NanoWriMo and into a New Year

It feels nice going through everything. I finished writing the chapter I deleted during NaNoWriMo, I’ve edited/revised the following four chapters afterwards. I printed out my chapters and took a pink sharpie pen to it.


Since April?

Opening my WIP today, I noticed I haven’t touched this chapter since April 2017. I’ve been reading through these chapters lately and fine tuning a character. The idea came to me one night and I acted as quick as I could to get it all down at a stop light on my way back from the store.Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 8.24.52 AM.png

I noticed not all of my characters are strong, and I’ve been going back through them making sure they are as I need them to be, not just their personality. They need to be believable, realistic, and likable or unlikeable. Even though I’m writing fantasy, I need the reader to care about them even if they aren’t one of the main characters.

Also, I still have Draft 1 of my manuscript, and I was looking for particular scene I cut out. This scene was still woven into the rest of my chapter and leaked into the next. I read through it, and can’t remember why I got rid of it, so I’m putting it back in.

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This editing and revising part is very meticulous, yet little by little I’m making progress. Setting aside at least 30 minutes or so a day helps. I’ll be participating in Camp NanoWrimo this July and come up with goal, plan, and strategy to tackle DOA.

Going on vacay at the end of the month, so not sure if I’ll be getting any edits or revisions done, so I’ll make a goal of  at least 2 hours dedicated to editing and revisions. I’ll break into 30 minutes sessions. It’ll be good practice for Camp NanoWrimo. If you need a cabinmate in July look me up!






Week 1: Campfire Word Count

fire-cooking-outdoors-camping.jpgThe first week camp wasn’t too bad. I’ve written 10,235 out of my 25,000 word goal. Yay! Perfect start! I have 14, 765 to go. I wanted to set it to 50,000 words, but I know I don’t have that kind of time, so it’ll be my unwritten goal.

While I have you sitting around this cozy, camp fire, here’s what’s going on. There are many new characters popping into Sariah’s life and more secrets, suspense, and  revelations she encounters while sifting through her family’s history. She’s conflicted with herself in this novel trying to balance her own personal crisis as well as her heritage. They’re both intertwined and overlap each other, and she’s trying to understand it all.

I’m having much more fun writing this than I did DOA. It’s like the characters are here, they’ve met, and now its a race for all humanity as we know it! I’m excited, and can’t wait to begin editing this. There are some parts I’m not to proud of, but I left them their and I’ll decide later.

Keep Writing! (Editing by day, Writing by night)