way I decided that I should write through my issues. As in write a new novel! I was at work when I came up with this idea and I kept saying it over in my head until I was able to go on break and write it down. I’ve got the opening lune almost figured out already. 

Books and Such

Free Little Library

​I don’t really feel like writing today. So instead I’m going to read. I just got a ton of new books over the weekend and I can’t wait to start all of them.

Here are some of the new books I got this weekend.

That and I was distracted by a different book dilemma. I filled my 5 shelf book case. Yes. Filled it. So I spent about a half an hour trying to come up with a solution for that. I decided to put a few on my bedside table as my to read in the near future books. Then I went through all of the remaining ones and picked out the ones that I’d be ok parting with. If I have to. This summer I’m hoping to recruit father-in-law (or someone else handy) to help me build a free little library to put outside my house. I live on a busy street though so I’m not sure if it would be a good place for one. 

What do you when you have (dare I say it?) too many books? 

Writing and Editing

Quick Question

​I was reading my novel again for the last time and this paragraph reminds me of something, but I’m not sure if I’m just being paranoid or if it really does so I figured I’d ask you guys. If you don’t come up with the same thought that I had I’ll assume it’s ok, and I’ll tell you what I think after I’ve received some feedback. Also if you have any other suggestions for making it better feel free and mention that too. Thanks in advance for your help! 
Leila Portabella was the only daughter of a wealthy land merchant in France. Her mother had died giving birth to her baby brother who died shortly after he was born. Her father never got over the loss, and Leila was a constant reminder of what he had just lost, so he busied himself with work to avoid confronting his grief. He didn’t have the time or desire to take care of Leila so he  left her under the care of a governess. The woman did her best to engage Leila and teach her what she needed to know, but Leila missed her parents and she struggled to stay focused on her work. Before the death of her mother, Leila’s father often doted on his daughter, but since their loss, he traveled far away, often for months at a time. Leila tried her best to be a well behaved little girl, but she could never quite figure out how to please the governess.

Writing and Editing


​Mostly. I just need to make sure that the pacing is ok and maybe tweak my characters to make them more likeable (which I probably should have done before I printed) and maybe (hopefully) catch minor details like punctuation and spelling. 

I’m printing it off right now for (if I’m lucky) the last time. Let’s hope the ink and paper supplies can handle the roughly 56,000 words!

Hopefully this is the last time that I have to print this off.
Now let the fun begin. Time to research agents and self publishing and see which route I want to take. Anyone have any suggestions for where I should start? I’ll be making a trip to my local library on Saturday to begin this odyssey. 

While doing that I’ll be editing my third novel for the first time. You’re probably thinking third novel? What about the second one? My best friend currently has it hostage right now but I’ll be getting it back the next time I see her. 

What’s new and exciting with you?

**EDIT** I did have enough paper and ink to get through the printing, but I was running low on ink so it doesn’t look the best. I’m the only one reading this version though so I’m not sure if I care enough to reprint. Again.

Writing and Editing

Almost Done! I Just Need a Break. 

​Red Pen of Doom!  Thanks JR Handley for bringing this phrase to my attention. I’ve used it four times now on my social media sites.While I’m at it feel free and like my page on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter (@nicholequade). 

I love this phrase. But I hate the pen. I was on track to having added a lot of words to my novel (roughly 5000). But then when I was editing yesterday and today I deleted a lot. Hopefully for better?  

I’ve got two chapters and a scene yet to edit and I would have had them done by now probably,  except that I decided to add a couple new chapters. I have to make up for the words I deleted. Haha! (I’m not adding words for the sake of adding words I promise. I came up with this thought a couple weeks ago). I just finally got to the part in the novel where I need to add them. I started writing this scene awhile back and now I’m trying to connect it with the rest of the story. That and I moved some things around to have more of a build up in the ending. 

Once I’m done with all the writing/editing (by the end of the month at the latest) I’m going to print it off and make sure that it flows and that the time line works and then that’s it. It’s going to be sent out into the world. 

I think I’m going to be done for the night though. My writing is getting a little too weird for my liking. I hope your writing is going well. I’d love to hear from you. 

Writing and Editing

I Think I’ve got my Groove Back!

I wrote three days in a row last week, took a day off, and then wrote two days in a row! Woot woot! I think I’m almost out of the root that I’ve been in although I’m still trying to figure some things out in my life.(Any suggestions on what to think about are greatly appreciated). I just thought you’d be pleased to hear that I’ve gotten back the spark/desire to write again.

Writing and Editing

I’m Writing! 

​I just cranked out 336 words in 16 minutes. It feels great! 

I’m still working on my first novel, but I’m taking a break from editing. Sort of. I’m playing with a scene that I may or may not wind up keeping depending on if I feel like it takes away from the ending. But I’ll figure that out when I get to that part of the editing process. I won’t get to that for a while though. But that will give me time to finish writing this part amd to think about it. 

I don’t think I’m out of this funk, I’m just trying a different approach to addressing it. Hopefully this helps. 

Writer Problems, Writing and Editing

I’m Still Alive

I just haven’t really done anything worth mentioning. Sigh. I’m still going through this winter blues? I’m not really sure what to call it. It’s not really pleasant though I can tell you that much. Anyway, I’ve been doing some serious soul searching in hopes of getting myself out of it. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my writing.  

But since this funk has taken over my life, my writing has suffered. I know this sounds like an excuse and it probably is. I’ve been editing every couple of days or so, but nothing too major. I’m toying with an idea that will take place later in the novel so I’ve got some time to think about it. 

I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve got two books going right now and I’m loving both if them. The first one is Mistborn the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I loved it so much that I bought the trilogy on my Kindle so I won’t have to wait for the library to have it available. I’m also reading A Scone to Die for by H.Y. Hanna. I would also recommend this one. I don’t typically read mysteries, but this one is good. 

I hope your writing is going a lot better than mine is as of late.