Editing Done!

This is not a drill people!

I’m sure most authors can agree the painful process of editing can take its toll both mentally and physically. I would have loved to have finished editing sooner but it is what it is at this point. Gotta move on and forward!

Over the past week, I’ve struggled to find the words to even start my query letter. Thankfully the words finally found me.

Next stop? Synopsis. *major deep breath*

I’m hoping the words won’t hide from me and I can whip up a synopsis quickly because I’ve got two goals in mind: Pitmad and query submissions in September. I’ve heard of PitMad on twitter but I never thought about trying it out until the other day. Just thought why not?

Wondering if any other authors have given PitMad a chance? Did you teach you anything? Would you participate again?

Regression to the Mean

At the end of January I finished my book. Yup. Me. I did it. There were plenty of times when I thought I wouldn’t complete my goal. But I did. I was so happy and proud of myself. Both weird feelings. Immediately I thought what is going to ruin this? Messed up right? Well like clockwork the universe answered my question in the most unimaginable way.

I lost my baby this week. My shadow. My booba. She blessed me with 13 years. It wasn’t long enough though. My heart is broken. My voice cracks when I talk about anything. Memories and sadness surround me. I know time will heal this pain but for now I am not sure when I can record a podcast episode. Until the balance within me is restored I am not even going to think about recording an episode. I will however focus on my editing.

Her death, the unrelenting emptiness I feel I will learn to carry as I continue to live and dream of my future. Of course I will always wish she could be by my side – snoring like usual – but she will always bring a smile to my face, tears to my eyes because of the love she effortlessly gave. If you have anything in your life you love please tell them – constantly – and hold them tight.

Planning a Novel: Outlines

The current novel I am working on is a mystery series. I had actually intended it to be a romance novel but I learned very quickly I am just not capable, at this time anyway, to write in that genre.

Once I figured out I wanted it to be a mystery I needed to plan out what would happen. Ideas, characters flooded my mind. Quickly I decided on the main characters, a short background history, who the victim and murderer were and why the act was committed.

I found myself labeling each section as scenes. Scene 1 I introduce the main character, Scene 2 I introduce her work life, etc. Sometimes a scene is just a couple of sentences, other times it includes very detailed description of events and dialogue.

I firmly believe there is no right or wrong way to plan your outline. Some people know what they want to write and stick to it while I am sure others change their minds daily on what direction they want to go.

For me an outline lets me see what I’ve built, what I need to add, if there are any plot holes and how it’s all going to come together.

Do you outline? How detailed do you get? Do they help you or just add more stress?

Below are a couple of helpful links on creating outlines:

Writers Digest
The Writing Cooperative
The Write Life

Facing Obstacles 

So I’ve realized that I don’t have enough material to finish my novel. *sigh*

The last couple of days have been filled with brainstorming, index cards and lots and lots of editing. *double sigh*

Think my next step is to research crimes similar to the ones that happen in my novel. Thinking it might help me see what steps I might be missing in an investigation or provide inspiration for the narrative.

This is definitely a set back in regards to the timeline I gave myself. I’m trying not to be negative or down about the situation but reminding myself that this is all new to me and that it is important to learn now and grow as a writer so in the future I will have a better grasp of how to complete a novel in a timely manner.

Most importantly I must not give up and keep going forward!

Hope your writing adventure is going well! Let me know of any setbacks you’ve had and how you overcame them! 🙂

Needed to Regroup

Needed to take a couple days away from social media to regroup and focus on writing. Unfortunately I discovered I don’t have enough material for my novel. I wasn’t 100% percent sure I had enough ideas anyway so I’m not too surprised.

The only real bummer is that I put myself on a deadline to have this novel done by the end of September and this may set me back. My goal is I have to write two pages a day. Sometimes it is a breeze and other times it feels like I am learning to write all over again. Can y’all relate?

Trying to stay focused and determined to stay on track. Means I may not be able or have enough energy to give with networking. Feel like I am no good at it anyways. I’m a pretty private person in general so it’s been hard to think of what to share, what to talk about. Hopefully I can find a balance – I’m all about balance! ha – between everything.

Until then…