Weekly Update 

If it hasn’t been stated enough, this month has been crazy busy! I’ve been meaning to post, but I’ve also been distracted by prepping for NaNoWriMo and just living life in general. But I wanted to make this weekly update so you wouldn’t think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. 

So I’m prepping for NaNo. I’ll talk all about it in the days to come, but I’ve been trying to make sure I know what I want to do with my novel before I give you advice on writing your own for this challenge. If you’ve never done NaNo before, don’t worry, I’ll go over everything you need to know. And in the end the decision is yours on whether you want to do it or not. My plan right now is to finish this week with a clear verdict on which of the many novel ideas I want to run with for NaNo. 

As for Clara and Claire, it looks like I’ll be getting the book back sometime this week. I have content editing to do, and then once it’s done and I’ve read through the book again, I’ll be preparing it for release. I already have the cover, but I need to figure out the interior formatting and also get the ebook version ready as well. Once I’m done with edits and start working toward release I can give a better estimate for the release date. It might be before February if everything works out. 

I’m moving to Texas in two weeks, and I’m sure with the move and settling in I’ll be extremely busy and overwhelmed. So I’m going to get as much editing done before I go and then maybe prepare release or just write on the trip there. From the sounds of it, I don’t have a massive amount of editing to do on Clara and Claire, so I might be able to finish before we actually move if I really focus. 

That’s pretty much everything as far as what’s happening as we approach the end of this month. I promise to post more as soon as I have my NaNo novel picked out or once I start editing again. 

Lindsey Richardson 

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Editing Complete (off to the editor!)

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With moving and settling the cats in, I’m later on this post than I wanted to be. But nonetheless here it is (finally!).

Last week on Friday (my last day of vacation) I finished editing based off of what my beta readers suggested and asked questions about. I can’t remember if I’ve already said this on the blog, but again I can’t stress enough that this book has changed so much since I first started.

After the beta edits, the book is complete at 100k total words. One scene specifically changed a lot in this book, and once I started with it I just ran with it until the end. I found myself really getting into the heads of my characters, standing in their shoes, and feeling more confident about them. This wasn’t like the Magicians series where I after book one the majority of characters were already set up for me. So with this new book it took a while, but I think this time I finally fixed the major issues (hopefully).

I’m not going to lie: editing is always hard. Finishing on Friday and actually sticking to that plan was really hard. But the thought of sending this to my editor and actually being really close to publication was the only thing that kept me motivated to keep going. That and a lot of coffee. I’ve never taken off a week for my any of my books (at least not that I can remember). And honestly after what I accomplished last week, I’m definitely going to do it next time when I have a lot of work that needs to get done. It allowed me to make up a schedule for myself: wake up semi-early, try to edit until 4pm, take a break and then start again sometime after 10pm. That was my schedule, and it worked. It wasn’t perfect, and sometimes I needed more breaks than I want to admit, but at the end of the week everything I wanted to accomplish was done.

Now let’s talk about the exciting parts awaiting us.

Yesterday I sent the manuscript to my editor. It’s in 6×9 format (with Createspace’s template), and I told my editor I’m hoping to release this book before I move to TX (or at least before the end of this year). If I’m able to release it this year that means I will have released a book every year in a row since 2012. It’s a consistency  that I’ve tried to keep up with over the past few years, and at first I thought releasing in 2016 would be impossible. But this book has definitely had a large amount of editing and rewriting done. I’m hoping at this point anything else is minor fixes here and there and won’t delay anything too much.

Perhaps more exciting: let’s talk cover reveals.

It’s been a while since I’ve released a cover (a little over a year I think?). I want to wait until I have a release date (or at least month) before revealing the amazing cover for Clara and Claire. I’ve talked about this cover a lot, and it’s perhaps the hardest one I’ve had to stay quiet about so far. I’m definitely going to talk it over with other authors and get their input, but I’ll keep you updated. Just keep in mind there might be a cover reveal sign up coming around soon (so be sure to sign up if you’re interested!).

I’ll also be adding Clara and Claire to Goodreads soon –no word on just when, but I want it out there, so for those of you who have been patiently waiting can add it to your reading list.

