Looong Intermission

Looong Intermission

Hello there,

As a writer with a full-time job that’s not writing, breaks away from writing may be necessary at times. I just came back from a work conference in Dallas, and having to catch up with office essential matters, I haven’t had much time to write, much more to update my blog. Anyhoo, I’m back and wanted to share this link with you since self-publishing seems to be the talk of the town lately…


A Jumbled Mess

The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

As I’m going over what hopefully will become my final draft of the book, I’m looking back at a time when I thought everything was so jumbled up I would never actually be able to separate the junk from the good stuff. Actually, every writer won’t necessarily go through this phase of crisis that I went through with this particular book. One of the main reasons it happened to me was because the thoughts and ideas I started with for the book emerged into so many different aspects along the way. I began in first person, then totally changed to third person, which, let me tell you, is a lot of work to fix – especially if you have actually written a good bit already. Additionally, characters I started with phased out and didn’t seem so important to the story anymore so I had to get rid of them. Simultaneously, the roles of some characters who stayed changed and had to be adjusted accordingly.

So, drafts can be a big pain, but I’m proof that there is hope. Looking back in comparison to where the book is today, I am so excited and hopeful. Of course there are things that can be done to avoid my experience all together, but sometimes when ideas are coming at you more than you can consume, it’s hard to organize well enough. Working with an outline is one way to stay organized, although for some reason, I don’t quite do so well working with one. When I do have an outline, it’s pretty, basic nothing intense. I do find it helpful though, to jot down notes and new findings along the way that I can refer back to as I write.

So have no fear, your writing will become clear!

Excerpt from my YA novel in progress… Metamorphic

Kyrra nodded her head in agreement. Vox’s conviction was so strong she didn’t know what to make of it at all. And was that a deep fear she saw in his eyes as he regarded her? Vox held his face in his palms for a few seconds. He looked up and looked in her eyes.

“I know you probably don’t think so, but everything’s gonna be alright, okay? Trust me, I won’t let anything happen to you.”

Then before Kyrra could even think of what answer to give back Vox stood up and went back to his own room. She was left wrestling with thoughts of what was happening to her, but even deeper on her mind was why Vox was so interested in taking care of her. Did he feel obligated because her father said he could stay at their apartment? She would have to talk to him in the morning because moments later sleep claimed her.

(This scene takes place in the early pages of the book, and reflects Kyrra’s fear from experiencing the beginning transformations she is to go through to become her true self… and no, this is not a vampire/werewolf or angels/demons story)

Copyright © 2011-2012 by Nicola McDonald. All rights reserved.

The 365 Challenge

So, as the new year approaches, I thought about my attempt to start the 365 challenge, which mine would have been to write 365 days of the year. But, I digress because I believe, as the saying goes, “it’s not what you do, but how you do it”. In reality I would love to write every single day of the year, I mean which writer wouldn’t? Yet, I would much rather to write something substantial on a weekly basis. So, thus my personal challenge – I’ll write and post a blog at least once each week.

I wish you all an awesome new year filled with everything you need! And, I look forward to sharing more of my writing with you! Cheers.