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Oh February, where did you go?

February 26th, 2018 10:44 am

Hey all!

How are you making out? I’m in the country in northern New Brunswick and it is sooo beautiful. Last night we had a bit of a snow fall. From where I am writing, I can look out and see a beautiful old church against a backdrop of a frozen muddy river. Lovely place.

Debut YA Fantasy novels I read this month:

 

 

 

 

Everless’s premise by Sara Holland was intriguing. The story is set in a world where time is currency. They extract it from a person’s blood, bind it to iron, and consume it by dropping the coin in their tea to add time to their life.

I loved the characters and it was quite fast-paced. This was the first novel in a long time that I couldn’t put down. I stayed up quite late one night to finish it. Can’t wait for the sequel.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross is so beautifully written. It is slower paced than some YA novels but I am enjoying it so much. I have about twenty pages to go. I could finish it in one sitting but I don’t want it to be over! It’s an epic fantasy and it involves overthrowing a plot of an evil King. The MC, Brienna, is lovely.

February progress

This month was fairly good for writing. I entered a competition called #KissPitch and had a few likes on my fantasy, EVREN and fairy-tale retelling, KING BLUEBEARD.  Competitions are always exciting because they give you the push to  create and polish the pitch of your story (About two-three sentences long).

I began walking daily for thirty minutes to help with my achy back I had from sitting for hours on end while writing. That has definitely helped. Still haven’t completed my healthy meal-prep. But there is March for that 😉

I created a revision plan for KING BLUEBEARD and hope to have the completed second draft complete by mid-March for when my critique partner and I swap our works-in-progress ❤ #cpsoulmates

EVREN is pretty well there. Now it is fine tuning the language and working out some of the scene pacing. I do want to overhaul the ending, there’s that 🙂 I am going to brainstorm how to later on this afternoon.

Music

I have discovered an amazing soundtrack to write to :

So epic. So beautiful. I love this soundtrack and listen to it on repeat while daydreaming and brainstorming.

My friend Rebecca has also sent me some good tunes. This is one in particular I love :

March goals

1) Re-write ending of EVREN

2) Complete second draft of KING BLUEBEARD

-Re-write at least four scenes a day 

-Examine character arcs, setting details, and plot 

3) Continue to walk everyday for thirty minutes

4) Submit manuscript to SCBWI WIP competition

5) Partake in #PitMad on March 8th, 2018. More details here:

http://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

6) Submit #1st5Pages to the First Five Pages Writing Workshop on March 3rd, 2018 :

http://www.1st5pageswritingworkshop.com/

7) Create sea glass art 🙂

8) Finish sewing a bag – pictures to come 😉

9) Meal prep for at least one week

10) Brainstorm new projects

11) Send in my first 250 words to the Secret Agent Contest on March 5th, 2018. Enter here:

https://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.ca/2018/02/march-secret-agent-early-info.html

Happy end of the month, everyone!

What did you accomplish this past month? Did you do anything new and fun? My boyfriend and I went to a board game cafe which was amaaaazing. We got to meet new people from the city and compete in a tournament. Us newbies got second place that night!

Is there anything you want to accomplish in March? Let me know in the comments ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Revisions and networking

December 27th, 2017 – 3:06 pm

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a nice Christmas season. It’s hard to believe it has already passed. Christmas always seems to pass by in a flurry of presents, food, family, and lack of sleep, haha.

Update on Jaden – he is still hanging in there. Please keep praying for the restoration of his health and for his family.

Revisions

I completed my second draft of Evren about a week ago now. I have been letting it sit and have turned my attention to watching movies (Arrival, Silence, The Pianist, Christmas Vacation – to name a few) and reading books (Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, On Writing by Stephen King, and The Young Elites by Marie Lu). I have spent time with my family and my boyfriend and went for walks. It has been a time of recharging my creative batteries and letting my mind rest.

Now, back at it 😉

My plan for revisions are as follows:

  1. Re-read Evren in one sitting

-Make an updated scene list (a two-three sentence summary of every scene in the book).

-Make a list of big and small changes that I will need to make in draft three.

-Make notes on characterization additions and plot holes that need to be fixed.

  2. Create a daily to-do list for revisions

-Decide what scenes need to be scrapped, re-written, or revised.

-Begin to implement big and small changes in scenes and make notes in scene list of where the changes happen.

-Do the same with characterization and plot holes in the scene list.

As you can tell, a scene list is a powerful tool. It allows – at a glance –  you to see where your story is going. I can usually fit all my scenes on two pages. I then cut the page up so I can spread the individual scenes out on the floor and move them around if I need to.

Networking

For Christmas, my Mum bought me a membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

This is a society where I can meet other writers, post up chapters or query letters to get critiqued, learn about future conferences to attend, and more. I think it will be quite helpful in my journey as a writer. I’ve already posted on some of the forums 🙂

Writing is a solitary occupation. It is fun to reach out to other young adult writers and make connections with them. You can also grow as a writer if you join a critique group or look for a beta reader.

I have finally sent out the first chapter of Evren to two critique partners of mine. Eep! It’s the only way to improve.

That’s it for now, friends.

Until next time,

Loie xo