And last but not least, I wanted to leave you with the official summary for Clara and Claire. Numerous people have been asking me for more details on what the book is about, so here it is:

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Again thanks so much for your patience this week (it’s been crazy!). Let’s hope the rest of this week goes more smoothly!

Lindsey Richardson

 

Quick update 

So I won’t have internet again until tomorrow. I finished editing Clara and Claire, and I’m sending it off to my editor this weekend. 
I planned on posting my “Editing at Home: Day 4” update today, but without Internet I’m posting this from my phone. (Again such a cool feature it blows my mind). And I didn’t want to skip over anything, so I will post the official and final editing update tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. I can’t wait. Just when I thought this book couldn’t change anymore, it did!

Thanks for your patience and understanding! 

Lindsey Richardson 

Editing at home: Day Three

day3-2Day three. (Technically day four because it’s 2am, but hey, who’s counting?)

Today has been overwhelming. My brain decided halfway through editing to change up a scene in one of the later chapters, and it’s a pretty huge change. It’s the kind of change where for the rest of the day you’re writing it out instead of going over what’s already there in front of you. That’s how I ended up at what’s now a 100k total novel. Scary!

But in all fairness I don’t regret it. I spent a lot of time on this today, and I’m feeling good about it. It’s something I’m excited for. I have a little more to add onto the beginning of chapter 26, but after that I think I’ll be golden.

So as of right now I’m on chapter 26 out of 37 total chapters. I’m really hoping I can finish 11 whole chapters tomorrow. It’s not going to be an easy day, since I also have to finish packing up the rest of the house. I’m just not sure how busy I’ll be Saturday with moving and getting the cats settled, so I’d rather just finish everything tomorrow and be done with it. We’ll see how it goes.

The only reason I’m stopping tonight is because of how late it is, and I’m feeling braindead. I just don’t have the energy right now. Tomorrow morning (this morning) I plan on starting early, and I’ll have coffee, so it’s really promising. I can’t guarantee anything, but before the end of Friday you’ll know if I got everything done or not. *panic mode activated*

Today’s post is really short in comparison to my last two, but I promise tomorrow (especially if I finish) I’ll have more to talk about because then it’ll be one less thing off my plate. And it’ll mean we’re moving even closer to publication, which always leaves me feeling excited!

Hope to hear from you guys tomorrow on my final day of vacation (aka free editing time). Definitely send good vibes your way if you’re in the middle of writing or editing! It’s a crazy time of the year. Here’s to hoping it all works out.

Lindsey Richardson

Editing at home: Day Two

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Day two of editing has officially ended for me. I almost quit a little earlier than last night, but it was raining tonight, so I decided to keep going. Today has been a really busy but productive day.

As of right now where I’m leaving off for the night I’m on chapter 19. Keep in mind, there’s 37 chapters in total. So I still have a lot to do, but I accomplished more today than I expected. Tomorrow it looks like I’m definitely going to need to work just as hard (if not more), and then Friday finish up and do one last final skim through. I don’t think I’ll have the time this weekend to edit more, so I really want Friday to be my final day, and then send it to my editor Friday night or sometime Saturday.

The editing I’m doing right now (and for the rest of the week) is the hardest part of editing. It’s the kind where at first you’re like “yes, I’m doing this!” and then that turns into “is this over yet?!” It’s frustrating and somewhat exciting all at once.

I’ve been working on a lot of rewriting of scenes and some paragraphs. It’s amazing how your betas can understand exactly what you wanted to say in a scene, even if you didn’t get there entirely the first time around. So I rewrote the beginning of one chapter to make it more emotional, and then for the rest of the day I’ve been reading through and working with character dialogue too.

If anything this process makes it interesting to see just how much my writing has changed over the years. Even over the (almost) year I’ve been working on this book. Clara and Claire has been through so many changes, but they’re all for the better. And this point I’m polishing up the plot and the characters to make sure this is as ready as it’ll ever be for my editor.

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat I’ve been posting a lot of pictures and videos of my progress. Sometimes it’s just easier to get the point across in pictures than words. And it makes me feel more obligated to keep working when I’m sharing it with you guys.

I thought I was going to have more to say in this post, but it is late, and I think I’ll have more to share tomorrow. To be honest I almost skipped this post entirely, but I didn’t want to skip out on the opportunity to document the day (and share the experience with you, of course).

