Edits, edits, and more edits

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a interesting and productive week last week. I did. It didn’t contain much writing (about 3K words maybe) but I did lots and lots of editing.

As I’ve already told you I edited my upcoming book Find His Way Home. After two rounds, my fabulous editor was happy (and if she’s happy, I’m happy).

I thought that while I was in editing mode I might as well continue. So I rolled up my sleeves and dug my teeth into Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings. 

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I dusted off the Christmas playlist in Spotify, warned my husband about the upcoming holiday spirit (who put on his big over-ear headphones like the Grinch, because that wasn’t what he felt like), and listened to a few select songs.

It worked like a charm. Except for when I listened to Last Christmas and started crying because I still haven’t gotten over the loss of my beloved George Michael. Other than that—perfect.

After five songs or so I was filled with holiday cheer and finished the edits super quickly. Now it’s with one of my most trusted betas and I await her comments eagerly.

This week I’ve gotta get some writing done, though. I have all the grand plans for the upcoming months, and books don’t write themselves.

Also: make sure you stop by on Wednesday when I will post something really important about how you can help in a very worthy cause. Click the image below if you don’t want to wait until Wednesday!

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Have a great week, friends.

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Planning?

The other day I wrote a formal schedule for my writing. I have all these projects and ideas floating around in my head, but I haven’t written them down properly, so I decided to do it. To see if it was doable.

And then I kind of croaked. All my ideas and projects that felt so manageable in my head, was overwhelming on paper. It looks like a lot:

P1060400Ambitious. At least for someone whose approach to this writing thing so far has been I want to have fun. 

But if I break it down, it isn’t so much. The Christmas story (that’s now officially named Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings) is written and at about 12K words, so editing won’t take too long.

I don’t have official deadlines for Never Before Him and The Locked Room, even though I really wanna finish NBH asap.

The JMS Submission call I mention is this one, Colors of the Rainbow. It’s the second time that JMS posts a sub call that fits an idea I already had. It’s like she looks into my brain to check out my ideas and before posting submission calls. Do I need a tin foil hat? 🙂 So I feel like I have to write my idea and submit it. It’s going to be about a boy with cinnamon eyes, so I’m calling it Cinnamon for now.

Then there’s finishing everything in June (deadline RPSAGR July 1st and Cinnamon June 30th), before participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again in July. And I’ve already got a story started for that one (Don’t Forget to Breathe). I abandoned it some time back (I tried plotting a story and it went straight to hell—I’m a pantser), but I want to get back to the boys, so I’m gonna rewrite the words I already got and try to finish it.

Sounds reasonable, right? I can do it, right?

It’s just…I don’t usually do long time planning like this, so it feels big and scary. And real.

How do you plan your projects? And how far in advance? Let me know in the comments. And let me know what you think about my plan. Is it doable? Have I lost my mind? Do I need my head examined? 🙂

Writing update

First of all: sorry for the radio silence last week. I’ve been a bad, bad blogger, I know. But I’ve been an amazing writer, and something had to take a back seat in my schedule for me to have time for everything. I have to come up with something for the blog though, I don’t like it when it’s empty and boring. 

Any suggestions?

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Anyway. Like I said: last week was busy. I beta read a novel for an author friend of mine and that took a lot of time, but it was also a lot of fun. I love beta reading and commenting, and discussing my own or the other person’s work. The exchange of ideas is really great and helpful for me as a writer.

Besides beta reading, I wrote a lot. Look here:

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Except for Wednesday when I had a lazy day, I’ve written every day this week, and managed a total of 9498 words. That’s almost half of my goal (20K) in just one week, and way over the weekly tally I needed to achieve to be on track.

Do I dare to believe I will win Camp NaNoWriMo this year? 🙂

I finished my Xmas story on Saturday—that’s why there’s two numbers that day. The green ink is the numbers for the Xmas story and the red ink is for project number two Never Before Him. (At least one of my NaNo projects has a name!)

So I’m gonna give myself a big old pat on the back for being so productive last week. 🙂

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A reminder: this week the article I wrote for Divine Magazine will be published. On Wednesday, April 12th, you will be able to read Chekhov’s gun, or tying up loose ends. I will, of course, post the link when it’s live, so it’ll be easy for you to find.

Iiiih, I’m excited.

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Monday writing update

Mondays mean I write about what I did the previous week:

The Locked Room
I rewrote and edited three chapters. It’s going really well, and I’m continuing this week. I like the new version better. It’s tighter and better when it’s not in present tense. Feels like a good decision.

WIP
I didn’t write anything on my current WIP last week. I came up with a title though: Never Before Him. I need to name MC2 before I can write more, and I thought I had a name. Then my husband threw a monkey-wrench in my plan and suggested another one. So now I can’t decide between the two.

What do you think? This guy, does he look like a Sage or a Jerome? Let me know in comments 🙂

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Find His Way Home
I finished my edits, wrote a blurb, and a detailed summary and submitted it to my publisher on Monday. And they said yes! So in May, my second short story will be published, how cool is that?

If you’re curious about how the blurb turned out, go to the Coming Soon tab and read it!

