Friday, January 15, 2016

Angela Quarles 7 Steps to Revising Your NaNoWriMo Story

So a USA Today Bestselling author who is also a participant of NaNoWriMo. Her 2010 NaNoWriMo story became a bestseller. These are her tips for revising her NaNoWriMo stories.

1. Read it through in its entirety, but don’t get hung up on nitpick-y editing. At this stage I’m looking to see what the heck I’ve written and make notes of any changes I’d need to make. Some of these are big-picture thoughts I write in the Notes section for that scene in Scrivener, or it’s a footnote I’ve added to a word or sentence. 
At this point, I’m only concentrating on the big picture—the bones of the story. This is the Emergency Room stage—your story is bleeding, the plot has so many holes, or is missing an entire limb, and so you should only be figuring out what the massive wounds might be and how to fix them. Don’t worry about the small cuts. Not yet. Resist.
2. As I’m going through, I also write down a short summary of each scene in the Synopsis “card” in Scrivener.
3. Once done, I go back through each “card” and make sure that the scene has a goal, motivation, and conflict, or if it’s a sequel scene or transition scene, I make note of that and see what might need to be added. This is a final check to make sure I haven’t missed some important story bones.
4. I then take a deep breath and see if I can write down a 25-30 word or less “logline”. If I can’t succinctly capture the protagonist, their goal, and the conflict, while also getting across the tone and genre, I know my story could be in trouble. 
Some of you plotters might have already done this before you even started writing—make sure it still applies!
5. If I’m really having trouble seeing the “shape” of the story, I print out the scene synopses and make notes on there, marking and shifting things around. It’s essential to find some way of seeing your story as a whole, instead of getting mired down in the words. Believe me, that’s a quick way to feel like you’re drowning in revisions, unable to get a grasp of what needs to be done.
6. Once I’ve let all this marinate and plugged in all the notes where they could be tackled in Scrivener, I start revising. But, I don’t do it by starting from the beginning and editing and changing as I go. I only dip into the parts of the story that I marked during the read through. This keeps me focused on the big picture. It also has the added benefit of preventing story fatigue. 
I’ve found that the fewer times I have to read the story, the fresher it stays and the less of a chance I get sick of it by the time I’m ready to publish. The scene synopses help at this stage to keep me oriented so I don’t have to reread each scene.
7. Then I read it again, smoothing out the patches as I go, and hand it off to my Alpha reader.
After that, it goes through what I’d call edits, instead of revisions, and that’s a different tactic. But I do another revision pass after it comes back from the Alpha reader (again only dipping into the parts that need fixing). 
Next, it goes to the developmental editor I’ve hired in the past. Then I use a color-coding highlighting system to help me self-edit—this is basically my own line editing pass. Then it goes to my Beta readers, then to my line editor/copy editor. I incorporate changes, and then hand it off to two separate proofreaders before I’m ready to format and publish.
But, as I said earlier, I didn’t have all this in place when I first started. So if you don’t have a critique group or Alpha and Beta readers, don’t despair. ForBreeches, I participated in several forums and used a ton of Beta readers until I found ones that were solid. I also found places like extremely helpful in learning and honing my craft. Many people read chapters (or the whole story) there and helped me get it into shape.
How you handle revisions will be depend on how you think and perhaps how you drafted—are you a plotter or a pantser?—so have patience as you learn what works for you. The important thing to keep in mind:
Take it in stages, working from big fixes down to small fixes.
There is no sense in fine-tuning the cadence of a sentence in the opening scene, getting it just perfect, and then realizing that the whole first scene needs to go because it doesn’t do what you need it to do for the sake of your story.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Resolutions

With the year 2015 almost at an end. I decided to post my New Years Resolution list. 

Writer Goals
1. Get an agent. This has to be my biggest goal that I have yet to accomplish. People seem the criticize that just because I'm young I shouldn't really try for an agent. Veronica Roth got her agent when she was in college, so it's possible.

2. Finish the fantasy series I outlined. I wrote a fantasy series that was bugging me, and whether or not it ever gets published who knows. Maybe if it was a two book series when the time came provided I get an agent.

3. Read more adult books. So far the only books I mostly read are New Adult and Young Adult. I have a hard time finding adult books since I read a lot of popular ones when I was in middle school. I'm venturing into historical at the moment. Plus an author friend of mine has a historical coming out in March which I am extremely excited about.

Personal Goals
1. Lay off caffeine. As a nutrition major you would think I would know coffee is bad for me but I still can't help myself. My goal is to to try and lay off how much coffee I drink. Plus I tend to stay up at night. 

2. Write my recipe alterations. I really don't have a goal to lose weight because I'm a nutrition major so I eat healthy enough as it is. I decided that I should go about sharing with the world how to enjoy the recipes they love while substituting the ingredients to make it healthier. I don't know if I will make it into a cookbook for if I get my agent for fiction, do a Youtube channel, or post on a blog.

3. Looking for a better part time job. I like my job I have right now, but it's not what I am going to school for. So I have decided that I will want to look for something else.

I hope within the next years I can try to accomplish some of these goals. Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Year Completed

This has to be some record of how many book I can write before I end up getting an agent. I want to see if I can get an agent with the historical fiction I wrote. This one took me faster to write because it was a contemporary thriller. So all I had to do was worry about plot.

I'm going to finish with the last edits on my historical that I was really excited about writing for the first time. Then I can hop back to this one when I send out the queries.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Inflict by Cora Carmack

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the dual cover reveal for Cora Carmack’s Muse Series! INSPIRE and INFLICT are New Adult Paranormal Romance novels and are book 1 and 2 in the Muse Series. INFLICT is due to be released in January 2016! These beautiful covers were designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. Be sure to grab your copy of INSPIRE today!

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INSPIRE (Book 1):

Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.  

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And check out the gorgeous cover for INFLICT, coming January 2016!

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About INFLICT (Book 2):

Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain... For a chance at love, he gave up his life. History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She will come. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death. Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible. To be made whole, all must first be lost.  

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About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

New Season of Reign

I'm jumping around with excitement! I need to know what is going to happen with Marry and Queen Elizabeth!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

7/7/7 Challenge

I was tagged by my fabulous writer friend @WriterRivers to participate in the 7/7/7 challenge.

  • Go to page 7 of your current WIP
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the blog post tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge. 

Adrianna nodded her head. She was about to get into the carriage before she turned around.
            “Carlos I need to ask one thing from you,” Adrianna said. “Not as your queen but as a friend.”
“What is it?” Carlos asked.
“Promise me that you will look after my mother,” Adrianna said.
            “I promise,” Carlos said. “Your grace.”
            Adrianna shook her head. “Carlos how many times must I ask you to call me Adrianna,” she said.
            “Once more my queen,” Carlos said. “If the regent hears me not calling you by your nobility I could lose my head.”

I tag
Amber Riley, Rachel Stevensen, KM Guerin, Diana Gallagher, KT Hanna, Vanya Stoyanova, Katie O'Shea