But if you’re a curious writer or reader, like me, here’s some of what I’ve been thinking while editing today:

  • how did my paragraphs end up being so long? (I don’t remember having this issue in the past… must be something new I’ve picked up)
  • lots of semi-colons… more than I remember (again, where did this come from?!)
  • the cats fight/play a lot when I edit…
  • *deletes whole sentence and writes up entirely new one*
  • *plays music quietly in the background to not lose sanity*
  • “I’ll save that for tomorrow.”

Thanks again if you’ve been stopping by for the updates, and if you’re a writer who’s also editing, feel free to copy my strategy and share the process on your blog. I love sharing this with you guys, so you know exactly what’s going into the book.

Until tomorrow…!

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. I think this is a new record: 2 posts all in one day (yeah it’s technically past midnight here, but shh…)!

Editing at home: Day One

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I’m calling this my DIY editing retreat. A whole week off from work to focus solely on Clara and Claire. With a clear goal set in my head (and down on paper somewhere too), I’m determined to finish everything this week. One lesson that’s perhaps the hardest one to learn is that you can’t set unrealistic goals for yourself. It leads to disappointment and madness. So fortunately I looked over everything my betas gave me, and I realized this is a goal I can realistically accomplish. No slacking, no excuses, and with the right amount of coffee, I’m set by the early AM to get started.

Last night I started working on edits, but today was my first full day of editing. So I’m calling this day one. And for anyone who’s interested in the process or what goes on behind the scenes, I wanted to share it with you.

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Today was all about paragraphs, grammar, cutting unnecessary details, etc. All that kind of stuff that naturally comes with editing. It’s the stuff I didn’t catch when I did my own edits and rewriting, and thankfully I had awesome betas who were able to point it out to me. Keep in mind this book is at 97k words total (give or take), so there’s a lot of book to go through and edit. And I decided to get this out of the way first because it’s easy to fix, and it’s just as important as anything plot related or character related that has to be addressed.

This afternoon I took a break from editing, but tonight I’m right back at it again. I’m only taking a short break right now to write up this post. But for the remainder of tonight, and leading into tomorrow, I’m going to be focusing on everything else. The questions, suggestions, any uncertainties, etc. Anything with characters, dialogue, or specific scenes/chapters I want to address (and fix).

In the picture up above I tried to show a little glimpse into the journal I’m using. (Shoutout to Kate Spade for making a pretty and useful journal that I’ve been using since almost the beginning of this novel.) Since we don’t have a printer at home, I wrote everything important that my betas mentioned that I want to either fix, rework, delete, or strengthen.  It took up several pages, and now the remainder of the pages I’m just working out different ideas for certain parts that have to be reworked or any questions that were left unanswered.

No one said this was going to be done in a day, and sadly with editing it feels like it’s never over. But I feel like I made a huge amount of progress today. Knowing that now I can just read through the entire book and focus directly on certain scenes, characters, or paragraphs is a relief. Some of these bigger reworks I’m doing (in terms of with a character or scene) I might be sharing later on this week or next, so I can share my own advice on how I worked through it. I’ve been reading up a lot lately on editing posts, so if you have any good ones on your blog (or someone else’s), link them in the comments.

Tomorrow is definitely going to be a more challenging day. Grammar and rewording sentences is a lot easier than answering questions that even I might have skipped over the first, second, and third time around. But I’m hopeful, and at the end all of this work is going to pay off.

I read something that really stood out to me yesterday on a writer’s blog. When you receive the feedback from your betas, you have to ask yourself a very important question. If you’re debating on whether to use a suggestion (or answer a question) from a beta, is it because you believe it’s already been resolved or are you trying to avoid extra work? This wasn’t the exact wording on the blog obviously, but that’s the summary of it (from the best that I can remember). And it just left me thinking that you can’t be afraid of the extra work in editing. Editing isn’t meant to be easy. Some parts are, but the challenging parts are what will make the book later on either stand or fall.

I’ll post again with day two’s progress tomorrow. I think we’re in for two posts tomorrow, seeing as tomorrow is Cursed With Power‘s publication anniversary. Can you believe it’s been four years already? I’ll be sharing the whole story and more tomorrow –expect that post probably earlier in the morning, and the editing post later at night.

Lindsey Richardson