The Road to Being Published

I know, I promised to keep posting on Monday’s even though November is over. I get that. I had a cold, okay? Deal with it. Back to Monday posting on, well, Monday.

I’m really excited as to how much progress I’ve made on Days of the Kill. I’m part way through the fifth chapter for the third draft! I’m still editing on paper, mind you, but I’ve made a ton of progress in the past week, wouldn’t you say? Forcing myself to do ten pages a day has done a lot for my progress. Before I did ten a day, I would just say, “I really don’t feel like doing that…” and not doing it. Now, I still say that, but guess what? I force myself. I’m really proud of myself for making myself.

Ten pages a day is about all I can stand right now, but hey, once I start typing it, I may just make more progress than that. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. If not, well, I’ll just hope I can keep up the ten pages a day thing. You read that right. Typing ten pages a day. Insanity, I know.

I’m still taking a break from The Path to Biological (formerly known as The Healing). It feel like a while since I’ve looked at it, but I’m taking a month break from it. It hasn’t been a month yet. Quite frankly, I’m kind of glad. I’m not looking forward to the big task of filling in all the holes. So many holes…

Next week, who knows where I’ll be? I’ll probably be typing out the third draft, even though I don’t know where I’ll be in it. Until next week…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I’ve been pretty productive with my third draft of Days of the Kill so far. Or, at least, I would like to think so. I’m on the second chapter for writing out edits, and getting fairly close to the end of it. So, I’ve come pretty far since last Wednesday.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m sick and tired of my manuscript, but I’m pushing through. Since I had a tendency to put it off, I’m making myself do ten pages a day. Ten of them. That way, I’m not wasting time. I’m getting it done in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not forcing myself to overdo anything. Ten pages is about all I can stand of my work, but hey, I’m getting it done, at least!

The cat is glad I only do ten pages a day, too, but that’s beside the point.

One thing that keeps me going is knowing that one day I will be published. But, the only way to be published is to keep pushing through. I plan on going the traditional route, just because I have no idea where to even start with self-publishing. So, to get accepted into a traditional publishing house, I have to keep working on it, and keep editing it until I feel like I can’t get it any better. I’ll get there, I know I will.

Now, to talk about The Healing since NaNoWriMo is over. I loved doing that. I loved writing it. Is it horrible and not worth reading? Oh heck yeah. I’m not giving that to anyone to read right now. It’s embarrassing. Really, it is. You don’t want to read it right now. Trust me I know these things.

I’ve put The Healing on hold for a month so I could take a break from it and really buckle down on working on Days of the Kill. I was putting Days of the Kill off a little, I admit, for The Healing during November. No more, though. I’m ready to get it done and over with.

I’m excited to get to the next draft. Really, I am. I’m not ever going to be totally sure these books are perfect. Is anyone ever really sure? I’m going to have to trust the editors and the publishers. Writing can be one big roller coaster ride. I’m all buckled in and ready to go.

The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so time for another update.

I’m so excited about how far I’ve come on Days of the Kill. I have my third chapter almost done with editing for the second draft. I’m pretty sure I can finish it tonight. I’ll have more time since my parents will be gone a little longer.

It sounds weird that my parents being gone is my reasoning for having longer to edit, but I do most of my editing Wednesday nights when they’re gone. I try to edit most days, but Monday and Wednesday I can’t stay up late since I have work the next morning. So, the only time I can get editing done on Wednesday is when my parents are gone that night.

I only do it at night because I have homework to do during the day. Let me tell you, balancing college and writing is not easy. It’s so worth it, though. I love it.

When I was in second grade, I got the award for Best Story Teller. That’s when I got the idea to be a writer. Typical, right? I started long ago, just like a lot of writers do.

I can’t believe how far I’ve come. My first novel completely flopped, so this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the editing process. It’s so exciting to think that I’m going to be published one day. I know I can get there. I just have to keep believing in myself.

I know I can finish the third chapter tonight on Days of the Kill. I just know I can. I don’t think it will take that long, either. I’m also working on The Healing for my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m almost halfway done with that! Tune in Monday for more details…

Thank you all so much for your continued support. It means so much to me that you always support me in my writing career. See you guys next Wednesday for another update, and make sure to check out my journey as a first-time NaNoWriMo participant on Monday.

NaNoWriMo 2014

The second Monday of NaNoWriMo is here.

Last week, I was ahead when I posted. Now, I’m just right on track. I hate that. I loved being ahead and not ┬áhaving a lot of pressure. But, my niece was around this weekend and I didn’t have time. I knew that was a possibility.

I know, I’m a big advocate of making time to write. Well, this weekend I was guilty of not. If my niece visits again before the end of the month ( I think she is…), I will have to make time. There is no way I’m not going to succeed in NaNoWriMo.

I love November. I really do. I don’t know why I never thought of participating in NaNoWriMo before. I’m getting such a rush from it! All four of my main characters are driving me insane, but hey, characters are supposed to do that, right?

I have almost 18,000 words for my NaNoWriMo project. Just 15 minutes is making all the difference, it seems. I’m doing a lot of it late at night, but I won’t be able to tonight — not when I have to be up at 5:00 tomorrow morning for work!

I’m not sure what the end project will look like, but I do know it won’t be that great. Quantity over quality is the rule for NaNoWriMo. The editing comes later.

I will be buckling down on editing Days of the Kill after NaNoWriMo is over. I’ve tended to make The Healing a priority this month writing wise. After November is over, I probably will put it away until I send Days of the Kill off to an editor and work in it while I’m waiting for Days of the Kill to come back with edits.

Well, I guess that’s it for Monday. Stay tuned next Monday for another NaNoWriMo update…and be sure to check out The Road to Being Published on Wednesday!

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.