The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I’ve gotten to where I love these.

Days of the Kill is still with the beta readers. I haven’t gotten any feedback yet, so I’m still waiting on them. Hopefully, I’ll actually get some. Sometimes, I wonder… Oh, well, we’ll see where I’m at toward the end of February. That’s when I’m wanting it back by.

I just started really working on editing The Path to Biological. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t done much, but there were a few days when  I’ve felt extremely blah and didn’t feel like doing anything. You know how it is… We’ve all had those days. Don’t deny it. I’ve done the last couple of chapters, though. I’m working backwards since the plot changed so much. Two chapters down…several more to go.

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I haven’t checked the word count the past couple times, but the last time I checked it was just over 5,000 words. Who knew I could come so far with just the little bit of time I use to write the first draft? The first draft is the easy part… I don’t even want to think about what the editing is going to look like yet. Oh, jeez.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that I am starting a vlog! I plan to do the first episode this afternoon. I’m so excited for you guys to actually see me and what I’m actually doing. you’ve all seen it written down, but I think it’s time you can actually hear it, too. I’m excited, and it will definitely expand my audience. I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am!

Last thing: This has become more of a writing blog than I originally intended. Most of my posts will still be about writing, but once in a while, it will be about other things. It may not just be on Monday and Wednesday, either sometimes. I definitely want to let you guys in on my personal life as well!

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The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so another time to update how my journey to being published is coming along. I couldn’t be more excited with my progress.

I’m currently in the process of getting the contact information needed for my beta readers (well, email, really, so I can get it to them, but you get the picture) for Days of the Kill. I’m so excited, yet extremely terrified at the thought of sending my first ever book to the first ever people that will see it. I have such mixed emotions. I don’t know how I’m going to keep my mind off of it for a month.

Luckily, I have things to do that will help with that. Some of those things even have to do with writing.

I finally started editing The Path to Biological (see, told you I would…). Well, really, it’s more like proofreading to check for typos. There were a lot! But hey, it’s a start, isn’t it?

I don’t even know where to begin editing. The plot changed so many times during NaNoWriMo. Really, it’s a daunting task.

I also started on the first draft of a third book. This one will be called The Child of Fault. It’s about a child…that has faults… Well, I’ll talk more about it when it’s closer to coming out. It’s fun to write. Hopefully, it will be fun to read as well!

I’m not that far into the first draft yet. I’m currently just short of 5,000 words in. Good thing it’s not NaNoWriMo. As little effort as I’ve put into it so far (I’ll do more when Days of the Kill is out of my hair for a while), I would never get that done on time. Definitely waiting until November to do that again.

Well, I guess that’s about as updated as I can get you right now. Thanks for reading. And guys…thank you so much for the support! I would never be so dedicated to this if it wasn’t for my dedicated readers.

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The Road to Being Published

Once again, I apologize for not getting a post up on Monday. I have no laptop currently because it is in the shop, so it is more difficult to get a post up. I’m not making any promises for next week.

Well, I was right about being able to start typing out my third draft by this week, but I was wrong about how far along I would be. Very wrong. I’m only a few pages in, which is unfortunate. I was hoping to be much farther along than about five or six pages. I was able to do one full page on Monday, but that’s when the incident happened.

My dog broke my laptop.

Yeah, you read that correctly. I was sitting down on the couch editing and then my dog, who was right beside me looking out the window, decided to start barking and ran into my laptop. So, the screen broke and I have to get a screen replacement. No laptop for a while. Fun, fun.

I was hoping to be able to finish the third draft by the end of 2014, but that’s not gong to happen now. I guess I just have to get used to the fact that things like this will happen. Writers always have something happen to them, and I guess a destroyed laptop is one thing that has happened to me.

I don’t like it, but I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. I may not have a laptop, but I still have my dreams. I hope to be able to continue as soon as I get my laptop back, but we will see.

The man at Best Buy said that I would have to wait two weeks at the most, but I’m hoping it won’t be that long. Bear with me as I try to get my laptop back and try to pay for a replaced screen.

Thank you for your continued support, everyone.

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The Road to Being Published

I’m sorry I didn’t get my NaNoWriMo post up on Monday. I had my eyes dilated due to glaucoma testing and I couldn’t see a thing! I finished the project last night, though. Yay!

I was right last week. I said that maybe, just maybe, I would be on the third draft by this week. And guess what? I am! I’m so excited about it. I have the second draft printed out, and now I’m slaving over it with a pen. I’m attacking it before I let any other eyes see it… This will hopefully go out to a friend of mine once I’m done with it before I let beta readers have at it.

I’m so excited to be on the third draft. This will probably be one of the drafts it takes longer for since I’m going through it with a pen and then going to have to type it up. That will take a while, I’m ready for it, though.

