Weekly Update: Still Editing

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What I thought would be only one week of editing is now moving into its second week! I had a very busy weekend, plus throw in a migraine and much didn’t get accomplished.

I am happy to say that I have worked my way through the first two chapters in my novel, which doesn’t sound like much but they were really long chapters! Actually, all of my chapters are really long. One of the things I’ve been doing is breaking the chapters up into smaller chapters. When I started editing last week I had twelve really long chapters, now, after reading through only the first two chapters, I have six smaller chapters. At this rate I’ll be doubling them up, so I’ll probably end up with around 24 smaller chapters.

I also have a laundry list of problems that need to be fixed or cut. Right now I am just going through the book and making notes. I am using Scrivener (which I absolutely love) and there is a note button that has become very handy. I have also color coded my problems. So far, I have used purple for added text, yellow for my notes, blue for things I need to research, and pink for text that might be cut. It is working really well.

So, that is where I stand as of today. I am hoping to get through another few chapters this week and then finish editing by next week. This weekend is going to be busy as well. I am going to a gun class to learn to shoot a gun. Researching for this book can be a lot of fun!


Weekly Goals – Week #1

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I can’t believe the first week of 2015 is in the books. It is now go time! I really have to buckle down and get to editing!

My writing week usually starts on Saturday, since I get most of my writing done over the weekend. So, I’ll be posting my weekly goals for the week every Friday.

The goal over the next two months is to edit my first read through. I didn’t realize that “read through” was the correct terminology until today. I was calling it my second draft, but it really isn’t my second draft, at least not yet.

I’m now pushing for the end of February to have the first read through done and all of my issues noted. I can then start re-writing March 1. I’ve also updated my countdown box on my sidebar with this new date, except that it is seriously giving me anxiety seeing “1 month to go” in bold.

This week I’d like to get a few chapters read and make notes on major issues that need to be addressed. One in particular is if I need to get rid of a character or keep him in. I’m torn, so we will see what his fate will be next week.

Weekly Goals for Week #1:

  • Read through chapters 1 & 2 – make notes on major issues that need to be addressed
  • Start a new Scrivener template for the first read through
  • Organize all Twitter followers into lists – I’ve been putting this off for a long time, but it is getting out of control!
  • Continue reading “Writing the Fiction Series”
  • Gather materials for series story board

The read through is definitely #1 on my list, but the other things really need to get at least started. It would be nice to have all five goals completed by next Friday, though. Let’s see how I do!

Looking Back

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Another year is over! Time always goes by so fast and this year was no exception. 2014 surely had its share of ups and downs.

The biggest was celebrating my 40th birthday. I remember when I was in high school thinking 2014 was so far away. Time really does fly by.

The most gratifying was getting published in a craft book and winning my second NaNoWriMo.

The most fun was spending my birthday at PNC Park, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Florida Marlins. I know. They are called the Miami Marlins now, but I still refer to them as the Florida Marlins.

The least fun was attending my grandmother’s funeral a few weeks later.

Now that 2015 is only an hour or so away, it is time to look forward. I’ve got big plans for 2015!

The biggest will be publishing A Deadly Melody. I still have a lot of work to do with it, but my plan is to have it published early fall. Once I get the second draft completed I’ll have a better understanding of when it will be published. I can’t wait to set the release date!

In addition to publishing A Deadly Melody, I will be working on book two in the Fallen Rockstar series, Fatal Aria. I’d like to have Fatal Aria ready to be published in early 2016. My blogging will also pick up in the new year. I will be posting twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) and will also be posting craft/DIY projects once a week (Wednesdays) on my non-writing blog, Elissa Loves, which is still in the works. My author website will be ready to go by February and I look forward to taking part in NaNoWriMo again in November.

Lots to look forward to in 2015! Let’s get this party started!!!

NaNo prepping – Plot Board

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In prep for NaNoWriMo next week I’ve been trying to get in as much research as possible, while finalizing my settings and plot ideas. It has been a very busy October!

I was happy to have located my plot board from last year. I’ll just need to update it with the book #2 info.


This helped immensely last year. It is basically an outline on a poster board. Click here for more info on plot boards. I’m so happy for my local NaNo writing group. They have put the fire under my bum that I needed to get this stuff done.

My kitty, Daphne enjoyed looking at it too. She kept rubbing up against it and knocking it on the floor, which is why it is now tacked to the wall. :)


I am also frantically trying to finish all of my research this weekend, but it is pretty tough with my weekend holiday job. :(

One of the books I’m currently reading Cause of Death: A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine. It is part of The Howdunit Series from Writer’s Digest. If you are a mystery writer, this series is a must have. I own two of the books from the series (you can sort of see them on my writing bookshelf in the picture above): Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons, and Amateur Detectives:A Writer’s Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases. I’m hoping to eventually get all of the books (I think there are 17 in all).

This book is a little gruesome, but very interesting. My series has a very high body count, so learning about the various methods of trying to save someone (and not saving someone) has been very helpful. I just love being a mystery writer!