Rewrites… Week One In Review

OMG… REWRITE HELL IS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW!!! Yeah, I’m not really sure that is a thing, but right about now I am looking at my 6-week deadline/goal/challenge to get my book rewrites done and the e-book on the market… HAA HAA HAA! I seriously underestimated the extent to which my life would try to jump in and screw things up!

WORK | FAMILY | THEATRE | PETS | HOUSE WORK | GYMNASTICS | BIRTHDAY PARTIES | COOKING | THE LIST GOES ON….

These are just a few of the things that got in the way of me actually doing what I wanted and needed to do this week!

Okay, so here is my WEEK ONE IN REVIEW UPDATE:

Well, one week down and five to go! No, if you’re wondering, I don’t sound happy about that. Week one did not go at all like I had hoped. You see the task for week one was:

  • Week 1 – Reread the book and all editor’s notes

Did I complete week one’s task? NO! Am I going to give excuses and bitch and moun about why I didn’t complete my task? YOU BEAT I AM!

Well, for starters, work (my real job – and not just the fun pretending like I’m making a living as an author job) was CRAZY busy this week. I actually worked over my regular 8 hour shift EVERY DAY! Yes, and then I had theatre rehearsal Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday… not to mention there was one day when I was so sick/tired that I fell asleep on the couch sometime in the early evening and didn’t really wake up until the next morning (at some point I did wake up enough to talk to my husband, kiss the kids good night, and crawl into bed). Saturday was Up early – Cleaning – 1 Hour of Reading – Cooking Breakfast – Gymnastics – Birthday Party #1 – Cooking and Cleaning – Birthday Party #2 – Home to Bed!

So, over the course of the week I was able to put in a whooping total of 4 hours of reading in! Yup, you read that correctly – 4 HOURS! Did I finish the book? NO, I am an extremely SLOW reader – for pleasure and work! However, if I am honest with myself I am pretty impressed with the fact that I did get through 140 of the 250+ pages. So, I am over half way done, and not only did I read the first 140 pages I also was able to work through many of the editor notes (fixing issues, rewriting sentences, etc.) as I went along. So far there have been no major edits/editorial notes that will lead me to rearranging chapters (THANK YOU GOD!), and therefore I feel confident that moving into week 2 I can continue on the same path I am on now, and still end up right where I need to be for week 3!

Do I want to scream? YES

Why? Because today is the first day of week 2 and I had no time to read – none – nil – nought – zero – zilch – zip – You get the picture right? Yeah, if today is any indication as to how the rest of the week is going to be I just might be pulling my hair out by Sunday. And, trust me… my hair is my best feature – If I lose that, there will be little else to admire. 

So once again here is the plan:

  • Week 1 – Reread the book and all editor’s notes – (YEAH, THAT DIDN”T GO AS PLANNED)
  • Week 2 – Outline changes, rearrange chapters (if needed) based on editor’s notes – (NOT REALLY GOING TO NEED TO OUTLINE CHANGES AND REARRANGE CHAPTERS – I WILL JUST USE THIS WEEK TO FINISH THE REREAD!)
  • Week 3 – Rewrite cover to cover
  • Week 4 – Reread the book for content, timeline, character motivation
  • Week 5 – Reread the book for edits: grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Week 6 – Final changes, format, upload, and publish

So, after week one – are you still ready to take this journey with me? Come on, it will be fun! Check in next Monday to see how wild and crazy week two gets!

Beginnings ~ a Blood Angel novel by Nina Soden Coming soon to e-readers everywhere!

Beginnings ~ a Blood Angel novel by Nina Soden
Coming soon to e-readers everywhere!

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About Nina Soden

Wife, Mommy, Young-Adult Fantasy Author, Artist, Actress, Director... I'm only as old as I feel and I try to see the good in everyone, but some days that's a struggle.
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4 Responses to Rewrites… Week One In Review

  1. averythorne says:

    This has got to be the most hyperactive post I’ve ever read.
    Congrats!
    *Slow clap.
    Still, procrastination sucks. I’ve got the same problem you have. Too little time to get anything done. Mind you, I do get to write at lunch when I remember to. Problem is, my memory sucks.

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    • Nina Soden says:

      Wow, a little judgmental? Normally I would take the “hyperactive” comment as a mean spirited dig (as I am sure you intended it) but I won’t today. You see, I don’t pretend to be anything I’m not in my blog, and yes – I can be hyperactive. I have a lot of energy – I have to, I’m a mom. But, beyond that I have a lot of goals/passions/dreams in life and not a lot of time to spend on them. So, here – in my blog I just lay it all out on the table. This is my purge zone, for lack of a better term, when it comes to my writing. Last week was not as productive as I had hoped… so I purged! It wouldn’t be much fun to read a blog about the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book if all I gave you was the “chocolate and roses” version. So, I give it all, even the gory guts and I hope you stick with me and enjoy the ride as much as I do.

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      • averythorne says:

        Huh? No! I’m not being critical in the slightest. I myself am incredibly hyperactive. I’m so sorry if I made you think that.
        Maybe I should use a winky face next time…

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      • Nina Soden says:

        I think it was more the *Slow Clap* that gave you the critical edge… But, no worries, I myself have been known to be critical and intimidating. At least that is what people tell me… a lot lately. Not something I try to do and not something I am proud of, but I guess hearing it so much lately it must be true. Maybe that is why I am hearing a critical edge to everything and everyone else around me lately…

        Okay, I have shared to much. Have a wonderful happy day… I hope you stop by and visit my site again, and please don’t be afriad to post comments again. I love the feedback – good and bad.

        Happy day.

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