I’m still on the first chapter, since I just started last night. I’m slowly working on it. Now that I’m done with my NaNoWriMo project, and that’s being put away for a month, I can dedicate my time on Days of the Kill. I’m so excited about that. Who would’ve thought I would get this close?

I know I’m not anywhere close to being published yet, but I can guarantee that I’m getting closer everyday. I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m looking forward to getting it done!

The thought that this will soon leave my hands and I let someone else see it terrifies me. Yet, at the same time, it’s exciting. This is my baby, and I’ll be letting it go out in the world.

As I said earlier, I finished my NaNoWriMo project last night. My first NaNoWriMo was a success. I’ll be putting it aside for a month, but when I let myself look at it again, I’ll be ready to tackle the horribly written draft. Bring it on, The Healing.

I can’t believe I’m getting closer and closer. Third draft…just like a real writer.

Well, that’s it for this week. Until next week… Stay tuned!

The Road to Being Published

I know, lately I’m just posting about NaNoWriMo and my journey as a writer. I’m sure there’s a post about something else inside of me somewhere. Bear with me. But for now, it’s Wednesday, so time for another update.

It’s been an incredible week. I loved all the progress I’ve made on editing Days of the Kill! I’m so happy. As it turns out, I didn’t get the third chapter done last Wednesday like I thought I would, but I’m happy to say that not only have I finished editing that, but I’ve also edited the entire fourth chapter! I’m currently working on the fifth, and just have a couple more pages until I’m done completely.

I’m so excited at how well this is going. I’ve been productive all week, and I’m so glad. It’s incredible to think about. I can’t believe I’m almost done with the second draft of my novel. I was just hoping to get done with the first draft by the end of the year!

I’m also currently working on my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m getting close to the end with that. That’s been more of a late night project. Except, you know, when I have to be up for work the next morning.

I can’t believe at how well everything has been going. I have never been so excited for anything in my life before. I’m looking forward to seeing what the week holds. I can’t wait to tell you next week how far I’ve come. This small town girl has done a lot.

Who knows? Maybe next week I’ll be telling you that I’m on the third draft. Now that would be something, wouldn’t it?

Until then… See you next week!

The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I guess not much has really changed. I’m still getting closer every day to being done with my second draft of Days of The Kill. I’m getting close to being done with the second chapter. I hope to be working on the third chapter by next Wednesday.

I actually got done with chapter one later on in the day after I posted last week. Maybe it will be the same with this week. Who knows? I’m getting closer to getting to the shorter chapters. Maybe then it’ll seem to go a little more quickly.

It seems to be moving slow for me right now, but in reality, it’s actually moving pretty fast. We’re five days into November, and I’ve already done 22 pages worth of editing this month! Talk about progress. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can get before December.

Along with editing Days of the Kill, I have also decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. My second novel will be called The Healing. I’m trying to do 50/50 with both, but right now The Healing is kind of a priority since I’m trying to get it done in a month. Don’t worry, in December, it will be back to really buckling down on editing Days of the Kill!

I’m excited to see how well I can do as a published author, and I’m really excited to see the finished project of Days of the Kill. This is farther than I ever imagined I would get. It’s also a lot more work than I thought it would be! (Keep in mind, I was just seven years old when I decided I was going to write a book…)

I can’t thank you all enough for your support. For those of you liking my posts, thank you. I wouldn’t have kept going for this long if I thought nobody was supporting me. It’s good to know there is support coming from unknown places.

Your support is the reason I keep you updated. Thank you, everyone.

The Road to Being Published

Well, I guess I’ll just keep the series consistent. Yes, I’m still trying to get published. I’m not past the second draft yet. What a drag. I’m still working on it. I’m almost done with editing the first chapter! I’ll be glad to be done with that much for the second draft, anyway.

I’ll be honest, editing isn’t easy. I hate going through it. I’ve been changing entire scenes, even. It’s hard to know exactly how much you’ve edited when you’re changing entire scenes. It’s annoying, believe me.

I started a very obvious relationship in the book sooner than I wanted to, but I guess the characters decided they had to start dating in the first chapter instead of the third. That’s just the way it goes, I guess. It’s annoying, but that’s what I’m having to deal with. These characters have a mind of their own, so they don’t always go along with what you say. You never know what can they’re going to do.

Working on this has really given me an appreciation for what all authors have gone through. It can be frustrating, no doubt. I can only hope to be at least semi-successful. Of course, I wouldn’t mind reaching the best-seller’s list at least once in my life!

I will keep you all updated. It’s slow-going, but when I talk about this next week, I should be at least in the second chapter. I’ll let you guys know. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@SCourtney94) if you want to be updated on it throughout the week. I’ll be talking about it there!

See you guys next week. Until then… 33/171 pages done.