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I updated the blog, too, with a new section, as you can see in the image above. 

Unconditionally
I celebrated my first ever release on Saturday, and I cried a little (happy tears) when I read my first ever review (four fabulous stars!)

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But I can’t rest on my laurels, so I’d better go to work now. There’s words to be written and edited! 🙂

Writing update

Mondays mean writing updates, and here’s what I did last week:

I proofread Unconditionally, or at least I tried. Proofreading something I’ve written and already read a gazillion times was really hard, and I had to really concentrate to read the actual words, not what my brain knew it was supposed to say. But I found some errors, and was kind of happy when I did. Better I find them now, than after it’s published.

I finished Find His Way Home, sent it to my betas and one of them were faster than lightning reading it, and returned it to me the next day. So I said Stop, don’t read to my other beta, edited the story like a fiend, and sent it revised to her on Friday. And on Sunday morning when I woke up she was finished. I might have to send flowers to both of them, as a thank you for being so great!

I edited almost an entire chapter of The Locked Room. I would have done more, but I had more pressing deadlines, so I’ll continue this week.

And on Friday after I sent FHWH to my second beta, I thought to myself: I’m going to give myself a couple days off now, and then promptly sat down and started a new WIP. So much for vacation! 🙂 It’s untitled so far, but it begins with one of the MCs (Leon) hiding in a stall in the men’s room, and someone—unbidden—sticks his you-know-what through a glory hole. (No, it’s not MC2 🙂 ) Sort of like a real life dick-pic. It was also very interesting researching glory-hole-etiquette (yes, there is such a thing!). After I was done I said to my husband If you love me, don’t ever check my Google search history. He promised not to 😀

All in all, I’ve had yet another productive week. And considering that we have an old friend visiting from Sweden, I’m extra happy with the fact I’ve managed to write so much. Go me! 🙂

When the brain refuses to sleep

As you probably know by now, if you’re a regular here at my blog, I’m a night owl and am most creative late evenings and nights. I was up writing until 2AM last night and could have continued for a couple more hours, but my cleaning lady comes on Tuesdays, and I had to go to bed so I’d be awake when she got here.

The problem is my brain. It was still in writing mode, and while I was tossing and turning in bed, squeezing my eyes shut, thinking You have to sleep now, Nell, or you’ll be a zombie tomorrow, it kept working.

But I’ve learned to listen, and if I come up with an idea I like, I…ehum…text myself the idea so I won’t forget it. (I would use paper and pen, but it’s dark!) 😁

Like this: (And what I’m about to write next in my story is Elliot and Mick having a phone conversation, where Elliot jokingly accuses Mick of not being romantic. And how Mick defends himself, saying he is.) (Oh, and also for backstory: Elliot loves Shakespeare)

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This is going to be some kind of dialogue, I’ll write it today and try to make it work. Wish me luck.

And see the time stamps on those messages? How many of you think I was a zombie this morning? 🙂

What do you do when you get and idea you don’t want to forget? 🙂

A productive week

Last week was productive for me and I’m really happy about it. I thought I’d fill you in on what I did:

Unconditionally – edits
I finished two rounds of edits on my short story. My editor is very patient and we get along really well, and I’m waiting to hear from her if there’s going to be one more round. It’s been fun and now I look forward to the release even more. Iiiiih!! 🙂

The Locked Room – edits
I finally started editing TLR, real edits, not the baby-step variety I talked about back in November. I got it back from my betas in October and have done very little about it since, but the other day I opened the first chapter and got to work. It’s extensive edits, and I’ve also decided to change it from present tense to past tense, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. But I’ve done two chapters so far and it’s going really well.

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Lots of useful comments from one of my fabulous betas

Find His Way Home  – writing
I wrote about 9K words in my WIP last week. Yay!! My flow seems to be back, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve also written a brief outline for the rest of the story, and if I work hard I might be able to finish it this week. If nothing unexpected happens.

A fun side-note regarding Find His Way Home: I’ve shown you the guys who inspired my characters in this story before—here’s a reminder. Both of them are real life persons (of course), and I found the guy that inspired Elliot through an account I follow on Instagram, called Symmetrybreakfast. It’s run by a man making fabulous breakfasts for his boyfriend every morning. The boyfriend is featured in Symmetrybreakfast’s Instagram-stories almost every day, eating the wonderful breakfast and doing a cute little dance, looking so happy and content I can’t help but smile. (I sound like a creepy stalker now, but the account has 661K followers, so I’m really not 🙂 ) Anyway, the first time I saw him, I thought he was cute, and when I started writing this story I remembered him and realized he would make a perfect Elliot.

That was the backstory. Now for the fun thing: this week Mr. Symmetrybreakfast and Real-Life-Elliot got married. Look at the adorableness ❤

screenshot_20170203-043910Big congratulations to the both of them! I wish them a long and happy life together, filled with fabulous breakfasts and lots of laugher!

So I guess now I know what Elliot will look like if he and Mick gets married 😉

If you’re want to read more about Symmetrybreakfast you can do it here, here or here.

I’m jealous, I want someone to make me breakfasts like that, too! 🙂